THE MUSTANGS, are one of the most popular and established blues rock bands in the UK. With a career spanning 16 years, the band return with their first studio album since 2013, titled JUST PASSING THROUGH.
Regulars on the touring circuit, and a mainstay at UK Blues Festivals, The Mustangs’ new album looks set to firmly return the band to its Blues roots, whilst maintaining the melodic and lyrical content that sets set them apart from other 12 Bar Blues bands.
The album has been co-produced by the band’s singer and guitarist Adam Norsworthy, and in-demand blues producer Wayne Proctor, also drummer of UK blues legends King King.
The album’s title and concept reflect the lyrics which explore mortality, fidelity, loneliness and religion. Wayne Proctor and production partner Steve Wright have added a more rich, powerful and punchy sound than the band has had before. The music features raw slide guitar, sparse country blues, a cappella blues hymns, simmering ballads and epic guitar work-outs. Think you know the Mustangs? Think again.
In 2016 songwriter Adam released a hugely-acclaimed solo album, Rainbird (winning singer-songwriter album of the year from some music websites), also produced by Wayne Proctor. Now the Mustangs are back, and with festivals, radio shows and a tour in the planning for 2017, JUST PASSING THROUGH looks set to re-establish the Mustangs at the forefront of the British Blues scene.
The Best of the Mustangs - an 18-track compilation chosen by the band is out now in the shops....spanning the group's 15 year career, it features 18 Mustangs favourites, including two re-recordings of two o the band's most-loved songs. Available from Amazon, iTunes and HMV NOW!
One Night In The West - the Mustangs' first ever live album, is available now from Amazon.co.uk Recorded live at the Swanage Blues Festival in 2013, it's ther perfect momento of a hot swetay night, capturing the Mustangs at their raw, dynamic and red hot best.
When God Met The Devil, a track from the new album, features on the cover CD of this month’s Classic Blues Magazine. Issue 6 features Albert King on the cover and is available from all good newsagents.
Ulternatively this superb Blues magazine can be purchased online via the following link:
We can exclusively reveal the artwork for Pow Wow, the new abum from Adam & the King Bee (that's Adam and Derek to you and me!).
The all original 11-track album will be released by Trapeze Music in march, and will be available from all major online retailers. The track listing reads:
1.Peace Offering 2. Turn Right Go Left 3. Take Your Time 4. Original Sin 5. After All 6. She Could Be Lying 7. You Got Me Right 8. Undone By Love 9. Hold The Bone
10. One More Then Bed 11. Kiss Me Four
All tracks were written by Adam and/or Derek. Adam plays all the instruments on the album, except Blues Harp, by Derek...Adam also undertook production duties. Check back soon for an interview with Derek on how the album took shape.
In the meantime Adam & Derek will be guests on Martin Clarke's Blues Session radio Show on Friday February 24th, talking about Pow Wow and playing live. Further details soon!
MUSTANGS SIGN TO TRAPEZE MUSIC FOR 3 YEARS
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Trapeze Music & Entertainment Ltd. has signed The Mustangs, the highly successful and popular London-based blues/rock band, for a 3 year term. Under the new arrangement, the label will release the band’s brand-new CD “Shaman & The Monkey” as well as taking over the sales, marketing and distribution of the band’s existing catalogue of five CDs.
The Mustangs have been performing and recording since 2002, and have built up a formidable reputation and following as a result of regular appearances at most of the high profile blues festivals and club venues throughout the UK, with recent gigs at the Maryport and Swanage Blues Festivals, and the Boogaloo Blues Weekend on the Isle of Wight. Their repertoire of blues-inspired original material sets them apart from the mainstream of bands performing classic blues, and is the basis of their popularity.
Although Trapeze is best known for its substantial catalogue of collectors’ and specialist material on the Acrobat label, the deal represents a further expansion of the company’s musical strategy, which is focusing on developing relationships with heritage and contemporary artists in the blues, rock and folk worlds to market both new and re-issued material. Trapeze is distributed in the UK by Discovery records and in the USA by MVD.
For The Mustangs, the deal is intended to bring the band to a wider audience and give them access to distribution channels, both in the UK and internationally, which they have not fully reached to date, and to provide a platform for expanding their profile at a key stage of their careers. The band comprises Adam Norsworthy (guitar & vocals), Derek Kingaby (harmonica), Ben McKeown (bass), Jon Bartley (drums).
John Cooper, CEO of Trapeze, commented: “We were delighted to have the opportunity to sign a band that is out there performing high quality original material on a regular basis, and clearly has staying power, and we believe that we can help them, and other artists like them, to do some excellent business and develop their presence in a market which the major companies largely ignore.”
Adam Norsworthy of The Mustangs said: "We're very excited to have this opportunity to work with Trapeze, who we are sure can help bring our music to a wider audience. The next few years are going to be very exciting, not only for the band, but hopefully also for our fans, old and new".
For further information, contact Paul Watts, Trapeze Music & Entertainment Ltd., 1 Norfolk Court, Norfolk Road, Rickmansworth, Herts. WD3 1LA. Tel.: 01923 777177
Adam & Derek will be chatting about the new Mustangs album on Express FM on October 13th.
The boys will be guests on Adrian Knight's show at 8.30am. They may even play a live number or two! You can listen in on 93.7 or stream it live at www.expressfm.com/player
The fabulous artwork for the new Mustansg album, Shaman & the Monkey, can at last be revealed!
The photograph was taken before the swanage Blues Festival show in October 2010 by photgrapher Greg Rowe.
"When we saw the photo, we instantly liked the mood and colour of it", says Adam. "We also wanted to feature the band on the cover this time, so it worked in a nice way there as it's only our backs you can see - probbaly for the best!"
Shaman & the Monkey is out on July 29th on Cross Border Records. Order your pre-release copy from the shop page next week!
The Mustangs will be serving up a blues rocking treat as they take the stage at the fantastic Blues at The Fort Festival, the set will kick off at 7pm on Saturday 21st May.
There will also be food and real ale stalls - all under a huge marquee set within the historical grounds of Fort Purbrook - right outside Portsmouth.
Other acts on the day include • Robin Bibi Band • Saiichi Sugiyama Band • Brass Knuckle Blues Band
Tickets for the festival can be purchased from the Blues at the fort web site http://www.bluesatthefort.com
Adam was interviewed about the Mustangs and his career on Portsmouth Live TV on April 28th.
The interview was done by X Factor Finalists Same Difference, who are starting out on their TV careers.
You can watch the full 30 minute interview - in which Adam also plays 2 Mustangs songs live, by visiting: