Nice article from Greece ‘Smashing Down The Barriers Between Contemporary Blues and Americana’

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Thank you Rosy Greer for the great review of CALLING NASHVILLE

W139 PSDThis is Trevor Sewell’s fifth CD in as many years, but with a very different Americana flavour. Award winning singer, songwriter and guitarist, Trevor hails from the Northeast of the UK, but has great popularity in the US. The album was produced in Nashville and included guests Janis Ian, Tracy Nelson, Vickie Carrico, and Sean O’Bryan Smith.

All the tracks are self penned and the track ‘Shadows’ , featuring Janis Ian on piano, was released as a single.

The first track ‘Someday’ has a country rock flavour with a sprinkling of bluegrass and what a great start to this excellent album. Following, with shades of Tom Waits, was ‘Mountains Of Gold’ a slow ballad with moving lyrics.

‘Fade To Grey’ showcased Janis Ian on piano who joined Trevor on excellent vocals. A lovely track with a light jazz feel. Next, Americana at its best with ‘Matter Of Time’ and some fantastic guitar work on this.

Tracy Nelson joined Trevor on vocals for ‘Long Time Ago’ a slow country blues. Then moving on to an excellent classic blues shuffle with ‘You Ain’t What I’m Looking For’, with superb guitar work again and added brass giving a full on sound.

‘Tear It Down’ is violin led, with more of a country influence , while ‘Stand Next To Him’ is stomp and holler classic Nashville, with violin and banjo, what a great track.

A melodic country ballad with ‘The Way You Are’ has lovely lyrics and great vocals from Trevor. Plenty of variety of vocal input, almost leaning to gospel, on ‘Blanket Of Hope’ with a happy clappy feel with Cajon overtones.

The final track on this exceptional album is the haunting ‘Shadows’. Previously released as a single it is piano led by Janis Ian with Trevor on vocals. A beautiful end to this really well put together album.

Trevor Sewell has continued to grow in stature, embracing a variety of genres with his distinctive gravel tones and diversity of guitar playing styles. The album, although not blues in the religious sense, has the feel of the southern states and brings Americana to the fore. An excellent listen and well recommended.

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer https://www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive/

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Great News first track from CALLING NASHVILLE On INDIE ALLIANCE CHART

Really pleased to see Some day appear on the Indie Alliance Chart at number 2 – splendid :)

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RADIO CAROLINE PLAYING CALLING NASHVILLE – thank you Peter Antony

Well chuffed that Peter Antony at the legendary Radio Caroline is playing Matter of time from the Calling Nashville album on his show this coming Saturday 12-3 – RADIO CAROLINE is such a cool station it’s always great to get played there.

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Another great review for Calling Nashville – Happy days :)

Trevor Sewell
CALLING NASHVILLE

The Blues Knows No Borders With Music This Good.

The old adage of ‘The harder you work, the luckier you get’ surely applies to Trevor Sewell from Sunderland in the NE of England.
Even Trevor would admit to being a ‘journeyman musician’ up until only a couple of years; making a living from his work but very much under the radar like so many others out there.
Then quite randomly in 2013 he received a letter saying he was in the running for a prestigious Blues Artist of the Year Award in Hollywood! Blow me down if he didn’t go on to win it; and after 30+ years become an overnight star!
Jump forward four years and he is about to release this; his fifth album in five years, recorded in Nashville, of all places with some friends; of whom a couple of names are well known around these parts; but more of that later.
Opening track Someday instantly made me sit back in my swivel chair……it’s the Blues Bub; but with the addition of a fiddle has a sweaty Country feel to it; and I like it a lot.
This is followed by Mountain of Gold; a tender ballad that wouldn’t be out of place at the Bluebird Cafe or one of the more hip venues in East Nashville; as opposed to the Working Men’s Clubs of the North East where Sewell served his apprenticeship.
I’ve said before I truly admire artistes that are prepared to step out of their comfort zone and Trevor does that from start to finish here. Of course his distinctive gravelly voice (think Chris Rea after 40 Benson and Hedges) and his top quality guitar playing make this a Trevor Sewell album; but who among his many fans (old and new) would expect some light night sultry Jazz tinged ballad like the beautiful 7 and 1/2 minute duet with Janis Ian? Me neither; but with Ms. Ian tinkling the ivories, Trevor Brewis’ rock solid drumming and Sean O’Bryan Smith on double bass sounding as if they have just left the Bluenote studio; it’s the perfect late night accompaniment for lovers everywhere.
Older fans will love and newer ones impressed by the fire and brimstone guitar and vocals  on Stand Next To Him and You Ain’t What I’m Looking For, as both are Blues Rockers of the finest order; and with Matter of Time shows Mark Knopfler how it’s done.
The biggest surprise for me is the high standard of songwriting here; not that Trevor was ever a poor songwriter….far from it; but the ballads Tear It Down and Blanket of Hope which is full of glorious female harmonies on the chorus too, take him into a league I never expected from a man primarily known for his guitar playing.
It’s probably because it’s the the biggest and best surprise here in every department, from stinging guitar interludes to the swirling B3 Hammond via a tight Muscle Shoals type rhythm section that the delicious duet with Tracy Nelson, Long Time Ago easily becomes the RMHQ ‘Favourite Song’ on CALLING NASHVILLE (An Americana Adventure).
Trevor’s trademark ‘Blues’ is the thread that weaves throughout the album; but he delves into many golden pots to create a true Americana Adventure for a starry eyed Mackem Lad.

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Great news from Nashville and the Josie Awards @ The Nissan Stadium

Great news – we have been nominated in the ‘Jazz/Blues Category for Artist/Group of the Year’ at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville in September – well chuffed thank you Josie Pasantino :)

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Great review for Calling Nashville (and it isn’t even released yet)

 

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It’s sometimes hard to pin down where Trevor Sewell will be playing next, but come February it’s a fair bet that you’ll find him in Los Angeles. In recent years, he has crossed the pond on several occasions to play at some top venues, including the El Reay Theatre, the Whiskey A Go Go Club on Sunset Boulevard, and at the pre Grammy Soirees a couple of times. He has quite a following in the States, winning awards, and several nominations for his songwriting and performing. ‘Calling Nashville’ is his latest offering, and I foresee him having to dig out the black tie and passport once again come the turn of the year!

This modest master of the guitar is clearly held in high regard around the globe. Trevor’s songwriting and guitar playing is at a very high standard, up there with the best, which the names involved in the recording of his new album reflect.

The quality of the sound on ‘Calling Nashville’ is second to none. It was produced and recorded by Geoff Wilbourn, in, well, guess where! Geoff has produced songs by the likes of Johnny Winter and David ‘Honey Boy’ Edwards, and some of the musicians he has worked with were only too pleased to get involved with the album. It is a real coup to not only share duets with blues great Tracy Nelson, on ‘Long Time Ago’, and the wonderful Janis Ian, on a re-working of ‘Fade To Grey’, but they also appear as backing vocalists, along with the multi-talented Mia Moravis, and others.

Janis also tickles the ivories on a few tracks, and the opening bars of the first song on the album – ’Someday’ – have Trevor’s vocal alongside the very upbeat, attention grabbing fiddle playing of Kellen Michael Wenrich, who brings a totally new dimension to the Sewell library of songs.

Some music is hard to pigeon-hole into a particular genre, and this album is a prime example. The variety of styles between the songs and high quality musicianship are two of the reasons why the album could appeal to a wider audience than Trevor has experienced thus far in his career.

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https://www.walltowallblues.com/gig-and-album-reviews/by-geoff-scott-uk/

Great to be featured in the HUFFINGTON POST :)

Thank you Susan SuScreen Shot 2017-05-25 at 13.21.59rftone for the very cool article :)

The music of the 1980s has endured through generations encompassing, with a graceful diversity, many genres. UK punk/new wave band, The Revillos, brought energy and camp-ish fun to the scene with band members taking “comic book” names like Max Atom who joined the band as a guitarist in 1982. Being a fan of British rock music since 1964 I was listening to The Revillos way back when before I started to play guitar professionally in my own punk/new wave bands. Little did I know in 2016 I’d be shaking hands with Max Atom, now award winning blues artist, Trevor Sewell, in LA’s famed Whiskey a Go-Go. Trevor and I are both member of the NARAS, now known as The Recording Academy, and we finally met after much e-mail communication during Grammy weekend of that year. Hearing The Trevor Sewell Band perform a song from his then latest CD, “Hollow” and meeting Trevor was a high point of that weekend for me.

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Sunderland musician teams up with Grammy winner for Christmas single

me and Janis outside Kulaks Woodshed for the HOLLOW launch party :)

Trevor and Janis outside Kulaks Woodshed for the HOLLOW launch party :)

Trevor Sewell from Millfield has released a Christmas single with folk artist Janis Ian, who hit the coveted Billboard number 1 slot with her album Between the Lines in 1975. She went on to win a Grammy Award for single At Seventeen in 1975 and later in 2013 for Best Spoken Word Album, for her autobiography, Society’s Child. Trevor says he’s long been a fan of Janis’s which made recording holiday song, Shadows, with her all the more special. The pair teamed up at Nashville’s renowned studio, The Sound Emporium, where they recorded the track in one take. Trevor, who is well-known on the blues circuit, said: “I wrote Shadows some time ago and, although I had recorded it a couple of times myself over the years, I never released it, as I hadn’t really found an arrangement that truly suited me. “As soon as Janis began playing the intro, I just knew it would work. Her piano arrangement really brought the song to life.” He added: “I’ve never released a holiday single before. I’ve been a Janis Ian fan since the ‘70s, so it is very cool to record with her. This particular song is, and has always been, far more about the lyrics, and Janis’s beautiful arrangement really brings this to the fore.

Read more at: http://www.sunderlandecho.com/whats-on/music/sunderland-musician-teams-up-with-grammy-winner-for-christmas-single-1-8304757

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Shadows new Christmas single featuring Janis Ian on Piano :)

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