Thursday, 29 December 2011

It's the end of a great year for Jack Cade...

Hey All, It's been a little while since I've posted on my blog. Shame on me. So to begin with I'll wish you all a belated Merry Christmas. 2011 has been a great year in the world of Jack Cade. The first 6 months of the year were spent recording the debut album for Jack Cade and the Everyday Sinners 'This Fiery Road'. And the second 6 months of the year have been spent promoting the album, it's been busy, busy, busy. I'd like to say a big thank you to all those out there who have bought, played, reviewed and commented on the album. It really has blown me away all the great things people have said. Jack Cade and the Everyday Sinners live gigs are now out and playing. Having recorded the album with so many great musicians giving there time to the project it was always a worry for me that there would be no live performances to back the album up. In October I enlisted the talents of Adam Perry on Drums and Mike Muggeridge in Bass to for the nucleus of a three piece to perform live. The first gig for the new line-up took place on 22 December and ROCKED. We had a great audience and for a first gig I couldn't have gone much better (putting aside a couple of glitches). Now the New Year is beckoning and we will be out and about gigging whilst adding a keyboard player and brass section to the mix. We're planning to get around the country and into Europe over the next 12 months but if you'd like to see us in your area why not drop me an email letting us know where you'd like us to play and we'll see what we can do. We'll that's it for now. I'll be posting up here a bit more regularly over the coming months so be sure to drop by regularly. Have a great New Year Jack

Monday, 24 October 2011

This Fiery Road - Review

Today was a good day in the world of Jack Cade and the Everyday Sinners. Whilst kickin back and drinking my morning coffee down at the Workhouse I received an email about a new review for 'This Fiery Road' album.

As with any review the immediate reaction is excitement followed by trepidation. I needn't have worried the review which appears on the excellent From Under The Basement blog, based in Austin  Texas, was extremely complimentary.

Rebel Rod Ames wrote 'Take about two cups of Johnny Cash add a dash or two of Tom Waits, and a smidgen of the psychobilly or punk roots that began molding him years ago, and you have Jack Cade.

I love this album for so many reasons. It’s honky-tonk or is it? It’s country, or is it? It’s blues, or is it? It continuously keeps the listener guessing. I on the other hand, after hearing the first track, the title cut, “This Fiery Road”, decided not to categorize, but instead, simply enjoy this extremely unique brand of whatever it is...'

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Sunday, 2 October 2011

After the launch

Hey all

It's been three weeks since the launch of 'This Fiery Road' and I have to say 6 months in the studio seems a breeze compared to a month trying to promote the album out to publications, blogs and radio stations. It's not until you start that you realise how many thousands of tresses there are in each genre of music. All vying for the same coverage largely from the same groups of dedicated bloggers.

Having run the Freebase music site for 3 years from 1997 I can appreciate how much time and work goes into running a blog reviewing and commenting on the music you love. There are a few blogs that have caught my eye over the last 3 months, in researching and checking out around a 115 sites the ones I'm visiting and enjoying the most are being added to my website as links. is particularly good well written, some good humour and a great weekly radio show. I've also been spending a lot of time on No Depression, check it out, loads of good articles, posts and forum. is always a good and varied read as is also with it's own cool weekly radio show.

Last week some of the album tracks went up onto Jango. Fir those who have not come across it before it is an Internet radio service that sllows the use to pick stations based on an artist or genre, same as last FM. The difference is that as an artist you can upload your tunes and buy credits to get guaranteed plays. You pick the artists you want to be aligned with, target locations and off you go. In the first week I've had a great amount of positive feedback and picked up new fans and sales.

The album has also been picked up by various Internet and specialist radio stations, mainly in the states. The only downer for me so far is that I've not been able to get one bit of coverage in my own local press or radio stations.

With any luck the next week will see a few reviews coming out, as soon as they do I'll be posting links up here, in the meantime if you're one of the good people who have bought a copy of the album then you'd do me a great favour if you posted a review on iTunes, Amazon or any of the other digital sites.

Catch ya soon

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Sunday, 7 August 2011

A few dates for the diary

Hey All,

well it's been a busy old few weeks finishing the mixing on the album, although in truth Tom has been doing most of that :-) whilst I've been concentrating on setting up our new label, PRS, PPL, websites, payments and all that tedious stuff you really don't want to have to deal with as a musician. Nearly done now and we finally have a release date for the album, which is the 7th September, can't wait.

We're off to the mastering studio on Thursday 11 August down at Cyclone Music in Medway Kent

To celebrate the launch of the album 'This Fiery Road' on Collision Music I'll be playing at Betties Blues on Saturday 3 September with the album available on the night prior to its official release on the 7th.

A couple of other dates are 19-21 August at The Borders Bash in Galashiels and then back to Reading for Mechanical Republic Presents READING FESTIVAL - DAY 0 at the Blagrave in Reading, both events are going to be crackers so if you can make it along you wont be disappointed.

That's all for now... Catch ya later JC


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Thursday, 21 July 2011

The end is Nigh

Hey all, at last I can report that the Jack Cade album This Fiery Road is all but complete. Tom Anderson has produced a first mix, and as a consequence I went back in the studio and re-recorded vocals to three tracks 'The Fiery Road', 'Hotter than the sun' and Hanging on a thread. All three of which I'm now happy with.

We also have a couple of additional parts going down on two tracks on Monday, a new piano piece on 'Walk Away' and a fiddle on 'Parkside Road' then it's final mix time. The plan is to get the album into mastering by the end of next week, with a planned release date set for 19th August when I'll be playing The Borders Bash in Scotland.

The album as it stands has been played to a few select people to date and the reaction has been great. I'm very happy with all the tracks now and 4 in particular have gone way beyond where i expected them too. It's always a strange thing when recording that the songs that are your strongest live aren't always the tracks that stand out when recorded, often it is the less obvious tracks that shine out. I'll leave you to decide which you think work well once the album is out.

On the live front I have a busy few weeks playing The Butler, Deja Vu, the Rhu Bar and the excellent Betties Blues stage at Caversham Festival _ What a great day, good weather, great friends and an excellently run festival which was completely free.

The next big event is the Borders Bash up in Galashiels on August 19th to the 21st, tickets are available from the site get em quick as they're going fast.

Well that's it for now, catch ya'll later

Jack Cade


Wednesday, 29 June 2011

This Fiery Road album photoshoot

Hey all,

Hope you are well and enjoying the brief glimpses of the summer sun. I was lucky enough to get out in the best of it on Sunday for the first photoshoot for the new album.

The session only lasted an hour but Raymond Lee who was behind the lens captured some great shots that really captured the atmosphere I was looking for. The first of the shots is up on my site if you want to see the results. I hope you'll think, like me that it's really kinda cool. It's shot in the style that was used during the 70's on a lot of blues and Motown album covers. For those of you into your photography I'll be posting up some details on the site later regarding the equipment, setup and postproduction photoshop work that was carried out.

We're now into the mixing of the album, with a provisional mastering date set for mid July with a release date set for mid august to coincide with the Bordersbash (more on that later).

Along with the album completion myself and Tom are setting up a new label, resurrecting my old label name from the 90s, Collision Records.

As well as the Jack Cade album we'll be looking for other artists to record and release, we have a few in mind already, but are looking for more Berkshire based talent, for more info email

Anyway enough of my blathering... Catch ya later


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Friday, 17 June 2011

Gearing up to mix

Hey All,

This week has been spent putting together the artwork for the album. Writing songs is one thing but writing cover notes is a whole other thing altogether and my brain is a hurting.

Off into the studio to start the mixing from this weekend, we're in the final straight and the finish is in site, I've been listening to the rough monitor mixes on my stereo at home and am amazed at how good it's sounding already, Tom's done great at giving all the instruments there own space, and believe me that's no mean feat on some tracks running 3 guitars, mandolin, banjo, keys, drums, bass, horns, percussion and vocals!

For the vocals we've used a Neumann TLM49 which has captured my vocal perfectly, sounds like I'm sitting in the room with you, a scary thought for some maybe.

The new Jack Cade website will be up and running in the next week, so yet another digital presence to manage, along with the Twitter, Facebook, myspace (not sure this'll be going to much longer) reverbnation and blog.

Right now to the important business, the pint of Tribute ale sitting in front of me on the in the Nags Head... Luscious...

Till later.

Jack Cade

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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

The end of the road is in site

Hey All, it's been a while since the last Jack Cade websiteupdate, due to having my head buried in the recording and a few gigs.

Had a great time over the Spring Bank Holiday playing at Betties Blues at The Butler, followed by a gig at Rhu Bar Basingstoke in Basingstoke and back to Deja Vu in Reading the following weekend.

In between gigs I've been finishing off the Fiery Road, laying down the vocals over 4 studio sessions, giving my vocal chords a right battering in the process. But I'm well pleased with the end results, and as we move into the final phase of mixing I've got a great feeling about the end result that is just in reach.

Myself and Tom Anderson who is producing the album are in the process of setting up a label and have a few other acts in mind to release over the coming months, but more of that later. For now the focus is on the release date for the Fiery Road which is provisionally looking like Friday 29 July 2011.

Prior to that there will be a few limited digital only releases available via my Reverb Nation site, Facebook and MySpace, so keep a lookout via this blog, or the other aforementioned sites.

See ya soon
Jack Cade

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Saturday, 7 May 2011

Vocals going down

Well, it's been a while since my last post, so apologies for that, it's been a manic month of recording, doing the odd gig, and trying to sort out all the other things that go along with the album such as sleeve design, promo, PRS, distribution blah blah blah.

I can happily report though that three and a half months in and we're finally ready to lay down the vocals... Matt Holland came in two weeks ago and added some stunning brass to two tracks 'The Fiery Road' and the 'The Room' it completely changes the feel of the two songs and they now just sound amazing.

My current favourite track is 'Clouds A Rollin' which has the most magical clarinet, laid down by Tony Whennel, I can't stop listening to it as it meanders through the track from subtle warm tones to an all out mournful wail. Truly beautiful.

So this week were down to the business of laying down the vocals. I've been working hard to refine the lyrics and the phrasing throughout so it'll be interesting to see how much they'll change the songs, which until now have had only guide vocals on them.

I have to take my hat off to Tom (if I was wearing one) he has done an amazing job so far in engineering, producing, playing and pulling in favours to pull all this together. Can't wait to get it out there so you can all have a listen.

Till next time Jack Cade

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Sunday, 20 March 2011

Rollin on

Day 18 in the studio working on the debut Jack Cade album 'The Fiery Road' and its now spring 2011, well as near as damn it, officially the first day of spring is tomorrow, but it certainly feels spring like.

I really can't believe we're up to day 18 already, judging by where we are i would guesses have another 7 to 10 days work still to go including the mixing. However the wait and hard work will have been well worth it judging by the results so far. Last week Andy Purcell added some great B3 and piano to 'Hanging on a thread' and today should see us finish of some guitars on 'The Fiery Road', 'Walk Away' and 'Unwind Your Love' before hopefully adding some Clarinet to 'Clouds a Rollin'.

So a busy day ahead, and to be honest I don't want to be hanging around replacing the same parts over and over, so time to knuckle down and play well cause times a rollin... Catch ya later Jack Cade

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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

The road goes ever on

Hi all, i played a short set on Friday 4th March 2011 at Deja Vu Bar in Reading along with Chris Beales, 'twas a good night and well attended. I love the sound they get at Deja Vu, so cheers to Rob Sowden, the stage and audience area are quite intimate too, which I like, it's a bit like playing in someones slightly oversized living room, well I guess to some it might seem normally sized, but then I live in a we terrace house :-)

The gig served as a great warm up for a weekend of recording, Saturday was spent adding guitar parts, in particular to 'clouds a rollin' which now has a great, slow, low and dark riff underlining it.

Sunday saw Andy Goodchild return to add some more drums and we now have tracks nearing completion ready for mix. I'm completely blown away by how good 'Hotter than the sun' is sounding as is 'Parkside Road'. Really need to find a good country fiddle player so if you know anyone out there who won't cost an arm and a leg send em my way.

Also in the studio this weekend was Andy Purcell laying down some cool organ and piano, it's early days but what he's doing really lifts the songs and takes them in new directions.

We'll be taking the next weekend off which will seem a little odd, I won't know what to do with myself, then we'll be right back on it next week, still aiming to be finished for the end of the month, fingers crossed... Catch ya later Jack Cade.

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Saturday, 26 February 2011

Jack Cade album progress update

Hi all, Jack Cade here, its been a few days since I last posted, so here's an update. It was a long and late session in the studio last night, started at 1pm and finished at 1am, so feeling a little tired today.

The first half of yesterday was spent recording guitars and transferring over some recordings over to Pro Tools from Cubase. Definitely a good move as Cubase can't seem to cope with recording at 96kHz. ProTools breezes it.

Second half of the session was the most exciting as Phil Berry brought his 110 year old upright bass in to lay down tracks on 'the devils hand' and 'Clouds a rollin', the later includes a beautiful mid section bass riff. The sound Tom is getting from his purpose built studio is immense! We can't quite believe the quality of the natural sounds we're getting from the instruments, particularly the acoustics.

Unfortunately I'm away this weekend so can't keep going, which is a shame as I'm really in the mood to get on, hey ho, that's the way it goes. I'm looking forward to next week as Andy Purcell, my erstwhile compatriot is back in town and heading in to add some guitar riffery, piano and Hammond, he's a talented boy and has some great ideas to lay down. Will keep you up-to-date on process. Later Jack Cade

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Saturday, 19 February 2011

Ben Cox-Smith slides on down the fiery road

Saturday 19 Feb saw Ben Cox-Smith join the Jack Cade ensemble to add some slide guitar to The Fiery Road. Ben uses a wooden bodied Dobro which generated some awesome tones in the studio. He initial laid down some parts on two songs 'Hotter than the sun' and 'The Devils Hand' both tracks are quite rhythmic and require space, Ben laid down so beautifully executed and sensitively expressed parts that have really lifted the songs. We then asked him to work on a new track he hadn't heard before 'Big Moe Hazy' taking the lead rather than adding texture. I have to say it was an inspired call on Tom's part as the resulting gutar track is brilliant and really makes the song shine.

Tomorrow we're all set for an early start laying down some more guitar and then in the afternoon adding some more drums... everything is really starting to come together now... exciting times...till next time Jack Cade.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Weekly update

Hi All, having spent last weekend in the studio (12-13 Feb) we've all taken a few days out this week to get our heads back together. This is the first time I've worked like this in a studio, its always been as part of a well rehearsed band, straight in and lay down the songs. Now being a solo artist, and mainly playing acoustic gigs for the last few years, I've noticed how mentally exhausting pulling together the songs and directing other musicians in the right direction can be. Tom Anderson, who is co- producing the album, has been invaluable when it comes to working out and suggesting parts for the songs, he's not only a great guitarist but has a firm handle on other stringed instruments and piano too!

This week has seen us take a few days break, but today we are running through and planning the rhythm sections for the last 6 songs ready to lay down more tracks at the weekend... That's all for now, catch you later Jack Cade

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Monday, 14 February 2011

A day of drums and bass

Sunday 13 Feb was a day for adding drums and bass to the three tracks 'Walk Away', 'The Room' and The Fiery Road' - All went well, the new studios live room sounds fantastic, particularly for the drums, great definition and a nice warm sound. The rest of this week and next week will be spent working on the remaining drums and bass parts, so time to knuckle down and finalise the compositions... I'll be updating during the week... till then have a great week JC

Sunday, 13 February 2011

All day 'everyday sinner'

Saturday 12 was spent in the studio laying down guitars. Unfortunately it rather served to expose my ruff and fairly loose playing technique, you can get away with a fair bit live but when it's going down as a recording the ugly truth is there for all to see. Five hours later and I finally had one track down well enough to be happy with. Painful, very painful! (particularly for Tom who is co- producing the album) I would have stayed and added some more tracks but by that time my head felt well and truly battered, and I was due to play at Betties Blues that night.

Getting in front of a live audience was great, particularly getting to play some other songs and dust off a few old ones. Another good turnout for Betties and a very warm and appreciative audience made for a good night.

It's now Sunday and I'm heading back over to lay down some more guitar and hopefully some drums and bass, fingers crossed it goes better today... Catch you soon JC

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Friday, 11 February 2011

The first steps on the fiery road...

The first steps were made toward recording 'The Fiery Road' on Saturday 29th January 2011. It's taken a couple of years to get there, but in the end that's no bad thing as I now have an album and a half's worth of songs that I'm well and truly happy with.

There are a range of songs on the album spanning the last 5 years, some of which regular attendees at my gigs will know and a bunch of new songs written over the last few months specifically for the album.

So far we've laid down the guide vocals and guitars for twelve songs, drums are now complete on two and guitars have been added to a couple of others. Should be a big weekend this coming weekend (12 and 13 Feb) as we're looking to get all the rest of the drum parts down along with the bass.

The album is being engineered and co-produced by Tom Anderson in his purpose built studio, I shall be posting some pics shortly from the sessions. In the meantime here's a track listing in no particular order:

The Fiery Road
Hotter Than The Sun
The Devils Hand
Walk Away
Hanging On A Thread
The Room
Big Moe Hazy
Every Day Sinner
Clouds A Rollin
Sunday Morning
Unwind Your Love
Parkside Road

Lots more updates to follow...