The John Fairhurst Band are a trio fronted by their eponymous songwriter. Drawing from Rock, blues and world music, with a penchant for slide guitar and a distinctive deep growling voice, his songs, delivered in pure raconteur style, narrate all the hardships of life on the road
For the first time, John Fairhurst will be releasing his new album – and the preceding singles – accompanied by a powerhouse rhythm section of Londons finest: Nuno Brito and Nina Harries..
The new releases is a turning point in the career of John Fairhurst, marking the shift from solo artist and duo member to powerful and expansive Psychedelic world blues rock improv trio. In the course of his career so far, he has spent the last decade travelling the world and supported the likes of Fun Lovin’ Criminals, performed with world beatbox champions Bellatrix and Reeps1 and the late, great, blues legend Johnny Winter. He includes Winter among his fans, as well as Robbie Macintosh of The Pretenders and Indian Sarod Master, K Sridhar– just a small indication of the quality of his live show.
The new material is the fruit of first class production: Alex Beitzke (Jamiroquai, Florence and The Machine, Nigel Kennedy, Ed Sheeran, Prince) , Paul Cartledge (Tony Visconti) and mastering engineer Ray Staff (Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Clash).
This fantastic pedigree of collaborators is the result of a prolific approach to gigging, playing between 200-250 gigs a year between 2011 and 2016. Highlights include taking to the stage at SXSW in Austin, Texas, playing the Roundhouse in London and opening for Johnny Winter on his European Tour. That’s not to mention countless festival appearances and 16 gigs at Glastonbury alone last year, including a performances on The Glade Stage and Hell Stages and numerous other main stage performances at festivals across the country.
Los Labios might one day be a world famous rock band playing enormous stadiums to millions of screaming fans. If and when that happens the band are going to be ready. They’re already ready. They dress like rock stars, they move like rock stars, they might best be called rock stars in waiting.
The sound is a pretty cosmic mix of sixties garage rock, 70s glam and 80s cock rock. Under most circumstances it would be impossible to pull something like that off without it seeming like self-parody. But again the band’s commitment to the core rock n roll sensibility of the whole thing is infectious.
Stacey has loosely been described as folk given that his musical compositions reflect the traditional music of several countries, though updated with modern lyrics and delivery. It was by releasing a charity song for refugees called ‘Lines in the sand’ that Stacey started to make waves in the Nottingham music scene