Recently reformed, Albany Down consist of Founding member Paul Turley on guitars and vocals, original drummer Jonny Bescoby and new Bassist and supporting vocalist Ben Atkins. The Echo Hotel Music Club is pleased to welcome the band on its first tour in its new line-up
Contemporary UK blues-rock band, Albany Down, came together with some classic rock and Brit blues-rock influences, but with their 2011 debut album, ‘South of the City, they found their own sound. The band has recorded 3 Studio albums with producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, INME, Super Furry Animals).
"These guys are really going somewhere; make sure they take you with them!" - Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2
Blues Rock Review offered a fair assessment of both the band and their debut album: “South of the City” is a solid debut album from Albany Down and they will be an interesting band to watch develop in the coming years”.
In 2013 the band stepped up to the plate with 12 original well-crafted songs on their formidable album “Not Over Yet”. Traditionally a band’s second album is regarded as being problematical but Albany Down have turned that notion on its head, taking all that was good on “South of the City”, honing their song writing craft and revelling in Greg Haver’s powerful production.
In 2016 the band released their much-anticipated 3rdAlbum “The Outer Reach” which built upon the previous albums with strong melodic rock songs and powerful emotional ballads.
The band’s big Zeppelin-influenced sound draws from the same British blues-rock well, that gave Zeppelin a head start all those years ago and later was rediscovered by Joe Bonamassa. But it’s the resonant substance of the band’s own songs and their exuberant style that gives the music its edge.
“We all came to the band with different but related musical influences” says founder member Paul Turley. “I wanted to build on those and write and play music that was all our own and really ‘now’. We enjoyed working with Greg and he has undoubtedly enabled us to expand both our musical horizons and our self confidence in trying out new things.”
Albany Down are a band that runs on pure adrenalin, unrelenting energy and raw emotion. Rock blogger Neil Mach probably got it right, when he described the band; "As hot as volcanic ash and yet as cool as snow slippers."
Eddy Smith and the 507
"The finest meshes of Soulful Blues and melodic Pop you will hear this year" - The Blues Mag
The London-based Soul/Blues band, who's lead vocalist Eddy Smith has been compared to the likes of Joe Cocker, Don Henley and Ray Lamontagne, will be releasing their debut album later this year, produced by industry veteran, Stacy Parrish. Stacy has worked with some of the biggest names in music, including Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Randy Newman, and has a Grammy certificate for his work on the Krauss / Plant Collaboration album, Raising Sand.
The 5-piece recently played their biggest show to date, supporting The Milk at a sold out Islington Assembly Hall, where they performed to over 800 people.
"The Soul in Eddy's voice is where I want Music to be at." - Huey Morgan, Fun Loving Criminals, BBC 6 Music.
Best of British: Critic's Choice Award winners, Eddy Smith & The 507 toured the US in 2018 where they were part of the SXSW music festival. They returned to the US early in 2019.