The Fluffy Jackets issued a new single called "44 Blues" in December 2016, and donated the proceeds to former staff at Team Rock after it emerged that all employees at Metal Hammer and Classic Rock magazines were made redundant before Christmas 2016 with no pay.
The band would like to thank our producer Manny Charlton as well as Joe Bangina & John Dryland at Cargo Records for their help in getting this released in double-quick fashion!
Fighting Demons, released March 2014 (Cargo Records)
The award winning Fighting Demons album was recorded in parts at the historic 1950's Sun Studio in Memphis TN, where Helge Rognstad was joined by classic rock legends Manny Charlton (Nazareth), Neil Murray (Whitesnake) and Robert Hall (Jerry Lee Lewis).
Further sessions would take place in London UK at the Cowshed Studio. This line-up would again feature bass player Neil Murray, plus renowned harmonica player West Weston, in addition to Fluffy Jackets regulars Jerry Bessent and Nick Rhodes. Emil Gammeltoft from the Swedish band SKoR also feature as a special guest on two tracks.
Though rooted in blues/rock, the album includes elements borrowed from acoustic singer/songwriter genres, and even folk music. The majority of the album is new original material, including a brand new song penned by Manny Charlton called Can't Stop the Rain. The Fluffy Jackets also pay tribute to blues standards Vigilante Man (Guthrie) and Mean ol Frisco (Crudrup), the latter song featuring a fine duet with harmonica player West Weston.
The first single "Why Don't You Smile" was included in Classic Rock Magazine's CD compilation called "Sharp Shooters" celebrating the best new music of 2014 (magazine issue #194). This magazine CD was distributed to over 60,000 international subscribers and achieved significant radio airplay in the USA and Europe, even reaching far flung places such as Russia and Israel.
Fighting Demons was a critical success, winning the "Best Studio Album of the Year Award" in 2015, voted by listeners of the Blues Hour radio show in United Kingdom and France. The album also got very positive reviews in magazines including Record Collector (UK / International), Classic Rock Magazine (UK / International), Blues Matters (UK), Rock'N'Roll Magazine (Sweden), Breakout Magazine (Germany) and numerous online outlets including Let it Rock (Israel). Antimusic (US) and Zero Magazine (Sweden).
Fighting Demons is available in all good music outlets and can also be purchased directly from Cargo.
The Fluffy Jackets feat. special guest Neil Murray (EP), released June 2007 (independent)
The Fluffy Jackets EP was cut at Cowshed Studios in North London with the assistance of renowned producer Teo Miller (Blur, Happy Mondays). This recording features the original line-up with Ian Robinson on drums and a special guest appearance by legendary bassist Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Gary Moore, Snakecharmer).
The opening song “Salty Salty” is a cover from Scottish blues rock group Nazareth's 1986 album Cinema. “Whiskey Drinkin' Woman” also delves into the Nazareth back catalogue, this time from 1975's Hair of the Dog. The first original Fluffy Jackets composition “Beale Street” goes back to the delta blues influence of the band.
This EP was released independently and received very favorable reviews at the time of the release in 2007, including this one at Lucem Fero Magazine.
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