Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs announce UK ‘Luxury Hobo’ tour
New album: Luxury Hobo
Out Now on Provogue/Mascot Label Group
Watch the voodoo video for ‘I Love You (But I Can’t Stand Your Friends)’
“good-time blues” Classic Rock
“Raw and refreshing… brilliant” The Blues
Luxury Hobo UK Tour
SUNDAY 8TH MAY – THE GLEE CLUB, BIRMINGHAM – Tickets £12 Adv
THURSDAY 12TH MAY – SOUTHEND CLIFFS PAVILION – Tickets £14 Adv
FRIDAY 13TH MAY – THE HUNTER CLUB, BURY ST EDMUNDS – Tickets £12 Adv
SATURDAY 14TH MAY – THE FORUM, TUNBRIDGE WELLS – Tickets £10 Adv
SUNDAY 15TH MAY – 100 CLUB, LONDON – Tickets £15 Adv
FRIDAY 20TH MAY – THE OLD FIRE STATION, OXFORD – Tickets £12 Adv
SATURDAY 21ST MAY – THE RAILWAY, WINCHESTER – Tickets £12 Adv
THURSDAY 26TH MAY – THE MUSICIAN, LEICESTER – Tickets £12 Adv
SATURDAY MAY 28TH – MR KYPS, POOLE – Tickets £10 Adv
WEDNESDAY 15TH JUNE – GREYSTONES, SHEFFIELD – Tickets £11 Adv
THURSDAY 16TH JUNE – CLUNY 2, NEWCASTLE – Tickets £11 Adv
FRIDAY 17TH JUNE – CONTINENTAL, PRESTON – Tickets £11 Adv
SATURDAY 18TH JUNE – NICE N SLEAZY, GLASGOW – Tickets £11 Adv
SUNDAY 19TH JUNE – VOODOO ROOMS, EDINBURGH – Tickets £11 Adv
FRIDAY 22ND JULY – BEER & BLUES FESTIVAL, BAND ON THE WALL, MANCHESTER – Tickets £11 Adv
The Lego Swamp Monster b-movie of It Came Outta The Swamp
Lyric video for Robot Girlfriend
In the Studio video for I Love You (But I Can’t Stand Your Friends)
We are thrilled to announce that Big Boy Bloater and The LiMiTs will be heading out on the UK ‘Luxury Hobo’ tour following the release of their new album Luxury Hobowhich was released on Provogue/ Mascot Label Group (Joe Bonamassa, Black Stone Cherry, The Rides, Beth Hart, Walter Trout, Robert Cray) on 26th February 2016.
Ahead of this they have released a fantastic animated voodoo video for I Love You (But I Can’t Stand Your Friends). With a fascination for textures and subtle narratives Luxury Hobo sees Bloater in a tougher, deeper and more expressive mode following a bout of depression in 2013 which has led it to take a lot darker and personal tone.
He confesses, “I never felt I was prone to that kind of thing”. Opening up, he continues, “I had a breakdown, the album centres around that we’ve got all these great things but are still pissed off and medicate ourselves to be normal.” For a while life was put on hold whilst he tried to focus in on looking after himself and getting back on track and this fed into the albums’ mild dystopian outlook which is littered with moments of dark humour, wit and twists.
“The basic idea of the title” Bloater explains, “is we are all luxury hobos these days, we get to go here, there and everywhere but no one has it the hard way now do they? We all have our luxuries, it’s that juxtaposition, I think the whole album is about the modern day life and society.”
His Tom Waits-esque gravelly vocal delivery, coupled with the distinctive and dynamic guitar style has seen him build on the blues foundation offering insights into rockier territories, aided and abetted with his ability to weave story-telling around barbed observations.
This approach has led to praise from Imelda May who has confessed to being a “massive fan”, Jools Holland declared him “one of the greatest bluesmen of our time” and Mark Lamarr personally funded a vinyl single run just so he could have a copy and radio has been a regular guest on BBC Radio for Jools, Mark, Paul Jones, Craig Charles as well as Imelda’s RTE show.
His career has taken him around the world and has seen him perform at the top of the World Trade Centre, was voted the ‘Best Band of the Weekend’ at the Viva Las Vegas Festival, Nevada – has supported Carl Perkins, played with Wanda Jackson, Paloma Faith and appeared at festivals such as; Latitude, Secret Garden Party, Hop Farm, Jersey Live, ABC Roskilde, BluesFest, Barcelona’s Hayride, Sweden’s A-Bombers. He has lead the Rhythm Riots Kings of Rhythm band at the Rhythm Riot Festival since its inception and was personally invited to record at Abbey Road for Paul McCartney.
“I get this blues tag all the time and I don’t think of myself as a blues artist” he confesses. “I’ve got so many more influences than that, there is so much I want to bring in, for me when I made this album I was thinking more rock ‘n roll, the edge of that 70s pub R&B type thing, I was listening to loads of stuff like Mott the Hoople and T-Rex, there’s a lot of that on this album too.”
He has toured regularly with friend Imelda May, who featured on Sweet & Brown and Every Path Has Its Puddle from 2011s Big Boy Bloater and The LiMiTs alongside jazz-funk legend Snowboy (Jamiroquai, Amy Winehouse).
Immortalised in book form, he has been featured as an ‘R&B Guitar Icon’ in; Rock & Pop: The Complete History, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music and Blues: The Complete History. Currently the presenter in the hugely popular The Blues Magazine Show for Team Rock Radio where his charismatic and down to earth personality perfectly suits the shows format and has given him the chance to interview some of the greatest artists both past and present including; Robert Cray, Walter Trout, Mud Morganfield and Dan Patlansky amongst others.
Luxury Hobo is out via the Mascot Label Group (Joe Bonamassa, Black Stone Cherry, Walter Trout, Monster Truck, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band).
Big Boy Bloater and The LiMiTs are:
Big Boy Bloater – Vocals/Guitar
Matt Cowley – Drums
Dan Edwards – Keyboards
Steven Oats – Bass