“Tough urban blues with lyrics to match delivered in a style that’s as sharp as James Brown’s footwork and as solid as Alcatraz… reminiscent of those Stax-era Albert King and Little Milton songs with Booker T on keyboards”
John Clarke, The Independent
“It’s time for the blues boys and girls to sit up and take notice. The men are back”
The Motives brings together some of the finest talent from the European blues scene, drawing their musical inspiration from 40’s New York, 50’s Chicago and 60’s London. January 2011 saw them take to the recording studio and their eponymous debut album is out now receiving excellent reviews. In the last year, they have played all over the UK, Holland and Germany where the album is receiving an excellent reception, opening for Robert Cray at Shepherds Bush Empire in June 2012 and on tour in Holland in October.
The name Matt Taylor is becoming more and more familiar as a highly regarded guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer. His 1995 debut album Radio City Blues earned him British Blues Award nominations for best album and best guitarist. He has made three further albums with his own band and several others in collaboration with the likes of Long John Baldry with whom he toured Europe twice, releasing one live album and The Snowy White Blues Project who he began working with in 2008, touring all over Europe and releasing one studio and one live album.
As a session musician he has worked with a huge variety of artists in many genres including European and US tours with French superstar Patricia Kaas, TV & radio work with Take That’s Gary Barlow, live work with Tony Hadley and TV appearances with Belinda Carlisle, Shelby Lynne and Lulu. He has backed artists as diverse as Jamie Cullum, Shane McGowan and Tony Christie and jammed with Joe Bonamassa and David Gilmour, his career taking him to as far-flung places as the Middle East and Siberia. Recently Matt has also turned his hand to production, being at the helm for Mark Butcher’s debut album Songs from the Sun House.
Andy Graham grew up in South Wales and did a degree in classical music but has always been happiest playing bass in a band. Playing with Ian Siegal since the mid ’90s, he has been the constant in various band line-ups alongside Ian, playing all over Europe. He has also worked with Imogen Heap and Martine McCutcheon (playing with both at their Hyde Park performances for The Princes Trust in front of a crowd of 150,000), Grace Solero, Dana Gillespie, Lee Sankey’s Cool Grey 5ives and international blues artists including Phil Guy and Sugar Blue, amongst others. Andy has won The British Blues Awards Bass Player of the Year for three consecutive years (2010-2012) and now takes his place in the BBA ‘Hall of Fame’.
This project sees Matt collaborating once again with Snowy White Blues Project drummer Roy Martin. Matt and Roy met in 2003 whilst touring with Patricia Kaas with whom Roy has worked since 1997, traversing the globe many times. Prior to that Roy spent 5 years living in New York where he had the opportunity to work for a wide variety of artists including Aretha Franklin and David Sandborn. More recently he has been seen on the road and in the studio with James Morrison, Barclay James Harvest and Thea Gilmore and in the past has shared stages or studios with artists as diverse as Jack Bruce, Joan Baez and Robert Palmer.
Joining them is undoubtably one of the UK’s best keyboard players, Jonny Dyke who first made his reputation with Brit-blues heroes Out of the Blue, collaborating with the legendary Memphis Horns, going on to work with US bluesmen Larry Garner and Bob Kirkpatrick. Pop session work followed including appearances with Victoria Beckham and Dolly Parton, UK tours with Elkie Brooks and two world tours with Patricia Kaas, during which time he played in China, the USA and Russia including a performance for President Putin’s birthday at The Kremlin. In 2010 Jonny worked with folk-pop singer Amy Macdonald, toured the UK with Judie Tzuke and toured Europe with guitarist Coco Montoya and the Ruf Records Blues Caravan. February and March 2011 saw him touring the UK with Ben E King and Gary US Bonds and he has recently been working in the UK & Europe with vocal group The Overtones, British blues-rockers King King and Ruf Records recording artist Meena Cryle.