We can confirm Smokestack will be appearing at Chiddfest 2018.
Smokestack are Phil Mills – guitar/vocals/harmonica, Roger Ferris -bass guitar and Grant Allardyce/loz Thomas-drums.
Roger Ferris originally worked as sound technician on recording sessions in the late 60’s at Abbey Road-EMI studios with The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Badfinger and the Hollies as well as working along side producers Phil Spector and Mickie Most, and was encouraged to play rhythm & blues bass by John Paul Jones and the thriving blues scene.
Leaving London for Brighton a chance meeting with street blues musician Phil Mills playing authentic slide guitar and harmonica at his weekly residency Blind Lemon Alley led to forming the blues combo Smokestack.
For 25 years this roots and blues outfit has performed at venues and blues festivals in both Europe and the UK, including sharing the bill with BookerT and the MG’s, Nina Simone, Peter Green, Taj Mahal at the UK’s legendary Bishopstock blues festival.
After the release of their debut CD El Cobra, the BBC invited the trio to record a session for the Paul Jones blues show on BBC radio 2. Also Blueprint magazine included a track for their BEST OF BRITISH BLUES compilation CD.
To date, Smokestack have recorded 3 more albums also recording sessions for film and television including film documentary “Through The Eyes Of The World” (the Muhammed Ali story.)
The trio continue to bring their unique brand of american roots music to lovers of the blues everywhere!