First review is in on “Wail­ing Again”, the new Steamham­mer album I played on, engi­neered and co-pro­duced with British Blues Rock gui­tarist and found­ing mem­ber Mar­tin Pugh. Mar­tin was their lead gui­tarist through all the var­i­ous ver­sions of Steamham­mer dat­ing back to the late 1960’s and ear­ly 70’s. Their then man­ag­er Bar­ry Tay­lor brought me down to watch them play to packed hous­es at London’s famous Mar­quee Club in 1969. Martin’s gui­tar work always impressed me, as it did Rod Stew­art because he enlist­ed his help on his first solo record­ing project. I end­ed up play­ing piano as a guest on Steamhammer’s debut album right before I flew to the USA for the first time in June of that year.

The band at that point con­sist­ed of Mar­tin Pugh on lead gui­tar, Mar­tin Quit­ten­ton who I went on to record four ear­ly Rod Stew­art albums with also played gui­tar, Mike Rush­ton, Micky Waller (from Jeff Beck) and lat­er Mick Bradley on Drums, Kieren White on vocals and harp, with Steve Dav­ey and lat­er Louis Cen­namo on bass.

After Steamham­mer broke up in 74 Mar­tin formed the band “Armegge­don” with Kei­th Relf of the Yard­birds who had pro­duced the last Steamham­mer album, and bass play­er Louis Cen­namo. Kei­th trag­i­cal­ly passed away soon after and the band broke up.

The orig­i­nal Steamham­mer were also Clas­sic Blues­man Fred­die Kings U.K. back­ing band when he toured the British Isles in 1968–1970.

I’m play­ing pri­mar­i­ly bass on the new project with some key­board col­or­ings here and there.

Steamham­mer alum­ni John Ling­wood plays drums on the album, John cur­rent­ly tours Europe and records with Man­fred Mann’s Earth Band. Vocal­ist and blues harp play­er Phil Colum­bat­to of Louisiana Love Act com­pletes the line-up.

It will be released next month on C.D. and Vinyl through the Ger­man record label, M.I.G. Music.

I’ll post a link to the new sin­gle “Juniors Wail­ing”, a remake of the orig­i­nal Steamham­mer ver­sion as soon as it is offi­cial­ly available.

It was great to play that ear­ly British Blues Rock again and recon­nect with Mar­tin. We’d lost touch in 1970 after I became firm­ly ensconced in Cal­i­for­nia, lat­er join­ing the orig­i­nal Jef­fer­son Star­ship in 1974.

He’s a won­der­ful gui­tarist, and a cool guy.

Hope you like it.

Advance copies are being sent to album reviewers.