Press & Media
Rooted in the Blues and Soul tradition like so many Scottish Singers, Al Hughes writes from his own perspective on topics which are very much of today.His influences can be clearly heard, but make no mistake, this music is modern , relevant, and gathering praise from a growing number of well respected figures on the British music scene.
Comparisons have already been made,by more than one reviewer,to the acoustic playing of Rory Gallagher, and also to Chris Smither, Townes Van Zandt and Martin Simpson. His haunting, smoky voice is complimented by a variety of guitars, including a huge sounding, custom built, 12 string resonator. His music conjures a variety of moods, from forceful and raucus to gentle and wistful, indeed one reviewer called his playing “eerily atmospheric”, while another referred to his voice as sounding as if it had been “ aged in oak casks” Al’s vocal abilities have led to a busy schedule as a session musician, and he now combines studio work with playing clubs, concerts, and festivals all over the UK and Europe.
Al’s Album ‘Sad Songs and Tall Stories’ was included in Blues in Britain’s pick of the year 2010, and his song ‘Count Your Blessings’ was among the nominees for best song at the British Blues Awards 2011. His follow up album ‘Dancing in the Minefield built on this reputation as did his 3 cd set Feel Like Robert Johnson, which was released in 2013.
Al’s music his regularly played on both local and national radio as well as various digital platforms, and the two Lights Out By Nine Albums, for which he wrote many of the songs, made the top four in BB King’s Blues Chart on American Radio.The band also featured his song ‘Laughing on the Other Side ‘in a recent TV appearance. His last album ‘Bottleneck Serenade’ was released in 2016, and a new album, together with a re mastered ‘Best Of’ are scheduled for later in 2018.