REVIEW

Gonna Love You played on Live from the Midnight Circus

“It is strong, it is growing and it is going to be huge,” says, about the blues indie scene, Richard Lhommedieu, who just came back from the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, where he was a judge.

For his January 30, 2018, Live at the Midnight Circus show, in which he is “honoring the past, praising the present, empowering the future,” he picked Cameron Kimbrough’s Gonna Love You, which the Mississippi musician recorded with Hypnotic Wheels for their Muddy Gurdy CD at the Moon Hollow Farm in Como, Mississippi.

The song starts just before the 7:00 mark.

For Sunday breakfast in Oregon

KRVM’s Breakfast With the Blues airs every Sunday morning from the Eugene, Oregon, area. A show hosted by BoogieKing Steve.

On January 28, 2018, at 9:11 am, he broadcasted Muddy Gurdy‘s Rollin’ and Tumblin’, right before R.L. Burnside’s Old Black Mattie. For those interested, here is the full playlist.

For the story, Hypnotic Wheels recorded Rollin’ and Tumblin’, a song made famous by Muddy Waters and later by R.L. Burnside, with R.L.’s grandson, Cedric Burnside, in the Como, Mississippi, countryside in late April, 2017. 

 

The BluzNdaBlood: “A great song”

“Hot blues for a cold winter,” announces The BluzNdaBlood‘s Dave Harrison for its 283rd show, broadcasted on January 26, 2018.

“Here is a great song, that’s a cover of an R.L. Burnside number. Muddy Gurdy is a French band. They met a bunch of the North Mississippi Hill Country blues bloodline, that features Cedric Burnside, Cameron Kimbrough, Pat Thomas, and Sharde Thomas. Enjoy!”

Muddy Gurdy will be released on February 2, 2018, by Vizztone.

The story starts at 43:26.

Muddy Gurdy getting some air time in London

John Cushley aired Muddy Gurdy’s version of That Girl is Bad, featuring Cedric Burnside, during his Balling the Jack show on Resonance FM in London.

A wonderful project called Muddy Gurdy. The voice you heard that was Cedric Burnside, of the Burnside dynasty of North Mississippi. The project is basically a French band called The Hypnotic Wheels traveling to North Mississippi with a hurdy gurdy, and collaborating with lots of local musicians, including Sharde Thomas, Cameron Kimbrough, Cedric Burnside, Pat Thomas.

The whole project has come together incredibly well. It has got this hypnotic drive, atmosphere, with this edge European of experimentalism underpending it under the hurdy gurdy. A marvelous cross-cultural coalition. Beautiful stuff.

Listen at 27:30 (and the rest of the show as well, as Muddy Gurdy is in really great company, including Etta James and Dorothy Love Coates), and John Cushley’s beautiful critique of the project and the album.

And the link to Balling the Jack for more shows…

Muddy Gurdy spinning in Italy

Italian journalist Nicola NiQ Conforti enjoyed Shake Em on Down, one of the songs included in Muddy Gurdy, Hypnotic Wheel’s second album to be released on February 2, 2018, which he played on the 184th of his Blues Top 10 show.

“Muddy Gurdy’s name is inspired by the hurdy gurdy, an instrument with a crank, typical in Europe,” explained Nicola NiQ Conforti.

Go to 9:50:

 

On ABS Magazine’s cover

To record their second album, The Muddy Gurdy Mississippi Project, the Hypnotic Wheels trio (Tia Gouttebel, guitar, vocals; Marc Glomeau, percussion; and Gilles Chabenat, hurdy gurdy), traveled to the North Mississippi Hill County and the Delta. They met with descendents of emblematic bluesmen from the area: Cedric Burnside (R. L.’s grandson), Sharde Thomas (Otha Turner’s grand-daughter), Cameron Kimbrough (Junior’s grandson), and Pat Thomas ( James Son’s son).

“The sociologist, researcher, and journalist Scott Barretta –a reference in the domain– already told the Hypnotic Wheels musicians: «What makes your project so unique is that you didn’t come here just to take, but to give and to share, bringing something from your culture.” 

The choice of the locations, the nomadic conditions of recording, the fact that they brought whith them a unique cultural element of our folklore, the hurdy gurdy, their generosity made of this musical and human adventure a rare and unique moment. A story which is told from the inside by one of the musicians –which is rather rare, a choice made by our magazine. What you will read, listen to and watch can only intice you to want to learn more about the project.

By Marcel Benedit, in ABS Magazine.

Read the full editorial by Marcel Bénédit and the story written by Marc Glomeau.

Hypnotic Wheels featured in The Panolian

For one group of French musicians, playing music isn’t just the end goal. Rather, their pursuit of creating music is intricately tied to a working philosophy that continually drives rich sensibilities about people, places and culture. And lately, right here in Mississippi.

But why?

The group, Hypnotic Wheels, arrived in Como, Mississippi last week and will spend the next two weeks traveling the Hill Country and Delta working on a project that hopes to further identify the cultural and musical commonalities between rural Mississippi blues musicians and rural French folk musicians, both whose music is born from a place of necessity rather than luxury. […]

By Karen Ott Mayer. Read the full story in The Panolian

 

Tia: le blues à l’âme

Parallèlement aux projets d’Hypnotic Wheels, Tia, la chanteuse et guitariste du groupe prépare un troisième album, qui sera enregistré à l’automne. Jean-Paul Boithias lui consacre un article, alors qu’elle vient de rentrer des Etats-Unis.

Photo Roland Dumoulin

Son truc à elle, c’est le blues. Ne lui demandez pas pourquoi. C’est comme ça. La musique ne s’explique pas. Elle se vit. Tia vient d’ailleurs tout juste de rentrer des Etats-Unis. Un nouveau séjour de deux semaines. Pour tout musicien et chanteur de blues qui se respecte, le voyage outre-Atlantique est un passage obligé. Les origines. L’histoire. Memphis, Tennessee. Le Mississippi… Tout là-bas respire le blues. « La musique est partout. Elle est ancrée dans le quotidien des gens », souffle Tia Gouttebel, des étoiles encore plein les yeux.

Article complet dans Info Magazine

 

“Une transe perpétuelle”

Hypnotic Wheels CD

«Créé sur une idée originale du percussionniste Marc Glomeau de réunir la chanteuse guitariste Tia (prix Cognac Blues passions 2012) et le vielliste Gilles Chabenat, Hypnotic Wheels propose un univers singulier et onirique puisant aux sources des musiques afro-américaines et du Centre de la France.
L’improbable association de la vielle et de la calebasse africaine, illuminée par la guitare et la voix de Tia, génère un son inédit, celui d’une transe perpétuelle —­d’où son nom— nourrie de pulsations technoïdes martelées à la calebasse. Basses et autres riffs distordus de la vielle tournent comme des astéroïdes autour d’une voix envoûtante.»

 

Le Transfo Art Culture Auvergne annonce la sortie du premier album d’Hypnotic Wheels.

Lire l’article sur Le Transfo

 

Chaud, l’électro blues!

Le festival Jazz dans le Bocage s’est poursuivi ce jeudi soir avec Hypnotic Wheels en première partie dans une salle des fêtes de Noyant surchauffée (260 personnes).

Le trio a marié le Mississippi de Bo Diddley et l’Afrique du Nord, car “le blues existe dans toutes les cultures”. La vielle (électroacoustique) a répondu à la guitare électrique (transfigurée par la pédale wah-wah) et aux calebasse et micro-Korg pour une sorte d’électroblues aux rythmes lancinants zébrés de fulgurances acoustiques. “See Line Woman” (Nina Simone), “Feelin’ Good” ou “Down in Mississippi” ont créé l’ambiance.

La formule guitare-vielle-calebasse, ça fonctionne avec Tia Gouttebel, Gilles Chabenat et Marc Glomeau!

Centre France / La Montagne, 14 mai 2015

Hypnotic Wheels La Montagne 150514