UPDATE JAN 18
Living Blues Mentions us and we get raptures about it. For real. :-)
After 10 years, 9 albums, including 3 #1’s & 4 US tours, Stormcellar were reviewed in the December 2017 edition of Living Blues, the Roots publication of record since the 1960’s, marking a rare mention for an original song-writing Australian band.
Stormcellar has never shied away from following their own path. In a career eerily reminiscent of the Blues Brothers, they are now pursued with torches and pitchforks by Country folk, Blues Folk, Folk Folk, Jazz Folk, Pop Folk and other folk who joined the mob because it looked like fun was to be had.
Mutating uncontrollably from album to album, Stormcellar have irritated the Genre Gatekeepers of almost all the major styles by refusing to stay in one category.
Outcast, they roam the musical wilderness making cups of tea and recording albums, touring from Australia to Kansas City and mixing everything they can find with everything else they can find.
At one of the 500 odd shows Stormcellar have played over the last decade, you might have seen Cellists, American Soul & Gospel Artists from the 60’s, Mongolian Throat Singers, Champion Australian Fiddle Players, Puppets, Multimedia displays, Light shows, UV Facepainters, Flamenco Dancers & Singers, Magicians and over 60 different local supporting & co-billed bands.
Stormcellar’s 9th album, ‘Defiance’, was released in June 2017, marking the conclusion of a 3 part writing and recording project that has taken them from the mid-west of rural New South Wales, Australia, to the Mid West and East Coast of the United States of America in search of the shared myth that connects Celtic, Folks, Roots, Blues, Country and Rock. Defiance went to #1 on the Australian Blues & Roots Charts, their 3rd #1 album.
'Defiance' is the third album in their 'Mid West Triptych', a three part concept recorded over the last 4 years in Australia and the US, the first two albums from which have already achieved a degree of critical acclaim and even a small historical footnote for their collaborations with rarely-recorded Elders from Kansas City. Stormcellar may in fact be the first band to write original songs for, and recorded by, Authentic Delta Bluesmen.
After a decade of pubs, clubs, bar room floors, festival halls, lounge rooms, festival stages and mainstream and even the occasional Arena, Stormcellar are one of the most prolific, constantly working, original writing acts in Australia today.
Stormcellars work has received critical recognition in the US, France, Canada, Australia, the UK, with (as at Oct 2017) 3 #1 albums on Australian charts.
They’ve been schooled by Percy Sledges' musical director. Toured Oz. Recorded everywhere from top US studios to the porch of a farmhouse in Cumnock, NSW, on about every form of media except wax cylinder, played US & Aus Festivals, Biker rallies, back porches, dive bars, VFW halls, RSL’s, Bowlo’s, Pubs, Clubs, Paddocks and even Australian Stadiums. Also Nashville and Wollongong.
They’ve had a ‘cool’ video on a mainstream TV morning show. Topped the Australian Roots chart three times and been on the charts approaching 40 months and were the first band to be on the chart with two albums simultaneously.
On return from their 4th US tour at the height of the US election, Stormcellar commenced an 'anti anxiety' project reflecting the calm of the Australian environment, recording new songs in the dome of Skywatch Observatory in the Dark Skies area of Coonabarabran, in the streets of Sydney, Sydney Harbour and Coogee Beach.
Taking full advantage of the freedoms available to #selfpropelledartists, Stormcellar have already recorded the first tracks for their 11th album, releasing the first single 'Pirouette', whilst working on the soundtrack for their 10th release, the soundtrack to their 5D project.
A...'voice'... in this music'
Living Blues, Dec 2017
Peter B Lowry, founder Trix Records & Patron of the Sydney Blues Society
'I love these guys'
Mal Eastick, Aussie Guitar Legend
My favourite Quote from US 2016 tour:
'Met you at a gas station in Indiana, I was on my bike with a bunch of my brothers. You handed out CD's and I was kinda skeptical but took it anyway. You guys ----ing rock and now I cant get the music out of my head. I am excited to see you will be in my neighborhood in the next couple of weeks at a local bar. I will see you there, cd was awesome, thank you and see you soon. I'll try to bring as many as I can to support you.'
Jackyl, Rider of Undisclosed Affiliation.
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What's Been Going On Recently?
'Kansas City Gold' given a pretty decent write up in Living Blues Magazine
Stormcellar appear at the 2017 Sydney Blues & Roots Festival
Multimedia 'Anti anxiety' project 'the 5D project ' released https://youtu.be/v7LKajNgnnk
OCT 2017 -
'DEFIANCE' #1 on Australian Blues & Roots Chart, Stormcellar's 3rd #1 Album.
5D Sonic Reference (sound track to 5D project) in production, will be Stormcellar's 10th album.
Beyond 5D (5D project part 2) in Pre Production for Q1 2018
11th album in production, working title SC11, 2018. First single 'Pirouette' released.
The '5D Project' released, a secret link to an atmospheric multimedia project involving live recordings in situ with the sounds of the environment.
OCT 2017 - 'DEFIANCE' #1 on Australian Blues & Roots Chart, Stormcellar's 3rd #1 Album.
Stormcellar Announced for Sydney Blues & Roots Festival,
'Defiance' Album of the week on Bluesbeat Radio
SEPT 2017 - 10th project, working title '5D' started in post production. 11th project started.
AUG 2017 - 5th US tour postponed after one of the lads had a health scare. Rescheduled for 2018 'cos he's All Right.
June 2017 - 'Defiance', 9th album released. Recorded 7 tracks for our 10th album, released a few more videos including Chalk Angels, made with a bloke in Virginia and now we're doing more stuff.
MAY 2017 - A bunch of videos released, 9th album 'Defiance' due out pretty much any time. 5D project started. More airplay. Yeah we've been busy.
MAR 2017 Recap - 9th album almost done, part 3 of the midwest triptych 'Defiance' due out mid year. New videos released. More radio airplay.
DEC 2016 - Stormcellar's 9th Album enters mixing in Indiana.
DEC 2016 - DC Bellamy goes on National Public Radio in the US to talk about the Kansas City Gold project.
DEC 2016 Kansas City Gold getting airplay on approx 250 stations world wide, inc US, Australia, France, the UK and Canada.
NOV 2016 Stormcellar's 8th album KC Gold getting airplay on 250 radio stations world wide!
OCT 2016 Gene Deer, 2016 Indiana Legend Award Winner announces East Coast Tour of OZ with Stormcellar. (UPDATE- Gene didn't get his passport in time for Jan, tour postponed)
OCT 2016 Stormcellar does Marrickville Street Fair
OCT 2016 Kansas City Gold Reaches gets syndicated Airplay in the US & Canada, with over 150 Stations now playing the album.
OCT 2016 Kansas City Gold Reaches #6 on Australian Blues & Roots Chart
OCT 2016 - Millage interview by Australian DJ's whilst Michael's interviewed by US DJ's!
SEPT 2016 'Introducing Stormcellar' double album of Everywhere Feels Like Home + Curious Assembly gain airplay on US AAA radio
SEPT 2016 Kansas City Gold 'Album of month' on 2RRR
SEPT 2016 - ninth album recorded in Indianapolis with producer Alan Johnson (Paul Rodgers/John Fogerty/Kid Rock/Larry Crane/Duke Tumatoe) and guests Gene Deer, Larry Crane, PJ and Rob Dixon.
AUG 2016 - 4th US Tour, including 2nd year in a row at Nickelplate Festival.
AUGUST 2016 Kansas City gold debuts on Australian Blues & Roots Charts at #23
JULY 2016 - 'Kansas City Gold' completed
FEB 2016 - 'I'm Better Off Without You' released as a single.
Q4 2015 - Original soundtrack 'Everywhere feels like home' released. debuts at #15 on the Charts. Not bad for a soundtrack eh?
SEP 2015 Recorded 'KC Underground sessions' with Kansas City All Stars line up including Millage Gilbert and Ron Teamer.
SEP 2015 Recorded 'Better off without you' at Static Shack, Indianapolis
SEP 2015 Stormcellar at Nickeplate Fest, Fishers IN
AUG 2015 Stormcellar at Byron Crossroads Festival, Rockford IL, 2nd year in a row!
AUG 2015 Stormcellar US Tour 3
MAY 2015 Stormcellar tour with Kansas City Legend, DC Bellamy on Australian East Coast Tour
APRIL 2015 Stormcellar announed for Longview Festival, October
Interview with Mr Wizard from Australian Guitar Magazine Mar 2015
FEB 2015 - Stormcellar announced for the 2015 Nickelplate Blues Festival in Indiana, I guess that means we're doing our 3rd US tour. Must get around to announcing that.
FEB 2015 - Stormcellar write Theme song for the Australian Wrestling Entertainment Championships!
JAN 2015 - Stormcellar record our first international co written song 'Sweet Mama', co-written with Ron Teamer, Kansas City KS.
JAN 2015 - Stormcellar announced for 2015 Crossroads Blues Festival in Illinois, USA
DEC 2014 - Stormcellar release 'You Can't Push Me Away', an international US/AUS co produced single featuring DC Bellamy
OCT 2014 - The Curious Assembly appears at #17 On the Collectif Des Radios Blues in France
2nd US Tour Aug-Sept 2014 - Stormcellar open Crossroads Festival in Rockford, Illinois,play shows and festivals in 5 states.
JULY 2014 - 'The Curious Assembly' , Stormcellar's 6th Album, debuts on Aust Blues/Roots Charts at #2
Michael 'Rosie' Rosenthal - Electric & Acoustic Guitar
Paul 'Mr Wizard' Read - Slide Guitar & Mandolin
Michael 'MJEB' Barry - Vocals & Harp
Theo Wanders- Drums & Percussion
Bill Williams - Bass, Mandolin
and when we're lucky
Ms Jo Fitzgerald - Vocals and Harmony
2017- June - 'Defiance' , Part 3 of the Mid West Triptych is released.
2016 - Kansas City Gold, part two of the 'Midwest Triptych' released to rave US reviews, charting at #6 in Australian and getting syndicated radio play in the US & Canada on over 150 stations.
Single - 'I'm better off without you' released feb 2016
2015 - Everywhere Feels Like Home original soundtrack, Q4 2015, part of the 'Midwest Triptych' Charts at #12 in Australia,
Singles 'Sweet Mama' and 'Don't take it so hard on me' Released Q1 2015
Single - The Flood - Released Australia Day, Jan 2015
Single - You Can't Push me away, Stormcellar with Jo Fitzgerald & DC. Bellamy released Oct 2014 - go check it it's awesome.
The Curious Assembly - July 2014 - Debuted at #2 on ABARC charts. Described as 'weird, but good' by Salty Dog. Charted in France.
Hired Guns & Borrowed Glory 2012 - #1 on Aust Blues Roots Chart, #18 on Collectif Des Radio Blues in France, #3 best NTTB albums of the year Blues Underground Network
Carl's Chair 2010 - #7 on Aust Blues Roots Chart, Album of the week CoastFm, Wildman Steve Radio Alabama, listed in best NTTB albums of the year Blues Underground Network
Nuevo Retro 2010 - #1 on Aust Blues Roots Chart, #49 US National Blues Chart
Whiskey Talking -2008 - #20 on Aust Blues Roots Chart, Debut Album
Jo's interview about coming on the US tour with us:
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