The debut by Newman was released Europe through Point Music as a solo project, but "One Step Closer" sees a huge leap forward and has much more of a "band" feel. The first thing to hit you is the crispness of the sound, opening track "One Step Closer" is beautifully arranged and boasts a strong melody and subtle keyboards. Superior Japanese edition of this AOR masterpiece.
On Kenny Neal's third Telarc release, One Step Closer, he combines the Louisiana musical traditions he grew up listening to with a wide range of contemporary material. Among the 12 tracks are soul-blues renditions of Bob Dylan's "Walk Out in the Rain," Nick Lowe's "High on a Hilltop," and John Hiatt's "Lover's Will." Neal's developing skills as a songwriting have been convincingly affected by roots rock and Americana, as showcased on "Backdoor Tipper," "No More One More Chance," "Whiskey Tears," and "She Ain't Happy Unless She's Sad." ~ Al Campbell
One Step Ahead Of The Blues album for sale by Chris Spedding was released Jun 09, 2009 on the Repertoire label. One of England's most in-demand guitarists (he's recorded with everyone from Elton John to Tom Waits) has had few chances to make his own recordings. But he found time in 2001; this bluesy gem shows off his voice and keyboard skills, too: Cajun Moon; Albatross; Young Man Blues , and more including three previously unavailable bonus cuts! One Step Ahead Of The Blues CD music contains a single disc.
The band, with new bassist Dave Bartlett played various shows to support the new album including the Cambridge Rock Festival and, shortly after enlisting the talents of new Guitarist Shaun Bessant, the band were asked to play at the prestigious Firefest Festival that year and a CD/DVD was recorded and released in 2011. … the added ARFM session bonus tracks are a real treat too!