Ottawa Bluesfest 2017: SARI SCHORR Strokes the Engine

Ottawa Bluesfest 2017: SARI SCHORR Strokes the Engine

Photos by Roch Parisien ©2017 Rocon Communications

Sari’s debut album is titled ‘A Force of Nature’, and that’s exactly what was on display for 75 minutes on this closing day of Ottawa Bluesfest 2017.

It’s an easy thing to call a big-voiced female blues-rock singer ‘Joplin-esque’, but in this case the comparison is entirely apt. Not in any imitative way, but in the ability the two share to build fluidly from a whisper to a scream while radiating an emotional intensity that grasps an audience by the throat. Not does ‘blues’ or even ‘blues rock’ quite capture the sound, with flavourings of traditional folk, world and progressive elements that make it an exotic fusion all its own.

Much of this instrumental depth comes courtesy of the finely-tuned Engine Room – incredibly, this wasn’t even Sari’s regular band, who are based in England and weren’t onboard for this trip, but rather a set of highly skilled ‘spare parts’ on guitar, bass, drums and keys. Onstage, Sari was a whirling dervish of intensity.

The set was bookended by a pair of killer covers, extended versions of trad folk classic “In the Pines” and Lead Belly’s “Black Betty”, both beginning slow and haunting before building to muscular crescendos of instrumentation over which surfed the singer’s banshee-like wailing. Original material from the album like “Ain’t Got No Money”, “Letting Go”, “Demolition Man” “Kiss Me” and especially the gospel-like fervour of “Ordinary Life”, all resounded powerfully with the audience.

Written by Roch Parisien. Visit: Roch Parisien's Rocon Communications

Great Review From The Montreux Jazz Festival 2017

Great Review From The Montreux Jazz Festival 2017

Review: 3 Days At The Montreux Jazz Festival 2017

July 28, 2017

By Cameron Arndt, all photos by CA, all shows reviewed took place 9th-12th July 2017

Sari Schorr And The Engine Room

It’s been a stormy day in Montreux. We step off the train into a torrential rainstorm and struggle through the short walk to our hotel near the lakeside. The usual spectacular view is completely obscured by clouds and mist, with only the start of the lake visible and no hint of the stunning vista of mountains that lies on the far side.

Fortunately the rain has halted by the time Sari Schorr takes to the outdoor park stage at the festival at 8pm. One of the (many) great features of the Montreux Jazz Festival is the amount of free shows that one can see. With no admission charge to the festival itself, the enterprising music fan can wander in along the extensive promenade of bars, food outlets and venues and discover a host of eclectic musical delights on the park stage and other free venues – in addition to the bigger paid shows in the Jazz Club and Stravinski Auditorium, which towers above the rest of the festival.

Where else could you see an artist of Schorr’s calibre absolutely free and in a stunning (albeit still somewhat cloud obscured) setting? Schorr and her band, The Engine Room, quickly dispel any lingering unease at the temperamental weather and – despite an unfortunate recurrence of the rain midway through their set – turn in a typically sensational performance.

Opening with Ain’t Got No Money they treat the hardy audience members to a large chunk of music from Schorr’s excellent debut album, Force Of Nature, and the rocking, bluesy and soulful tunes are a perfect antidote to our weather woes. Schorr is clearly delighted to be here and delivers every number with typical passion and intensity, morphing her sterling voice to suit each song. At times her vocals are smooth, bewitching, and at other moments they are raw and full of grit.

She’s accompanied by her four piece band – and they’re very much a band, no mere conflagration of backing musicians. Hardened by months on the road this year they play with an almost telepathic synthesis. Witness, for example, the rhythm section of Kevins O’Rourke and Jefferies laying down a spot on blues groove on Demolition Man, while keysman Anders Olinder tops it with lashings of organ. Meanwhile, what can be said about guitarist Innis Sibun that hasn’t already been said a thousand times? The former Robert Plant guitarist is a sensational player, and fires out scorching solos and subtle licks throughout, while stalking the stage, kneeling down to play to rain soaked fans at the front and providing the perfect foil to Schorr’s commanding performance.

The guitarist’s history is nodded to on a visceral cover of Led Zeppelin’s Rock & Roll – where O’Rourke also gets to show off his chops on the dynamic fills. Indeed Schorr herself seems so entranced watching the band she almost forgets to sing, prompting a dash to the mic for the opening line. She makes it, and completely owns a challenging, iconic vocal.

Elsewhere the band turn in a mesmerising new take on Led Belly’s Where Did You Sleep Last Night? With Schorr digging deep down to emulate the great man’s low tones then soaring to great peaks that are all her own. She makes sure to note that without Led Belly there would be no rock and roll, then invites us to journey to her part of the world on the silky, grooving Oklahoma.

Sibun’s skills are brilliantly showcased on Freddie King’s superlative guitar instrumental Hideaway, while the band tempt fate during a powerful, knowing Stormy Monday before Olinder backs Schorr with sweet piano playing on the gorgeous Ordinary Life.

The rain eases a little for the rocking Damn The Reason and excellent Aunt Hazel before Schorr and The Engine Room bring the curtain down on a superb hour and a half with their reinvention of Black Betty, which breathes new life into the oft-covered standard.

Catch them while – and whenever – you can!

On tour in Europe

On tour in Europe

It’s 8 am. I’m riding shotgun beside my tour manager Alex, heading back to the UK from Germany on a windy morning. Alex just said, “The tour bus is being tossed around like a piece of paper up an alley.” I’m trying not to spill my coffee. With the wind on our heels, we’ll cross the borders of four countries,  (German, Belgium, France, UK), by the time we’re wheels down on the shores of England. 

We’ve put 16,000 miles behind us the last few months. In the last four days alone, we’ve rolled into three countries for three shows: The Netherlands where we played the iconic Ribs & Blues Festival, France for the Leogan Jazz & Blues Festival in Bordeaux, and then Germany for a show in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Walter Trout headlined Ribs and Blues. I watched from the wings in awe as he captivated all of the several thousand people in attendance. He brought me to tears during “Please Take Me Home,” a pain infused song about his struggle to survive. Then to my surprise, Walter invited me to join him on stage. We had a ball!

Exclusive News!

I’m thrilled to announce The Engine Room and I will be supporting Walter Trout on his 2017 UK fall tour. Walter is never without words of encouragement. I am truly so grateful for his support. The dates are:
9th  The Brook Southampton
10th  Under The Bridge  London
11th  Under The Bridge  London
13th  Central Station  Wrexham
14th  Warehouse 23  Wakefield
15th  GuildHall Preston
17th  Robin 2 Bilston
18th  Public Hall  Harpenden
20th  Bierkeller  Bristol
21st  Muni Arts Centre
22nd  Sin City  Swansea

The UK/European tour has been stunning. I’ve met so many wonderful people, who inspire me to continue to do what I love. It has always been my dream to see the world on a voyage of music. There are a few highlights to share. One was our show at Mühle Hunziken in Rubigen, Switzerland, where we performed on the stage that Walter Trout, Dr. John, Robben Ford, Robert Cray, Bood, Sweat & Tears, Curtis Mayfield, Cyril Neville, Sonny Landreth, Gilberto Gil, and Cesaria Evora once stood. The Vienna Blues Spring Festival brought us to Austria for the first time and introduced us to Knödel dumplings. Our show at Musiktheater Piano brought me back to Dortmund, Germany, where Henning Gehrke and I wrote several songs that appear on A Force of Nature.

It’s quite in the bus at the moment. The guys are catching up on some much-needed sleep. I’m going to spend the rest of the 8-hour trip working on new lyrics. When I pause for reflection, I will be picturing the faces of the people we’re meet on the road and know that I am truly blessed.

2017 International Songwriting Finalist

*|MC:SUBJECT|*
Manhaton Records present Sari Schorr UK & Europe
View this email in your browser
Sari Schorr New Album
Sari Schorr Damn The Reason video

Hi Team!
I'm in the UK for four shows over Easter before continuing the tour in Europe. Do catch me in Milton Keynes (tonight), Worcester (13th), Southport (15th) or Crawley on Easter Sunday (16th). I'd like to tell you about two songs - Cat and Mouse and Work No More.

I'm delighted that my song 'Cat and Mouse' which was written with Mike Vernon and Quique Bonal has made it through as a finalist in the International Song Competition for Best Blues Song and also in the category 'People's Voice'. People's Voice is an online voting contest that allows the public to listen to all the finalists' songs and vote for their favourite one. People's Voice is separate from, and in addition to, the winners selected by ISC's judges.

So, if I could ask you all a favour to jump on here and vote that would be appreciated!
I've discovered that the song 'Work No More' has become a favourite for blues fans in France, probably because the amazing Walter Trout is featured on the song. We played at Arca Blues in Annecy recently and Christophe Lesberger took some amazing photos that I have added to the track. Have a listen!

Meanwhile we continue across the UK and Europe in the next few months whilst putting the finishing touches to new songs. We hope to play them for you soon!

Sending love,
Sari x
APRIL
  • 12/04 The Stables Milton Keynes UK
  • 13/04 Huntingdon Hall Worcester UK
  • 15/04 The Atkinson, Southport UK
  • 16/04 The Hawth, Crawley UK
  • 17/04 Spirit of 66, Verviers BE
  • 19/04 Downtown Bluesclub, Hamburg DE
  • 20/04 Wunderbar Weite Welt, Eppstein DE
  • 21/04 Hessen State Prison
  • 22/04 Winterbach Strandbar 51 DE
  • 23/04 Village, Habach DE
  • 25/04 Linz Arbeiterkammerat samer ARBEITERKAMMERAT
  • 26/04 Vienna SpringbluesFestival AT
  • 29/04 Freudenburg Ducsaal DE
MAY
  • 01/05 Blue Monday KofMehl CH
  • 04.05 Landhaus, Jenas CH
  • 05/05 Mühle Hunziken, Rubigen CH
  • 06/05 Bäckerstübli, Scherzingen CH
  • 09/05 Spectrum, Augsburg DE
  • 11/05 Musiktheater Piano, Dortmund DE
  • 12/05 Kulturzentrum Alte Schule, Stotel DE
  • 19/05 Keighley Blues Festival, Bradford UK
  • 20/05 Redcar R&B Club, UK
  • 23/05 Beaverwood, Chislehurst UK
  • 25/05 The Flowerpot, Derby UK
  • 26/05 Ropetackle Arts Center, Shoreham UK
  • 27/05 Aldershot West End Centre UK
JUNE
  • 03/06 Jazz and Blues Léognan, Bordeux FR
  • 05/06 Ribs & Blues Domineeskamp, Raalte NL
  • 06/06 Rio-Eshweiler, Eschweiler DE
  • 09/06 Blues na Świecie Festival, PL
  • 10/06 Blues na Świecie Festival, PL
  • 24/06 Hypothalmus Rheine DE
JULY
  • 01/07 Summerfest at Blaker Fortress NO
  • 05/07 Oldenburg Germany
  • 07/07 Carrieres Musicales Avignon FR
  • 08/07 La Roque, Antheor FR
  • 15/07 North Atlantic Blues Fest Rockland ME USA

Sari & the Boys Hit Scotland!

*|MC:SUBJECT|*
ABERDEEN TUNNELS
"Extraordinary singer; exceptional band."
View this email in your browser

SARI SCHORR & THE ENGINE ROOM ARE HALFWAY THROUGH THEIR EUROPEAN TOUR OF 2017. HERE'S WHAT SOME OF THE VENUES ARE SAYING ABOUT THIS INCREDIBLE LIVE PERFORMER FROM THE USA.

HUNTINGDON HALL, WORCESTER
"Back when she was singing backing vocals for others, Sari Schorr must have known, now so does everyone else. She’s not destined for an ordinary life at all. Together with The Engine Room she’s headed for stardom."

GLASGOW COTTIERS VENUE
"Sari Schorr is a force of nature. Sari Schorr is a force to be reckoned with. A stunning performer with an incredible voice, backed by a top class band. This was a night to remember and, with a second album in the works, it’s surely merely the beginning for this wonderful lady."


BACK IN THE UK - MAY 2017 (CLICK ON THE GIG FOR TICKETS)

LONDON BORDERLINE
"Poor sound and lighting though didn’t come close to spoiling things – a gig from such a talented act in a small intimate venue like this is hard to beat. If you get a chance to see Sari Schorr on her UK tour then take it – you won’t be disappointed."


For more info contact arm@manhatonrecords.com







Sari Schorr & The Engine Room on Vintage TV!

*|MC:SUBJECT|*
Manhaton Records present Sari Schorr - UK Tour
View this email in your browser
Sari Schorr New Album
Sari Schorr & the Engine Room
Hi Team!
I'm back in the UK! It is great to be playing live with the band again and we are having a wonderful time. We are pictured having just recorded a session for Vintage TV, which will be broadcast in the next few weeks - I'll let you know when it gets scheduled.
So it's nonstop shows and interviews right now. I'm so glad you guys have finally got great coffee. [Do let us know where we can find the best cup of java on this tour!].
Next show is a big one on Monday at the recently refurbished Borderline in London. We have Ash Wilson supporting, who has a new album out that is picking up great reviews too. I look forward to catching up with you all soon!
Sari Schorr
Borderline 20th March
Sending love,

Sari x
MARCH
  • 18/03 Rockabella Frome UK
  • 20/03 Borderline London UK
  • 23/03 Fibbers York UK
  • 24/03 Scarborough Blues Festival UK
  • 25/03 Cafe Drummond, Aberdeen UK
  • 26/03 Cottiers, Glasgow UK
  • 29/03 Rother Blues Tage DE
APRIL
  • 01/04 L’Arcadium Annecy FR
  • 05/04 Talking Heads Southampton UK
  • 07/04 Blues in Athena St. Salve FR
  • 12/04 The Stables Milton Keynes UK
  • 13/04 Huntingdon Hall Worcester UK
  • 15/04 The Atkinson, Southport UK
  • 16/04 The Hawth, Crawley UK
  • 17/04 Spirit of 66, Verviers BE
  • 19/04 Downtown Bluesclub, Hamburg DE
  • 20/04 Wunderbar Weite Welt, Eppstein DE
  • 21/04 Hessen State Prison
  • 22/04 Winterbach Strandbar 51 DE
  • 23/04 Village, Habach DE
  • 25/04 Linz Arbeiterkammerat samer ARBEITERKAMMERAT
  • 26/04 Vienna SpringbluesFestival AT
  • 29/04 Freudenburg Ducsaal DE
MAY
  • 01/05 Blue Monday KofMehl CH
  • 04.05 Landhaus, Jenas CH
  • 05/05 Mühle Hunziken, Rubigen CH
  • 06/05 Bäckerstübli, Scherzingen CH
  • 09/05 Spectrum, Augsburg DE
  • 11/05 Musiktheater Piano, Dortmund DE
  • 12/05 Kulturzentrum Alte Schule, Stotel DE
  • 19/05 Keighley Blues Festival, Bradford UK
  • 20/05 Redcar R&B Club, UK
  • 23/05 Beaverwood, Chislehurst UK
  • 25/05 The Flowerpot, Derby UK
  • 26/05 Ropetackle Arts Center, Shoreham UK
  • 27/05 Aldershot West End Centre UK
JUNE
  • 03/06 Jazz and Blues Léognan, Bordeux FR
  • 05/06 Ribs & Blues Domineeskamp, Raalte NL
  • 06/06 Rio-Eshweiler, Eschweiler DE
  • 09/06 Blues na Świecie Festival, PL
  • 10/06 Blues na Świecie Festival, PL
  • 24/06 Hypothalmus Rheine DE
JULY
  • 01/07 Summerfest at Blaker Fortress NO
  • 05/07 Oldenburg Germany
  • 07/07 Carrieres Musicales Avignon FR
  • 08/07 La Roque, Antheor FR
  • 15/07 North Atlantic Blues Fest Rockland ME USA

International Women's Day!

Today is International Women’s Day. On this day, we sharpen our focus on the issues that will help women and girls achieve their dreams by creating a more gender inclusive world in which all people have an equal opportunity to pursue their ambitions.

IWD 2017 celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It also raises awareness of the serious challenges women around the world face every day, like domestic violence and the lack of access to education.

I’d like to share a song I wrote about domestic violence. It’s a hard subject to tackle, but it is important to bring the conversation to the forefront if we are ever going to take concrete actions that will bring us closer to ending domestic violence forever.

The song is called, “Damn the Reason.” It was important to me that the song took a compassionate rather than judgmental look at the plight of the victim and how easily someone can become trapped. The double entendre in the line, “Don’t want to see myself in your eyes” shows that she knows how dangerous it is to be physically close to her partner, but it is also the shame she suffers at loosing sight of herself. But, shame will not survive if it is met with empathy.

Shockingly, 1 in 3 women around the world, regardless of race, ethnic or religious group, or class, will be victims of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime. If we break the silence by speaking out and stand together, I do believe we can end domestic violence.

IWD is calling on us to make a change. Find out how you can take action: www.internationalwomensday.com/BeBold

Are you ready to #BeBoldForChange?

 

Not too Cold for Warm Hearts!

February is bitter and shakes me and my fellow New Yorkers to the core.  We are numbed even more so by the cold truth that the world is becoming a more dangerous place.

As much as I love New York, I am grateful for the opportunity to travel around the world and gain perspective. And, I do so while doing what I love, for people I love.

We just finished our first official tour of the Netherlands. The Dutch seem to know something about life that I sometimes forget. The Dutch are joyful and optimistic with a practical fearlessness. I spent some time at the Amsterdam Museum and was fascinated by the history of this 1000-year-old trading city. Amsterdam has always had a strong focus on creativity, free-thinking, and community. And, they love their music!

Throughout the entire tour, the band and I were met by so many enthusiastic fans who made us feel at home. I’m always in awe of the power music has to unite people. I was watching Innes during one of his epic solos and was thinking – he is manifesting the sound of love and that is how music can change the world.

Photo by Alain Broeckx ©2017

Photo by Alain Broeckx ©2017

It’s 5:30 AM here in NY. I’m up early to start writing lyrics before the chaos of the city becomes too distracting. The band and I have begun working on new material for the next album. We met up with our producer Mike Vernon in Spain before the Netherlands tour for a very productive week of songwriting in my favorite studio in Antequera. Mike shared his lovely finca with us. It’s perched high in the mountains with breathtaking views of endless acres of olive groves and almond trees set before cascading mountain ranges. Innes and Kevin O’Rouke took control of the kitchen and whipped up one gourmet meal after another. I decided I love commune living.

Photo by Johan Sonneveld ©2017

Photo by Johan Sonneveld ©2017

I feel inspired in Spain. Like the vast expanse of the big sky in Montana, the wide open spaces in Spain, and the pureness of the light provides a fertile ground for the seeds of my imagination to take root. This is where I wrote most of the lyrics for A Force of Nature. 

A second album is always wrought with a certain amount of pressure, especially when a debut album, as with A Force of Nature, has received so much critical acclaim. So, we will work even harder to make the best possible album. I’m getting excited just thinking about it!

So, my dear friends – stay warm, stay joyful and hear the love in the universal language of music.

See you down the road!
Sari x

Word-of-Mouth – Music's Champion

I started growing my audience in small clubs in New York City. I certainly wasn't making music that was commercially viable. In fact, my songwriting skills were still years away from being anything viable. Developing as a writer takes time and plenty of patience. And then one day you feel ready to present your music to the world and you hope like hell that someone will find value in your work.

A Real “Force Of Nature”

Wow - 10/10! “The quality of the record frequently touches jaw-dropping. Sari Schorr & the Engine Room have just made one of the blues records of the year.” – Maximum Volume Music 

“This is an album that quite honestly is as close to faultless as one could wish. That Schorr’s voice ... is every bit as unquantifiable rich, melodic, engaging, powerful, mesmerizing and – above all – harmonious, so that once the album is finished the listener is searching for the ‘Replay’ button almost immediately.” – Planet Mosh

“During her performances her vocal range and delivery are a compelling combination that just holds your attention right from the start, casting a spell over the audience that is incredible to witness.” – Blues Matters

“One of the most recognizable tunes that should arguably never, ever be covered is Ram Jam’s Black Betty, yet this stripped back, pain-infused piece of musical magnificence takes on a whole new lease of life and comes out the other side reborn and rejuvenated in ways otherwise unimaginable.” – Fabrications HQ 

“A deeply personal album for Schorr, Force of Nature is a hailstorm of an album sure to go down in blues history.” – Blues Rock Review 

“Together they generate kind of intensity that producer Mike Vernon probably heard in the younger Clapton. The end result is an album with real vitality, freshness and spark, voiced in songs with enough emotional depth and intensity to make an enduring impact.” – Pete Feenstra 

“That incredible voice she possesses seems god-given, much like the way Bonamassa has a god- given talent to play the guitar, Sari Schorr has been blessed with a voice not of this world.” – Devil’s Gate Media

Wow - 8.5! “Produced by Mike Vernon, the album is tantalizing, it is has lungs and Ms. Schorr is not afraid to use them to their fullest potential; each breath produces an inspired kick that finds its way easily to the listener’s door and barges down any sign of neglect.” – Liverpool Sound and Vision

“Schorr is undoubtedly a find, writing strong songs in a range of styles, with interesting lyrics. Vocally she has the goods to do justice to that range too, with a bluesy voice that can deliver both power and delicacy. The partnership with Innes Sibun is a winner too.” – Blues Enthused

“This is an album which will make you press the repeat button over and over again.” – UK Music Reviews 5/5

“Sari Schorr presents us with some timeless material on this album...This confirms to her existing fans and her many new followers that she is definitely a force of nature ...Her voice is a mixture of controlled burning and ever-accumulating passion.”

“A Force of Nature’ is a thrilling, riveting listen and this, coupled with Mike Vernon’s raw, yet perfectly focused production job, makes for one of the albums of the year.” 

“A Force Of Nature is an absolute belter of an album from the outset!”

An Amazing Year!

It's been an amazing year! We could not have possibly predicted the success the new album would receive. We will be forever grateful that we had the chance to share our music with so many wonderful people.

#1 on the IBBA Chart!

What an honor to be the most played album on the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Chart! I am so grateful to all the hardworking members of the association for supporting and promoting blues radio!

Blues In Britain Cover

SARI SCHORR Is the New Undisputed Female Rising Star of Blues Rock! Sari Makes the Cover of Blues Matters AND Blues In Britain! 

My Album is out today

Manhaton Records present Sari Schorr

View this email in your browser

 

Blues In Britain + Album release

I'm honoured to be on the cover of September's Blues In Britain magazine. If that isn't enough, we make our debut in Holland on Saturday at none other than the legendary Paradiso Amsterdam. We are back in London on Monday 5th September for the 'A Force of Nature' album launch party at The Half Moon Putney. It would be wonderful to share this special night with you.

 

The tour has started!
I'm having such fun with the band in the UK and Europe. Playing songs that nobody has heard yet is daunting and I have been surprised at some of the reactions. We performed the ballad “Ordinary Life” as an encore, and although there were several hundred people in the theatre, you could hear a pin drop. That choked me up. I love all the songs in the set. When I check the setlist, I’m always looking forward to the next song up, although I’m sweating bullets before "Black Betty" because of the emotional toll it takes on me to get it right. My amazing guitarist Innes Sibun has broken out his twin neck just for that song!


Photo: Stephen Fourie Photography

The album is available now on Amazon, Manhaton Records and iTunes

The album is available now on AmazonManhaton Records and iTunes

My album launch party is on Monday 5th September at The Half Moon Putney, London

My album launch party is on Monday 5th September at The Half Moon Putney, London

SARI SCHORR & THE ENGINE ROOM TOUR

SEPTEMBER
Sept 3             Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
Sept 5             Half Moon Putney, London, UK (Album Launch) 
Sept 9             Darlington RnB Club, The Forum Music Centre, Darlington,

Sept 10           Blues Club, Devizes, Wiltshire, UK
Sept 11           Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, UK
Sept 14           The Tunnels, Bristol, UK
Sept 15           Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier, West Sussex, UK
Sept 16           New Crawdaddy, Billericay Town FC, UK
Sept 17           Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, UK
Sept 23           Selby Town Hall Yorkshire, UK
Sept 24           The Iron Road, Evesham, Worcs [Cancelled]

Sept 25           Hope Tavern, Caistor Rd, Holton-le-Moor, Market Rasen, UK
Sept 28           Vonnies Blues Club, Cheltenham
Sept 29           Cranleigh Arts Centre, Cranleigh, Surrey
Sept 30           B.A.R Festival, France

OCTOBER
October 1       Hereford Blues Club, Booth Hall, Hereford, UK
October 5       Bar Brunel Bridgewater, UK
October 7       Deux Rivieres Blues Festival, Brittany, France

Thank you for all your support so far, it has been overwhelming!

Much Love

Sari x

Blues Matters Cover

*|MC:SUBJECT|*

Manhaton Records present Sari Schorr
View this email in your browser
Sari Schorr Black Betty

Blues Matters Cover Story

What a surprise - a front cover for Blues Matters magazine and the record isn't event out! I met up with them for a chat, which turned into an epic interview about my life. The magazine is out now, with a second part next month. Told you it was epic!

Blues Matters Cover
'A Force of Nature' Reviews and Interviews
National Rock Review interviewed me about the album with some great questions - Led Zeppelin II is the record I couldn't live without!
Festival Photo gave the album a 5 star review here! "A superb album - highly recommended" and Fabrications summed it up with a "Hot Damn, Sari Schorr!"
You can also listen to a full interview on Sonicbandwagon Radio from an hour in, including a new song 'Aunt Hazel'.
And if you head over to Bluesdoodles there's more interview about my love of photography and Pitbulls!
Amazon PreOrder
The album is available to pre-order now, and is No.2 in the Hot New Blues Releases!
Black Betty Video
Watch the full length video of debut single 'Black Betty' in HD on Youtube. Also iTunes

SARI SCHORR & THE ENGINE ROOM TOUR

AUGUST

August 13       Stanhope House, Stanhope, NJ USA
August 20       Chan's, Woonsocket, RI USA
August 21       The Brick House, Scarborough, ME USA
August 26       Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, UK 

August 27       Varenwinkel Festival, Herselt, Belgium 
August 28       Seacroft Double Festival, Norfolk, UK
August 29       Great British RnB Festival, Colne, UK

SEPTEMBER
Sept 3             Paradiso, Amsterdam NL
Sept 5             Half Moon Putney, London, UK (Album Launch) 
Sept 9             Darlington RnB Club, The Forum Music Centre, Darlington,

Sept 10           Blues Club, Devizes, Wiltshire, UK
Sept 11           Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, UK
Sept 14           The Tunnels, Bristol, UK
Sept 15           Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier, West Sussex, UK
Sept 16           New Crawdaddy, Billericay Town FC, UK
Sept 17           Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, UK
Sept 23           Selby Town Hall Yorkshire, UK
Sept 24           The Iron Road, Evesham, Worcs [Cancelled]

Sept 25           Hope Tavern, Caistor Rd, Holton-le-Moor, Market Rasen, UK
Sept 28           Vonnies Blues Club, Cheltenham
Sept 29           Cranleigh Arts Centre, Cranleigh, Surrey
Sept 30           B.A.R Festival, France

OCTOBER
October 1       Hereford Blues Club, Booth Hall, Hereford, UK
October 5       Bar Brunel Bridgewater, UK
October 7       Deux Rivieres Blues Festival, Brittany, France 

I really look forward to seeing you all on tour this year.

Much Love

Sari x
Copyright © *|CURRENT_YEAR|* *|LIST:COMPANY|*, All rights reserved.
*|IFNOT:ARCHIVE_PAGE|* *|LIST:DESCRIPTION|*

Our mailing address is:
*|HTML:LIST_ADDRESS_HTML|* *|END:IF|*

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

*|IF:REWARDS|* *|HTML:REWARDS|* *|END:IF|*

Black Betty Official Video

*|MC:SUBJECT|*

Manhaton Records present Sari Schorr
View this email in your browser
Sari Schorr Black Betty

Sari Schorr - Black Betty Official Video

I'm delighted to announce the release of 'Black Betty' as my debut single which is available today on iTunes! I had so much fun filming the video with the band - well you can watch the results below right now!:

Black Betty Official Video
iTunes LinkDo let me know what you think, and leave a comment on Youtube.
We've been doing some amazing shows recently, one of which was Guitar En Scene Festival which you can see on Facebook. In 7 days this video reached over 100,000 people, has already been watched by over 50,000 people - what a wonderful start to people hearing the album!
Listen to Sari on Soundcloud

SARI SCHORR & THE ENGINE ROOM TOUR

AUGUST

August 4-5     Notodden Blues Festival Norway
August 26       Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, UK 
August 27       Varenwinkel Festival, Herselt, Belgium 
August 28       Seacroft Double Festival, Norfolk, UK
August 29       Great British RnB Festival, Colne, UK

SEPTEMBER
Sept 5             Half Moon Putney, London, UK (Album Launch) 
Sept 9             Darlington RnB Club, The Forum Music Centre, Darlington,

Sept 10           Blues Club, Devizes, Wiltshire, UK
Sept 11           Winchester Discovery Centre, Winchester, UK
Sept 14           The Tunnels, Bristol, UK
Sept 15           Southern Pavilion, Worthing Pier, West Sussex, UK
Sept 16           New Crawdaddy, Billericay Town FC, UK
Sept 17           Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead, UK
Sept 23           Selby Town Hall Yorkshire, UK
Sept 24           The Iron Road, Evesham, Worcestershire, UK 

Sept 25           Hope Tavern, Caistor Rd, Holton-le-Moor, Market Rasen, UK
Sept 28           Vonnies Blues Club, Cheltenham
Sept 29           Cranleigh Arts Centre, Cranleigh, Surrey
Sept 30           B.A.R Festival, France

OCTOBER
October 1       Hereford Blues Club, Booth Hall, Hereford, UK
October 5       Bar Brunel Bridgewater, UK
October 7       Deux Rivieres Blues Festival, Brittany, France 

Copyright © *|CURRENT_YEAR|* *|LIST:COMPANY|*, All rights reserved.
*|IFNOT:ARCHIVE_PAGE|* *|LIST:DESCRIPTION|*

Our mailing address is:
*|HTML:LIST_ADDRESS_HTML|* *|END:IF|*

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

*|IF:REWARDS|* *|HTML:REWARDS|* *|END:IF|*

Our 1st UK Festival

Blues on the Farm:

All hell broke loose in the first song. The rain was pounding on the giant tent. Everyone was drenched and muddy. Then a resounding thunderclap fell right on the downbeat and I knew it was going to be a great show!  

Glastonbury was happening that same weekend. I’m gobsmacked by the sheer enormity of Glastonbury! 175,000 people coming together to celebrate life and music. I’m a product of the 60’s and love the hippie and counterculture ethos. I can’t see this working in the States, unfortunately. At our Brooklyn block party 2 people were shot.  

It was a great, wet and wonderful mud covered weekend. Hey, Woodstock didn't stop the rain! 

The Engine Room & I will be touring throughout the UK & Europe this summer and fall. Please check our tour dates for more info.  See you down the road, rain or shine! :)

Official Press Release

"My songs are rooted in the blues and honouring that long tradition is important to me.” Sari Schorr launches her official UK press page here: http://bit.ly/291TtAi. The new LP features guitarist Innes Sibun, & special guests Walter Trout & Oli Brown. Produced by Mike Vernon.

For press inquires please contact: Peter Nobel Noble PR Consultancy Limited

Album photo: Rob Blackham

Sari Schorr Teases A Force Of Nature

by Martin Kielty for Team Rock

Hear a clip of Sari Schorr’s Stop In The Name Of Love cover, taken from debut album A Force Of Nature

Sari Schorr has released a clip of her cover version of Stop In The Name Of Love, which appears on debut album A Force Of Nature.

It’s set for launch on August 17 via Manhaton Records, featuring guest appearances by Walter Trout and others.

Schorr – New York Blues Hall Of Fame inductee and former Joe Louis Walker vocalist – recently said: I'll be forever grateful to have been given this extraordinary opportunity to record the music I love with artists I so deeply admire.”

She commences a UK tour with her band The Engine Room next month.

Sari Schorr & The Engine Room UK tour

Jun 04: Frome Rockabella
Jun 09: Stockton-On-Tees ARC Art Centre
Jun 11: London Nell’s Jazz & Blues
Jul 15: Oxford Haven Club
Jun 16: Evesham Iron Road
Jun 17: Birdham Blues On The Farm
Jul 18: Edinburgh TBA
Aug 26: Maidenhead Norden Farm Centre
Aug 30: Evesham Iron Road
Aug 31: Colne Great British R&B Festival
Sep 09: Darlington R&B Club
Sep 10: Marden Long Street Blues Club
Sep 11: Winchester Discovery Centre
Sep 14: Pensford Tunnels
Sep 15: Worthing Piers Southern Pavilion
Sep 16: Billericay New Crawdaddy
Sep 17: Hemel Hempstead Old Town Hall
Sep 25: Market Rasen Hope Tavern
Sep 28: Cheltenham Vonnie’s Blues Club
Oct 01: Hereford Blues Club