Hi everybody thank you for checking out my FYC submission.This is a single track and the details are as follows:
Artist: Trevor Sewell
Full Title: The Train (Live)
Words and music: Trevor Sewell
Category entered in: Best American Roots Performance

‘The Train’; features an authentic cigar box guitar and is an anti-drugs song which uses the metaphor of a train to describe the runaway journey of a recovering drug user who is gradually getting his life back on-track – it begins mid-tempo but then rapidly spins out of control as the song progresses. 

OFFICIAL LIVE VIDEO FROM VILA DO CONDE BLUES FESTIVAL- PORTUGAL

More Info about The Train, Lyrics and Downloads.

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CALLING NASHVILLE – The Album

I was fortunate to work with some wonderful musicians on CALLING NASHVILLE and my thanks go to all of them.

Some recent ‘Calling Nashville’ high lites include.

  1. BBC Radio 2. A new single with Janis Ian ‘Fade to grey’  has just been released and a lyrics video can be viewed further down this page.
  2. NUMBER ONE on the International Roots Music Chart in the U.S.A.
  3. Spending two months on the Smooth Jazz Charts also in the U.S.
  4. Three months on the Radio Caroline Chart
  5. Number 8 on the IBBA Chart whilst gathering many great reviews around the world.

Some Stats:

ROOTS MUSIC INTERNATIONAL
CHART NUMBER ONE!

THE IBBA CHART IN THE UK #8

THE RADIO CAROLINE CHART up 7 places to #29

DOWNLOAD CALLING NASHVILLE HERE

What Others are saying:

I’ve been a big fan of Trevor’s work ever since hearing his Hollow
album, so meeting him earlier this year was a real treat. I offered to play
on his next record but wasn’t sure if he’d take me up on it – fortunately,he
did.

JANIS IAN  [Grammy Winning Singer/Songwriter]

“I’ve only just met this brilliant musician but i can tell you he is the real thing. Heart felt, passionate and truly excellent rock/blues guitar playing and singing. Comparable with some of the greats I’ve had the pleasure to work with.Two of them called Lee, Albert Lee and Alvin Lee.”Trevor is in my opinion from the same mould he gives rock/blues a new boost. You’ve just got to love it!!!”

STUART EPPS [Producer /engineer – Elton John, Bill Wyman, Led Zeppelin , Robbie Williams]

This is the current single ‘Fade To Grey’ from the album CALLING NASHVILLE featuring the wonderful JANIS IAN on piano and lead vocals 🙂

Reviews/Press – all generated over a period of  3 weeks after release.

Review of Calling Nashville in the Netherlands: read the whole review here 

‘Calling Nashville’, his latest release, hi-li
ghts his strength as both a songwriter and guitarist, crossing genres with ease and assurance that find Sewell ringing the changes from straight, full-on rockfish-blues and R&B through modern Americana with touches and flourishes that will find a welcome in Music City itself. Subtitled, ‘An Americana Adventure,’ the eleven tracks are expertly framed, formed and delivered by a guy clearly on the rise and on the way to true success. Janis Ian guests on a couple of tracks bringing her own quality and talent to the mix.

Sewell seems to be on an absolute winner here, with an album that genuinely works on almost every level and proves just how talented he really can be and, on this evidence, clearly is.

read the whole review here 

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Review of Calling Nashville from Wall to Wall Blues in the UK: read the whole review here


This modest master of the guitar is clearly held in high regard around the globe. Trevor’s songwriting and guitar playing is at a very high standard, up there with the best, which the names involved in the recording of his new album reflect.

The quality of the sound on ‘Calling Nashville’ is second to none. It was produced and recorded by Geoff Wilbourn, in, well, guess where! Geoff has produced songs by the likes of Johnny Winter and David ‘Honey Boy’ Edwards, and some of the musicians he has worked with were only too pleased to get involved with the album. It is a real coup to not only share duets with blues great Tracy Nelson, on ‘Long Time Ago’, and the wonderful Janis Ian, on a re-working of ‘Fade To Grey’, but they also appear as backing vocalists, along with the multi-talented Mia Moravis, and others.

read the whole review here

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Review from The Rocking Magpie UK: read the whole review here

Opening track Someday instantly made me sit back in my swivel chair……it’s the Blues Bub; but with the addition of a fiddle has a sweaty Country feel to it; and I like it a lot.
This is followed by Mountain of Gold; a tender ballad that wouldn’t be out of place at the Bluebird Cafe or one of the more hip venues in East Nashville; as opposed to the Working Men’s Clubs of the North East where Sewell served his apprenticeship.
I’ve said before I truly admire artistes that are prepared to step out of their comfort zone and Trevor does that from start to finish here. Of course his distinctive gravelly voice (think Chris Rea after 40 Benson and Hedges) and his top quality guitar playing make this a Trevor Sewell album; but who among his many fans (old and new) would expect some light night sultry Jazz tinged ballad like the beautiful 7 and 1/2 minute duet with Janis Ian? Me neither; but with Ms. Ian tinkling the ivories, Trevor Brewis’ rock solid drumming and Sean O’Bryan Smith on double bass sounding as if they have just left the Bluenote studio; it’s the perfect late night accompaniment for lovers everywhere.
Older fans will love and newer ones impressed by the fire and brimstone guitar and vocals  on Stand Next To Him and You Ain’t What I’m Looking For, as both are Blues Rockers of the finest order; and with Matter of Time shows Mark Knopfler how it’s done.

read the whole review here

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Sewell’s music has not only been recorded recently by several American artists but also featured on numerous major compilations alongside legendary artists such as Robert Johnson, B.B King and Howlin’ Wolf. The years have seen Trevor Sewell continue to go from strength to strength…
 
‘We have the new album coming out which features some amazing guests in the shape of the wonderful Janis Ian who is herself a multi platinum selling artist and Grammy winner. Also Tracy Nelson from the legendary Mother Earth and produced by American producer Geoff Wilbourn’.

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‘Fade To Grey’ showcased Janis Ian on piano who joined Trevor on excellent vocals. A lovely track with a light jazz feel. Next, Americana at its best with ‘Matter Of Time’ and some fantastic guitar work on this.

Tracy Nelson joined Trevor on vocals for ‘Long Time Ago’ a slow country blues. Then moving on to an excellent classic blues shuffle with ‘You Ain’t What I’m Looking For’, with superb guitar work again and added brass giving a full on sound.

‘Tear It Down’ is violin led, with more of a country influence , while ‘Stand Next To Him’ is stomp and holler classic Nashville, with violin and banjo, what a great track.

A melodic country ballad with ‘The Way You Are’ has lovely lyrics and great vocals from Trevor. Plenty of variety of vocal input, almost leaning to gospel, on ‘Blanket Of Hope’ with a happy clappy feel with Cajon overtones.

The final track on this exceptional album is the haunting ‘Shadows’. Previously released as a single it is piano led by Janis Ian with Trevor on vocals. A beautiful end to this really well put together album.

read the whole article here



Within this community Trevor came in contact with iconic musician Janis Ian and soon after Janis found herself recording with Trevor as a pianist, a musical role not usually associated with her. “I’ve been a big fan of Trevor’s work ever since hearing his Hollow album, so meeting him earlier this year was a real treat. I offered to play on his next record but wasn’t sure if he’d take me up on it- fortunately, he did.” recalls Ian. The result is a haunting bold work called “Shadows” released in December, 2016 as a single. It was recorded in one take and is part of Trevor’s upcoming CD, “Calling Nashville”. Trevor tells us, “It was amazing working with Janis. I’d been a fan since the 70’s and always loved her voice but I didn’t realize what an amazing piano player she is”. Ian also appears as a vocalist on several tracks and performs a duet with Trevor. Tracy Nelson of Mother Earth fame also appears on “Calling Nashville” produced by Geoff Wilbourn. Tony Heyes is the Executive Producer. Mia Moravis and Vickie Carrico also appear as a backing vocalists.

More from the Huffington Post

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Another one from Europe 🙂

Even vermelden dat deze Trevor Sewell op vijf jaar tijd vijf albums uitbracht en zes ‘tours’ doorheen de US heeft beleefd. Om nog enkele cijfers te geven ontving hij liefst 17 internationale awards en dit nadat hij ook jaren als sessie muzikant heeft gewerkt. Zijn album ‘Calling Your Name’ haalde destijds de nr. 1 in de American Blues Charts.

Read the full article here 

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Titled Calling Nashville, the album, which was produced by Geoff Wilbourn, also features Trevor performing duets with guest artists including Janis Ian who’s received nine Grammy nominations, and hit the coveted Billboard number 1 slot with her album Between the Lines in 1975, as well as Tracy Nelson, singer with the band Mother Earth. Trevor said: “It was a truly amazing experience working with the Nashville musicians. They are all really top drawer. I’ve been a big fan of both Janis and Tracy since the 70’s and Geoff Wilbourn, who has worked with the likes of Johnny Winter, David Honeyboy Edwards and Robben Ford, really pulled the whole thing together.”

Read more at: http://www.sunderlandecho.com/whats-on/music/sunderland-musician-follows-in-the-footsteps-of-johnny-cash-don-mclean-and-kenny-rogers-to-record-at-nashville-studio-1-8672805

ROOTSTIME – BELGIUM

Read the full article here

BARN OWL BLUES – NETHERLANDS

http://barnowlblues.punt.nl/conte

Als Songwriter und Gitarrist hat es Trevor Sewell in den letzten Jahren geschafft, in den USA noch populärer zu werden als in seiner britischen Heimat. Und mit seinem neuesten Album “Calling Nashville” hat er eine musikalische Reise quer durch die amerikanische Musik zwischen Rock, Blues und Country bis hin zum Gospel unternommen. Zu Gast im Studio waren dabei unter anderem Janis Ian (voc, p) und Tracy Nelson.

Read the whole article here.


www.trevorsewell.com
TREVOR SEWELL/Calling Nashville: A blues rocking white boy with the blues meets Americana head on and puts out a call to some vet folkies to add the organic flavorings. Having paid his dues gladly, he shows the lessons he learned along the way are being put to good use as hitting the heights and having his efforts rise to the top come across as a natch. Hard hitting stuff that holds your attention too hard for it to wander, this is a great throwback to when albums were given some thought before they were released and took you from A to B with stops at great diversions along the way. The right stuff throughout.

BLUES ROOTS CORNER _ NETHERLANDS

‘Calling Nashville,’ his latest release, hi-lights his strength as both a songwriter and guitarist, crossing genres with ease and assurance that find Sewell ringing the changes from straight, full-on rockfish-blues and R&B through modern Americana with touches and flourishes that will find a welcome in Music City itself. Subtitled, ‘An Americana Adventure,’ the eleven tracks are expertly framed, formed and delivered by a guy clearly on the rise and on the way to true success. Janis Ian guests on a couple of tracks bringing her own quality and talent to the mix.

Sewell seems to be on an absolute winner here, with an album that genuinely works on almost every level and proves just how talented he really can be and, on this evidence, clearly is.

Ian Patience  …. read the whole revue here