13th April 2015 - Update from Leo

 

Hundred Seventy Split - The RoadHi - Me Again,

It's a beautiful, sunny day here in Cardiff. We've just returned from 'The Road' March European tour. We had a great time meeting up with old friends and making new ones. We're always working on new material and hope you enjoyed the new songs we included in the set - it's likely that you will hear something new each time you see us play.

 

On the last date of the tour, April 1, we played the beautiful city of Tallinn, Estonia, for the first time. I hope on the next visit we will have more time to explore it. Thank you to those who came to see us and for such a warm welcome - we look forward to returning soon.

 

Hundred Seventy Split - The RoadOn this run of shows, I realised a long-time wish and played the 'upright bass' (see the photo above) on a couple of songs! It was the first time I'd played upright bass on a gig since the first two TYA records… and I loved it! I have to thank Dave 'Roe' Rorick, former bass player with Johnny Cash, for introducing me to Charlie Chadwick and the amazing 'Chadwick Folding Bass'. His invention makes travelling with a 'large beast' a practical option.

 

More shows are scheduled for The Baltic States, France and Holland for later in the year and an extended European tour is already booked for November. We continue looking into the possibility of playing in other territories including Australasia, Japan and South America. You have also asked us to play some more UK dates and we have set the wheels in motion to do this.

 

The US tour is coming together for the period July 11 to August 1. Confirmed shows are The Windsor Blues Festival (July 12), The Iridium, NYC (July 15), The Sellersville Theatre (July 18), and The Mount Baker Blues Festival (August 1). More shows are to be confirmed.

 

Our new CD 'The Road' is in the Top 10 Amazon.de New Release Blues Chart, having reached #1 a few times. Thanks for your support and for the many encouraging emails.

 

We will be updating our gig list within the next week or two and will add it to the May newsletter: it will be posted on our web site here.

Have a wonderful week!

Kind regards

Leo

 


 

3rd February 2015 - Update from Leo


Hundred Seventy Split - The RoadHi - it's a beautiful, sunny day here in Cardiff, but very cold. I'm staying indoors in the warm and taking the opportunity to sort out my bass gear ready for the 'The Road Tour 2015'… and making the difficult decision as to which bass to take this time. Ideally, I'd like to take all 18 on the road but I can't: sometimes, when it comes to choice, less is more: well easier! Which ones would you like to see?

Our tour kicks off on 13th March in Germany and we'll be promoting our live CD 'The Road', which will be released there on 13th February. The CD was recorded in Europe during our October/November tour last year.


On 5th February we're playing a one-off 'CD pre-release' party at Jagz, Ascot, Berkshire. I hope many of our UK friends will come along to hear us playing in the intimate atmosphere of a smaller venue. On 9th February, we play 'The Giants Of Rock Festival' in Minehead; a coastal town in Somerset. Swimming in the sea, sadly, will not be on the agenda, though without doubt it would be invigorating. We're looking forward to meeting as many people as possible while we're there, and will be out after the show to say 'Hi'.

This year is going to be very exciting for us: we intend to tour as many new countries as possible: our agent is pencilling in schedules as I write. A number of North American shows are already confirmed and more are planned for July/August. We update the gig list regularly on our website so please keep an eye out for upcoming shows in your area.

Many people ask if HSS play TYA songs as well our newer material. The answer is 'Yes of course' and we will enjoy playing some TYA songs for as long as fans want to hear them. The music I recorded with Alvin Lee, in particular, has been the soundtrack to my life for over 50 years and with the help of Joe and Damon I intend to keep the spirit and the legacy of those songs alive. 'Hundred Seventy Split' is a jam band and we'll include a few different titles in our set list every time you come to see us.

Stay warm. Hope to see you out there on 'The Road'

Regards, Leo



 

28th December 2014 - A newsletter from Leo


Hi, and a Happy, Healthy and Successful 2015 to you!

The past twelve months have gone by so quickly. We'd like to thank everyone who came to see us play: it's been great fun and we're looking forward to the next run. We have a lot of things lined up for the New Year. In response to your many requests we've recorded a double live CD 'The Road" which will be released on February 13th. Signed copies can be pre-ordered here on our web site, here.

The song titles are as follows:

Disc 1

Where The Blues Began, Pork Pie Hat, Let The River Flow, The Smoke, Gonna Dance On Your Tombstone, Going Home, Fifty Thousand Miles Beneath My Brain, Love Like A Man, The World Won't Stop, The Sound Of Goodbye, The Devil To Pay.

Disc 2

Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Poison, No Deal, Tennessee Plates, Do You Wish You Were At Woodstock. I'm Going Home, Bad Blood, and King Of The Blues.


'The Road Tour 2015' kicks off in March and full details will be announced on our web site as more dates come in. We are frequently being asked about UK dates. If there is somewhere you'd like to see HSS play, please tell your local venue about the band!

 

In the meantime we have arranged a (one night only) CD pre-release show at Jagz in Ascot on 5th February for UK fans. I hope some of you can come along. Tickets are available here.

 

Regarding the USA: We are confirmed for some USA/Canada shows in July and August. Details will be included in the next newsletter.

 

It's always good to hear from you so please follow us on our website, Twitter, or on Facebook. See you in 2015!

Regards
Leo




Orders are now being taken here for the new HSS double album - THE ROAD


 

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