1. Born Again (and the religion is the blues) 4’ 11’
2. Ain’t Getting Married In the Morning 3’ 30”
3. I Felt So Guilty 4’ 49”
4. I Don’t Want Another Night Like That 3’ 32”
5. I Hate Dogs 2’ 59”
6. Looking For Mr Happy 2’ 55”
7. When The Parents Come To Stay 6’ 23”
8. Chained 2’ 37”
9. I Took A Walk 9’ 10”
All titles composed, arranged and directed by Billy Jenkins (PRS/MCPS)
Billy Jenkins - electric guitar & vocals
Jim Watson - Korg BX3 organ
Mike Pickering – drumkit
Carol Grimes, Dorie Jackson, Louise Marshall – backing vocals
+ special guests
The secular gospel VOGC Junior League Choir - Chris Batchelor, Ella Batchelor, Georgia Batchelor, Dylan Bates, Richard Bolton, Gary J. Brady, Roy Dodds, Thaddeus Kelly, Tony Messenger, Kit Packham, Mike Pickering, Carol Tighe, Gerry Tighe, Katy Tighe, Sophie Tighe & Joe Wilkes).
+ Dylan Bates
(violin), Richard Bolton (electric guitar), Thad Kelly
(electric bass), Roy Dodds (sidecar drumkit),
Dave Ramm (cruise-ship organ) , Perry White (piano) & Sam
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Jenkins – guitar & voice
At the start of 2000, his five piece Blues Collective and nineteen other musical folks to record the 2002 album ‘LIFE’ (VOTP VOCD 023). Two secular gospel tracks were recorded but weren’t needed for the final selection.
These two track bookend ‘Born Again [and the religion is the blues]’ - the title track ‘Born Again’ and ‘I Took A Walk’. But now there’s about 28 folks on each one. And they sandwich a collection of previously unrecorded blues morality tales written by Jenkins over the last decade that have been maturing like single malt whisky, now performed by Trio Blues Suburbia with a diverse collection of guests.
songs on ‘Born
Again [and the religion is the blues]’ truly
encompass a decade of life affirming episodes for the
composer – from saying goodbye to the family home to
live with another, distant caring for an Alzheimer’s
diagnosed parent, several years of caring for a future
father-in-law which reached it’s depth in 2007 with a
year of 24/7 up three times a night bum wiping, piss
trousered, round in circles repetitive routines of
dementia, a marriage, the farcical ‘anti-terrorist’
‘guilty until proven innocent’ air travel
frustrations, changes in the English Entertainment and
Licensing laws, the Stasi-lite totalitarian tick box
Heath & Safety paradoxes, ‘guilty until proven
innocent’ CRB checks for every borough taught in ( be
it music or another one to be paid (again) for bowls
coaching), the rise of litigious self interest.....
Oh yes, and this year he became a grandfather to Daniel - to whom this record is dedicated.
Watson – Korg BX3 organ
Billy contacted Jim and they picked up where they left off. And, after a hour or so trying things out a fortnight or so before the actual recording, the result is what can be heard now.
Mansfield, Nottinghamshire , Jim began playing the
piano at the age of 7. He underwent classical training
at an early age, and played in numerous school bands
whilst at college. After completing his A-levels in
1992,he decided to study at the Leeds College of Music
where he obtained a first class BA Honours degree in
Jazz and Contemporary Music, studying piano with Nikki
he moved to
Awards: 1998 BT jazz award- Rising Star; 1996 Europ Jazz contest(Jazz Hoeilaart) - Best Soloist; 1997 Winner- Worshipful Company of Musicians award
He is not quite middle aged and bombs about on a huge motorcycle which he has not yet crashed.
He has played with Billy Jenkins since 1994 and has been first call drummer in Jenkins’ Blues Collective since then and has held the drum chair on at least six of Billy’s albums.
He has also performed and recorded with jazz vocalist Claire Martin, saxophonist Jason Yarde, flautist Eddie Parker, violinist Dylan Bates, electronic music artists A Man called Adam and Hank Wangford and the Lost Cowboys.
Mike is also a fully qualified osteopath.
hurt his back in 1989 whilst on tour in
He is almost middle aged and has two children and two of his cats recently got run over. He also bombs about on a huge motorcycle he has not yet crashed.
Hart – engineer & producer
up the fiddle at the age of 6 and kept at it till he
could play Vivaldi and his hero, Bach. He benefited
from a series of loving violin teachers, but the last
one, Mrs. Cunningham, was rather upset when he
switched his attention to playing double bass and
hanging out in jazz clubs in his home town
Charlie has worked with Billy Jenkins since the mid 1980’s, playing bass guitar, double, bass, violin, accordion and keyboards in various Voice of God Collective and Blues Collective collaborations.
He is currently recording Billy’s next album. He has a new bicycle as his last one was stolen.
The main backing singers are all solo artists in their own rights:
She has collaborated with, among others:
Lol Coxhill, Roy Babbington, Phil and Steve Miller,
Pip Pyle, Paul Kossoff, Henry McCullough, Neil
Hubbard, Mel Collins, Komoko Singers, Paul Carrack,
Duck Dunn, Willie Hall, Frederick Knight, Memphis
Horns, Brecker Brothers, Najma
and Inderjit Kalyana on Raag, Rhythm and Rhyme,
Steve Lodder, Annie Whitehead, Janette Mason, Sami
el Saldhid, Josefina Cupido, Paul Nieman, Mark
Hewins and Shamayal-Mashu, and Ian Shaw. She took
part in the recent opera premiere of Hotel by
Orlando Gough and will tour both The Shout and
Gough's Shouting Fence in the
career spans four decades, with six of her albums
having been re-released in 2001 on
www.voiceprint.co.uk. Alongside individual Voicework
sessions Carol runs workshops all over the
Dorie Jackson was recommended to Billy by Jim Watson.
Jackson grew up around music, with father David
Jackson (Van Der Graaf Generator) she found her true
talent with her voice from an early age. She began
her professional singing career as a backing
vocalist for Francis Dunnery (It Bites) and their
first gig together was at the Cropredy Festival in
was producing Chris Difford's (Squeeze) first solo
record 'I Didn't Get Where I Am' and he brought
Dorie in to do backing vocals. Dorie, Chris and
Francis worked well together and went on tour as an
acoustic trio to support Elvis Costello, Jools
Holland and Chris Rea. Dorie still sings with Chris,
has been featured on album 'South East Side Story'
and recently sung on new solo album 'The Last
Temptation Of Chris'. She has toured and still
continues to tour the
Francis also introduced Dorie to John and Wayne (Aquarian Nation) and she sung on their debut record 'Nearly Killed Keith.' Following this, John, Wayne and Dorie went on to tour support Paul Young, Belinda Carlisle, Homespun, Vonda Shepperd, Rita Coolidge and Marti Pellow. She has also just recorded backing vocals for their new album coming out later this year.
has worked with other great artists including
William Topley (The Blessing) they have toured
acoustically with guitarist Luke Brighty supporting
Mark Knopfler, and recently over in the west coast
of the US where they recorded an acoustic album 'Los
Ciganos del Mar'. She also sings on William's
albums, 'Sea Fever' and 'All in the
attended both ‘Chetham’s
Her career as a singer has taken her all over the World with numerous artists, Beverley Knight, Marti Pellow, Michael Ball, Russell Watson, Bryan Ferry , Karl Jenkins, Paul Weller and Robbie Williams to name but a few.
Her musical styles stem right through from Classical, singing and conducting The National Youth Choir of GB to Jazz at Ronnie Scott’s and 'The Jazz Café'.
Numerous film soundtracks, 'Troy', 'Ray', 'Phantom of the Opera' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean 3' and a handful of West End shows such as “Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Soul Train’ and ‘The Genius of Ray’ and Louise is also part of the Dance and Pop World where she performed on Top of The Pops singing ‘Right On’ by Silicone Soul’.
She is the newest member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Band and can be seen throughout the land this year.