Stormy Mondays take their name from a blues classic ‘They call it Stormy Monday’ by T Bone Walker (1947). They are a Spanish band who began on the streets of Oviedo in 1991.
They are the only Spanish band to have played at the Woodstock Festival and have also proudly jammed with Slash of Guns ‘n’ Roses fame!
Very few bands can claim their music has been played in space, but this most amazing accomplishment has been achieved by Stormy Mondays!
This was back in 2011 when their song ‘Sunrise Number 1’ was used as a wake up song for the astronauts aboard the Endeavour Space Shuttle.
Currently they have dived into the folk rock genre and added traditional instruments, for example the hurdy-gurdy/violin, to other instruments including guitars, piano, mandolin, harmonica and Hammond organ, to get a traditional and original sound.
They have released a double EP in this style (Wading The River/The Lay of the Land)
Although folk rock isn’t my personal preference of music genre, there are some enjoyable highlights on both of these EPs.
On the ‘Wading The River’ EP my recommendations are ‘Nobody Knows’ and ‘Silent Star’.
‘Nobody Knows’ could be compared to The Rolling Stones and The Shadows in its guitar style and I love the way the music builds up.
‘Silent Star’ is my very favourite song on ‘Wading The River’. It tells the story of a silver screen movie queen with a truly beautiful tune and lyrics. Fans of Bob Dylan will also appreciate ‘Struck by Life’ on this EP.
Their second EP, ‘The Lay of the Land’ also contains catchy, pleasant songs including the first track ‘Talking in my Sleep’ and ‘My Lil Darling’. My personal favourite though has to be Merry-Go-Round, which begins with the wonderful sound of a child’s laughter. It is a touching, happy and uplifting song.
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