Today sees the release of the new album from Sunderland blues man Trevor Sewell.
The album, called Independence, is released to coincide with the Millfield musician’s latest foray onto American soil, where he is once again nominated in one of Hollywood’s biggest red-carpet events.
The Hollywood Music In Media Awards are held at the lavish Fonda Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, where Trevor has four nominations across two different categories, Best Blues and Americana.
This will be his second trip Stateside this year, after a trip to Los Angeles in February to pick up the Artists In Music Awards for Best Blues Artist at the legendary Key Club, on Sunset Boulevard.
This time around he starts with a show at Harvelles, Santa Monica’s oldest blues club, before heading for Las Vegas and then back to Hollywood for a live session at the In Show on Sunset Boulevard , the Hollywood Music In Media Awards and, of course, the after party.
Before flying back home he will play another show at Trip in Los Angeles, a venue recently voted best neighbourhood music venue in LA.
Trevor said: “I’m really looking forward to the awards as I actually won it in 2011, but unfortunately didn’t go to the ceremony – I hope it’s the same result this time around, but to be honest, I’m really pleased just to get the nominations.
“Hollywood has really been good to me lately.
“Since the last awards ceremony I’ve also been working writing songs for and producing American artist Brooke Nickerson, who releases one of my songs, Take These Chains, as a single on Gotham Records in the US on the 28th of this month.
“It’s been really interesting as we did some rehearsing in LA and then Brooke flew to the UK to record with me.
“This collaboration was a direct result of the various awards shows, so I’m hoping it may open a few other doors along the way.”
* The Trevor Sewell Band play The Cluny in Newcastle on December 27, with special guests The Russ Tippins band and Gary Grainger from the Blues Show. Tickets are available from www.thecluny.com