NEW EP "VOYAGE"
AVAILABLE TO ORDER
NOW!

2018 marks a big year for Cherry. "It's 10 years since I left my family home in north Wales and put all my musical eggs in one basket and headed for the bright lights of Bedford to pursue this crazy musical journey. I've also spent 20 months of the last four years out of the country travelling the world independently and also touring on 5 different jazz tours on ships. From performing with my Mississippi band in front of Morgan Freeman at his blues club, to riding a camel to explore The Lost City of Petra in Jordan - it literally has been one big voyage!"

Cue new EP release, VOYAGE, a 7-track-breath-of-fresh-air with an added 3 Nashville produced bonus tracks to boot.

The writing on this record has evolved from previous recordings and fans will find a flavour of something different artistically while staying true to the classic Cherry Lee Mewis sound. Those 'be yourself', good-time, fist-pumping, barn-burning songs that her audiences have come to love. Written once again by Cherry and her co-writer and guitarist of 12 years, Max Milligan, they followed the creative energy wherever it flowed by splitting into different writing combinations.
"We write together, or on our own then play each other our ideas, there's no set path," explains Cherry. "I try to write both lyrics and the skeleton of the music of at least two or three songs on each record totally by myself, because I want to keep digging and finding that close connection to telling my story in my music, so i picked up my guitar and dug deep! Once again Max totally helped bring my vision to life. In fact it's our vision and I feel so blessed to have him around me and salt-of-the-earth-people like my band too, we truly are family."

Amen to that as Cherry and her band consisting of Nick Slater (dobro), Robbie Stewart-Mathews (double bass & blues harp) and Brian Greene/Flow (drums) have spent years sharing cramped road journeys on tour as well as hotel rooms, creating the sort of chemistry that can’t be faked.
"I've tried to always be honest in my songwriting and with this EP I feel i've really dug in deep and touched on subjects that people don't always put out there. First and foremost, I just wanted to write about things that I really knew about, subjects that hit close to home and I just took the time to really write. I know who I am musically and that is so important."

One close-to-home subject matter is written about on One Night Stand Boulevard. "I actually started this song 9 years ago," says Cherry. "however it was never finished and I wasn't totally happy with it so I decided to revisit it all these years later. It says what it is on the tin to be honest," she laughs, "growing up there were times when i'd mistake lust for love. It's also about turning a blind eye to the fact that it isn't the real thing but not wanting to let it go either for the risk of losing that quick fix thrill."

How I Fell Out Of Love is a timeless ballad with Max's fluid, layered guitar lines perfectly complimenting Cherry's impassioned vocals - a genuine showstopper - emotional without being overblown. There features a version of Elmore James' I Can't Stop Lovin' that has been revamped 'Cherry style' - red hot and smokin', proving not to be just an echo of it's original raw originator.

The whole of this 6th studio release, uses the boldest colours from across many genres, proving Cherry certainly feels most at home when bending genre lines.
"I've had people ask me what musical genre am I, or i've even had blues venues say i'm too country to play there and country venues/festivals saying i'm too blues to play here! It bugs me somewhat because all my influences fuse together to the point where I know my music doesn't sound out of place at either blues or rock festivals or at country hoedowns or even Amerciana clubs, it's good music and as far as i'm concerned, there are two genres of music - good and bad."

On Voyage there's many diverse and dynamic sides that comprise Cherry – from the confident, energy-a-plenty swagger of Come Back Home, to the autobiographical Living The Dream, the soulful confessions of The Naked Truth and the heart-wrenching traditional ballad The Water Is Wide that features Cherry’s raw vocals over sparse guitar. And, of course, the thrilling Nashville makeover of 3 songs from 2014's Catch My Drift album, It's Cool, Bride Ain't Me and Old Shoes that feature some of Nashville's finest musicians in a musical reworking of these wonderful songs that simply had to be shared.

Voyage EP offers a little bit of everything. There’s bluesy slide guitar, southern rock solos, harmonies, and plenty of groove. The hooks are big, the guitars are loud, and the songs — every last one of them co-written and/or arranged by Cherry and Max and it's available to pre-order NOW right HERE.

 

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Cherry on the road

Cherry with Morgan Freeman minutes after coming off stage at his Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale, Mississippi

Cherry with legendary songwriter Dan Penn hanging out near Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Alabama

Cherry with Steve Cropper after opening up for him and The Animals

Cherry onstage performing at the Silverstone British Grand Prix

Cherry recording at Abbey Road Studios guesting on Bernie Marsden's new record

Cherry hanging out in Nashville before performing at Red Rooster's Writer Night

Cherry & the band recording their BBC Radio 2 session at Maida Vale

Cherry with Bernie Marsden & Paul Jones after performing at Paul's charity gig at Cranleigh Arts Centre

"Great voice Cherry Lee!" Imelda May


Cherry with Aled Jones after coming off stage at Proms in the Park

"Thanks for supporting me, great music..." Albert Lee

"Cherry got the blues, that's why I wrote her name on my hand!..." Seasick Steve

"Real great touring with you Miss Cherry, thank you so much..." Mud Morganfield (Muddy Waters Jnr)

"Cherry, you sure can howl girl!" Hanging with Howlin' Wolf's two daughters and niece after performing at Howlin' Wolf Festival in West Point, Mississippi

Backstage with the Walter Trout Band after supporting him on his UK tour

Cherry backstage at Kentish Town Forum after performing onstage with The Quireboys

Onstage with Brad Webb & Blind Mississippi Morris at BB King's on Beale St, Memphis

Onstage at the 2010 Howlin' Wolf Memorial Festival in West Point, Mississippi

Onstage at the 2010 Howlin' Wolf Memorial Festival in West Point, Mississippi, band from l-r Grammy-award winning Billy Earheart, David Parker, Kelvin Holly (Little Richard, Pegi Young), Mike Chain, Cherry & Keith Shaddix.

Cherry onstage with her US band at the 2011 Market Street Festival in Columbus, Mississippi.

Backstage with US blues legend Super Chikan at the 2011 Market Street Festival, Columbus Mississippi