Spikedrivers (UK) 

Spikedrivers founder Ben Tyzack's personal delta encompasses Iowa City, Charleston, Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia. These were the places he grew up in and they can still be found in his music. The railroad yards near the family home in Iowa City provided the band's name as well as a playground for the young Ben Tyzack and his friends. Spikedrivers were the men who drove the spike that hold the steel rails to the wooden ties and songs such as Ghost Train Shuffle stem from these early memories.

The charm, elegance and manners of the archetypal city of Charleston provided the inspiration for Front Porch Swing and One More Kiss, while the harder, more competitive attitude of Atlanta comes through in Crazy Man and Talk to me Mama. Ben's musical education began with his father's record collection. Dixieland, New Orleans Jazz and Ragtime filled the house. When he first picked up a guitar he worked his way through a book of jazz chords so that he could accompany his father who played trumpet when not teaching art. This, however, was the heyday of Southern rock and bands like Little Feat, The Allman Brothers. ZZ Top and The Georgia Satellites exerted their influence. Soon he was playing in rock covers bands as well as his father's 'Early Days Jazz Band'. A strange and wonderful mix. He discovered the blues while working in Turtle's Record Warehouse in Atlanta where he had moved with 'David Rowell and the Reaction; a James Taylor influenced singer/songwriter outfit. A local college radio station ran a two-hour blues programme from 7-9 every morning and suddenly Ben discovered the world of Big Bill Broonzy; Doc Watson; Blind Lemon Jefferson and Tampa Red. He learned to fingerpick and bought a four-track tape machine to record the songs he was beginning to write. The result is a unique mixture of styles rarely heard these days.

The new Spikedrivers lineup includes Californian bass-guitarist and vocalist Constance Redgrave and Belfast born drummer and vocalist Maurice McElroy. Constance's considerable credentials include Otis Grand, the legendary Steve Cropper, Anson Funderburgh, Debbie Miles, Misdemeanor, Hank Wangford, Companions of the Rosy Hours and Audio Murphy among a host of others.

Maurice McElroy has worked with Otis Grand, Larry Garner, Phillip Walker, Robert Ward, Guitar Shorty, Big Joe Louis, Earl Green and too many more to list.

Together they provide the perfect foundation for the unique mix of styles that make up the music of Spikedrivers.

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Press Quotes

'The Spikedrivers were simply the revelation of the festival' The More Blues Festival - Belgium

“For their multitude of admirers, they seem to be growing in stature as a headline band. If you have not seen them you simply must!” Blues in Britain

"I have always admired the way in which these three very talented musicians are willing to experiment and evoke unusual contemporary sounds while keeping their feet firmly in the past with the music they love." Bob Tilling

'…a unique sound and absolutely thrilling playing from guitarist Ben Tyzack' Orkney Blues Festival

'Three superb musicians who demonstrated the mastery of their instruments and the pure pleasure they got from performing.' Shetland Folk Festival

"Spikedrivers present the most delicate and elegant face of roots music." Blues To Bop - Switzerland

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