Updated 12 August 2016.
The Bloody Nerve – the new biography
I’ve written numerous official biographies in my time for many bands and artists, from Paul McCartney & Wings for Tony Barrow International, to Gary Moore’s first band Skid Row for CBS, and even Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. So it was interesting getting back into the swing of things, after more decades than I care to remember, writing a biography for The Bloody Nerve.
I knew they had their home and studio totally destroyed by fire last year but I’ve only just discovered they were uninsured. And since their debut album release last November, what better place to start publicising both the new record ‘Taste’ and the new bio than now. Right here. The biography starts below:
Literally rising from the ashes, The Bloody Nerve’s smoking debut album, Taste, now also in vinyl.
|The Bloody Nerve’s Stacey, left, and Laurie Ann|
Though based in Nashville, The Bloody Nerve doesn’t produce your typical Nashville sound. True, sometimes they throw in a country classic, but more often their music is raw Texan blues-rock polished with sophisticated New York vocal gloss. It is a blend uniquely representative of band’s co-founders, Fort Worth’s Stacey Blood and Laurie Ann Layne from Queens, NYC.
|The Bloody Nerve’s apartment and studio, above, go up in flames|
While working on their debut LP ‘Taste’, fire completely destroyed their home and possessions, recording studio and equipment. Being musicians trying to make a go of things, they were not insured.
|Better watch those matches, Stacey. We don’t want another fire.|
|Laurie Ann Layne. She’s already sung on one one gold record|
In true democratic style, the couple take turns singing both lead and back-up vocals, their voices intertwining over the 10 songs that make up Taste, including the rocking new single.
The Bloody Nerve working on their recent single ‘Place To Hide’.
Coming from Texas, rock is in Stacey’s genes. His father, Bobby Blood, an LA session musician, recorded with bands including chart-busting Native-American rockers, Redbone, back in the Stones age.Laurie Ann Layne, too, has a wealth of session experience, her vocals shining on soul/R&B queen India Arie’s 2006’s triple-Grammy-nominated chart-topping gold album. Never a pair to waste quality, Stacey and Laurie Ann make the most of Stacey’s accomplished Old Man, with Bobby Blood acting as The Bloody Nerve bass and trumpet player. Completing the five-piece are studio veterans, drummer Peter Wolf from California and Nashville’s Terry Bayless on keyboards.
The Bloody Nerve working on (and working out) ‘Long Way Home’. And below the video, your path to the 12″ vinyl.