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Backstage: Douglas McLean In Conversation With Garnet Grimm Of Legendary Blues Rockers Savoy Brown


By Douglas McLean.



Garnet Grimm, drummer with Savoy Brown, for the past fourteen years, joined me in conversation about recording the album, "Blues All Around" along with guitarist and songwriter, Kim Simmons and bassist Pat DeSalvo.



You can listen to the entire interview and music HERE



Blues All Around” from Savoy Brown was released worldwide on Quarto Records, on February 17, 2023. The release of the new album is especially poignant in that it comes after the December 13th passing from cancer of band founder and sole constant Savoy Brown member guitarist/lead vocalist Kim Simmonds.


Simmonds is considered one of music’s premier blues/blues rock guitarists and songwriters, and is also discussed as one of the architects of the 1960’s British blues scene in London.

Simmonds, an early pioneer of the British blues movement and a passionate proponent of the blues, lost his hard-fought battle with cancer just a week after turning 75.

“Blues All Around” follows Savoy Brown’s critically acclaimed 2022 album, “Ain’t Done Yet”, and is lovingly dedicated to the band’s families, friends, and Savoy Brown fans everywhere.

Garnet Grimm, drummer with Savoy Brown, for the past fourteen years, joined me in conversation about recording the album, along with guitarist and songwriter, Kim Simmons and bassist Pat DeSalvo.

Savoy Brown’s long career is legendary and under Simmons lead, considered one of the astounding success stories of their era.

Simmonds’ clean, crisp, biting guitar work, established Savoy Brown for its peerless sound in the 60s music scene, which continued to attract loyal fans for the decades that followed.

FEATURED SONGS:

Why Did You Hoodoo Me

Going Down South

California Days Gone By



Savoy Brown (originally Savoy Brown Blues Band) are an English blues rock band formed in Battersea, south west London, in 1965. Part of the late 1960s blues rock movement, Savoy Brown primarily achieved success in the United States, where they promoted their albums with non-stop touring. Founder, guitarist and primary songwriter Kim Simmonds was the sole constant member of the band from its formation in 1965 until his death in 2022.


The band was formed by guitarist Kim Simmonds and harmonica player John O'Leary, following a chance meeting at Transat Imports record shop in Lisle Street, Soho, in 1965. In naming themselves, the group put together two words that conveyed an interesting balance of opposite sentiments and approaches. The word "Savoy" came from an American blues label, Savoy Records, as the members of the band thought the word "Savoy" sounded elegant. They added “Brown” because they thought it was an extremely plain word. Overall, the group called itself the Savoy Brown Blues Band to tell listeners that they played Chicago Blues-sounding music.



You can listen to the entire interview and music HERE





Website: savoybrown.com






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