25 Years Of Performing R&B with Soul
Lights Out By Nine have celebrated their 25th year with a string of appearances including a one of “Soul and R&B
Review” in the Kingdom of Fife where it all began. The band have also added the classic soul and blues sound of
the Hammond Organ to their line up and returned to their rehearsal studio to work on some new material.
“Something Soul, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blues”.
The new show, will feature a number of old favourites, alongside some brand new original
material, coupled with other writers’ selective contributions, and some back catalogue
songs given a brand new arrangement.
The band line up consists of four founder members, including the original keyboard player
back on board, their hottest ever horn section, and a solid driving backbeat featuring a
legendary snare drum!
Friends of LOBN
“Tam (White) and I loved LOBN, and it was our
great pleasure to perform with them again in 2009
and appear in the live DVD!”
Fraser Spiers (Love and Money)
“The first time I met LOBN, we stayed up jamming
and talking all night, and I wasn’t even drinking!”
Martin Stephenson (& the Daintees)
“Well done on reaching you’re 25th guys – It’s not
as painful as it looks!
Bruce Watson (Big Country)
“Two hit albums on BB King’s Bluesville chart, and
these guys are Scottish!”
Bill Wax, XM Radio, Washington DC, USA
“We’ve done some great gigs together, and
shared a few drinks along the way, best wishes to
Ronnie, Dougie and the boys!”
Pete Agnew (Nazareth)
“Lights Out By Nine, simply excellent, two live
sessions for my BBC show, and numerous supports
for the Blues Band”
Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2
“Congratulations to Lights Out By Nine on the eve of
their 25th Anniversary – one of the finest bands
north of the border and one that we have certainly
shared a few drams with!”
Kevin Morris (Dr Feelgood)
“We have worked with Dougie and the guys on
several occasions over many years now, and it has
always been a pleasurable and problem free
experience. We have no hesitation in listing them as
an ‘AWB support band of choice’ and wish LOBN a
very happy anniversary, and sharing this year with
us, their ‘big soul brothers’ as we are ‘40’ this year as
Alan Gorrie & Onnie McIntyre (Average White Band)
THE LIGHTS OUT STORY
Scottish Band, Lights Out By Nine play powerhouse rhythm and blues and have developed a collection of their own original songs, which has attracted a growing amount of music media attention.
The first ten of those original songs were featured on the “Moving On” album which was originally released in 1998 and premiered by American soul DJ Matt “the Cat” Baldassari on his radio show “Soul Bucket” which broadcast to 6 million people in the Boston, Massachusetts area of the USA.
Subsequently this album was played on various radio stations all over the world. A three track single from this album, “Real Love”, which was produced by ex Nazareth guitarist and renowned producer Manny Charlton, added to the band’s new found status, and the live show was quickly developed to incorporate these new self penned songs.
Lights Out By Nine continued to build on their growing reputation as a great live band, playing gigs and festivals
with crowds of up to 20,000 as in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens. August 2001 saw the band’s third consecutive appearance at the Gardens, the last two being televised live. Two live sessions for BBC Radio Scotland’s “Blues and Soul Show” with host Dougie Vipond, and a “Live at the Lemon Tree” were followed by a live session on BBC Radio 2’s Paul Jones
Show, arguably the UK’s premier blues broadcast. The band’s single, “On a Night Like This” was play-listed by Radio Forth for four consecutive weeks, and a track on video from the single “Where White Men Sing the Blues” was released for Russian Television. In 2003 “Lights Out” signed to Blues Matters Records and released “Good Morning Mr Universe”, which featured another 10 original songs from the band. The album has been played all over Europe (East and West) and beyond, to critical acclaim, and features regularly in quality blues shows in Atlanta and Chicago.
In the meantime, the band continued to build a bigger reputation on the live circuit, having supported Status Quo and Fish at the Rockhill Festival and opened shows featuring Dr Feelgood, Nazareth, Nine Below Zero and Wishbone Ash, as well as repeat shows with the Average White Band.
Lights Out By Nine also had the pleasure in 2003 of appearing at the tribute concert at Glasgow’s famous Barrowlands Ballroom for legendary Scottish singer/songwriter Frankie Miller. Joe Walsh from the Eagles headlined the show and a track on the subsequent tribute album released on Eagle Records saw LOBN being included with a host of names from the rock and blues industry paying homage to own of their own.
2004 saw the band travel further afield, with festivals at Colne, the Wickerman, Skegness, Maryport (where Buddy Guy headlined), as well as the major Scottish gatherings at Dundee and Edinburgh, and to cap it all, an appearance at the world famous Cavern Club in Liverpool. The Maryport Festival appearance was featured live on ITV Border.
Their reputation continued to spread, and in 2005, River Records re-released the “Moving On” album, along with a live set titled “The River Sessions” in 2007 Both these albums went on general distribution through Universal Music.
In 2008 the band achieved a remarkable success when “Make Your Own Luck” went top 3 on BB Kings “Bluesville Chart in
Washington DC In 2008 the band’s growing reputation saw them perform a Live Radio session for BBC Radio 2 for Paul Jones at the famous Maida Vale Studios, London. 2009 saw another groundbreaking achievement when LOBN recorded their first DVD “Live @ Carnegie Hall” containing a full live concert released by River Records.2011 saw a return to Radio Album Chart success when “Good Morning Mr Universe” achieved top 4 on BB King’s Bluesville Chart once again.