Clayton Doley's current album, Bayou Billabong was recorded in both New Orleans, Louisiana and Sydney, Australia and features past and present members of Jon Cleary's band, The Absolute Monster Gents as the rhythm section.
It also features the amazing marching band brass of The Treme Funktet with members of Galactic and Trombone Shorty's Orleans Avenue.
The sensational vocal talents of Mahalia Barnes, Jade MacRae and Juanita Tippins feature heavily throughout and also appearing is virtuoso Didgeridoo player Ganga Giri and the amazing lap slide guitar mastery of Harry Manx.
All the songs are Clayton's original compositions inspired by the great New Orleans piano masters and feature not only Doley's amazing keyboard skills but his quirky lyrics and song artistry.
Funk, Soul, Blues, Jazz and good times. Enjoy!
The Clayton Doley Organ Experience.... An explosion of mesmerising Hammond Organ virtuosity with well crafted songs and soulful vocals.
This collection of songs both showcases Doley's unique vocal compositions reflecting on modern issues and personal experience, as well as original instrumental compositions inspired by some of his favorite organists. Also featured are a couple of popular Jazz nd Blues standards that have been key in Doley's musical growth.
So please sit back, relax and listen to the 60's inspired soulful Hammond grooves of Clayton Doley.
Clayton Doley's Organ Donors are individually Australia's most respected soul musicians but together they are an unstoppable explosion of grooving psychedelic soundscapes. More that just an original take on the classic Hammond Organ combo of the 60's, they draw on the masters of yesteryear as if Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Smith were jamming together, but with a modern sensibility of groove and song structure. They effortlessly link between the tribal feel of Fela Kuti and the minimalism of Booker T. and the MG's, with the sound of a Blue Note recording.
You could be forgiven for thinking this album was a rare recording that had just been discovered from the volt of a long forgotten 60's independent record label. It is no mistake that it sounds like this, everything starting from the instruments played to the microphones and the tape machine are all vintage. Even the effects used when mixing such as spring reverb and tape flanging are vintage technology, only the musicians and the songs are contemporary. Each song is either a short arranged piece inspired by Booker T, or a jam band approach to the great jazz organists such as Brother Jack McDuff and Doctor Lonnie Smith.
From start to finish TENSION! is an exciting journey, sometimes mellow and sometimes frightening, but always interesting with many curves and bumps along the way. It's time to rediscover the sound of the Hammond / Guitar combo in all its glory with Clayton Doley's Organ Donors.
A band dedicated to vintage instruments and vintage recording techniques, using Hammond organ, Hohner clavinet, Mini Moog, to name a few intruments and an array of vintage microphones and tape machines to produce the fattest sounds possible.
'Everything is Wonderful’ is a superb recording of vintage instruments through vintage microphones, and the glorious sound of tape that recreates the fat retro sounds popularized by artists such as Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones. For this album The Hands have brought together some of the finest musical talents in Australia, culminating in a collection of soul originals performed with the cool restraint and explosive energy for which The Hands are renowned.
This album has a fat retro sound because it was recorded on 16 track 2 inch tape using absolutely no digital instruments or plugins. Taking advantage of old and rare equipment in the studio, and recording tricks from the 70's, the hands have taken modern pop songs and given them a kind of motown/stax treatment. Featuring special guests stars, the likes of Jade Macrae, Mahalia Barnes and Kara Grainger. All succsesful solo vocalists in their own right, lending thier distinctive styles to create a purely australian soul masterpiece.
Cheeky love songs in a soulful retro style. Uplifting music to groove to and/or make love to. Feat. FUNKY CLAVINET & HOWLING HAMMOND ORGAN.