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Dear friends and fans
Long time no speak!
I hope you all enjoyed a relaxing and pleasant holiday.
The years fly by like a whirlwind of memories and emotions, both happy and sad. For most of us this time of year emphasizes a lot of feelings. Last year I spent this whole period grieving the passing away of my mum on 28th December 2012, which was almost 3 years to the week that my dad passed away on 9th January 2010... and time keeps marching on..
This last year I've performed lots of wonderful shows across Europe to my good friends and fans, some of who are becoming real special buddies.
On 5th June 2013 I got married to my lovely Sarah and we spent this Christmas enjoying all the quality time in the world with our beautiful little baby son Louie,who makes us smile and laugh every hour of the day that he spends trying to walk, sing and clap to the music that is constantly on the go at our home in the Sierra Gredos.
These last 4 years have seen a lot of changes in our lives including moving to another country but I'm glad to say things are finally settling down (even if the climate is not!).
I've also been very busy with a new friend I've made in the last 2 years, author Michael Madden who very soon will have completed a biography of my life.
'Mike Sanchez - Big Town Playboy' published by Music Mentor Bookswill be available in May 2014 from Amazon, Waterstones and WH Smith. The publication of this, my life story, to me feels like a huge honour and a most exciting thrill indeed!I am particularly pleased that my good friend Robert Plant has provided a brief but powerful foreword for the book.No doubt myself and Mike Madden will be happy to keep you informed of exact release dates and further news. I will return back to the UK for the whole of May and sporadically throughout the rest of the year to publicize this release.
Please follow Mike Madden and myself on:
My twitter: https://twitter.com/Zorrochez
Mr Madden's twitter: https://twitter.com/Tumbattle
My facebook fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Sanchez/117874637842?ref=hl
Mr Madden's facebook fanpage on the book: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mike-Sanchez-Big-Town-Playboy/520534424633936
In the meantime, to all of you I send my warmest wishes for health and happiness in 2014 and I so look forward to meeting you all again during the year..
New album just released!
MIKE SANCHEZ and his Band featuring Imelda May - ALMOST GROWN
Calling all Imelda May and Mike Sanchez fans. 14 previously unreleased gems featuring The Sanch and his fabulous band. Rhythm & blues at it's very best!!
Apologies for a couple of shows being cancelled over the last couple of weeks but I have some news... Louie was born to Mike and Sarah at 00:27 on Sunday 4th November at Warwick Hospital, England.
He was three weeks premature, tiny but very healthy weighing just 5.2lbs.He's already asking who is Elvis Presley and Howling Wolf and how do you play open tuning on a 5 string and ''these chicks in the blue hats & dresses that keep coming up to smile at me & touch me up, are they my presents?''...
It's been almost two years since I last updated this latest news page or kept you all informed regarding my concerts across europe and I must apologise for that. My inability to run the website following a breakdown of working relationships with the then webmaster, family bereavement and my locating to a new country have all contributed to this issue.
In January 2010 my father, Jesus Sanchez Diaz passed away unexpectedly at the age of 77 and from then on every free day I have had has been spent in central Spain taking care of my mother Manuela who is suffering from alzheimers. She turns 88 on 3rd December 2011 and is still kicking ass! It was summer 2010 when I finally moved my whole life from Worcestershire, England to the Sierra Gredos between Madrid and Avila.
Throughout this whole period of change in my life, I've continued to keep very busy with my shows. Almost every weekend has been filled with wonderful events, festivals and club dates throughout most parts of Europe. Last year I performed for the first time in Poland and this year took my first trip to Hungary.
My UK based band continues to deliever some great shows often headlining at festivals. The current line-up is:
Mark Morgan - Drums (After 18 years and he still won't say yes!)
Nick Whitfield- Double Bass ('Drugstore Cowboy' Nick replaced Al Gare when Al joined Dave, Darrell and Steve in superstardom with the fabulous Imelda May.)
Tom Bull - Guitar (Earlier in 2011 Tom replaced Big Boy Bloater as 'Bloat' formed his Swamp Soul and Twang Combo, 'Big Boy Bloater and the Limits'. Tom's effortless guitar playing is knocking everyone out, truly a world class young slinger.)
Martin Winning - Tenor Saxophone (One of the finest! Sam Butera lives on in dear Martin.)
Nick Lunt - Baritone Saxophone (So glad Nick is still on board after all these years. The best!)
Two other dear 'honking' friends occasionally help out. Nick Payn & Pete Cook.
A recent recording project was my second collaboration with top Swedish bluesmen The Beat From Palookaville, creating the hot rockin' album 'Babes & Buicks' out on my own UK label and on-line store, Doopin Music.
I've also had the honour of sharing many fine shows with bands such as Paris based Drew Davies Rhythm Combo. Once in a while with Belgium's The Seatsniffers, Germany's Ray Collins' Hot Club and Italy's The Goodfellas.
Over the past two years I've been invited to perform as a soloist at several International Boogie Woogie festivals in locations such as Paris, Brussells, Hamburg, Poland, Lugano in Switzerland and Ermelo in Holland.
My latest album 'Babes and Buicks' has been extremely well recieved by people everywhere since it's release in August 2010 and Im very proud of this, my second collaboration with Stockholm's finest The Beat from Palookaville. BBC radios Mark Lamar made a point of plugging a favourite track 'Everybodys got a Buick' whenever possible. If you still haven't picked up your copy then please go to my online store at Doopin and order one now through paypal!
At the start of 2010 my good buddy Ray Collins invited me to his studio in Koln Germany to record some of Rays own material including one of the loveliest tracks I've ever sang, 'Half Blind'.
Please check my whereabouts on the tour dates page here on my website. For those who use Facebook, I'm afraid my personal Facebook is overloaded so please visit Mike Sanchez Fans (Facebook or Twitter).
Well I could go on and so i will again soon, but for now it's a pleasure to be back and I hope to see you all at a show in the near future.
Mike Sanchez .