Updated August 31 2021.
‘Roads’ by The Bloody Nerve: Classic Rock magazine’s Track of the Week.
It’s strange how some American artists make it big in Britain first. Jimi Hendrix, the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde, the Walker Brothers and the band America spring to mind.
Let’s hope Nashville’s The Bloody Nerve follow suit. After fire destroyed their home, studio, recording equipment and possession seven years ago – all uninsured – they’ve bloody earned it.
Now ‘Roads’, a track from The Bloody Nerve’s latest album, ‘All Blood, No Treasure’ has featured as Track of the Week in leading UK music magazine Classic Rock. Here’s how the copy reads:
“The Bloody Nerve – Roads
The latest installment from these Nashville mavericks’ album – the juicily named All Blood, No Treasure – is a gnarly mix of punkoid fire, Dead Weather-esque rock and social disenchantment. Written just pre-COVID, its lyric ’clean up, you’re contagious’ has a certain darkly prophetic feel, with hindsight. “That’s been a pretty spooky lyric lying around,” singer Laurie says. “The song is about the culture wars of the 21st century, but who knew an actual contagion would be flashing shades of that in our world just a few months later?” Classic Rock Magazine.
It’s been a hell of a long road back for The Bloody Nerve. But they’ve kept their nerve and kept going. Here are links to The Bloody Nerve’s latest video, plus the site where you can buy their albums
And here’s a biography I wrote for them a while back …
The Bloody Nerve. A 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 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; the flamboyant and androgynous U.S. singer Sylvester; and Canadian hit makers, The Guess Who.
Stacey’s partner, Laurie Ann Layne, also 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 father, 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.
Here’s a piece on The Bloody Nerve I prepared earlier, below: