image1 (1)Beelzebub Jones is a musical and literary collaboration between myself and Andrew McLatchie (aka Half Deaf Clatch). It started life as a little idea that somehow grew into a project of  epic proportions.

Musically dark and haunting, it combines Americana with Spaghetti Western style arrangements to create an atmospheric backdrop to the story of Beelzebub Jones. This is a departure from Clatch’s Acoustic Blues output, so much so that he has decided to release the album under the ‘Beelzebub Jones’ moniker, as a way of keeping both projects separate.

I became involved in the project very early on, offering to write a short story based on a synopsis of the album’s theme. In the intervening months between inception and completion Clatch and I worked together to bring the character of Beelzebub Jones to life on paper as well as lyrically, inspired by each other’s ideas – a collaboration we have both enjoyed immensely.

Andrew and I never thought this be anything more than an experimental project, so we were astonished at the number of great reviews it has received in such a short time. Spurred on by this response (no pun intended), Andrew has announced plans for a sequel, and I’m delighted to have been asked to contribute again.

Watch this space…

‘A Good Day To Be A Bad Guy’ was released on April 2nd, on all Digital platforms. Limited edition CD with A5 Storybook and A3 Poster available now from: speakuprecordings.bandcamp.com

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Click on the cover to download the short story (it’s free!)

The full album can be streamed on YouTube:

Check out Andrew’s music, take a look at his Press Kit, or catch up on his blog.  You won’t regret it!