The Hayley Oliver Band
Apologies, for the absence of recent band news on the site, this is something we intend to rectify this year but more about that later.
Our Facebook page has been updated this year for those who have been following the progress of the band.
Here are a few things that have happened since our last update.
We had some wonderful gigs again in 2011 and thanks to all that supported us including Chris Jackson and Jim Duncan. With an appearance at Wolvestock (for a second time), The Americana Festival, The Outback Show in the Lake District, amongst others and second trip with Lee Williams to Nashville, to play at the International Country Music Fair that he once again kindly organised.
Merv from Merv and Maria has also come up with some nice appearances for us in 2011 at several festivals and club , so thanks for that Merv.
We also appeared on the Phil Mack show early last year, with two videos from the Album ,"Tell Me Why" and "I'm A Little Bluer Than That", so our thanks go to Phil for including us on his shows.
In addition to all of the above we had on an hours live session for BBC Radio Kent, that went very well.
Unfortunately, we have been absent from the HotDisc charts due to our work loads and personal commitments.
However, we are very proud of the fact that after releasing seven tracks from the Album "Naturally", six went straight into the number one spot. This included Hayley's solo track "Another Lonely Night". We also made HotDisc history by having 7 straight number ones, so we would like to thank all of the DJs that have helped to make this achieveable.
Another reason we've chosen not to release any further tracks from the Naturally album is that we've been collecting original songs to include on a brand new album that we hope will be available early in the summer. This will include one cover track and a reworked version of 'I Can Still Dream" from Hayley's last solo album, which will feature as a bonus track. As a band we feel that we have brought a completely different sound to this song in particular and the encouragement received from fans at live gigs, has persuaded us to record our own version of it. Our aim is to capture the ambience and feeling achieved from a live setting and to recreate it as a recorded studio version. There will also be a different sound to the new album, with Lee Ellis, our guitarist, venturing onto both a banjo and a mandolin. I myself will be getting to grips with an upright bass, to give the recorded tracks a completely different feel.
We're all really excited about returning to Sean Kennys Ten 21 Studios in Maidstone to record new material and our hope is to get the new album mastered at Abbey Road Studios. If time allows it, it will feature a special guest star or stars with their schedules permitting of course.
There is the intention to shoot a new video too, to include footage of us recording in the studio. The idea is to make this available as a limited edition DVD, a free copy of which will be available along with the first 100 sold copies of the album.
We have just finished two successful performances, one at what is becoming our local gig with the good folks at Wraysbury Country club, and the other to a 3,000 strong crowd at Butlins in Minehead. We enjoyed both immensely and were well received, so thanks to all who attended and supported us on both nights. They were also the first to hear some of the new tracks that will be appearing on the forthcoming album.
Our final goal this year is to keep all our fans informed as regularly as possible via the website. Therefore, our confirmed gig dates and recent band pictures with both be uploaded to our website and Facebook page.
Thanks to all of you for your ongoing support and we hope to see you all at some point this year.
Thanks for now.