Smokestack Lightnin' are a four piece blues rock band from Cardiff South Wales. Formed in early 2014 it signalled the coming together of two talented lead guitarists in the form of Steve "The Teacher" Dunn & Chris Davey aka "CJ Blues". With the help of both Hugh Dixon (drums) & Dai Mac (Bass Guitar) they set about building a cover set around a 4 piece band with the two guitarists sharing the vocals. Prior to the band playing their 1st gig a fluke introduction led to the addition of "Mouthy" Matt Newman (son of legendary Welsh Big Band Singer Henry "Lee" Newman) on lead vocals and harmonica. With a plan to get the band onto the vibrant UK blues festival scene as a twin lead blues rock band they set about writing a set of original material and Smokestack Lightnin' "The 1st Album" including twelve songs recorded over 3 evenings at Shabbey Road Studios Caerphilly, was released in January 2016. April 2016 saw a few changes to the line up with Bassist Tristan Huw Clarke replacing Dai Mac after emigration to the USA & the departure of Hugh Dixon shortly after left the band drummerless. Tristan proved to be a great fit for the band writing three of the tracks for the new album "Smokestack Lightnin' Chapter 2" which is due for release mid 2017. Finally, Jan 2017 saw "Gary Phillips" take over in the hot seat but just as the band were regaining momentum Chris Davey left to pursue other interests.
The decision was made to carry on as a four piece reworking some of the material to suit and take advantage of the disruption in gigging to get busy writing new material.
Smokestack Lightnin' are currently available for any festival gigs around the UK and with their second album release imminent and the writing of the 3rd album already underway we are confident that we would be a great addition to any line up.
"We are here for the long haul. I think this last year proves that. We have lost three members from a five piece band and we are still moving forward, writing, recording and most importantly we are still gigging. We are gonna keep doing what we do best..." Matt Newman