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First official show in ITALY!!

I am so grateful and excited to announce that we have confirmed our very FIRST official show in beautiful ITALY!!! This is a dream come true for me! Thank you so much to my agent for working so hard on this, and we look forward to finally see our fans in Italy for the first time on Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the Blue Note Festival at Parco Basaglia in Gorizia, Italy!!! Grazie bella Italia!

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New album "Live at Spirit of 66" (Audio Samples)

I am very happy to share this teaser video with some audio samples from my new double live album "Live at Spirit of 66" which will be officially released on Cable Car Records, on MARCH 27th, 2015! Thank you to my record label for all of their support and faith!

To pre-order the new album please visit www.cablecarrecords.com

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Reviews of the new album "Live at Spirit of 66"

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"Never met a man like you" makes semi-finals of Nashville Songwriting Competition!

Happy to announce that my song "Never met a man like you" co-written with my friend and producer Henrik Freischlader from the album "The Lily" has made the semi finals of the International Songwriting competition in Nashville, Tennessee in the BLUES category! Out of 18,000 songs submitted, we made the top ten percent! Congrats to all the semi-finalists and thank you to ISC!

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New double album "Live at Spirit of 66" being released MARCH 27th, 2015!

So excited to announce that my new double live album "Live at Spirit of 66" recorded live in Verviers, Belgium will be released on
Cable Car Records on MARCH 27th, 2015! For more info and to pre-order, please visit www.cablecarrecords.com

  

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With Ben Poole in Dortmund, Germany! (Blue Notez 2015)

Had an absolute BLAST with the amazing Ben Poole in Dortmund, Germany recently! Thank you Ben for inviting me on stage for some hot blues and fun!

  

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With Linda Sutti in Italy!

 It's been a while since I posted anything in the blog, but I had a wonderful christmas with my family and now that I am back in Europe, things have been so busy! Had a wonderful time recently with Linda Sutti who is a fellow "Cable Car Records" artist when I visited her in Italy, and was her guest on a few shows in Milan and Piacenza! Here's a video of some of the fun we had! Grazie Mille Linda for a wonderful time!

 

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The Lily makes Downbeat Magazine's BEST ALBUMS of 2014!!

After making the Top 10 list for best Blues albums in Downbeat's Reader's Poll this year, we simply didn't think it could get any better! BUT it just DID! "The Lily" made DownBeat Magazine's BEST ALBUMS of 2014 list in the latest edition! I am so proud and honoured to be included in this very special edition of one of the most prestigious Jazz and Blues magazines in the world! Thank you Downbeat, such true JOY and gratitude today!
Get your copy by visiting www.downbeat.com or pick it up at your local newsstand or magazine shop soon!

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Netherlands review!

We received an outstanding review after our recent performance at the De Bosuil club in Weert, Netherlands. It was a special night and we are proud to see the reaction!

http://www.thebluesalone.nl/2014/11/18/layla-zoe-steelt-opnieuw-harten/

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Bonn, Germany!

There has been so much going on, on tour and off tour, that I just have not had time to update the blog as much as I would like! But things are going great! We recently had shows in Berlin and other cities in Eastern Germany, that went amazing, and we want to thank all of the fans who supported us there! And this week we had a great show in Bonn, Germany at the Harmonie club where Deutschlandfunk Radio recorded our entire show which will air next year on their special "On stage" live concert series broadcast! Also, great reviews are coming in from that show, so thank you to everyone who was there to enjoy the music and support us!

Xx Firegirl

http://www.general-anzeiger-bonn.de/bonn/kultur/Schoener-Dampfhammer-article1491478.html

 

Also a big thanks to Gibson Girl Photography and Lisa Baumann make-up and hair for their support in Bonn!

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WOW!!! Downbeat's 79th Annual Reader's Poll results are in DownBeat Magazine this month, and thanks to the readers of Downbeat and the fans who voted, Layla Zoe's album "The Lily" has placed at #6 in the Top 20 Blues Albums in the poll, after being nominated with hundreds of great blues artists and records! We are so proud to be in this amazing list and be listed in the magazine this month!!! Check it out, and thank you so much to everyone who voted and who enjoyed the album and gave us so much support this year! And a BIG thanks to Downbeat magazine for nominating the album in the first place! Such an honour! Pick up your copy of Downbeat by visiting: www.downbeat.com

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The Lily Tour 2014

We are very excited about the upcoming tour of Europe in Germany, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Luxembourg! The Lily Tour continues, and we can't wait to see you guys on tour! Xx Firegirl

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Thank you UK!!

Our first UK tour was a complete success and I cannot say enough about how grateful I am to have seen the beautiful countryside of England and Scotland on our trip. All of the people here were so kind to us and welcomed us with open arms and we loved being introduced to the culture and fans here in the UK! Highlights for me were seeing the white cliffs of Dover for the first time, hanging at Camden Market in London, singing on stage with our friend and guest Ben Poole in London, meeting Coco Montoya in Maryport, singing at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, seeing the beauty of Scotland and meeting many fans who I had only ever talked to online before but who were able to finally see and hear me live. A HUGE thanks to my agent for booking this tour for us, all the promoters who welcomed us into their clubs and onto their festival stages, to my tour manager who did an insane amount of driving and work for me to make this tour happen, to my band who played their hearts out for me, and to all the wonderful fans who showed up and shared in the music with us! Thank you all so much! Now off to France, Belgium and Germany in a few days for some great festivals! But look forward to seeing you all back in the UK again really soon! Thank you, and CHEERS! Xx Firegirl

Check these videos from London:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIjuKiZRdJs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d1E9WPCVfE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BD909jKcHvU

  


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On stage with Sonny Landreth and Ana Popovic!

What a pleasure and honour to be invited on stage by my dear friend Sonny Landreth at the Peer Blues festival and to have the chance to sing with him and the beautiful Ana Popovic lastnight in Belgium! A great night!

 

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Singing with Susan Tedeschi!

When dreams come true, it looks like this...

 

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Thank you TREMBLANT and Shemekia Copeland!

Had an incredible time at the Tremblant Blues Festival and what a great way to finish off my trip to Canada! Highlights were teaching my first Gospel Workshop, receiving rave reviews and standing ovations at both my acoustic duo and full band show on the mainstage and meeting a fan who had tattooed my autograph onto his chest! But the best part of the trip must have been when Shemekia Copeland came backstage to tell me she had watched my show and loved it! Truly, an amazing moment...

 

 

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Montreal Jazz Festival 2014!

Thanks to my Canadian band, agent in Canada, all the fans and the Montreal Jazz Festival for a wonderful experience again this year!

 

 

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Dinslaken and Dennis Hormes!

We had an amazing time at "Ernie's Blues and Jazz Meeting 2" in Dinslaken, Germany recently! What a great open airs festival and was so nice to finally hear the amazing Dennis Hormes and even have the chance to invite him on stage for a song! Thank you to Ernie, all the fans who came out, my crew and band and agent and Dennis Hormes and his management! Let's do it again soon!

Photo c/o Tony Joe Gardner Photography and Video c/o Sarah M. Bande.

 

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Rocknacht in Loreley!

Had an AMAZING time hanging with friends and listening to all the great bands lastnight in Loreley, Germany at the Rocknacht festival! Amazing location and so much fun! Was so great to see my friends The Brew perform and run into Joe Satriani and Joe Bonamassa again, who I had not seen for several years. A true rock and roll night!

  

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Thank you Poland and Ryan McGarvey!

It's been a while since I wrote a blog, since so much has been happening! We had an amazing time recently in Poland at the Blues Na Swiecie festival and was a pleasure to invite the amazing Ryan McGarvey on stage with us for a song! He is a great guitarist and worth checking out!! Thanks to everyone in Poland who made our time there so special and to Ryan and his band and tour manager!

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