Oscar LaDell and Chris Armour Single Release

Oscar LaDell and Chris Armour Single Release

An old friend of Capital Blues, Chris Armour, and fellow bluesman, Melbourne-based, American-born Oscar LaDell, are releasing a new single, Alcohol, on 17th June. This follows their 2021 debut album “Right Kinda Wrong”.


This Single

“Alcohol’ is an unblinking, simmering blues testimonial about a love affair with the bottle. The song takes shape in a heady maelstrom of wailing blues harp and crying guitars wherein the passion and pain of the music compliments the song’s tale of a poisonous relationship too sweet to abandon.


The result of a collaboration between guitarist-producer Chris Armour and singer-songwriter Oscar LaDell, ‘Alcohol’ marks the next iteration of their catalogue of modern, yet authentic, blues stylings.


This time around they’ve put their own spin on a song by the Tokanui troubadour Lachie Hayes. This recording features Richard Te One on drums and Steve Moodie on upright bass. The single was engineered by Miklin Halstead, mixed by Chris Armour and mastered by Downbeat Mastering.


Live Dates

To celebrate the release of the new single, and to mark Oscar’s brief return to Aotearoa, the duo has announced gigs in Paekakariki, Palmerston North, and Wellington this month (June). Find tickets here. They have also released of a live acoustic performance of classic blues song “Love Her With A Feeling”, (see video here).


Oscar LaDell will be also playing at Capital Blues on Friday June 24th at 8.30.


Audiences can expect a dynamic show with a mixture of energetic & electrified barn-burner blues, as well as some more soulful, subtle authentic blues stylings performed by some of the best from either side of the Tasman. LaDell and Armour look forward to celebrating the release of their new single by letting loose on a mixture of original material from their 2021 album “Right Kinda Wrong” as well as playing a few choice covers by blues greats like Elmore James, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, B.B King and Little Walter.



Oscar LaDell is a 23-year-old American-born, Melbourne-based blues singer, songwriter,

guitarist, and harmonica player.


Chris Armour is a 31-year-old guitarist and producer from Wellington.