Loose Moorings rode into Chalk Farm last Valentine's night with only one thing in mind and it wasn't romance!! This was their chance to show the Capital what they were all about and boy did they do that. The WRC gig launched their new album Loose Moorings II and they were in no mood to ease in gently. They opened with a track off their first album - the classic 'Think I'd Be Blue' and that set the tone for their set which included all but two tracks off the new album that were all quality - particularly 'Ride' (our Video Of The Day'). Other highlights were 'Magpie', 'Last Thing I Need' and a trip to the dark side with 'A Crazy Sane'. More of the same tomorrow night please guys!
BluesRockfest Tickets Just £10 At VATA! 30 April 2015
Don't forget that you can also purchase tomorrow night at the Virgil & The Accelerators/Loose Moorings gig at The Red Lion, Gravesend - BluesRockfest tickets at a discounted £10! So in effect you can see 8 quality bands for just £20 - yes we are still going mad!!! And just to prove how great the bands are - our Track of The Day includes all those bands playing in our forthcoming WRC gigs. Enjoy!
60's Heart & Balls! 30 April 2015
Few bands from the 1960's can boast their original line-up, even the world-famous! The Others are one of the rare exceptions and are among the early pioneers of the UK R&B boom - and they will be playing at The Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ tonight! The band emerged from the London club scene that spawned the Stones, Yardbirds, Kinks, John Mayall and The Moody Blues and which helped lay the foundations of popular music for decades. The boys kept in touch and now, when music is rediscovering its 60's heart and balls, The Others authenticity becomes apparent once again. Doors open at 8.30pm and they are on stage at 9pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted £8 admission.
We're Not Worthy! 29 April 2015
As we quite often say at the WRC "you couldn't make it up"! Anyway our daily WRC tweet on Monday heralded Wrinkly The Silver's cracking review of the recent Skynyrd gig and it was subsequently favourited by Bad Company legend Mick Ralphs who guested with the Southern rockers late on. "I feel humble in the extreme" WTS added - anyway any excuse for a bit of Bad Company hence our VOTD is a live 1974 vid of Ralphs iconic 'Can't Get Enough' - the very same year AJ saw them supporting The Who at Charlton :-)
Ears To Rock On The Ridge! 29 April 2015
In case you missed it you can listen again here to Saturday night's Rock On The Ridge and according to presenters Bob and Jules "your ears will love you for it!" Today's Track Of The Day' includes Lynch Mob, StoneRider, Audrey Horne, Defy All Reason, BlackWolf, Deep Purple (pictured) and loads more!
Kill 'Em At The Blues Club Tonite! 29 Apri 2015
The bad news is thare will be no Blues Club 'Track Of The Day's over the next two weeks as Jim is sunning himself in Seville (currently 27 degrees apparently). The good news, however, is that Malcolm is holding the fort here for tonite's show from Switch Dunmow between 8pm and 10pm. Ole!
BluesRockfest Offer Only At VATA! 28 April 2015
Just four days to go before Virgil and the Accelerators start their UK Tour and in another first for the WRC it will be our promotion at The Red Lion, Gravesend, that kicks things off! With excellent support from Loose Moorings it is going to be a great night - pre-event tickets are still available at a bargain £10 here - but on the night Gravesend BluesRockfest tickets will also be on sale for just £10 - so in effect you can see 8 quality bands for just £20 - yes we have definitely gone mad!!!
Brothers In Armchairs! 28 April 2015
Talking about special offers - you get two Auskerry's for the price of one on today's Route 66 'Track Of The Day'. Yes the guest presenter is none other than Rory's brother Hamish in a great show that includes a Dan Patlansky interview plus music from The Faces, Joe Cocker, Mike Oldfield and AC/DC!
Replicants Out Of The Traps! 28 April 2015
Today's 'Video Of The Day' is The Replicants recent performance of My Hero and Lithium at The Carlton Centre, Sidcup. In their quest for world domination the band have just announced another FREE gig at The Greyhound in Crawley on Saturday 23rd May!
The Skynyrd Legacy Lives On! 27 April 2015
The 'Skynyrd Nation' hit London as America's most famous Southern rock band rolled into town to play the sold out third night of the European leg of their world tour after a three year hiatus from these shores. The history of Skynyrd has been well documented previously. One of the unluckiest bands ever. At the height of their fame in the 70's, three members – including talismanic frontman Ronnie van Zant – were killed in a plane crash. Since that time, several other members have also passed away and misfortune seems to have dogged the band's various members and crew for many years. Original drummer Bob Burns died in a motor accident only this month, the latest of eight Skynyrd musicians to meet a premature end. Yet, Lynyrd Skynyrd still endures, nearly fifty years after they first began.
The night started with Nashville-based South-East London power three-piece Leogun, who kicked off proceedings with a confident mix of blues-tinged rock & roll and some gnarly guitar solos. With a sound reminiscent of Jack White or Wolfmother with a bit of Robert Plant/Led Zeppelin thrown in for good measure in my view, the band were the perfect opener, and the Skynyrd crowd that arrived early were suitably impressed having probably never heard of them previously!! Highlights for me were ‘Piggy in the Middle’ and ‘Everyday’ plus two new songs ‘Magic Potion’ and ‘Beauty Queen’. They have clearly come a long way from the Red Lion in Gravesend, the Danson Park festival and two 2013 WRC Award category nominations to the Eventim Apollo. I really hope they go on to even bigger and better things....
Coming onstage to rapturous applause, following a burst of AC/DC's ‘Thunderstruck’, Lynyrd Skynyrd stood comfortably on stage. Ricky Medlocke, Mark Matejka and the only original member, Gary Rossington, all filling out that big guitar sound Lynyrd Skynyrd is famous for, the band really couldn't miss. Along with Michael Cartellone on drums, Peter Keys on keyboards (how apt!) the band engaged with the audience from the get-go, every person on stage knew their part to perfection. The late Ronnie's younger brother Johnny Van Zant is the perfect frontman, a commanding presence with a Saltire flag pinned to the front of his leather waistcoat and a small Union Jack for good measure as well and filling his older sibling's shoes brilliantly. The band plunged into their guitar-heavy rodeo rock with melodies and harmonies so tight you could bounce a penny off them. The band were a well-oiled machine, switching from heavy rock & roll to emotional ballads with ease. Throughout the show, at stage right, former Black Crowes bassist Johnny Colt donned multiple hat changes that included everything from feathers to a full wolf hide in deference to original deceased bassist Leon Wilkeson. And let's not forget the sweet tones of the Honkettes, Dale Krantz Rossington and Carol Chase on backing vocals, rounding the sound out nicely. Yes, I believe that does make nine members on stage!!
Highlights included ‘The Needle and the Spoon’, ‘Tuesday's Gone’ and ‘What's Your Name?’, the latter showing that the band can hold a tune that keeps your attention until the last note and ‘That Smell’, which Van Zant introduced with “We’ve been there, done ALL of that, and ain’t never goin’ back again!” My own personal favourite ‘Simple Man’ induced a massive singalong as usual and was dedicated to British and US troops and their families, with Van Zant adding the Union Jack flag to his mic stand as he reminded folks of the band’s continuous support of those that defend our freedom. Closing showstopper ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ was outstanding, with a massive State flag unfurled behind them, the band showing they are still massively proud of their beginnings and their roots, and the crowd screamed along with every word. The band were joined on stage by good friend and tourist from last year who was Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs no less, which was met by a roar from the WRC ensemble...
As is usual with Skynyrd, this was followed by a lengthy encore of fan-favourite and epic anthem ‘Free Bird’, which featured a flag backdrop of an American eagle, with the names of their dearly departed bandmates, friends and family from the 1977 plane crash that claimed their lives. I'd like to say there weren't many dry eyes in the house, but I couldn't see through my own emotion and noise to check. Van Zant exited the stage upon completion of vocals and the left the band to shine as the song spanned into a thirteen minute three-guitar solo full of raw tingling power which would give even the most seasoned headbanger whiplash and my air guitar was in full swing as usual!!!
One word describes this gig - phenomenal! Enough said. Was it nearly the same show as three years ago? Yes but who cares.... Will I get the chance to hear them play again and yell out "Free Bird" one more time?.. Who knows?.. If I don't as I probably won't.. then this was the perfect goodbye... God bless 'em. The Skynyrd legacy lives on!!
Col (aka Wrinkly) certainly stepped up to the plate following our appeal for video footage of Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Simple Man' from their Hammersmith Apollo gig last Thursday. Hence Col (pictured far right at the gig) has the honour of being our 'Video Of The Day' and meanwhile Dave (aka Wrinkly The Silver pictured second left) is currently burning the midnight oil writing his informed review which from previous experience will be well worth waiting for! Remember to go to our photo gallery and video vault for more photos and vids of the gig.
Odds & Sods On The Marsh! 26 April 2015
Loadsa odds and sods on this weeks Blues on the Marsh podcast, some new, some old and some just downright excellent. Pin yer lugholes back and listen to our 'Track Of The Day' - Beth Hart, Billy Hector, Bobby Messano, Dan Burnett, Doug Balmain, Earl Hooker, Gary Primich, John Mayall with Peter Green, Igor Prado and Delta Groove, Johnny Shines, Kareña K (pictured) , King King, King Rollo, Micke Björklöf and Blue Strip, Otis Spann, Wily Bo Walker and E.D. Brayshaw, Kevin Gordon, Lonesome Sundown, Regina Bonelli and a huge dollop of Steve Marriott!
Just A Word Of Caution! 26 April 2015
Of course it would be criminal for the WRC not to tell you about your opportunity to pre-order the new Blacktop Deluxe 2nd Album due for release this summer. Just click here and "Bobby's your Uncle"!
Skynyrd/Leogun Picture Gallery Now Available! 25 April 2015
Our Lynyrd Skynyrd review is on its way but in the meantime have a look at our cracking photo gallery here from Thursday night. We've also upated our 'Video Of The Day' with support band Leogun and their amazing anthem 'Everyday'. Enjoy.
"Pure Southern Rock - No Bullshit!" 25 April 2015
Our thanks to new WRC member Saria from London for contacting us after Thursday's gig! "I am Italian and I finally had the chance to see Lynyrd Skynyrd last night! The show was absolutely amazing!!! I sang my heart out! You can tell when an artist is kinda fake on the stage, when they're up there just to show off. Lynyrd Skynyrd is something different, man. It was pure Southern rock + their hearts and souls, no bullshit! And they made me feel one of them. The whole show was a big warm embrace! Hard to put into words. Still have goosebumps! Beyond my wildest dreams. Magic." Couldn't put it better ourselves Saria - will Wrinkly The Silver agree?
'Simple Man' Anyone? 25 April 2015
Our Skynyrd 'I Need You' YouTube vid received over 300 hits yesterday and received favourable comments such as "fantastic/gig night and great video!" Anyway go to our Video Vault if you haven't seen the vid already and if anyone has a vid of 'Simple Man' please contact us below.
For England And St. George! 24 April 2015
..... Well the Hammersmith Apollo, London, to be precise. Apparently Glasgow rocked on Tuesday and Manchester on Wednesday was awesome! So how did Lynyrd Skynyrd (and support Leogun) fare in the smoke on Thursday night? Watch out for our review plus more pics tomorrow but in the meantime our Video Of The Day and first pic above are hot off of the press from last night's gig. And if you were also there last night why not contact us below and let us know what you thought?
Blues Travelers, Parking Tickets And Jack Daniels! 24 April 2015
WRC contributor Darren Weale has written a great piece here in Blues Matters about forthcoming gigs including our very own WRC Promotions! Again to get a flavour of what the WRC have to offer - we have made our recent gigs Wrinklycast our 'Track Of The Day' where we not only cover BluesRockfest but there's also both The Mentulls and Virgil & The Accelerators Red Lion, Gravesend gigs previewed as well.
Just 7 Days To Virgil & Loose Moorings! 24 April 2015
Yes - our Virgil and The Accelerators/Loose Moorings Red Lion, Gravesend gig on Friday 1st May is just a week away now - but the question is have you got your tickets yet? For ticket information go here or for discounted ticket info (if you are a WRC member or want to become a WRC member) go here.
Confederacy vs St. George! 23 April 2015
There may only be one surviving member of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic 1970's line-up but the seven musicians who took to the stage at the HMV Apollo on 3rd June 2012 kept the Southern rock flame burning very brightly indeed!!! We doubt that any Diamond Jubilee Beacon lit that extended holiday weekend shone brighter but keeping the theme going they return to the same venue tonight on St. George's Day! Since the band reformed in 1987 after a ten year-hiatus, Johnny Van Zant has taken the place of his elder brother Ronnie (tragically killed in a plane crash in Mississippi in 1977 along with 3 other founder members, causing the band to disband), with a winning stage presence, his drawl perfectly matching the countrified southern swing of the band’s most recent material. Appropriately Skynyrd are our 'Video Of The Day'! Hope to see some of you later!
BluesRockfest Sponsor De-Cider! 23 April 2015
A bit like London buses - you get one new BluesRockfest sponsor and then another one comes along straight after! Seriously though - the WRC are delighted to announce that Strongbow Extra Cold have agreed to sponsor another of our six bands at BluesRockfest at The Red Lion, Gravesend, on Saturday 4th July! However, there is still a chance for you to sponsor the final remaining band - simply contact us below and we will let you have all the details. In the meantime for ticket information on all the bands that are playing at this year's BluesRockfest simply go here and remember if you are a WRC member just go here where you can not only get a £3 discount off your ticket but you can find all the other current members offers including Ramblin' Man!
DJB Raise The Roof! 23 April 2015
Blues On The Radio's Richard Dunning posed the question - "Can just three people raise the roof of a building?" and answered it: "When those three are Dave Jackson, Janet Jackson (pictured) and Reg Patten (collectively known as Dave Jackson Band) the answer is an unequivocal yes!" And, not only did they raise the roof at The Tuesday Night Music Club with a storming two and a half hours of some of the best music you could hope for - Dave and Janet also joined Richard live in the BOTR studio before the gig! Consequently our Track Of The Day is that BOTR podcast which as well as DJB also includes Buddy Guy, Jimi Hendrix and Dan Patlansky. Enjoy!
Apollo - Minus 2 Days & Counting! 22 April 2105
For those of you new to Leogun - they were pulling up trees at festivals all summer in 2013 from Danson Park to Hyde Park and after 38 years of gigging there wasn't a lot that got the WRC juices flowing making us sit up and go wow! This talented 3-piece band from South-East London - including guitarist/vocalist Tommy Smith, a Robert Plant lookalike/soundalike and drummer Michael Lloyd with his Bonhamish hat - fired off Zeppelin trait repetitive riffs linked to a modern feel that added to the freshness of their sound. Anyway, the band rounded 2013 off with a storming Underworld, Camden, gig (see Wrinkly pictured with bass guitarist Matt Johnson) but we missed their tour with Extreme last year so were delighted to see that they were supporting the mighty Skynyrd at the Hammersmith Apollo this Thursday - hence they are our Video Of The Day!
Danielz In Kent Already! 22 April 2015
The star of our forthcoming Wrinklystock IV - none other than Danielz - was interviewed on BBC Radio Kent on Monday night by Dominic King. And you can listen to what the T.Rextasy frontman had to say here (Danielz is featured at 2.26.12). Meanwhile tickets are still flying out the door for the Charity Gig at The Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, on Saturday 21st November for the band that is accepted as the world’s only official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex - and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc Bolan’s family, estate, original ex-members of T.Rex and Bolan’s catalogue management! It's going to be be a sell out just like last year so don't miss out and get your tickets here!
Rock Out On The Ridge! 22 April 2015
Today's 'Track Of The Day' is the 'Rock On The Ridge' podcast originally transmitted on Ridge Radio on Saturday night. On Bob and Jules' latest extravaganza are Davy's Grip, Free, Joe Bonamassa, The Brew, The Answer, Beardmore, Wolfmother (pictured at Hyde Park last year), Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Avenged Sevenfold. Rock out!
Action Jackson! 21 April 2015
Joining Richard Dunning in the Croydon Radio studio here at 5pm tonight will be Dave and Janet Jackson ahead of the Dave Jackson Band's show at The Tuesday Night Music Club in Coulsdon, Surrey, at 8.30pm. Apparently Dave and Janet will be bringing guitars into the studio so there'll be a few live numbers and they'll be playing and discussing their influences over the years. And as if that wasn't enough Richard will also be delving into a pile of quality new material plus playing some tracks from The Independent Blues Broadcasters Associations albums of the month! Consequently our Video Of The Day is DJB performing at Bluesfest 2013 - of which the DVD is still available for sale here.
Another BluesRockfest Sponsor Added! 21 April 2015
The WRC are delighted to announce that Ramblin' Man Fair have agreed to sponsor one of our six bands at BluesRockfest at The Red Lion, Gravesend, on Saturday 4th July! However, there is still time for you to sponsor one of the remaining bands - simply contact us below and we will let you have all the details. In the meantime for ticket information on all the bands that are playing at this year's BluesRockfest simply go here and remember if you are a WRC member just go here where you can not only get a £3 discount off your ticket but you can find all the other current members offers including Ramblin' Man!
Route 66 Is Back In Town! 21 April 2015
This week's Route 66 podcast features the new album from South-African Blues Rock guitarist Dan Patlansky who will be on tour around the UK later this year supporting Joe Satriani (pictured). Our Track Of The Day also has an interview by Rory Auskerry with Bolton born lead singer Wayne Ellis of Limehouse Lizzy who are playing the Manchester Academy with Livewire (AC/DC) this weekend.
Welcome To The Blues Club! 20 April 2015
Good to hear recently from one of our new friends Jim McNeill - one of the presenters of 'The Blues Club'! Jim and his partner in crime Malcolm broadcast from Switch Dunmow on Wednesday evenings between 8pm and 10pm here plus all the usual platforms. Jim is a member of the IBBA (Independent Blues Broadcasters Association) and their current favourite bands/artists are Jo Harman, Marcus Bonfanti, King King, Ian Siegal, Babajack, Will Wilde, Rosco Levee and Kat & Co. - hence their latest podcast is our 'Track Of The Day'!
Ride To Rock! 20 April 2015
Not a lot of people know this ... but 2007 World Superbike Champion James Toseland will be playing with his band at Ramblin' Man and they are our 'Video Of The Day'. And it's still not too late to take advantage of our offer to save WRC members the cost of their booking fee e.g. £5.50 on a £60 ticket. Go here for ticket information then simply contact us below with your ticket requirements and we will get back to you. And it's also not too late to become a WRC member - simply fill out a form here and we'll subsequently send you a WRC members card.
Reps Go Down A Storm! 20 April 2015
The Replicants supported by The Pre-nups stormed into Sidcup on Saturday night to play their first gig at the new Carlton Centre for adults with learning disabilities. Initial concerns about the high ceiling proved unfounded as the guys gave a storming ninety minute set. The WRC would like to thank caretaker Dan who was on duty at the venue for all his help! Don't forget that The Reps will be back supporting T.Rextasy at Wrinklystock IV at The Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, on Saturday 21st November and The Pre-nups will be performing at The Iron Horse, Sidcup, on Sunday 3rd May - entry is free and they will be kicking off at 1.15pm!!
Abbey Habit! 19 April 2015
Our 'Video Of The Day' is really cool and makes it possible for anyone around the world to step inside the iconic Abbey Road Studios - the spiritual home of British Music - and follow in the footsteps of musical legends. Explore the rooms, discover stories, historic images and videos, and play with innovative Abbey Road equipment!
Skynyrd On The Horizon! 19 April 2015
Don't forget tonight's Route 66 show here on Pure 107.8FM at 6pm. Given we're off to see Lynyrd Skynyrd and Leogun (pictured) at the Hammersmith Apollo, London, on Thursday night, we thought we'd again be a bit cheeky and tweet Rory to play some Leogun on his show tonight. Hoping that we might be lucky again - anyway another clue as to what he might play is our Leogun vid below!
Black Sheep On The Marsh! 19 April 2015
Our 'Track Of The Day' is Kevin Beale's latest 'Blues On The Marsh' originally broadcast on Friday featuring the fabulous Black Sheep live in the studio! There's also tracks from Innis Sibun, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Loose Moorings (pictured) who are supporting Virgil And The Accelerators at the Red Lion, Gravesend, on Friday 1st May. And if you have not got your tickets yet then go here for ticket information or here for discounted ticket info.
It's Record Store Day! 18 April 2015
Our 'Video Of The Day' is that time of year again when the nation celebrates those magical emporiums of musical merchandising. Record Store Day came into being in 2007 when over 700 independent stores in the USA came together to celebrate their unique culture. The UK followed suit and 2015 will see the eighth celebration of the UK's unique independent sector. This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, meet & greets with artists, DJ's, in store quizzes and many other events. For more information on RSD go here!
Sick Of Being Good? 18 April 2015
Meanwhile, the David Sinclair Four is taking part in Record Store Day once again! They will be performing live today at 1.30pm at David's Music, Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire SG6 3DE and tomorrow at 3.30pm at Sound Knowledge, High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1LT. Also to celebrate the release of their new album '4', the band is booked to play an historic Album Launch show at The Borderline, London WC1 on Thursday 14th May with support from the mighty Morrissey & Marshall. Full information and tickets for the show can be purchased here.
Kent Rock's Tonite! 18 April 2015
Classic Rock covers band The Replicants play their first gig at the new Carlton Centre in Sidcup tonight. Don't forget these guys have been the main support at all three Mick Jagger Centre Wrinklystock gigs appearing with The Beatlez, Bon Giovi and The Bohemians - and they will be back again on Saturday 21st November supporting T.Rextasy! An impressive CV indeed - supported by the equally awesome Pre-nups! So why not treat yourself to a rocking night - doors open at 7pm - £5 tickets can be purchased on the door. Meanwhile Guitarist Damo Fawsett returns to the Red Lion, Gravesend, tonight for a headline show with Slam Cartel! Damo appeared at last year's Bluesfest with his Band - and special guests tonight will be Skarlett Riot (their latest single 'Rising' is on Scuzz TV) and Talk Us Down. Tickets are £6 on the door.
Bull & Bush! 17 April 2015
"Pretty awesome" was Rockrpix photographer John Bull's take on Kenny Wayne Shepherd's Shepherds Bush gig on Wednesday night which is our 'Video Of The Day'. As expected John's pics are pretty awesome as well including some great shots of support Ben Poole. Anyway go here for the pics plus also some cool pics of Robin Trower and Joanne Shaw Taylor's gig from Saturday night!
IBBA Picks Of The Month Announced! 17 April 2015
Over 40 members of the UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association will feature tracks from four albums as picks of the month during their shows in May. The albums are Poplar Jake & The Electric Delta Review - 'See What You Done', King King (pictured) Featuring Alan Nimmo - 'Reaching For The Light', The Pete Harris R’nB All Stars - 'Live At The Talking Heads' (our 'Track Of The Day') and Michelle D’Amour & The Love Dealers - 'Ante Up'. Well done to all concerned!
JHS At Frankfurt Music Show! 17 April 2015
It's still not too late to visit John Hornby Skewes & Co's selection of instruments at the International Frankfurt Musikmesse show until tomorrow Saturday 18th April! Go and visit JHS in Hall 4.0 on booth E30 where new models from Fret-King guitars, Supro amps and Perris Straps & Bags will be on show as well as instruments from Vintage, Encore, Santos Martinez, Pilgrim and Laka. Modern retro comes in the guise of Italia and the ever cool looking Danelectro guitars will also be on show. Also previewing on the stand will be the all new Supro guitars ~ don't miss them. Matt Smith (pictured) from the USA will also be demonstrating both Supro and Pigtronix pedals throughout and once a day Thomas Blug will demo his incredible BlugAmp1 at 12.30pm! Finally, don't forget to head on over to Hall 4.0 F11 where Hughes & Kettner will launch the new Triamp Mark 3!
Jeff Does The Walk! 16 April 2015
ELO's Jeff Lynne will be honoured with the 2,548th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday 23rd April in front of the iconic Capitol Records building where the likes of The Beatles and Roy Orbison are also cemented! Helping unveil the star will be Jeff's mates Tom Petty and Joe Walsh and you can watch it all here! In the meantime we know the WRC are not yet deserving of a star but we would really appreciate our 500th like on Facebook please! Also you should have received our mid-April Wrinklycast bulletin yesterday - if you didn't then just simply contact us below! Cheers!
Robin's Piece Of The Pie! 16 April 2015
One of the UK's top Blues/rock guitarists Robin Bibi will be playing at The Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ tonight. Having paid his dues working with such names as Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Ben E. King, The Pretty Things and Helen Shapiro - Robin launched The Robin Bibi Band in the late 1990's. Doors open at 8.30pm and the band are on stage at 9pm. Robin is our 'Track Of The Day' and WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted £8 admission.
Thursday Night Roots from the Road! 16 April 2015
Justin Johnson has been hailed by Guitar World as a "must-see act”, dubbed “The Wizard” for his mastery of stringed instruments and recognised as Slidestock International Slide Guitar Champion! Not only is JJ our 'Video Of The Day' but you will also be able to catch up with him LIVE at Justin Johnson's Rolling Roots Revue! Yes, every Thursday night at 9pm ET (2am UK time), you can tune in here from wherever you may be and jump into the tour bus for interactive lessons, impromptu performances and interviews on the road!
Bob & Jules Rock On! 15 April 2015
As promised - today's 'Track Of The Day' is the 'Rock On The Ridge' podcast originally transmitted on Ridge Radio on Saturday night. And Bob and Jules certainly deliver in a show that includes King Cobra, Sons Of Texas, Icon And The Black Roses, Alter Bridge, The Muggs, Avenged Sevenfold, Blacktop Deluxe (pictured), Soundgarden and Black Stone Cherry. Rock on!
Laurence Riding High In The Charts! 15 April 2015
Following the official Ruf Records release of his new album 'What's It Gonna Be', Laurence Jones is proudly positioned at number 17 in the Amazon Blues Charts alongside best sellers Eric Clapton, Jools Holland, John Mayall, Seasick Steve and Joanne Shaw Taylor! Laurence added that this was all down to his fans for their continued support towards his music and he looked forward to seeing them out on the road! Consequently Laurence is our 'Video Of The Day' and you can order a copy of his new album here.
Loose Moorings Roar! 15 April 2015
Not that you needed any reminding but take a butcher's at this new Loose Moorings poster leaving you in no doubt that their gig at the Red Lion, Gravesend, on Friday 1st May is not just all about Virgil and the boys! And if you have not got your tickets yet then go here for ticket information or here for discounted ticket info.
Pre-nups Set The Date! 14 April 2015
The wedding band without a wedding - The Pre-nups hopefully won't be late for their big day when they perform at The Iron Horse, Sidcup, on Sunday 3rd May - entry is free and they will be kicking off at 1.15pm!! Playing the best rock covers from the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, The Cult, Chuck Berry and more, to rocking up some of the best songs from a wedding including Katy Perry, Black Eyed Peas, Donna Summer and A-Ha - why not go down and enjoy a few pints as you can sleep it off on Bank Holiday Monday! Don't forget that the Pren-ups are also supporting The Replicants this Saturday at The Carlton Centre, Sidcup and are on stage at 7.30pm. Ticket information is here.
Introducing ... James Jared Nichols 14 April 2015
They say that "nothing in life comes free" but American Bluesman Jared James Nichols will indeed be playing a free show at The Islington, 1 Tolpuddle Street, London N1 0XT on Tuesday 21st April. Our 'Video Of The Day' and the latest artist to be highlighted in our 'Introducing ...' feature - re-emphasises the fact that you can't teach the Blues. Either you've got it, or you don't and Jared has definitely got it! The Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer, writer and guitarist's new LP 'Old Glory & The Wild Revival' channels Blues grit and gusto through bombastic arena-size rock 'n' roll. It's raw, raucous and righteously real!
Up Periscope! 14 April 2015
A first for Rory Auskerry on his Route 66 show on Sunday was Periscope - a new mobile app that allows you to broadcast a live video stream from a mobile phone. Rory duly turned the camera on several times during his live show from Stockport's Pure 107.8FM studio! The bad news is that you won't be able to see Rory on today's 'Track Of The Day' - but the good news is that you will be able to listen to new tracks from Laurence Jones and King King plus music from Marc Ford, Marcus Malone, Big Joe Shelton, Gary Clark Jr. and Jeff Beck!
Just 6 Days To Go! 13 April 2015
Just under a week to go now before the excellent Classic Rock covers band The Replicants play their first gig at the new Carlton Centre in Sidcup on Saturday 18th April. Don't forget these guys have been the main support at all three Mick Jagger Centre Wrinklystock gigs appearing with The Beatlez, Bon Giovi and The Bohemians - and they will be back again on Saturday 21st November supporting T.Rextasy! An impressive CV indeed - supported by the equally awesome Pre-nups! So why not treat yourself to a rocking night - doors open at 7pm - tickets can be purchased here for £5 - however, if you are a WRC member then you can purchase your tickets here for £4!
Time To Go Mentull! 13 April 2015
Yes our 'Video Of The Day' takes us back to 2013 and one of the stand out performances at Bluesfest - The Mentulls! The guys also returned to Bluesfest 2014 and are also headling the Red Lion, Gravesend, on Friday 15th May supported by The Rainbreakers, who are also appearing at this year's BluesRockfest on Saturday 4th July! For tickets for The Mentulls go here, for BluesRockfest go here and if want to buy either the 2013 or 2014 Bluesfest DVD - then please go here!
Introducing .... Kat & Co. 13 April 2015
We recently received the following tweet: "@WRINKLYCLUB Thx for the follow! Kat & Co new single CALLING YOUR NAME#londonUK" Consequently we are delighted to include American blues vocalist, Kathleen (Kat) Pearson as today's 'Track Of The Day'! Yes Kat & Co. is the latest artist to be showcased in our 'Introducing ...' feature - a vibrant collaboration between Kat, guitarist Francesco Accurso and pianist Federico Parodi with Ettore Virgillito on bass and Nicholas Owsianka on drums. Between them they have created a contemporary image to The Blues with an authentic personal sound that creates an infectious energy that enthralls their audiences.
High Voltage Lives On! 12 Apr 2015
With its 're-incarnation' Ramblin' Man on the horizon in July - was it really nearly four years ago since High Voltage and today's 'Video Of The Day'? Yes Blues titan Joe Bonamassa joined classic rock legends Jethro Tull on the Prog stage for Locomotive Breath after Joe's set with Black Country Communion - remember them? As it happens, Joe’s first tour as a solo opening act, in support of his debut album, was for none other than – Jethro Tull! Unfortunately there's no Joe but there is Ian Anderson at Ramblin' Man - and it's still not too late take advantage of our offer to save WRC members the cost of their booking fee e.g. £5.50 on a £60 ticket. Go here for ticket information then simply contact us below with your ticket requirements and we will get back to you. And it's also not too late to become a WRC member - simply fill out a form here and we'll subsequently send you a WRC members card.
Mixed Bag On The Marsh! 12 April 2015
Kevin Beale admitted that his latest 'Blues On The Marsh' show was "a bit of a mixed bag!" See for yourself as our 'Track Of The Day' includes the Backwater Rolls Band, Bad Bob Bates, Big Bill Broonzy, Dan Burnett, Dire Straits, Egypt, Gary Clark jnr, Geoff Everett Band, Gordon Cole, Jackie Payne, John Mayall Blues Breakers, Laura May's Blue Rays, Lightnin' opkins, Memphis Minnie, Mick Taylor (pictured with The Stones in Hyde Park 2013), Moondog Medicine Show, Mud Morganfield, Pinetop Perkins, Poplar Jake and the Electric Delta Review, Richard Townend, Rory Gallagher, Sofie Reed, Tom Attah and Walter Trout! Phew!
Going To VATA & Got The T-shirt? 12 April 2015
Well it can't get any more official than appearing on the t-shirt could it? Yes - our Virgil and The Accelerators Red Lion, Gravesend gig on Friday 1st May is embalazoned across the official tour t-shirt - but the question is have you got your tickets yet? For ticket information go here or for discounted ticket info (if you are a WRC member or want to become a WRC member) go here.
Ex-Megadeth Guitarist Webcast Tonite! 11 Apr 2015
A bit of a step into the unknown but at 6pm tonight former Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover will be holding his weekly webcast here teaching licks from his songs, discuss gear, music, the business and more! Streamed for 75 minutes on the NMB Live platform from Glen's Home Studio in Missisauga, Ontario, Canada - it is a 'Pay Per View' event but must be worth the 3 bucks to have a look! More advance information here but in the meantime have a look at Glen in action on our 'Video Of The Day'!
At A Loose End? 11 April 2015
If you can't wait to see Loose Moorings supporting Virgil & The Accelerators at the Red Lion, Gravesend, on Friday 1st May - then you have the opportunity tonight! Yes, the band who were recently featured on our gigs Wrinklycast, are playing the O2 Academy, Islington - and are on stage at 8.45pm. For more information go here or for VATA tickets go here.
Sheik The Ridge! 11 April 2015
Yes - we have already been warned - following the tweet we received from ROTR HQ yesterday! Whatever you do - don't forget to tune in here tonight between 8-10pm (UK Time) for 'Rock On The Ridge' - your weekly dose of great Rock and Blues music! The menu tonight includes Alter Bridge, The Muggs, Avenged Sevenfold, Blacktop Deluxe, Soundgarden, Black Stone Cherry and possibly tracks from The Voodoo Sheiks new CD (pictured)! Well worth a listen!
Laying Down The Tracks! 10 Apr 2015
Ahead of his recent show at The Tuesday Night Music Club in Coulsdon, Surrey, Richard Dunning was joined in the Croydon Radio studio by Ged Wilson. As well as playing live and selecting some great music that has influenced him - Ged also chatted and introduced the origins of his sound on today's 'Track Of the Day'. Rich of course also squeezed in the normal mix of brand new releases, IBBA choices of the month and the odd one that'll bring back memories. As ever you can be assured of one thing - it'll be two hours well spent in the company of the Blues!
Introducing .... Kaz Hawkins 10 Apr 2015
Mostly underground for years as a secret songwriter - Kaz Hawkins (who lives just a few streets from East Belfast’s most famous musical son Van Morrison) is now established as one the biggest singers ever to come out of Northern Ireland. Called 'A Vocal Force' on stage, she envelops the fighting spirit of a true powerhouse singer. With comparisons to her idol Etta James, Mavis Staples and Janis Joplin - Kaz is the latest in our 'Introducing ...' feature and is also our 'Video Of The Day'! Loved for her down to earth attitude - Kaz brings fun to every performance and is loved not only by her fans but anyone who meets her! She has lived and sang 'The Blues' but has much more to offer across different genres in her song writing - so is now embarking on an exciting mix of genres that she has written for her debut album ‘Get Ready‘.
"See You Down The Front!" 10 Apr 2015
Well that's what the David Sinclair Four tweeted the WRC yesterday following our report on their gig at The Borderline on Thursday 14th May! We also had another tweet from BluesRockfest's The Rainbreakers (pictured) following the recent release of our WRC gigs Wrinklycast - "@WRINKLYCLUB can't wait to come down to you on 15th May to support @TheMentulls and then Gravesend Blues Rock Fest!" Remember to follow us on Twitter here if you can or alternatively on Facebook here!
Wrinklycast Still Our 'Track Of The Day'! 9 April 2015
Thanks to all of you that have listened to, liked and shared our April Wrinklycast released yesterday, showcasing our forthcoming WRC gigs. Our 'Track Of The Day' of course covers BluesRockfest but there's also both The Mentulls and Virgil & The Accelerators Red Lion, Gravesend gigs previewed as well - plus not forgetting The Replicants! Thanks also to all of you that favourited our tweet yesterday promoting the podcast/gigs! Obviously at the end of the day we want to see as many of you as possible at the respective gigs - so don't delay - order your tickets here today!
David Reaches For The Sky! 9 April 2015
Must admit the WRC had to do a double-take seeing David Sinclair on Sky News on Tuesday night discussing the meaning of Don McLean's ‘American Pie’ lyrics which he (Don that is) had just sold for $1.2 million! No doubt the next time we see David and The Sinclair Four will be a special hometown show at The Borderline, London, on Thursday May 14th to celebrate the band’s new album '4' released on Critical Discs/IRL three days earlier. With one foot in the Blues and the other striding through the modern musical metropolis - including contributions from harmonica man Paul Jones, lovers rock legend Maxi Priest and Scottish jazz singer Lorna Reid - it's Sinclair's most storied collection of songs yet. Combining dry, lyrical with a hard-hitting brand of rock ’n ’roll, Sinclair’s group has built a formidable reputation as a live attraction, sharing stages with Wilko Johnson, the Oli Brown Band, Marcus Bonfanti, Johnny Dowd, Graham Bonnet, Willie Nile (UK Tour 2013) and many others.
'Live At Bosky' Promo 9 April 2015
Today's 'Video Of The Day' is John Verity's 'Live at Boske' promo including clips from the new album featuring Bob Henrit on drums, Bob Skeat on Bass and Tom Wilson on keyboards - not forgetting JV on guitar as usual - sharing vocal duties with Bianca Kinane! The album is a collection of live-in-the studio recordings of familiar material plus two unreleased demos of songs new to their live set.
WRC Gigs Wrinklycast Now Available! 8 April 2015
It's been a while in the making - but even though we accept the production might not be of the same standards as Route 66, Blues On The Radio/Marsh and Rock On The Ridge - we are chuffed to bits to have so much quality music not only on our April WRC Gigs Wrinklycast but also for our forthcoming WRC gigs. We of course cover BluesRockfest but there's also both The Mentulls and Virgil & The Accelerators Red Lion, Gravesend gigs previewed as well - plus not forgetting The Replicants! Enjoy nearly 90 minutes of great music - which we are sure will wet your appetite in order that booking your WRC gig tickets is a no-brainer!
Top Of The Charts! 8 April 2015
We were pleased to see that WRC favourite's The Laura Holland Band, Robin Bibi, Joe Bonamassa and Laurence Jones are riding high on the latest chart (pictured) based upon airplay during the month by the DJ's in The Independent Blues Broadcasters Association. Remember you can catch an Independent Blues Broadcasters Association show at most times of the day - worldwide - by the miracles of the internet - just go here for further information!
WRC On YouTube 8 April 2015
Further to our Rolling Stones 'Video Of The Day' yesterday - it reminded us that so far our most watched video on our unofficial WRC YouTube channel is - you've guessed it - The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park in 2013 with just under 7,000 viewings including Japan, Israel and Colombia! We're sure most of you can beat our latest 'Video Of The Day' - so contact us below and share your own YouTube videos with us so that we can also include them on our site as a future VOTD!
Stones Get Their Fingers Sticky Again! 7 April 2015
The Rolling Stones are set to re-release their classic 1971 album Sticky Fingers along with previously unreleased material and alternative takes of beloved album tracks. Regarded as one of the Stones' all-time great albums, 'Sticky Fingers' captured the bands trademark combination of swagger and tenderness in a superb collection. The classic album which features timeless songs such as 'Brown Sugar', 'Wild Horses' (our Video Of the Day) and 'Sister Morphine' will be reissued in a variety of formats from 22nd to 25th May.
Ged's Tuesday Blues! 7 April 2015
At Blues On The Radio they certainly love their tuesday's - two hours of fine music on Croydon Radio from 5pm followed by a night of live music at the Tuesday Night Music Club in Coulsdon, Surrey! And with Ged Wilson joining Richard Dunning live in the studio and at The Club - tonight promises to be a very special evening! As well as Ged and a few of his favourite songs tonight's BOTR playlist includes Dani Wilde, Slam Allen, Thomas Ford, The City Boys Allstars, King King, Sofie Reed, Giles Hedley, Billy Walton Band, Dan Patlansky, Blacktop Deluxe, Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers, Doug MacLeod, TBelly plus that marvellous new album by Poplar Jake & The Electric Delta Review.
Route 66 Is King King! 7 April 2015
Blues guitarist, singer & songwriter Laurence Jones is featured on Route 66 this week. He won ‘best young artist’ at the 2014 British Blues Awards and at the age of 23 is about to release his third studio album ‘What’s It Gonna Be?’ later this April. On our 'Track Of The Day' Rory Auskerry chats to Laurence about the new album, writing songs, touring and performing with his heroes. In addition there are two new numbers from Scottish Blues Rock outfit King King (pictured) who release their latest album ‘Reaching For The Light’ in May.
We Love To Boogie! 6 April 2015
Hope you like our newly designed Wrinklystock IV publicity poster? As it happens the new poster might become academic as tickets are flying out the door for our T.Rextasy Charity Gig at The Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, on Saturday 21st November. Anyway, have a look at today's 'Video Of The Day' and you will see why the band is accepted as the world’s only official live tribute band dedicated to Marc Bolan & T.Rex - and the only band endorsed and approved by Marc Bolan’s family, estate, original ex-members of T.Rex and Bolan’s catalogue management! It's going to be be a sell out just like last year so don't miss out and get your tickets here!
BluesRockfest Wrinklycast Preview This Week! 6 April 2015
Yep - the runners and riders are all in for our special BluesRockfest Wrinklycast which will shortly be available as our 'Track Of The Day' showcasing all the great bands appearing at The Red Lion, Gravesend, on Saturday 4th July. For ticket information simply go here and in the meantime let's go back in time to Bluesfest 2013 for today's 'Track Of The Day'! And don't forget that the DVD/CD is still available from our merchandise page here!
Ramblin' Man Offer Still Up For Grabs! 6 April 2105
Thanks to all of you that have contacted us re: Ramblin' Man - and it's still not too late take advantage of our offer to save WRC members the cost of their booking fee e.g. £5.50 on a £60 ticket. Go here for ticket information then simply contact us below with your ticket requirements and we will get back to you. And it's also not too late to become a WRC member - simply fill out a form here and we'll subsequently send you a WRC members card.
Albany Down But Not Out - Yet! 5 April 2015
BluesRockfest's Albany Down have started recording their third album! Apparently seven tracks have already been done and it's sounding fantastic. Indeed Bass guitarist Billy Dedman (pictured) has written a step by step account here of their recording session at Modern World Studios in Tetbury, England. There are also some pictures and a couple of short videos - one of which is our 'Video Of The Day'. For ticket information on all the bands that are playing at this year's BluesRockfest simply go here and remember if you are a WRC member just go here where you can get a £3 discount on your ticket! Finally, you can still fill out a form here to become a WRC member for life for FREE and we'll consequently send you a WRC members card which you can use to benefit from not only BluesRockfest but all the other current members offers e.g. Ramblin' Man Fair - which we also hope to add to in the future.
Too Much (Not) - Magic Bus! 5 April 2015
Going to the Gravesend BluesRockfest and wondering what is the best way - drive and don't drink? - drive, drink and book a hotel? Hopefully the WRC can help out for those living in the Medway Towns area - we are planning to lay on a coach so you can keep the cost down and enjoy a drink or two! The exact cost cannot be given yet as it depends on how many take up the offer but we would hope it would be no more than £15 - if you are interested just contact us below with your details and the number of seats you require - simples!!