Fine City Blues, a collaboration that brings great Blues music to audiences in Norwich and Norfolk, is virtually getting into the swing tonight, bringing you Fran McGillivray & Mike Burke live in your living room! Don't forget Clap for Carers at 8pm with the Fran & Mike starting straight after. Just click here and check it out. Everyone's welcome!
Did I Just Make You Smile? 30/4/20
Today's Video Of The Day is Haig's latest single ‘Did I Just Make You Smile?’, dedicated to the NHS & Emergency Services of the UK, whilst we're in the crisis of the Covid-19 virus. In the video you'll see people in isolation of their homes, NHS staff and parts of the Emergency service team, and lastly a few clips to remind us of what we have to look forward to when all this is distant memory! Billy Bibby’s experience with Catfish & The Bottlemen alongside Carl Rutherford, as well as Joe Mooney's experience in the music scene, have given the band an instantaneous worldly feel, delivering pure melodious, yet intricate Rock, that has radio written all over it. Looking forward to their debut EP 'Freeze The World', it's British Rock at its absolute best, meshing Classic Rock with a progressively Indie vibe.
Zach's Trial By Combat 30/4/20
On today's Track Of The Day, Trial By Combat joins The Zach Moonshine Show to talk about their new independent full length album 'Consumed by the Darkness' that is due to be released next month, plus the state of music amid the Coronaviris! Zach will also be playing brand new tracks by the Bay Area, California band - their style being described as Death-Thrash plus Melodic Death Metal that draws from many Metal influences such as Exodus, Carcass, Amon Amarth and Black Dahlia Murder. This episode also features brand new music from Lady Beast, Witchkiss, Ogre, Cryptic Shift, Dark Forest, Luna13, Grieve, Hegemony, Smoulder, Noroth, Varicella, Vader, Mammon's Throne, Danzig, and classics by request from Gravehuffer, Necrotion, Aborym, Bolt Thrower, Asphyx, Celtic Frost, Year of the Cobra, Domkraft and battle of the bands winners District 13!
Thumbs Up For Stonedead 29/4/20
Last Friday's message from the Stonedead Festival Production Crew (pictured) was, that at this moment, they are well and truly on until the Government tells them otherwise. A festival experience not to be missed, it takes place on Saturday 29th August at Newark Showground featuring headliners Black Star Riders, with special guests Terrorvision and Gun, plus Tyketto, Kris Barras Band, Blaze Bayley, Tygers of Pan Tang, Myke Gray featuring Kim Jennett and opening poll winner Dead Man's Whiskey. Consequently Stonedead HQ state it will 100% go ahead if they can, or reschedule until 2021 if they can't. Rest assured that you will be told the second that they know.
Rothery's La Silla 29/4/20
"The band returned to perform encore 'Separated Out' from 2001's 'Anoraknophobia', which was additionally notable not only for the sextet upping their enjoyment by having a little 'Kashmir' (yes, that 'Kashmir') breakout moment, but also saw the smiling Rothery throwing a few moves around the stage, thanks in no small part to the audience participation and Mosley's brilliant drumming. After ignoring Hogarth's request for everybody to "just go home", Rothery was at last given his introduction by Hogarth to possibly the loudest recognition of the night." That was part of our take last November on Marillion at London's Royal Albert Hall, and today's Video Of The Day features the first part of guitarist Steve Rothery's 'La Silla', from his forthcoming crowdfunded album 'Revontulet', which will be released on Monday 28th September.
"A sequenced guitar build up leads into ‘This One’s For You’, then on to, for mine, the other stand out song that comes in the form of ‘Battles Ain’t No War’. In a more down tempo mode, it shows the excellent depth in the band’s song writing and has the feel of a film score about it!"
Today read another one of our self-isolating album reviews, as Geoff C. this time gives you his take here on Vega's new CD 'Grit Your Teeth', which is due to be released on Friday 12th June, plus check out our Track Of The Day of their latest single '(I Don’t Need) Perfection'. Remember, if you are currently kicking your heels and you fancy doing a self-isolation CD review, then don't be shy, just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Easy As HRH ABC 28/4/20
This year HRH AOR, Blues & Crows will combine forces in a three day, three arena, 70 band monster edition including D-A-D (today's Video Of The Day), aptly named HRH ABC, which will take place over the weekend of the 12th - 15th November at Camp HRH, Great Yarmouth. Indeed, the organisers have moved Heaven and Earth to get more accommodation, more production and more bands together to make this possible at a time of the year where we can hopefully all feel more comfortable in going out and having some fun after this awful crisis has passed.
Elles & Matt Zoom Club Tonite 28/4/20
Sorry to report no Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day this week, as host Richard Dunning has been a bit poorly (the first one Rich's missed doing since BOTR started in 2013). However, the good news is that tonight The Tuesday Night Music Club is hosting a live Zoom Room here at 7pm with Elles Bailey and Matt Long. So get your ticket quick for this exclusive event!
Mally's Call 27/4/20
Unfortunately Rock Comedian/Compere/DJ Pete K Mally's UK April/May 'Self-Help & Sporadic Hairs' tour is postponed due to Covid-19, however, the good news is that, instead you can read Pete's new comedy novel, 'The Call', based on the Rock music circuit in the UK. Meet Dominic Young, front-man and bassist for the Classic Rock band Raven Black Whiskey Stone. Dom is trying to take his band places and The Call of the Wild Festival 2020 could be the break that they need. The resurgence of Classic Rock music is well and truly here in the UK and this comedy entwines the world of bands, promoters, venues and the real world of Rock and Roll. Go on, give it a go!
Do What You Love 27/4/20
Notable roots rockers, Jamie Williams and the Roots Collective (Track Of The Day), released their new single ‘Life On The Road’ in support of the NHS on Saturday, which is taken from their forthcoming album ‘Do What You Love’. Consiting of Jamie Williams - lead vocals, guitars, Nick Garner - harmonica and mouth organs, Dave Milligan - guitars, keyboards, Jake Milligan - bass guitar and James Bacon - drums, this multi-influenced, powerful album, is their sixth album to date. The album's release on Friday 22nd May will also coincide with a live performance at 7.30pm on their Facebook page, where they will play the album in its entirety, joined by special guests BJ Cole, Robbie McIntosh and Naomi Poole, who also appear on the album.
Fantastic Chocolate Samurai 27/4/20
Today's Video Of The Day is Fantastic Negrito's new track, ‘Chocolate Samurai’, which is out now via Cooking Vinyl and available on all DSP's. The video features fans across the globe submitting footage of them singing along to the track whilst in isolation. Long hailed for his electrifying live performances, the track is the first taste of Negrito's new music since the release of his second Grammy Award-winning album, 'Please Don't Be Dead', which featured the singles ‘The Duffler’, ‘A Boy Named Andrew’ and ‘The Suit That Won’t Come Off’.
Isolation Sunday Is Back 26/4/20
Don't forget the final day of Warner Music Group's first-of-its-kind virtual music festival, 'PlayOn Fest', that will run for 12 hours today via Songkick’s YouTube channel, showcasing past performances from more than 60 of the label group's superstars. Also today there's not only another Isolation Music Festival being streamed here from 12.50pm UK time, but there are also other live streams tonight including Dan Burnett, who is here at 6.30pm as part of his World Tour, plus Redfish who are also performing a Live Stream here at 8pm.
The Sick And The Depraved 26/4/20
Visceral five-piece Death Metal band Vesicarum release their savage debut EP, 'Reign Of Terror', on Friday 22nd May, of which lead single 'The Sick And The Depraved' is today's Track Of The Day. Bursting at the seams with brutal energy, the Kent band feature frantic, technical riffing; topped off with frontman Glynn Neve’s signature vocal style. The band was originally created in 2016 as a solo project by Glynn, growing in early 2018 to include guitarists Martin Shipton and James Thompson, bassist Orla Blue Reed and drummer Donal McGee.The name, ‘Vesicarum’ - meaning ‘to fester’, is an ode to the sinister nature of the band’s music and central lyrical theme of hatred, featuring darker subjects including serial killers and The Ankou (The Graveyard Watcher).
Mendelson's Lay It All On Me 26/4/20
Today's Video Of The Day is Leslie Mendelson's 'Lay It All On Me' - the fourth and final single, as well as, the opening track from her latest album, 'If You Can’t Say Anything Nice...', released earlier this month via Royal Potato Family. The 10-song collection is stacked with songs that recall 70's AM gold artists like Carly Simon, Carole King and Fleetwood Mac. And although sonically reminiscent of a simpler, more direct time in music, lyrically the album is completely of its time addressing depression, the gun rights debate, pharmaceutical addiction and over exposure to media in all its various modern forms. Before the onset of the Covd-19 pandemic, Mendelson was set to open three shows for The Who this Spring, a band with whom she has an ongoing relationship, having previously opened for them twice last year at Madison Square Garden, as well as, supporting Roger Daltrey solo.
Sounds Of The Baskervilles 25/4/20
While uncertainty distills throughout the live-music industry and beyond, British Rock outfit The Baskervilles are lacing up to strike with some much needed musical empowerment with their Spring release 'Got Your Back', which is today's Track Of The Day. The Ipswich based Hard Rockers deliver a stinging synopsis of love, life and hypocrisy, set to a blend of raw energy and rolling thunder, taking influence from a melting pot of the likes of Yonaka, Bring Me The Horizon and Arctic Monkeys.
Ryders Creed Lost Souls 25/4/20
'Cut Me Down', today's Video Of The Day from Ryders Creed, follows hot on the heels of first single and true Rock-epic 'Lost Soul', both taken from their up and coming album, 'Lost Souls', due out on Friday 8th May via Off Yer Rocka Recordings. The new single is another huge track which is sure to go down well amongst the loyal “Creedlings” – as their fanbase is affectionately known – as well as reaching out not only into the NWOCR scene, but also the wider Rock community. Since bursting onto the scene in 2017, the 4-piece have continued to build their impressive nationwide fanbase performing at flagship festivals around the UK, of which this year will hopefully include Call of the Wild at Lincolnshire Showground on Sunday 20th September plus Great Yarmouth's Hard Rock Hell on Friday/Saturday 6th/7th November.
Virtual Saturday & It's Live (Sort Of) 25/4/20
Don't forget the second day of Warner Music Group's first-of-its-kind virtual music festival, 'PlayOn Fest', that will continue to run for 12 hours today and tomorrow via Songkick’s YouTube channel, showcasing past performances from more than 60 of the label group's superstars. Meanwhile, also today, Jamie Williams and the Roots Collective launch their new single 'Life on The Road' in aid of the NHS at 4.30pm (UK time) here, whilst later on at 9pm Robin Bibi (pictured) will be broadcasting live here.
And The Virtual Music Plays On ... 24/4/20
Launched at 5pm BST tonight, Warner Music Group kick off the first-of-its-kind virtual music festival, 'PlayOn Fest', that will run for 12 hours every day this weekend via Songkick’s YouTube channel. Supporting the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (WHO), powered by the UN Foundation, it will showcase past performances from more than 60 of the label group's superstars, including Bruno Mars, Coldplay, Green Day, Cardi B, Ed Sheeran, Janelle Monáe, Twenty One Pilots, Lil Uzi Vert and David Guetta.
Kane's Crazy Lixx 24/4/20
British Rock singer Chez Kane (Video Of The Day) has signed to Frontiers for her debut solo album, recorded in collaboration with Danny Rexon, frontman of Crazy Lixx. Part of a multi-album deal, the talented young vocalist also fronts the band Kane’d alongside her two sisters. Chez was brought to the attention of Frontiers following discussions with existing label signing Rexon about him scouting and producing exciting new talent. Demos recorded by the two immediately caught the ear of the label, who did not pass up the opportunity to get involved!
Blues Club Clash 24/4/20
Today's Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day is another two hours of non stop Best in Blues and beyond with More Music and Less Chat, featuring new releases, classic tracks and UK IBBA Presenters' Picks, including music from Reverend Shawn Amos and the Brotherhood, Ben Rice & RB Stone, Lisa Mills, Roomful Of Blues, The Clash, Sass Jordan, Arthur Conley, The James Hunter Six, Bruce Springsteen (pictured), Howlin' Wolf, Larry McCray, Avey Grouws Band, James Taylor, Taj Mahal, Mary Jo Curry Band, Aretha Franklin, Larry Griffith Band and many more.
Bad Touch Get High 23/4/20
New Wave of Classic Rock favourites Bad Touch recently released their second single – ‘I Get High’ – from their upcoming new studio album ‘Kiss The Sky’, that will be released by Marshall Records on Friday 19th June, and the single is today's Track Of The Day. The band's fourth album will be supported by a rescheduled nationwide 13-date UK headline tour that kicks off at The Waterfront in Norwich on Friday 18th September, that will also feature Piston as main special guest, plus local supports. A no-nonsense Rock and Roll album at heart, Bad Touch have stripped everything right back and looked at what the essence of what makes a great album, and at the core, great songs. They've stuck to what they do best, which is writing catchy, feel good Rock music.
Rewind Festival Rescheduled 23/4/20
Following the rescheduling of the Rewind Festival because of Covid-19, the organisers have now confirmed the acts that are returning during three weekends in 2021, including Scone Palace, Perth, from 23rd - 25th July, Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire, from 6th - 8th August, and Temple Island Meadows, Henley-On-Thames, from 20th - 22nd August. Sadly a couple of acts couldn’t make the new dates, due to prior commitments, one of whom is Nick Heyward, however, the good news is that Rewind Festival favourite Marc Almond is available and will join all Scotland, North and South dates next Summer.
Dangerous Old Guards 23/4/20
Today's Video Of The Day is a long overdue catch up with our Canadian correspondent Moose On The Loose, who recently caught up with Toronto based Old Guards for an interview and unplugged set. The Rock/Acoustic trio consist of Scott Olgard, Andrew Knott and Cesar Brinatti, and were the latest band to feature on Danger Canadian Content, a YouTube channel dedicated to the awesomeness of emerging and established Canadian musical talent, broadcasting informal 'In Conversation' interviews with artists and 'Live' excerpts from performances!
Graces Collide CD Review 22/4/20
"Opening up proceedings ‘This Hell’ drops like a plane of stormtroopers heading into battle, followed by ‘Another Sun’ featuring guest vocalist Nikki Smash from The Rocket Dolls, swaying from side to side as if you’re in a dingy on rough seas. Keeping on the tracks, but only just, ‘Ride’ motors energetically, and is said to be the prelude sample of what is to come from their follow up album later this year."
Today read another one of our self-isolating album reviews, as Geoff C. this time gives you his take here on Graces Collide's new studio CD 'Our Tomorrow', which was released earlier this month, plus check out our Video Of The Day. Remember, if you are currently kicking your heels and you fancy doing a self-isolation CD review, then don't be shy, just e-mail us at email@example.com
The Wild Get Reckless 22/4/20
Organisers of Call of the Wild Festival have responded quickly to the outbreak of Coronavirus and the fight against it, not only by rescheduling Lincolnshire's biggest and best Rock festival to Friday 18th through to Sunday 20th September, but they have now also added Reckless Love to headline the Kilmister Stage on Saturday night. Voted Kerrang! Best Newcomer in 2012, the Finnish Rock band roared to mainstream success with the release of their second album, 'Animal Attraction', and this will be their only UK show in 2020. What’s more, the organisers have released 500 free weekend tickets to NHS staff – of which, a few are still up for grabs – as a thank you for their huge effort to save lives during this pandemic.
"Only the very first EP wasn’t represented in the setlist at this gig and it was interesting to note how many fans were close to word perfect on the lyrics, even though the EPs never included the words when released. Although many of those present had their live favourites, notably ‘Low’, ‘Turn Me On’ and ‘Georgia Pine’, the eight songs from the as yet unreleased new album were equally well received."
Today, Gary Smith literally takes us back in time again here, with his review of Broken Witt Rebels London Boston Music Room gig from Friday 13th December last year, plus check out our Video Of The Day.