British Blues Awards Voting Closes Tonight! 31 August 2015
Congratulations to all those that have been nominated in this years British Blues Awards - the question is however - have you voted for your favourite's yet? If not - then you'd better get your a**e' in gear because voting closes here tonight! Don't leave it too late!
Route 66 Hits The Charts! 30 August 2015
Last weeks Route 66 show reached 14th and 16th respectively in both the Mixckoud Classic Rock and Blues charts! So why not tune into Rory Auskerry's show here at 6pm tonight and see what all the fuss is about? In the meantime - and as it's a Bank Holiday weekend - the WRC will have a slightly reduced service over the next few days - normal service will hopefully resume Wednesday!
Loose Moorings Southbound! 29 August 2015
All roads lead to The Red Lion, Gravesend, Kent DA11 9AA, tonight to see Loose Moorings and Southbound on stage at 8pm. Loose Moorings return to The Red Lion following their impressive set supporting Virgil And The Accelerators at the beginning of May. Meanwhile Southbound have stepped in to replace Larry Miller following their gig with BluesRockfest's Troy Redfern Band at the iconic 100 Club on Tuesday. Admission on the door is £6 and WRC members should get 15% off on production of a valid WRC members card!
Marshman Lays Down The Tracks! 29 August 2015
Today's Track of The Moment is last night's cracking Blues on the Marsh show. Grab a listen to the Marshman himself featuring Aaron Curtis, Amanda Fish Band, Wily Bo Walker, Trevor Sewell, Todd Wolfe Band, Tad Robinson, BabaJack, Colin Linden, Savoy Brown, Long Tall Deb, MonkeyJunk, Shemekia Copeland, Paul Cox, Ramon Goose and Moudo Toure (The West Africa Blues Project) and the brand new release from John Mayall!
JB Fulfills Lifetime Dream On NYC’s Most Hallowed Stage! 29 August 2015
In January 2015, Joe Bonamassa took the iconic Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall for the first time for a sold-out, two-night run that allowed him to fulfill his lifelong dream of performing in one of the world’s most legendary venues. On Friday 2nd October Bonamassa will share this experience with fans and music lovers around the world when he releases Joe Bonamassa – Live At Radio City Music Hall (see our Video Of The Moment) as a CD/DVD set and CD/Blu-ray set.
Thinking Of Larry 28 August 2015
All of us at the WRC were sad to learn of the following news posted on Larry Miller's Facebook page on Wednesday: "It’s with shock and great sadness that we are posting this statement. Recently, Larry Miller suffered a stroke and he is now undergoing an intensive rehabilitation programme. However, it’s too soon for anyone to know the full extent of Larry’s long term prognosis, but for the immediate future he is unable to perform. Please feel free to send any messages to Larry via e-mail at email@example.com or via Facebook. We will ensure they are communicated to Larry appropriately. In light of these circumstances, we would ask that you respect the privacy of both Larry and his family at this time. We will of course keep you updated of Larry’s progress." The WRC would like to take this opportunity to wish Larry (who can forget Bluesfest 2013) a speedy recovery. As a consequence of this terrible news, Southbound (see vid below) have stepped in to play with Loose Moorings (Vid Of The Day) at their Red Lion gig this Saturday 29th August.
Blues Club In The Loft! 28 August 2015
The Blues Club Podcast is back as our Track Of The Day with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat with new and pre-releases, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association(UK IBBA) Presenters Picks for August 2015, Blues, Rock, Soul, Funk and some classic Rock oldies from the loft! Tracks this week include Albert Cummings, Rory Gallagher, Dan Burnett, Samantha Fish, Vintage Trouble (pictured), Albany Down, Thorbjørn Risager, Clarence 'The Blues Man' Turner, Lara and The Bluz Dawgz, D'mar & Gill, Jesse Davey, Jay Stollman, Wily Bo Walker, Richard Townend & The Mighty Boss Cats, Mick Kolassa, Billy Walton Band, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Buddy Guy, Trevor Sewell, Rusty Wright Band, Sonny Landreth, Blues Engine, Ronnie Earl, Bob Malone, Rebecca Downes, D.L. Duncan, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more!
Sit Back, Relax & Listen Tonight! 28 August 2015
Talking of great radio shows, make sure you tune in from 7pm BST tonight here to Blues on the Marsh and grab a listen to Aaron Curtis, Amanda Fish Band, Wily Bo Walker, Trevor Sewell, Todd Wolfe Band, Tad Robinson, BabaJack, Colin Linden, Savoy Brown, Long Tall Deb, MonkeyJunk, Shemekia Copeland, Paul Cox, Ramon Goose and Moudo Toure (The West Africa Blues Project) and the brand new release from John Mayall. Don't forget also that Albany Down (pictured) will be playing live on Radio Veronica's Countdown Cafe show here tonight at 10pm UK time and 11pm in the Netherlands. This will be their first radio performance since their BBC sessions and is ahead of Albany Down's European tour in September. The guys promise a brand new song or two from the forthcoming album, so make sure you tune in and have a listen!
Band Of Brothers! 27 August 2015
"We were then into ‘LIL’ territory with the groovy and foot-tappin’ ‘Tappin’ On The Glass’ and just to prove they could mix it up ‘I Am The Fool’ with its neat Country riff (originally written by Landreth Senior no less) cemented the strength of ‘LIL’ after just two tracks. The groove of ‘Made Up Mind’ was followed by the album’s title track (see Vid Of The Day), Joey preferring live electric to acoustic on the album – although still the same result – perfect. A couple more covers were thrown in for good measure: Lyle Lovett’s ‘If I Had A Boat’ and John Hiatt’s ‘Alone In The Dark’ – the former an enchanting acoustic/harmony gathering – the latter nailed – again despite no keys. Rhino and Dave were the archetypal spine of the band - with Rhino chipping in with a bit of banter whilst Dave proved later in the set that his brother was not the only one with great vocals!"
For the rest of AJ's The Brothers Landreth review go here
Albany Down Live On National Radio! 27 August 2015
Albany Down will be playing live on Radio Veronica's Countdown Cafe show here this Friday 28th August at 10pm UK time and 11pm in the Netherlands. This will be their first radio performance since their BBC sessions and is ahead of Albany Down's European tour in September. The guys promise a brand new song or two from the forthcoming album, so make sure you tune in and have a listen! Don't forget also that we announced that Albany Down are headlining our WRC Xmas Party! Guaranteed to be a great night and the best start to the festive season - tickets are now on sale here - £7 pre-event (including admin fees) or £9 on the door. Remember if you are a WRC Member then tickets are just £5 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org - what are you waiting for?
New EP Shortly From Thorntree! 27 August 2015
Was it really as long ago as April 2013 when we featured the 70's/80's Classic Rock vibe of Thorntree on that month's Wrinklycast? Anyway the WRC were delighted to hear recently from band member Martin Cooper that the guys are just finishing recording a new EP and are also looking to get out gigging again! If the new EP is as good as Thorntree’s debut album ‘Bullet Proof’ then we can't wait! So watch this space for some links to some of the new songs plus some promo stuff as well - in the meantime we have made that April 2013 Wrinklycast our Track Of The Day which also featured Joe Bonamassa, Walkway, Eureka Machines, The Replicants and Angelo Tristan!
Canadian Roots And All! 26 August 2015
Our thanks to Matt from Savage Gringo for our invite to take in this year's winners of the Canadian Junos Roots & Traditional Album award - The Bros. Landreth - at The Borderline last night. This European debut show followed the release of their awesome11-song debut 'Let It Lie'. So did the album's bluesy wail of electric guitars, the swell of B3 organ, and the blood harmonies of brothers Joey and David Landreth come across as well live in the flesh? A review and more pics to follow but in the meantime have a gander at our Vid Of The Day!
Your Ears Will Flip It's So Good! 26 August 2015
Bob and Jules were thankfully back 'Rockin' The Ridge' on Saturday night after a two week absence. As usual the guys hit the ground running with our 'Track of The Day' including The Answer, The Dead Daisies, Davy's Gripp and probably the best Jimi Hendrix jingle ever!
Chris Jagger Competition 26 August 2015
Don't forget our Chris Jagger Atcha! Competition! Yes Chris will be returning to the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford DA1 2JZ, on Saturday 26th September at 8pm with his five piece band including drummer Malcolm Mortimore (Gentle Giant, Ian Dury), our mate and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Hart (Slim Chance, Eric Clapton) plus also Jagger's ‘trio’ members Elliet Mackrell on the fiddle, bassist Dave Hatfield and of course Chris himself on guitar and vocals. To win a pair of tickets simply e-mail email@example.com the name of Chris’ brother by Friday 18th September! Editor’s decision is final and alternatively tickets can be purchased for £17.50 (Concessions £15.50) from the MJC Box Office on 01322 291100.
The Brothers Landreth At The Borderline Tonight! 25 August 2015
All roads lead to The Borderline in London tonight as Canadian roots-rockers The Bros. Landreth play their European debut show following the release of their excellent 11-song debut 'Let It Lie' - winner of this years Junos Roots & Traditional Album award. The band's sound is anchored by the bluesy wail of electric guitars, the swell of B3 organ, and the blood harmonies of brothers Joey and David Landreth that has since drawn comparisons to The Band, The Allman Brothers and Jackson Browne. They will be announcing further UK shows for October shortly, but in the meantime enjoy again our 'Runaway Train' Vid Of The Day' taken from the album.
Route 66 To The British Blues Awards! 25 August 2015
Our Track Of The Day is dedicated mostly towards the nominees for this years British Blues Awards - playing a track from every category plus clips from some of the nominated artists who have been previously featured on Rory Auskerry's Route 66 show including Danny Bryant, King King,Chantel McGregor, Aynsley Lister, Joanne Shaw Taylor (pictured) and more. There's also music news, classic tunes from Thunder and Rod Stewart plus some really sloppy jockin' from Rory!
Voodoo To Sheik The Room Tonite! 25 August 2015
Richard Dunning tells us that tonight's Blues On The Radio show live here from 5pm at the Croydon Radio studio is all about the music! Apparently Rich is going to cram as many of the great new releases into his two hours as he can. So expect to hear from The Voodoo Sheiks ahead of their TNMC show (at Hooley Village Club, St. Margaret's Road, Hooley Village, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 3RB) plus Trevor Sewell, Angela Lewis Brown, Dave Hunt, Victor Wainwright, Clarence Turner, Canned Heat, Rebecca Downes, The Mighty Bosscats, Jon Cleary, Blues Engine, John Cee Standard, Dove and Boweevil, Mitch Laddie Band, Buddy Guy, The Reverend Shawn Amos, Bob Malone, Jared James Nichols, Wily Bo Walker, Jesse Davey, Babajack, Ronnie Earl... Oh and there's a competition to win two tickets for a Blues Cruise! So don't miss a moment of the fun!
Introducing ....... Voodoo Vegas 24 August 2015
Following the release of their critically acclaimed debut album 'The Rise Of Jimmy Silver' in 2013 and last years UK/European tour with American rockers Y&T - Bournemouth hard rock five- piece Voodoo Vegas will release their new EP 'Hypnotise' on Monday 12th October. The new EP features four tracks of pumped up, high voltage rock n' roll that will please anyone that's a fan of hard rock music. Laying down a foundation of essential classic rock, Voodoo Vegas (our Vid Of The Day) have stripped away their sound and put the pieces back together to create a collection of music that is modern, fresh and demands it be turned up, loud!
We're Half Way There! 24 August 2015
The WRC were pleased to receive this photo and tweet from Wrinklystock 2 heroes Bon Giovi "Our gig tonight in Belgium... 6000+ people and rising!". Similar to our vist to The Oval yesterday it also looked like it was raining at The Park Pop Festival in Oostkamp! By the way the DVD/CD of that great night in October 2013 is still available for purchase from our merchandise page here!
Bucket Of Blues TOTD! 24 August 2015
Jukin' Jenn's Bucket of Blues Show # 30 is today's Track Of The Day. You can listen to Jenn here on Sundays at 7pm GMT, 1pm Central and 2pm Eastern - repeated at 1 am GMT, 7pm Central and 8pm Eastern. Jenn's latest podcast features tracks from Deb Seitz, Ruby Tiger and King Rollo, Eddie Floyd, Billy Branch tribute to Muddy Waters, Henry Gray and more!
Chris Jagger Coming Atcha! Competition 23 August 2015
Chris Jagger’s Atcha! (our Vid Of The Day) will be returning to the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford DA1 2JZ, on Saturday 26th September at 8pm and the WRC have a pair of tickets to give away! This time Chris’ five piece band will include drummer Malcolm Mortimore (Gentle Giant, Ian Dury), our mate and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Hart (Slim Chance, Eric Clapton) plus also Jagger's ‘trio’ members Elliet Mackrell on the fiddle, bassist Dave Hatfield and of course Chris himself on guitar and vocals. Chris has been touring across Europe this past year with his trio and now feels it’s time to add them to the Atcha! lineup now that Malcolm’s son Jim has moved on to pastures new. To win our competition simply e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org the name of Chris’ brother by Friday 18th September! Editor’s decision is final and alternatively tickets can be purchased for £17.50 (Concessions £15.50) from the MJC Box Office on 01322 291100.
Introducing ....... Callaghan 23 August 2015
In the Summer of 2010 Callaghan (today's Track Of The Day) packed up her life in London and moved to Atlanta to record with Grammy nominee Shawn Mullins after contacting him on Myspace. Knocked out by her voice and songwriting, he agreed to produce her debut album 'Life In Full Colour' which was released in 2012 to great reviews. Playing live Callaghan performs on piano and guitar and delivers a vocal which earns frequent comparisons with artists like Sarah McLachlan and Emmy Lou Harris. Her songs share stories and emotions and deliver thoughtful lyrics, haunting vocals, and catchy melodies. A five track EP is available to download for free here.
British Blues Awards Special Tonight On Route 66! 23 August 2015
Pleased to report that thanks to it being our Track Of The Day last week (of course) last Sunday's Route 66 podcast reached the heady heights of number 9 in the Mixcloud Blues Charts! So we suppose it's only appropriate that Rory Auskerry's broadcast tonight here on Pure Radio 107.8FM at 6pm will be a British Blues Awards special! And don't forget that voting closes here on Monday 31st August so don't leave it too late!
Hardtail Make Tracks! 22 August 2015
Hardtail play their first gig under the WRC banner tonight at The Railway Tavern in Longfield. That's the good news - the bad news is that sadly the band have announced it will be their last gig. Shame as they are a talented band fronted by Jamie Bull from our good friends and Wrinklystock 3 veterans Stone Blind. Anyway, why not pop along and make it a party night for the guys - entry is free - band on stage at 9pm!
Introducing ..... The Vintage Caravan! 22 August 2015
Icelandic rockers The Vintage Caravan (our Vid Of The Day) will commence their first ever UK headline tour in October after previously touring with the likes of Blues Pills and Grand Magus during the past two years.
The trio released their well-received psychedelic album 'Arrival' back in May and packed out Camden's Electric Ballroom when they played Desertfest earlier in the year. Becoming renowned for their high energy live performances as well as young frontman Óskar Logi's stunning long ginger locks these dates are not to be missed! In addition the band will be back in the UK in November to play a London show at Camden's Underworld on Sunday 22nd November, supporting label-mates Avatarium.
Marshman Serves Up Blues Gumbo! 22 August 2015
Last night's Blues On The Marsh show saw four absolutely cracking, brand new albums being played by The Marshman: Bob Malone, Richard Townend and The Mighty Bosscats, Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes and Sugar Brown. Add that to Meschiya Lake & Little Big Horns, Queen Delphine and The Crown Jewels, Philip Fankhauser, Leon Bridges and Deb Ryder plus throw In a rememberance corner with Earl Gaines, Barkin' Bill Smith and Blind Willie McTell ..... and today's Track Of The Day makes a superb Blues Gumbo served up of course by Mr. Beale!
That's right - just three months to go for you to see T.Rextasy headlining our Mick Jagger Centre Charity gig on Saturday 21st November. Watch this space shortly for news on support band The Replicants setlist auction, where you can actually bid for your favourite song to be covered by them on the night! In the meantime go here to book your £21 tickets for Wrinklystock IV as we would hate it if you guys missed out on this brilliant occasion!
Rainbreakers Free 'Fire & Water'! 21 August 2015
Just like London buses we guess - all quiet on the Western Front then three updates on this year's BluesRockfest all arrive at once. Yes, following the Rainbreakers live Track Of The Day on Wednesday and then news of Albany Down's WRC Christmas gig yesterday - lo and behold today's Video Of The Day is The Rainbreakers live at BluesRockfest and a superb cover of Free's 'Fire & Water'. Well worth the wait we think!
Blues Club In The Land Of Pod! 21 August 2015
The Blues Club Podcast returns today as our Track Of The Day after a short break to bring you an eclectic mix of Blues, Rock, Jazz, Soul, Americana, Funk, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association (UK IBBA) Presenters Picks for August 2015, new releases and oldies, plus more, in two hours of non stop 'More Music with Less Chat!' This week's music features Joe Bonamassa (pictured), Buddy Guy, Gregg Allman, Jesse Davey, Wily Bo Walker, King King, Barry Levenson, Canned Heat, The King's Parade, Gary Clark Jr., Philipp Fankhauser, Joel Zoss , Steve Gibbons Band, Brothers Groove, B. B. & The Blues Shacks, Richard Townend & The Mighty Boss Cats, Sonny Landreth, Ronnie Earl, Dave Hunt, Zkye Blue, Clayton Doley, Robert Cray, Deanna Bogart, Malaya Blue, Jon Cleary, The Kentucky Headhunters, Sugaray Blues, Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes plus others!
Introducing ..... The Bros. Landreth 20 August 2015
Next Tuesday 25th August Canadian roots-rockers The Bros. Landreth play their European debut show at the intimate Borderline in London. This special show follows the release of their 11-song debut 'Let It Lie' - winner of this years Junos Roots & Traditional Album award. The band's sound is anchored by the bluesy wail of electric guitars, the swell of B3 organ, and the blood harmonies of brothers Joey and David Landreth that has since drawn comparisons to The Band, The Allman Brothers and Jackson Browne. They will be announcing further UK shows for October shortly, but in the meantime enjoy our 'Runaway Train' Vid Of The Day' taken from the very same album.
Albany Down For WRC Xmas Party! 20 August 2015
Further to yesterday's release of our first live track from BluesRockfest - the WRC are delighted to announce that Albany Down will be headlining the WRC Xmas Party at The Horn Reborn in St Albans on Wednesday 2nd December. It's been a great year for the WRC - so what better way to end it than with a party night? Provisional ticketing prices are £9 on the door, £7 in advance and £5 for WRC Members! So make sure a) you put the date in your diary and b) if you're not a member already - then you can save yourself the cost of a pint by signing up here!
Blues Train Stopping In Devon This Weekend! 20 August 2015
"Thanks so much for the mention, guys!!!" was Pete Lovett's Facebook posting following yesterday's WRC piece on Midnight Blues Train! The guys in fact have got an action-packed weekend coming up - Kitty O'Hanlon's in Plymouth, followed by two headliners, at HugsFest on Saturday and CultureFest on Sunday! Pete promises that any Devon-based Wrinklies will be made most welcome so it's only fair that we have made MBT our Track Of The Day!
First Live Track From BluesRockfest Released! 19 August 2015
Just six weeks after our awesome BluesRockfest at The Red Lion in Gravesend - we have our very first live track from soundman extraordinaire Vic Wintergreen! Yes our Track Of The Day is openers The Rainbreakers and their EP title track 'Blood Not Brass'! With both a DVD/CD of the Independence Day festival in the pipeline plus a forthcoming special WRC Wrinklycast featuring live music and interviews from all the bands that took part on that memorable day - watch this space!
Miller Time - 11 Days & Counting! 19 August 2015
And talking of The Red Lion, Gravesend - 2013 BluesFest headliner Larry Miller (our Vid Of The Day) returns to the scene of his triumph on Saturday 29th August at 8pm supported by Loose Moorings no less! And don't forget that Leos Red Lion are offering 15% off normal admission on the production of a valid WRC members card!
All Aboard The Midnight Blues Train! 19 August 2015
Further to the news of the impending despatch of new WRC cards - we were delighted to receive another membership application from Pete Lovett of Powerhouse Blues Rockers Midnight Blues Train. MBT were actually showcased in our 'Introducing .....' feature here in March 2015 but Pete, who now lives in Plymouth, tells us he has many, many happy memories of attending gigs at The Red Lion in Northfleet and is absolutely staggered that Terry Lee still runs the place!! Pete added that he was also introduced to the WRC by his buddy Keith Howe of Blacktop Deluxe and they're hoping that the 'Tops' and Midnight Blues Train can organise a 'double header' very soon - and promises to get a video to us to prove it. No need for that Pete - we will be there mate!
Lazing On A Sunny Afternoon! 18 August 2015
"Finally, it was Ray Davies’ turn, playing an extended set of nearly two hours to help make up for no Joan Armatrading. Ray had a full supporting band, but no other Kinks - and he ruled out any prospect of a reunion because “we wouldn’t want to do another Who”. However, even if the band wasn’t pure Kinks, the songs were. Sunny Afternoon had the whole crowd standing, singing and dancing - I did vaguely wonder where those thousands of folding chairs had got to, but didn’t know, and didn’t really care."
For the rest of Big Ian's excellent Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza review go here
UK Grateful For Warren Haynes Ashes Tour! 18 August 2015
Lifetime Achievement Grammy-Award winning vocalist-songwriter and revered guitarist Warren Haynes will be coming to the UK to play the stunning St. John's Smith Square in London on Saturday 21st November as part of his European tour. The perfect setting for Haynes to perform his breath-taking new solo album Ashes & Dust, which will feature Nashville based Americana band ChessBoxer backing Warren along with Rock and Jazz Fusion drummer Jeff Sipe. Long recognized as a prolific musician and a cornerstone of the American music landscape, Haynes (our Vid Of The Day) has brought his virtuosic artistry to three of the greatest live groups in rock history – Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and the (Grateful) Dead!
White Mountain Road Via Route 66! 18 August 2015
Rory jocks up new tracks from Gary Clark Jr., Wily Bo Walker, Jimmy Barnes featuring Diesel, AC/DC, FM (pictured at Ramblin' Man) plus Airbourne on his latest Route 66 show. Our Track Of The Day also features Newcastle based guitar virtuoso, Paul Rose, as he chats to Rory about his latest album, 'White Mountain Road', his approach to recording and his upcoming tour in 2016.
Introducing ..... Dirty Thrills 17 August 2015
Dirty Thrills, an ambitious, explosion of anthemic goodness, have recently released their ‘Sweetheart of the Slums’ EP featuring classy and original Rock ‘n’ Roll that will grip you from the very first hearing and simply refuse to let go! Consequently our Vid Of The Day is their single ‘HourGlass‘ from the EP - which is hard hitting, energy fuelled and not for the feint-hearted! Having just packed out performances at The Great Escape and Camden Rocks, Dirty Thrills unique, incendiary blend of rocked out rhythms, scorching solos and lung-busting blues laden vocals are churning out crowd belters while making guitar music sexy again!
WRC Members Cards On Their Way! 17 August 2015
A new batch of membership cards - as modelled above by Blacktop Deluxe frontman Keith Howe - will finally be despatched to new WRC members this week! For new WRC members - simply fill out the form here and 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 all the current members offers which we also hope to add to in the future.
Loretta's Favourite Track Of The Day! 17 August 2015
Andre Bisson Rhythm & Blues Experience Cello and Trumpet player Loretta Hale kindly favourited our WRC tweet ahead of their gig last week at the Tuesday Night Music Club (picture courtesy of Rockrpix)! Anyway, you can now listen to both Andre and Loretta on Richard Dunning's Blues On The Radio show, recorded before the gig, which is today's Track Of The Day. Of course Richard also plays the best of the new releases, all the tracks up for 'Song of the Year' in the British Blues Awards plus gives you a heads up on where to see the best Blues!
Normal Service Resumed! 16 August 2015
Well we did warn you of our wi-fi concerns during our recent WRC short tour of Bulgaria. Suffice to say we apologise for the absence of updates over the last three days but, as they say, this was down to circumstances beyond our control. Anyway, as expected the beer was cheap, we made lots of new friends as pictured, the weather was hot plus the Bulgarian Folk Music was surreal - hence our Vid Of The Day!
Track Of The Day Is Back! 16 August 2015
The welcome return of our Track Of The Day features Kevin Beale's Blues On The Marsh broadcast from Friday night! The Marshman features Andy Layfield, Big Mama Thornton, Black Patti, Blues Ovedrive, The Juke Hounds, Slinky and P'tit Loup, Salvation Jayne, Roy Gaines, Robin Bibi (pictured) & Tony Marten , Luther Allison, Lightning Rod and The Thunderbolts, King Curtis, Delta Moon, Brilleaux, Jimmy Burns, Octavia and The Earthblood Blues Band, Lazer Lloyd , Charles Wilson, The Grimms and the Small Faces - to name but a few!
Rockin' Jockin' Tonight! 16 August 2015
Sad to report that we weren't the only one's with gremlins this week. Rory Auskerry's excellent Route 66 broadcast last Sunday had no 'listen again' link as they had some technical issues - hence we could not feature it as our 'Track Of The Day'. However, Rory's back live in the studio tonight here on Pure Radio 107.8FM at 6pm for some 'rockin' jockin' - and fingers crossed that it will also be our 'Track Of The Day' later this week!
Two WRC Promotions Gigs Tonite! 15 August 2015
Don't forget that the WRC have two seperate gigs tonight with bands appearing under our promotions banner. The Dave Jackson Band are appearing at The Railway Tavern in Longfield, Kent - who can forget their storming set at our very first Bluesfest (see Vid below)? Also, Wrinklystock 4 support band The Replicants are back at their favourite haunt - The Jolly Farmers in Purley, Surrey - you know that will rock - two great gigs - both free entry - a no brainer!!!
Same Time - Same Channel! 14 August 2015
Remember that Kevin Beale is back live tonight here on Channel Radio at 7pm - with his Blues On The Marsh show! Also watch out for the podcast which will also be our Track Of The Day in the next few days.
Lush Evening At Eel Pie! 13 August 2015
Recognised as one of the finest Blues singers in the UK, five times 'Best UK Female Vocalist', Connie Lush, will be performing with her band at The Eel Pie Club tonight. Earning her place in the gallery of greats, alongside Alexis Korner and Eric Clapton, Connie has also been twice voted 'European Blues Vocalist of The Year' by the 'French Blues Trophies Awards'. In recent years, Connie has performed in over 30 countries and has played at some of Europe's largest and most prestigious festivals, including Glastonbury Festival 2011, wowing audiences in Moscow, New York and LA plus she toured with the late B.B. King throughout the UK, finishing at The Royal Albert Hall! Doors open at 8.30pm and the music starts at 9.15pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted £10 admission.
You Really Got Me! 12 August 2015
Our thanks to WRC member Ian Cawthron for today's Vid Of The Day - Ray Davies at last Saturday's Glastonbury Abbey Extravaganza! To be fair Ian was a bit unsure as to whether our WRC definition of Rock embraced the Kinks and Ray is definitely a Wrinkly! Of course the answer is yes - what with classics 'You Really Got Me' and 'Lola' - so watch out shortly for a review of the day courtesy of Ian!
WRC On Mid-Week Tour! 12 August 2015
Don't ask us why - but the WRC are now on their mid-week tour of Bulgaria to take in some traditional folk music - or is it the draft lager at 60p a pint? Anyway, suffice to say our normal reliable daily coverage may be a bit more hit and miss due to the local Wi-Fi so please bear with us. Normal service will resume on Sunday!
More Music & Less Chat! 12 August 2015
Featuring two hours of non-stop "Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat" - Jim McNeill is back with his second Blues Club Podcast in four days! Phew! Today's Track Of The Day features Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Dan Burnett to name but a few!
UK Invasive Species Tour! 11 August 2015
Crobot (our Video Of The Day) and Scorpion Child have been added as support to Heaven's Basement Southampton show at the Engine Rooms on Thursday 3rd December. The WRC first saw Heaven's Basement at the Calling Festival on Clapham Common last year but before Southampton the Nuclear Blast riffing label mates will be touring the UK throughout November and December on their 'Invasive Species Tour' starting in London at The Underworld on Friday 6th November. Do not miss them!
WRC Associate With ROTR! 11 August 2015
Of course the WRC are always more than happy to associate with Bob & Jules at Rock On The Ridge - but now it's official as per their logo above: 'Rock Zone - In Association With The WRC'! Anyway to celebrate the coming together of two great proponents of "Keeping Music Live" - not only is our Track Of The Day the ROTR show from Saturday night featuring the best in Rock - such as Alter Bridge, Black Sabbath and Broken Witt Rebels - but the guys are also the new sponsors of our Video Vault page here!
TNMC Canadian Content! 11 August 2015
Sadly the 'Moose is not on the loose', however tonight, all the way from Canada, both the Blues On The Radio show and the Tuesday Night Music Club welcome Andre Bisson and Loretta Hale from 'Andre Bissons Rhythm & Blues Experience'! You can listen in to the Croydon Radio studio here from 5pm ahead of their TNMC show at Hooley Village Club, St. Margaret's Road, Hooley Village, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 3RB. Of course Richard Dunning will also be playing the best of the new releases, all the tracks up for 'Song of the Year' in the British Blues Awards and giving you a heads up on where to see the best Blues!
Ain't Nothin' Goin' On! 10 August 2015
"The pace slowed with their self written 'All I Got' with great vocals and a contemporary Blues twist, and following a simmering cover of 'When My Train Pulls In', the band left us on a high with another of their own songs 'Ain't Nothing Goin' On'. With a pounding start by Sam on the drums, this rocker perfectly fused the band's early seventies influences with a more contemporary abrasive Bluesy sound." That was part of Jules' recent Rainbreakers BluesRockfest review and now we're delighted to feature their brilliant new video of 'Ain't Nothin' Goin' On' as today's VOTD - hot off the press last night!
Wrinklystock 4 Selling Out Fast! 10 August 2015
As of last Friday there were just 85 tickets left to see T.Rextasy headlining our Mick Jagger Centre Charity gig on Saturday 21st November. So go here to book your £21 tickets for Wrinklystock IV as we would hate it if you guys missed out on this brilliant occasion!
Spoilt For Choice! 10 August 2015
The WRC have two seperate gigs next Saturday 15th August with bands appearing under our promotions banner. The Dave Jackson Band are appearing at The Railway Tavern in Longfield, Kent - who can forget their storming set at our very first Bluesfest (today's Track Of The Day)? Also, Wrinklystock 4 support band The Replicants are back at their favourite haunt - The Jolly Farmers in Purley, Surrey - you know that will rock - Two great gigs - both free entry - a no brainer!!!
Who The F**k Are You? 9 August 2015
You couldn't make it up! The Who are in Glasgow for their 50th anniversary tour and are staying in the same hotel as a young couple of newly weds. Daltrey is in the lounge and he hears some live music coming from the reception next door and goes in asking if he could do a number to wish the bride and groom well! Naturally the band Milestone and the happy couple Susan and Carl Smith are astounded, and as they say - as per our Vid Of The Day - the rest is history!
Something For The Weekend? - Part 2 9 August 2015
Don't forget that our mates Blacktop Deluxe are playing two gigs today - at the Punch Bowl in Spalding this afternoon plus this evening at the Captains Table, Wells-Next-The-Sea Festival. Alternatively sit back, relax and listen tonight to Route 66 host Rory Auskerry on Pure Radio 107.8FM here between 6pm and 8pm - and if you miss it - watch out for our Track Of The Day later in the week!
Jukin' Jenn's Track Of The Day! 9 August 2015
Each week Jenn posts her radio show playlist on Jukin' Jenn's Bucket of Blues Public Group page here. You can listen to Jenn on Sundays at 7pm GMT, 1pm Central and 2pm Eastern - repeated at 1am GMT, 7pm Central and 8pm Eastern - or you can listen to our Track Of The Day which is Jenn's latest podcast featuring tracks from Deb Seitz, Jackie Payne, Koko Taylor, Buddy Guy, Billy Boy Arnold and more!
Introducing .... The Simon Kennedy Band 8 August 2015
Yes we welcome back our 'Introducing ...' feature and our Vid Of The Day - The Simon Kennedy Band! Formed in 2014 by Dundee born guitarist Simon Kennedy, enlisting Mirek Hodun on the organ, they set about writing and producing their debut album 'Make Up Your Mind' which was well received by critics and fans alike. BBC Radio 2’s Paul Jones said the band was “deservedly the recipients of a great deal of praise” and the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association voted it Album of the Month. In 2015 Edinburgh based session drummer Brian MacLeod was brought in to complete the line up - a guitar/hammond led trio playing their own brand of funky gospel Blues. With the success of their debut album they have been deservedly sought out to play major festivals like The Orkney Blues Festival, Perth’s Southern Fried Festival and Glasgow's Merchant City Festival!
Something For The Weekend Sir? 8 August 2015
Don't worry - it's just a guitar pick - part of the latest merchandise for Bob & Jules' Rock On The Ridge show that broadcasts here at 8pm tonight! On the other hand if you fancy a gig this evening then don't forget Blacktop Deluxe at the Walnut Tree Shades in Norwich - or on a slightly bigger scale you can see Walkway supporting Status Quo at the Royal Highland Showground, Edinburgh!
Marshman's Track Of The Day 8 August 2015
British Blues Awards nominee Kevin Beale belted out another cracking Blues On The Marsh show on Channel Radio last night. So today's Track Of The Day includes Albert Cummings, Amy Hart, Crooked Eye Tommy, Joel Zoss, Mike Davis, Slinky and P'tit Loup, Victor Wainwright and the Wild Roots, Warren Haynes, Reverend Raven and The Chain Smoking Altar Boys, John Ginty, Jon Cleary, Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro, plus a huge slice of some of his fave oldies, remembering Little Milton, Magic Slim and Memphis Minnie! Don't forget that BBA voting closes here on August 31st so don't leave it too late!
Pistols Hustle A Blast! 7 August 2015
The WRC first saw Gentlemans Pistols at High Voltage in 2011 corresponding with the release of today's Track Of The Day 'I Wouldn't Let You'. Four year's down the line and the band's third album 'Hustler's Row' is to due to be released worldwide via Nuclear Blast on 16th October. Vocalist and guitarist James Atkinson added "Hustler's Row is a cathartic journey through the last five years of my life. The album begins with questions of where my life is going and ends with me heading straight down Hustler's Row; on a turbulent voyage of the sweetest sufferings and the most inexpensive of thrills. The artwork is by John Pearson and it encapsulates everything I put across in the title track, that Hustler's Row is a place for freaks, losers, lovers and those searching for something more from life. So we invite you to join us on the Row." You can also pre-order the album on limited edition white vinyl here.
Blacktop's Presence Your Gain! 7 August 2015
It's been a busy time recently for our friends Blacktop Deluxe, with most of their time dedicated to putting the finishing touches to their second album which we can reveal is entitled 'Presence & Gain'. Have a look our Vid Of The Day which gives you a taste of what's in store - but in the meantime, with the studio work mostly finished, August is an opportunity to see them on the road! In fact the guys have crammed in four gigs over the next three days namely: tonight - Fox & Hounds, Heacham, tomorrow - Walnut Tree Shades, Norwich, Sunday 9th August (afternoon) - Punch Bowl, Spalding and Sunday 9th August (evening) - Captains Table, Wells-Next-The-Sea Festival. Phew!
Kev Nails His Colours To The Marsh! 7 August 2015
The recent posting of this photo on the Blues On The Marsh Facebook page leaves you in no doubt that the Marshman is supporting Kent as a whole in this year's British Blues Awards! Don't forget that voting closes here on August 31st so don't leave it too late! In the meantime Kevin Beale is back live tonight here at 7pm - watch out for the podcast which will also be our Track Of The Day in the next few days.
WRC Members Card? That Will Do Nicely! 6 August 2015
Further to yesterday's news of a new live music venue - with its inaugural gig tonight - we're delighted to advise that on production of your WRC card, members can gain admission for a discounted £8 instead of £10! The brainchild of Andy Davies, the very first 'Blues at The Woodlands' at the Woodlands Art Centre, Gillingham ME6 2DU begins with Glenhain Gold Reserve - today's Vid Of The Day. Why not support this new Blues/Roots club offering first class live music every month? Doors open at 7.30pm. For more information call 0300 065 8210 or e-mail email@example.com
Blues Club Our Track Of The Day! 6 August 2015
Because of the Summer holidays the bad news is that there is no Malcolm this week but the good news is this week's Blues Club Podcast has been released earlier and of course still features Jim! Today's Track Of The Day includes new releases, UK IBBA picks for August and of course Classic Blues & Rock, R&B, Soul, Jazz, Funk, Gospel and Americana! Phew!
Cutting Us Down To Size! 6 August 2015
Apologies for the recent gremlins on our latest WRC 'On Tour' t-shirt merchandise page here which meant you couldn't specify a size. Well the problem has now been rectified and one size fits all is now a thing of the past! Don't forget also that with our 2015 BluesRockfest DVD in the pipeline - you can in the meantime still order here WRC DVD/CD's from previous Wrinklystock's and BluesFest's!
Make Your Vote Count! 5 August 2015
On the day the WRC celebrated our 600th Twitter follower - it was good to hear from both Kaz Hawkins and Karena K who have both been deservedly nominated in this years British Blues Awards. Kaz - showcased in our 'Introducing...' feature here in April has been nominated in the 'Emerging Artist' category whilst Karena K's song with Willy Bo Walker 'Long Way To Heaven' (our Track Of The Day) has been nominated as 'Best Song'. Voting closes here on August 31st. Don't leave it too late!
"That's It, I Quit!" 5 August 2015
Don't worry - it's just the title of our Vid Of The Day performed by our mates The Hexmen at the 'Almost Blues Festival' in Dundee! Founded by frontman, vocalist and harmonica player George Hexman in the late 70's, joining forces with major movers and shakers of the Liverpool music scene, they have always been known as a Blues band, although The Hexmen’s material is not that easy to categorise. The band’s music is Blues based certainly but the defining quality of The Hexmen has always been energy with an aggressive, indie edge and a psychedelic undercurrent that lends extra dimensions to the music. The current band members have an exciting pedigree. George himself (also a much sought after session Blues harp player) - on guitar Ian Fuller, one of the UK's foremost Blues guitarists who has played alongside some of the greats including Steve Gibbons - and bass player Mike Cain and Mat Shaw on drums who previously gigged together for over 25 years before joining The Hexmen.
Blues At The Woodlands! 5 August 2015
As you know our mantra is "Keep Music Live!" - so the WRC were delighted to learn recently of a new live music venue with its inaugural gig this coming Thursday 6th August. The brainchild of Andy Davies, the very first 'Blues at The Woodlands' at the Woodlands Art Centre, Gillingham ME6 2DU begins with Glenhain Gold Reserve. Why not support this new Blues/roots club offering first class live music every month? Tickets are £10 and doors open at 7.30pm. For more information call 0300 065 8210 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
'Operation Stack' On Route 66! 4 August 2015
This weeks edition of Route 66 is packed out like a truckers cafe on the M20! Today's Track Of The Day has got pre-release solo tracks from Keith Richards and David Gilmour, an epic live performance of a Foo Fighters classic, a new track from guitar virtuoso, Paul Rose, and the featured album is the excellent 'Heroes and Villains' from FM (pictured) who, coincidentally, we saw at Ramblin' Man, Maidstone! All that, 'Operation Stack' approved and fully jocked up for host Rory Auskerry to drive away with!
Plowman's Bunch Vid Of The Day! 4 August 2015
Today's Video Of The Day is our friends The Sultana Brothers - featuring the magnificent Dave Plowman. Formed in 1995 and with influences in R&B, Rock 'N' Roll, Blues and Rock - the band have continued to receive glowing reviews. Having spent the early years cutting their teeth and developing a sound of their own in the local pubs and clubs, The Sultana Brothers have now become one of the most acclaimed bands in the Midlands. The solid combination of Phil (drums) and Pete (bass) added to Adam's Boogie piano and Dave's sensational guitar work - and an unbelievable mix of Rhythm & Blues explodes. In 2006 they were joined by Dave H 'The Hat' (lead vocals and Blues harp). His Blues-Jazz voice and great harp playing added a whole new dimension to the music, making an exciting five-piece band who enjoy the music they make as much as their audience do!
Ramblin' Man Round-Up! 4 August 2015
To finally round off our Ramblin' Man coverage - John Bull has kindly been in touch with another link to his site here which includes more photos of bands covered by him over the weekend. So if you are a fans of No Hot Ashes, Camel, Anathema, Haken, Pendragon, Messenger, Hayseed Dixie, Buck & Evans, Quireboys, Alcest (pictured), Versechorusverse and Jess & The Bandits - then please have a look! Also go here for Sunday's review and here for our Sunday photo gallery.
Ramblin' Man Fair Review - Sunday 26th July 3 August 2015
"Despite it being my **th birthday – it was a case of drat and double drat given the rain plus the anticipated problems with ‘Operation Stack’ as Wrinkly The Elder and I set off down the M20 on Sunday morning. Given Saturday’s good weather and the excellent WRC twitter coverage from both Mr. Rockrpix and Wrinkly The Silver – it looked like Sunday was going to be a hard act to follow. But hey-ho - we had already planned our itinerary for the day’s proceedings with our website countdown the week before and things were looking even better as we easily managed to park up in a side road close to the entrance. As the WRC crew consequently gathered together under the protection of the beer tent - life didn’t appear so bad after all - until Wrinkly realised that the two pints of Pimm’s in his round set him back £23.60. Ouch!
Go here for the rest of AJ's review, here for our Sunday photo gallery plus have a gander at our Seasick Steve Video Of The Day from the Sunday!
Don't Fear The Reaper! 3 August 2015
Still on the subject of Ramblin' Man - Mr. Rockrpix John Bull has been in touch to say that he has added a number of new amazing Blue Oyster Cult pics to his site here. And don't forget in addition to our Sunday Ramblin' Man photo gallery above we also have a Saturday photo gallery here and a review here.