Tuesday Night Music Club host Richard Dunning nicely summed up everyone's reaction to Ash Wilson's gig at The Comrades Club in Coulsdon on Tuesday night. "Four of the most talented, hard working individuals we've had the pleasure to know took to our stage and to say that they blew us away would be a massive understatement. Yes that magic took over at The TNMC again as spectators and performers gelled into one. When the audience rise to their feet at the end of both sets it only confirms that we've just experienced something very special." We couldn't have put it better ourselves Rich - and just to complement a truly awesome gig - check out a few photos from the night here.
Steve Hill - New Album & Tour 31/8/17
Steve Hill’s album 'Solo Recordings: Volume 3' will be released in the UK on his independent “No Label Records” on Friday 6th October. His stunning new single 'Dangerous' is today's Vid Of The Day and he will undertake a 27-date UK tour when he supports Wishbone Ash in October and November. Steve hails from Montreal, Canada, and he’s a multi-award winning Blues Rock guitarist and singer-songwriter who’s gearing up for world domination. He’s literally a one-man band guitar machine and does it all (by himself) with no overdubs or tapes. How can one musician sound like three? Well he plays guitar, kick drum and sings at the same time and gets the bass notes by feeding three of his strings through an Octaver guitar pedal that’s hooked up to a bass amp.
Crypt Of The Wizard 31/8/17
Everyone's favourite Berlin based Psych-Rockers Kadavar have announced an album launch and signing at East London's exciting new Metal haven record store Crypt Of The Wizard, 324C Hackney Rd, London E2 7AX. Friday 29th September sees the release of their highly anticipated fourth album 'Rough Times' and the band will be signing copies of the new album and raising a glass in-store with fans. The party kicks off at 5.30pm and Crypt Of The Wizard have teamed up with Kraken Rum to make sure everyone is suitably lubricated; so don't miss out on a free drink and hear the album played in full with the trio! Kadavar also play a headline show at London's The Dome the following night and then the riff-lords will also bring the fuzz to the North when they play Sheffield's HRH Doom Vs Stoner festival the following day. Anyway, check out today's Track Of The Day for their official music video for 'Die Baby Die'.
Ash's Comrades! 30/8/17
A well overdue one off our WRC bucket list was our very first visit to the Tuesday Night Music Club at the Comrades Club in Coulsdon last night to see Lincolnshire's very own Bluesman Ash Wilson (Vid Of The Day). We had seen the very impressive Ash supporting both Dan Patlansky and Sari Schorr earlier this year - so this was a no-brainer given that the the ex-Sean Webster Band guitarist on the night pulled together a band of musicians to die for. Step forward both Roger Inness (ex-Chaka Khan and Laurence Jones to name but a few) plus the keys of King King's Bob Fridzema who added that extra dimension to proceedings given that on the previous two occasions Ash's band were a three-piece. Indeed both Innes and Fridzema had appeared on Wilson's latest album 'Broken Machine' - of which understandably most of this set was drawn from - but just to add to the deliciousness of the evening - the quartet was completed by none other than King King's drummer and producer Wayne Proctor. Wow - what a gig!
Blues On The Radio Back 30/8/17
On the subject of the Tuesday Night Music Club, and in particular mein host Richard Dunning, today's Track Of The Day sees the return of Rich's Blues On The Radio Podcast. So take a clutch of new releases, some IBBA albums of the month, the participants in the UK Blues Challenge and some gig news - stir it all up and you have an hour filled with music from Doug Macleod, Dave Ferra, LaVendore Rogue, Elles Bailey, Kris Barras (pictured), Jinder, Ash Wilson, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion, King King, Watermelon Slim, Rainbreakers and Mike Brookfield.
What Was Your First Metal Memory? 30/8/17
For a bit of fun - check out the poster alongside to work out your first Metal memory! And talking of Metal - after their extensive tour with Children Of Bodom and a spot at Bloodstock, the young rockers from Forever Still, caught their breath and dedicated their time to the writing of several new songs. Just like they already did for their debut, singer Maja Shiningand multi-instrumentalist Mikkel Haastrup once again work closely together for the songwriting process to create the successor of 'Tied Down', which was recently nominated for 'best debut' at the German Metal Hammer Awards - with the ceremony taking place on Friday 15th September in Berlin! Their second full-length release will drop in early 2018 and promises to stir up the Heavy Rock scene once more.
Ash Wilson At TNMC Tonite! 29/8/17
"The Blues shuffle of 'Peace And Love', and it's sad story of the blues of desperation, was followed by the funky ‘Out of Time’, before Ash, who had a good line in patter by the way, introduced ‘Words Of A Woman’ - a song he wrote after innocently witnessing a stranger’s marriage in meltdown. With an undoubted Bonamassa influence, this was a great ballad with strong lyrics and an excellent guitar solo from Wilson - definitely the stand out track for mine from the set." That was part of our take on Ash Wilson when we last saw him supporting Dan Patlansky at the O2 Academy, Islington. Tonight at 8.30pm, you can check out Ash headlining the Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, 194 Brighton Rd, Coulsdon, Greater London CR5 2NF.
At The Sun 29/8/17
Today's 2016 WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day, originally broadcast on Saturday, includes live music music and chat from At The Sun plus tracks from fellow award winners Monster Truck (pictured), Queens Of The Stone Age, AC/DC and more.
Eden's Curse - Revisited 29/8/17
Released last Friday 25th August - 'Eden’s Curse - Revisited' (Vid Of The Day) is the ultimate package for Eden’s Curse fans old and new and a fantastic introduction to the band's music. It's a true celebration of the record that started it all, from the guys who carry the legacy forward. Over 60 minutes of music and 100 minutes of film make 'Revisited' a must have for all Eden's Curse & Melodic Metal fans! To celebrate the tenth anniversary, AFM Records and Eden’s Curse, consisting of Nikola Mijic (vocals), Thorsten Koehne (guitars), Paul Logue (bass), Chrism (keyboards) and John Clelland (drums), hatched a plan to re-record their classic debut album in its entirety. Coupled with the re-recorded debut album is the 'Live In Glasgow - Official Bootleg DVD'which is the 'Live With The Curse' live album recording show in its entirety. Filmed at The Classic Grand in Glasgow on 28th November 2014, the release marks the band’s first official live DVD release, albeit in a bootleg form.
Hotshots, Big Shots And Potshots! 28/8/17
'The Golden Days Of Radio 1: Hotshots, Big Shots And Potshots', written by DJ and WRC member ‘Diddy’ David Hamilton, is his story of those golden days and of those star DJ’s. During that time he met them all: Emperor Rosko, Terry Wogan, John Peel, Tony Blackburn, Jimmy Savile, Ed Stewart, to name just a few - and they're all in the book. And boy does he have stories about them - funny, surprising, eye-popping. David's use of words is unrivalled and his reminiscences will have you gasping and laughing! Get your signed copy here from Ash Water Press for just £9.95 plus £2 p&p!
Papa Roach UK Tour 28/8/17
Following the recent release of their ninth studio album ‘Crooked Teeth’ which scored them their 4th consecutive Top 20 entry in the UK, Papa Roach have announced that they will be touring the UK for the first time in two years in October including London's O2 Academy, Brixton, on Tuesday 10th. Their last visit to the UK saw them celebrate the 15th anniversary of their generation defining album ‘Infest’ by playing it in full to a crammed London Roundhouse. Consisting of singer Jacoby Shaddix, guitarist Jerry Horton, bassist Tobin Esperance and drummer Tony Palermo, Papa Roach have also just released an official video for ‘Periscope’, the moody ballad featuring singer/songwriter Skylar Grey which is today's Vid Of The Day.
New Blues On The Block 28/8/17
Today's Black On Blues Podcast Track Of The Day includes music from Black Stone Cherry (pictured), Jawbone, Stephen Foster & Howler, Theo & The Boogie Sinners, Black Feathers, Cole Washburn, John Pagano Band and Benny Turner.
Route 66 Takes A Break 27/8/17
The good news is that Route 66 host Rory Auskerry has been nominated for Male Presenter Of The Year in the 2017 Community Radio Awards. The bad news is that tonight's show here at 6pm is his last as our mate Rory (pictured second right with us at a Wembley ZZ Top gig in June 2015) has decided, after giving it a huge amount of careful thought, to take a long term break from presenting Route 66. We have a sneaking feeling that it has something to do with Rory recently getting his pilot's licence but we're sure you would all join in with us on thanking him for his awesome Rockin' Jockin' show over recent years!
Solid Gold 27/8/17
The Darkness recently released their expletive-drenched new single ‘Solid Gold’ via Cooking Vinyl, accompanied by a video of the self-proclaimed Rock legends performing in a huge aircraft hanger amongst a mass of Glam-Rock lighting and Marshall speaker stacks - which is today's Vid Of The Day. An absolute monster of a Rock song, ‘Solid Gold’ takes no prisoners whatsoever, taking direct aim at the music industry and addressing record companies, egos and the insincerity that comes with it. It will make uncomfortable listening for A&R men everywhere… 'Solid Gold’ is the latest single to be taken from The Darkness’ forthcoming album 'Pinewood Smile', out on Friday 6th October, and to celebrate its release, they will be touring extensively at the end of this year playing 17 dates in the UK throughout November and December including a headline show at London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on Sunday 10th December.
Black To Blues 27/8/17
Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry (Track Of The Day) release their long time coming Blues EP, ‘Black To Blues’ which is out on Mascot Records on Friday 29th September. Before their five critically acclaimed albums, the 12,000-cap arena shows, topping the UK charts, and sharing the stage with superstars like Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company and Alter Bridge - the guys in the Kentucky-based active Rock powerhouse were just teenagers finding their way jamming on the Blues. On the heels of their well-received 'Kentucky’ album, the quartet issues a masterful 6-song EP, a collection of Blues classics and obscurities reimagined with the meaty moxie of classic Black Stone Cherry.
Mollie Marriott CD Review 26/8/17
"The mark of any classic album is its timeless and enduring quality, a lasting resonance which transcends time and space. An album that is relevant today needs to be relevant tomorrow and when discovered many years down the line. It must be fresh and vibrant as the first day it was aired. Each listen will bring out other subtle elements perhaps not heard before to further emphasize the shear quality of the recordings. I strongly believe Mollie's debut album meets these criteria. It is definitely one for the record collection that will be listened to time and time again. It is nothing short of brilliant!"
Read the whole of Steven C. Gilbert's Mollie Marriott 'Truth Is A Wolf' CD review here plus check out today's Track Of The Day.
Holy Doley 26/8/17
A beautiful Summer's Thursday afternoon/evening in the centre of London was rounded off at the iconic 100 Club by a keyboard player who can pump, pamper and occasionally pound the most unbelievable sounds from a keyboard: sounds that are intense, ferocious and sometimes transcendent. Indeed on our way to the venue, we came across a busker (pictured), whose electric guitar playing also stopped us in our tracks as he knocked out awesome covers of 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' and 'Sultans Of Swing'. Anyway, we first came across Lachy Doley playing on Glenn Hughes' latest awesome CD 'Resonate'. Dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ, Doley's Group were a unique power trio consisting of bass, drums and Doley on vocals plus his incredibly rare 70 stringed Hohner D6 Whammy Clavinet. Anyway, check out a few pics from the gig in our photo gallery here.
(how to live) As Ghosts 26/8/17
10 Years (Video Of The Day) return with the new studio album ‘(how to live) As Ghosts', and welcomes back band members Brian Vodinh (guitar/drums) and Matt Wantland (guitar). The band’s eighth studio album was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Nick Raskulinecz (Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, Deftones, KoRn, Mastodon) and will be released on Friday 27th October via Mascot Records. It might be the band's 8th album, but, to them, it feels like a new start. Sometimes when band members reunite, it's as if no time has passed and nothing has changed. That couldn't be further from the truth for 10 Years. Vodinh and Wantland returned to the Knoxville, Tennessee Alt-Metal/Post-Grunge band burst through their comfort zones to create something new. Something better. Something career-defining.
Doley Double Whammy 25/8/17
We first came across Lachy Doley playing on Glenn Hughes' latest awesome CD 'Resonate', a player who can pump, pamper and occasionally pound the most unbelievable sounds from a keyboard: sounds that are intense, ferocious and sometimes transcendent. Dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ, all roads led last night to London's iconic 100 Club and Doley's Group who are a unique power trio consisting of bass, drums, Doley on the Hammond and the incredibly rare 70 stringed Hohner D6 Whammy Clavinet, whilst all the while Lachy’s vocal screamed with pain and passion. With more pics and possibly a review to come - check out today's Vid Of The Day.
Spoilt For Choice 25/8/17
Thank God it's Friday and a trio of great gigs to choose from. First up it's High-octane, Hard-Rockers Go Primitive who are playing the Surya as part of the London leg of their UK tour with Seasons and Scout Killers. Watch out for Mother's review of this gig over the coming week. Meanwhile, the excellent Ryan Hamilton & The Traitors (pictured) play London's Borderline plus it's the start of A New Day Festival in Faversham including Big Country and the Kaz Hawkins Band on the Spitfire Stage. Also watch out for our mate Tony who is stewarding and rocking! Enjoy!
Blues Club Back To Friday 25/8/17
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns to its traditional Friday slot with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week Includes tracks from Rick Estrin And The Nightcats, Led Zeppelin, Chris "Bad News" Barnes, Thunder, Katie Bradley & Matthew Long, Lenny Lafargue, Mick Simpson & Eva Carboni, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, John Ray Jones, Amy Winehouse, Stacy Jones, Chris Rea, Antry Music, Gitlo Lee, Ruby & The Revelators, King King, Cash Box Kings, Randall Bramblett, Scottie Miller Band, Black Country Communion (pictured), Pablo Alborán, Thomas Wynn And The Believers, Scott Ellison Band, Wily Bo Walker & Kareña K, Fran McGillivray Band, Jo Harman, Ray Charles, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Okey Doley 24/8/17
Dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ, all roads tonight lead to London's 100 Club and Lachy Doley - the most celebrated Blues Soul Rock Organ Player in the world today. We first came across Lachy playing on Glenn Hughes' latest awesome CD 'Resonate', a player who can pump, pamper and occasionally pound the most unbelievable sounds from a keyboard: sounds that are intense, ferocious and sometimes transcendent. Doley's Group are a unique and refreshing sound in Blues today. A power trio consisting of bass, drums, Doley on the Hammond and the incredibly rare 70 stringed Hohner D6 Whammy Clavinet. All the while Lachy’s vocal screams with pain and passion like a direct extension to his heart.
I Want More 24/8/17
High-octane, Hard-Rockers Go Primitive have released the video for their new single ‘I Want More’ - today's Video Of The Day. It premiered on Metal Hammer last week and features an ominous figure hooded and bound on a chair in a Houdini-esque struggle to escape, representing the songs themes of "breaking through mental barriers and obstacles to get what you want from life”. The band channel a Hard Rock sound with big hooks, riffs and solos fuelled with attitude and drive. They have worked with respected Rock/Metal/Pop producer Romesh Dodangoda (Bring Me The Horizon, Bullet For My Valentine, Funeral For A Friend, Motorhead) on the new track as well as their upcoming debut album 'Choices' which is due early next year. They’ve enjoyed support from the likes of Radio 1, Kerrang! Radio and Scuzz TV and have shared stages with some top bands such as Mallory Knox, Fort Hope, Lonely The Brave, Terrorvision and more - they even played to a packed out tent at Glastonbury Festival last year. And our very own Mother will be covering London's Surya leg of their UK tour with Seasons and Scout Killers this coming Friday night.
Route 66 - End Of The Road 24/8/17
All of us here at Wrinkly Towers were gutted to learn that this coming Sunday's Route 66 show - episode 238 - will be the last show. Apparently, our mate and host Rory Auskerry, after giving it a huge amount of careful thought, has decided to take a long term break from presenting Route 66. The good news is that Rory has dedicated both his penultimate show (today's Track Of The Day) and the very last to playing some of his favourite tracks which have been released during the years he's been on air, as well as some of the classic tracks he loves the most. So sit back and listen to some awesome music as usual including tracks from Dan Patlansky(pictured) Jimmy Barnes featuring Diesel, Johnny Copeland, Queen, The Brew and more.
She's Like Fire 23/8/17
Ahead of their homecoming headline show, Birmingham rockers Devilfire have unleashed a new music video for 'She's Like Fire' which is today's Vid Of The Day. Taken from their stunning debut album 'Dark Manoeuvres' (out on Friday 6th October) the video follows Devilfire's European tour as special guests to former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen. 'She's Like Fire' is the second single to be lifted from the new album following breakout track 'Waiting For A Rockstar'. Devilfire headline the O2 Academy, Birmingham this Saturday 26th August and also play HRH Sleaze at Sheffield's O2 Academy the following Saturday 2nd September with Faster Pussycat, Vain, Jizzy Pearl's Love/Hate and more.
Out Of The Shadows 23/8/17
Into The Unknown release their debut album - 'Out of The Shadows' on Friday 20th October through Vigilante Records. Influenced by Nightwish, Guns N' Roses and Adele amongst others - their sound is quite unique. The album features nine newly penned tracks and two covers ranging from the acoustic 'Breaking My Heart' through the anthemic 'Monsters' to the Hard Rocking 'Why Me?' and 'Once'. Throw into the mix an interesting choice of covers - Miley Cyrus' 'Wrecking Ball' and Chris de Burghs' 'Don't Pay the Ferryman' - and you have a diverse album full of catchy choruses, soaring vocals and raucous riffs. The core of the band is vocalist Lucie Hölzlová, with guitarist Ryan Atkins and bassist/producer Rupert Withers. Together they have penned all the original songs on the album.
Rock On The Ridge Thunder 23/8/17
Today's Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day originally broadcast on Saturday features Crobot (pictured), Royal Thunder, Charm City Devils, Spiritual Beggers, Queens of the Stone Age, Hinder, Wicked Tongues, Royalfuzz, Shaman's Harvest, Devil Electric, The Cruel Knives, Everyday Heroes, The New Roses, Revolution Saints, Blackwater Conspiracy, Last Bullet, Slydigs, The Wicked River Band, The Mission, Ugly Kid Joe, Nothing More, Rainchild, Seether and on their introducing stage two in a row from Tarot Rats.
Jethro Tull Announce 50th Anniversary Tour 22/8/17
Formed in 1968, Jethro Tull have released 30 studio and live albums, selling more than 60 million copies worldwide. During their 50-year history, the band has performed over 3,000 concerts in more than 50 countries, playing 100+ concerts each year. To celebrate this golden anniversary, Ian Anderson will present 50 years of Jethro Tull in eight UK concerts during April 2018 as part of the worldwide touring schedule. Accompanied by Tull band musicians David Goodier (bass), John O'Hara (keyboards), Florian Opahle (guitar), Scott Hammond (drums) and surprise virtual guests, the anniversary concerts will feature a broad mix of material, some of it focussing on the earlier formative period through to the heavy hitters of the Tull catalogue from the albums 'This Was', 'Stand Up', 'Benefit', 'Aqualung', 'Thick As A Brick', 'Too Old To Rock And Roll: Too Young To Die', 'Songs From The Wood', 'Heavy Horses', 'Crest Of A Knave' and even a touch of 'TAAB2' from 2012.
Erja Returns To UK In September 22/8/17
Finland’s leading slide guitarist Erja Lyytinen is back in the UK with a seven date tour in September. The tour kicks off in Sheffield at The Greystones on Wednesday 20th September. The tour follows hot on the heels of the release of Erja’s critically acclaimed album 'Stolen Hearts' which was released earlier this year. We were lucky enough to be at the album launch at London's 100 Club in April. The album was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki and Erja’s vocals were recorded at State of the Ark Studios in London by multi-platinum selling engineer and producer Chris Kimsey, who also mixed the album.
Cooking Up A Blues Feast 22/8/17
This week's Black On Blues Track Of The Day is another popular Blues women special featuring Laura Rain and The Ceasars, Pam Taylor, Ruby & The Revelators, Kathy & The Kilowatts, Vanessa Collier, Halley DeVestern Band and Erja Lyytinen (pictured).
REWS Shine 21/8/17
The new single ‘Shine’ (Video Of The Day) from hotly-tipped female Rock duo REWS came out last Friday. The release comes due to unprecedented early radio support from BBC Radio 1 with Huw Stephens, Kerrang Radio with Alex Baker, Planet Rock and Today FM (Ireland) – all of whom instantly started playing the track last week. The track is taken from their forthcoming debut album 'Pyro', which is out on Marshall Records on Friday 3rd November. The band’s previous single, ‘Miss You In The Dark’, was released in June to coincide with the band’s performance on the John Peel Stage at the Glastonbury Festival. One of his highlights of BBC TV’s coverage, they were described as a “female Royal Blood" plus they were also nominated for Planet Rock’s Best New Band in 2017.
Alive And Dangerous 21/8/17
Brian Downey, known to millions of Rock fans as the original drummer of Thin Lizzy, will perform a rare concert at Nells Jazz & Blues in London on Friday 24th November with his new band Brian Downey's Alive And Dangerous, who will perform a 40th anniversary concert of one of the greatest live Rock and Roll albums of all time: Thin Lizzys 'Live and Dangerous'. To mark this rare, one-off London show, Downey's band features Brian Grace (best known as the guitarist for the Commitments Andrew Strong), former Low Rider members Matt Wilson (lead vocals, bass) and Phil Edgar (lead guitar). 2018 celebrates the 40th Anniversary of 'Live and Dangerous', although the album was recorded live in 1977 at London's Hammersmith Apollo and Toronto's Seneca College, it wasn't officially released until a year later in 1978.
Blues Club Monday 21/8/17
We're still playing catch-up - so today The Blues Club Podcast returns for a change on a Monday with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week Includes tracks from King King, Cash Box Kings, The Isley Brothers & Carlos Santana, Laura Holland, Altered Five Blues Band, Thunder, Dani Wilde, Bruce "Mississippi" Johnson, Jon Spear Band, The Halley Devestern Band, Joshua Jacobson, St. Louis Slim, Stacy Jones Band, The Jackson Four, Antry Music, Starlite Campbell Band, Blackwater Conspiracy, Rocky Athas, JW Jones, Willa Vincitore, The Gordon Meier Blues Experience, Jim Allchin, Karen Lovely, Gregg Allman (pictured), Johnny Ray Jones, Elles Bailey, Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo', B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Countdown To Wrinklystock 6 20/8/17
Yes it's now just under three months to our WRC sponsored charity concert ‘Magic - a kind of Queen & a kind of ELO’ at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, on Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm. Following the success of the Monster’s Of Irish Rock featuring Limehouse Lizzy and U2 Tribe at last year’s ‘Wrinklystock 5’ - ‘Wrinklystock 6’ stars Magic, a tribute to two of the greatest British Rock bands of all time - Queen and The Electric Light Orchestra - together in one fabulous show! With support from Wrinklystock legends The Replicants, tickets can be purchased here for a bargain £22 or from the MJC Box Office on 01322 291100.