With just 25 days and counting till this year's BluesRockFest at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend, on Saturday 24th September - today we not only turn our attention to BluesFest veterans The Mentulls (see today's Vid Of The Day) but also in particular their sponsor Kent Plumbing Supplies Limited - founded in 2001 - and over the years a company that has grown into the highly regarded business it is today. And just a reminder that if you become a WRC member here for FREE - you not only get all the associated privileges of being a member - but you can also still buy your BluesRockFest ticket for £15 instead of £20!
Blues Power! 31/8/16
And on the subject of previous WRC BluesFest's, Absolution - who appeared on the bill with The Mentulls in both 2013 (pictured) and 2014 - have announced the start of the pre-order for their new album 'Blues Power'. It will be available worldwide on CD and Digital Download via Target Records on Friday 30th September and you can order your own copy here for £13 + p&p - with every copy pre-ordered before Saturday 25th September being personalised and signed by the band!
The Force Is On Route 66 31/8/16
American Blues singer-songwriter Sari Schorr is Route 66's special guest on this week's Track Of The Day as host Rory Auskerry chats to Sari about her debut album, 'A Force Of Nature'. Also on the show, there are new tracks from Aynsley Lister, Joe Bonamassa, Cornerstone , Blacklist Union (pictured), Gary Clark Jr. and Devon Allman plus classic tracks from Humble Pie, Queen, The Rolling Stones and more!
Ronnie's Legacy Lives On! 30/8/16
"Well Hello - How Are You?" sang Simpson as they opened with Lane's 'Last Orders Please' taken from The Faces 'A Nod Is As Good As A Wink' - and despite missing Slim Chance's original clarinet - the emphatic answer from the audience was a definite "we'll have more of that thank you very much". Lane's collaboration with Pete Townshend on the album 'Rough Mix' led to Watkins hypnotic keys and vocals on 'Rats Tales' alias 'Cat Melody' and again despite no saxophone - Hart's accordion more than made up for this on a song co-written by Lane and Kit Lambert - the irony being that whilst working on this album Ronnie discovered that he had Multiple Sclerosis. Bingham's new track 'Fishing Line' from 'On The Move' kept the momentum going with its catchy chorus keeping the Slim Chance flag flying before Geraint's opening keys on 'You're So Right' - from Lane's very own album 'See Me' - saw vested interest from Charlie's accordion given he originally recorded the album with some guy called Eric Clapton. Whatever happened to him? Watkins and Hart's own composition 'Ragtime' - again from 'On The Move' - did exactly what it said on the tin - albeit with that subtle Slim Chance twist of a banjo and a fiddle followed by another from 'OTM' - Steve's 'Two Steps Away From Love' - again rock n' roll with that unique Slim Chance feel. A cover of Wilmer Watts & His Lonely Eagles 'Duncan And Brady' is also featured on 'OTM' - this upbeat take on the night showcasing once more Hart's accordion expertise."
Read the rest of AJ's Slim Chance review here plus see our photo gallery here.
Sugarbeats At TNMC Tonite! 30/8/16
Former Little Devils' duo Yoka and Big Ray - now part of Yoka & The Sugarbeats (todays' Vid Of The Day) are playing live tonight at the Tuesday Night Music Club at the Comrades Club, 194 Brighton Road, Coulsdon CR5 2N. The good news is that if you can't get to the gig - you can take in the night's proceedings via a live stream here!
Jingle All The Way! 30/8/16
Listen out for a new Rock On The Ridge jingle courtesy of Dom & Ian from Shooter on today's Track Of The Day. The 2015 WRC Award winning radio show's playlist - originally broadcast on Saturday night - includes The Broken Ravens, Red Line Chemistry, Zodiac, RavenEye (pictured), Cellar Door Moon Crow, Massive Wagons, Palace Of The King, Davy's Gripp, Like A Storm, Avenged Sevenfold, Rev Theory, Blacktop Mojo, Silver Tide, Blackberry Smoke, BaDow, Massive, Flaw, Nothing But Thieves, GT's Boos Band, and 3 Doors Down.
Solas Is The Answer 29/8/16
We caught The Answer recently at Ramblin' Man Fair as they debuted part of their eagerly anticipated new album 'Solas' due to be released via Napalm Records on Friday 28th October. The first track to be taken from the new album is the melancholic ‘Beautiful World’, which is today's Vid Of The Day and is also now available as a download with vinyl and CD pre-orders of the album via Pledge Music. ‘Beautiful World’ will also be available as an instant grat single with pre-orders of the album via digital stores, which will go live on Friday 16th September. Co-written with former Massive Attack producer/composer Neil Davidge, ‘Beautiful World’ is bathed in a dark, cinematic eeriness, juxtaposing with its optimistic title, before evolving into an explosive, retro Rock stomper!
Circus Maximus Photo Gallery 29/8/16
With a Circus Maximus Underworld review and an interview to come - check out our gig photo gallery here which not also features pics of excellent support bands Memoreve and Gabriel but also a few pre-gig shots including our interview with guitarist Mats Haugen and keyboard player Lasse Finbråten.
Stepping Up To The Blues 29/8/16
Today's Bank Holiday Monday Track Of The Day is another Black On Blues Women Special featuring Karena K (pictured), Kaz Hawkins, MaryJo Curry, Vaneese Thomas, Diana Rein, Koko Taylor and Shaun Murphy.
Underworld Havoc 28/8/16
Norwegian Progressive Metallers Circus Maximus (Vid Of The Day) began the second leg of their 'Havoc' tour at London's Underworld last night. The first leg ended in Barcelona in March which coincided with the release of their fourth album 'Havoc' - their very first album 'The 1st Chapter' being released in May 2005. Sandwiched in between the last five months has a been the succesful crowdfunding of a special DVD filmed at Rockefeller Music Hall in their home town of Oslo. With influences of bands such as Dream Theater and Symphony X, in some eyes 'Havoc' sees a swing more towards Metal than Prog. Anyway, watch out for more pics tomorrow, plus a review and an interview to come.
Sari Hits Route 66! 28/8/16
Rory Auskerry's Route 66 show is back on the airwaves here at 6pm tonight and Rory will be talking to good friend of the WRC - Sari Schorr who we will be seeing at her new album launch with her band The Engine Room at The Half Moon, Putney in London on Monday 5th September!
Only So Much Oil In The Ground 28/8/16
A year after they opened for The Who at Charlton, Montrose were back on the UK road again in '75 as part of the Warner Bros. Music Show which also featured The Doobie Brothers and Tower Of Power (Track Of The Day). Last week TOP introduced new lead singer "Memphis Soul Man" Marcus Scott and since 1968, TOP has been delivering its unique brand of “Oakland style” music and maintaining a class of its own with a rhythm section that lays down a groove like no other band. Over the years, TOP has performed with some of music’s biggest names including Elton John, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Huey Lewis, Little Feat, Dionne Warwick, David Sanborn, Paula Abdul, Aaron Neville, Aerosmith, Michael Bolton, Billy Preston, Rod Stewart, Toto and more!
Roll Up! Roll Up! 27/8/16
Just a few months after releasing their fourth studio album 'Havoc', Progressive Metallers Circus Maximus (Track Of The Day) are popping over from Norway to London's Underworld for a one-off show tonight. Formed in 2000 and initially being a covers band, they gained much credit for their versions of technically challenging tracks by top bands such as Dream Theater and Symphony X, and then started writing their own material for their first album 'The 1st Chapter' which was released in May 2005. Further albums followed; these being 'Isolate' released in August 2007 and 'Nine' released in June 2012, before 'Havoc' was released in March 2016. Anyway, watch out for a Vid Of The Day tomorrow, plus a review, pics and an interview (trains permitting) to come.
Cortes Towers 27/8/16
Awesome new heavy UK 3-piece Cortes and their second single ‘Towers’ is today's Vid Of The Day. Released through Ignition records (home to Oasis, Stereophonics, Primal Scream, Band Of Skulls and more), they’ve developed a sizeable profile already, gaining continued radio plays from Annie Mac and Zane Lowe, as well as landing spots in last week's New Music Friday Spotify playlist, and Apple's Best Of The Week and A List Rock. Cortes are also performing a headline show at Tooting Tram & Social on Friday 2nd September.
Charlie Is Our Darling! 27/8/16
With a review and an interview with Charlie Hart still to come - check out today's Slim Chance Photo Gallery here which includes a few pics of excellent acoustic support Peter Hammerton. A set which included Ronnie Lane classics such as 'Anniversary' and 'The Poacher' plus tracks from their crtically acclaimed new album 'On The Move' was complemented by an insightful chat with Charlie about the memorable past and indeed the future.
Down Memory Lane! 26/8/16
The last time we caught Slim Chance was at London's Borderline in January 2014 - a fantastic set which actually won them our 'Best Acoustic' 2014 WRC Award! Turn the clock back a further 38 years (ouch) and we also saw them of course with the late Ronnie Lane at Olympia's Great British Music Festival along with the esteemed company of The Pretty Things, Nazareth, Charlie, Be Bop Deluxe and some band called Bad Company! Impressive eh? Well we took in Slim Chance at Twickenham's famous Eel Pie Club last night - the line-up now featuring original members, Charlie Hart (who we interviewed before the gig), Steve Simpson and Steve Bingham. Anyway check out shortly our review of a set that included classic Ronnie Lane songs as well as original tracks from their new album 'On The Move' plus more photos - but in the meantime take a look at our Vid Of The Day!
Blues Club Back To Friday! 26/8/16
Today's Blues Club Podcast Track of The Day has another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat featuring Blues, Rock, Acoustic, Jazz, Swing, New Releases, Classic Tracks plus UK IBBA Presenters' Picks. Tracks this week include Allman Brothers Band, Rory Gallagher, Brian Setzer, Sari Schorr (pictured), Markey Blue, Peter Green and many more.
Replicants Legion 26/8/16
Following the release of our first bit of Wrinklystock 4 footage (Monday's Vid Of The Day) - LastMinuteBandzThe Replicants are back in action tonight at The British Legion in Petts Wood in Kent. Why not head on down there and join other WRC members enjoying many classic Rock covers?
Eel Pie Club's Slim Chance! 25/8/16
2014 WRC Award winners Slim Chance will be appearing at Twickenham's famous Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road TW1 3SZ tonight. Slim Chance has its origin in the early seventies, formed by the legendary and brilliant songwriter, Ronnie Lane, who had been a mainstay of both the Small Faces and The Faces before he went on to pursue his unique musical vision with Slim Chance. The line-up now features original members, Charlie Hart, Steve Simpson and Steve Bingham. They are regularly joined by guests including the fine drummer John Lingwood, Geraint Watkins, Des Horsfall, Benny Gallagher and more. Their set includes a host of classic Ronnie Lane songs including 'Ooh la la', 'Debris', 'The Poacher' and 'How Come', as well as original tracks from their new album 'On The Move' which is getting rave reviews in all the top music press. Doors open at 8pm with music starting at 8.30pm.
Plague Of The Mammoths 25/8/16
Pennsylvania US rockers and WRC favourites Crobot have announced they will be bringing their funkadelic riffs back to UK shores this Autumn - supporting Australian rockers Airbourne (who we saw at Ramblin' Man) on all UK dates including London's Electric Ballroom on Monday 28th November and Tuesday 29th November. Crobot have also just unleashed a mighty new track - the colossal 'Plague Of The Mammoths' (today's Vid Of The Day) from their upcoming new album 'Welcome To Fat City' - due to be releasedi via Nuclear Blast Entertainment in the UK and Europe on Friday 23rd September.
Super NOVA! 25/8/16
Following their wildly successful EP, ‘Breaking Out’, which debuted on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart, UK trio RavenEye are set to release their first album - NOVA - worldwide on Friday 23rd September via their new label, Frontiers Music Srl. Now they have announced a full UK tour including Islington Academy 2, London, on Tuesday 25th October, along with a brand new track – ‘Inside’ - which was premiered by Loudwire in the US – today's Track Of The Day. With songs filled with deep grooves and infectious hooks that invoke giants such as Led Zeppelin and Soundgarden, the critical acclaim for RavenEye has been just as loud, having toured globally, supporting Slash, The Darkness and Halestorm amongst others. When RavenEye formed two years ago, the then 25 year old, Oli Brown, singer and multi-award winning guitarist, had already released four solo albums and toured the world for 10 years with legends such as Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter and Joe Satriani.
In For A Penny! 24/8/16
Today's Vid Of The Day is a new promo sent to us by Gary Seager - a member of one of our LastMinuteBandz - Bad Pennies. A tight, no-nonsense Rock & Blues band hailing from the Medway Delta - the four-piece play tribute to Rory Gallagher, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore, Dr. Feelgood, Thin Lizzy, ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter plus more - and are available for pubs & clubs, rallies, festivals and events around Kent, London and beyond!
Beck And All On Route 66! 24/8/16
On this week's Route 66 Track Of The Day there are new tracks from Blacklist Union, Jeff Beck and Doyle Bramhall 2. Host Rory Auskerry also celebrates birthdays for Def Leppard (pictured) guitarist Vivian Campbell and Kiss vocalist Gene Simmons.
Tatts In The Dock! 24/8/16
Orange Goblin, Raging Speedhorn, The Broken Chords, Willie & The Bandits, King Kurt and Urban Voodoo Machine have all been confirmed to perform live at the 12th London Tattoo Convention, taking place over the weekend of September 23/24/25th at Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London E1W 2SF. Having already announced over 400 of the world’s finest, most prestigious and elite tattoo artists as attending the most exciting, anticipated, spectacular and resoundingly successful celebration of body art in the world, the Tattoo Life Magazine organisers have upped the Rock and Metal music ante even higher than ever.
Hardwired…To Self-Destruct 23/8/16
Metallica will release their eleventh studio album, 'Hardwired…To Self-Destruct' on Friday November 18th, via Blackened Recordings. The 2 CD/2 Vinyl set is the Grammy® Award winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s first studio album since 2008’s multi-platinum 'Death Magnetic'. 'Hardwired', the first track to be released from the forthcoming album, was played for the first time during a live remote broadcast from Metallica’s HQ in the Bay Area. During an interview with Minneapolis rock station 93X discussing the band’s performance at U.S. Bank Stadium on August 20th, Lars Ulrich stunned 93X’s Pablo by unleashing the incendiary song for the first time, much to the surprise (and delight) of the station, as well as fans around the world. 'Hardwired' (today's Vid Of The Day) will also be delivered as an instant download to fans who preorder the album.
Let It All Out 23/8/16
London-born, now Dorset-based, singer songwriter Samuel Jack spent his childhood often travelling from place to place, so a desire to find a sense of home is often reflected in his music. Influenced by the likes of Hozier and Ben Howard, Samuel has been receiving acclaim over the last year – having the privilege of playing the Avalon Stage at Glastonbury last year, and has had his songs featured on US TV shows including Nashville and About A Boy. Now set to release his debut EP, check out today's Track Of The Day. 'Let It All Out' is filled with four emotion-strewn, anthemic ballads oozing Jack’s impassioned vocals and catchy folk-inspired melodies.
Lewis Hamilton Roars In! 23/8/16
Tonight at the Tuesday Night Music Club c/o Hooley Village Club, St Margaret's Road, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 3RB - The Lewis Hamilton Band will be hitting the stage at 8.30pm! He's a Finalist in the 'Young Artist' category in this year's British Blues Awards along with the likes of Laurence Jones and Matthew Long of Catfish! Be warned - this is Lewis' only appearance in the South of England this year - so if you have other plans... cancel them! This is such a rare opportunity to catch one of tHE talents around and Just a fiver gets you in plus there's a full, stupidly cheap, bar!
Replicants Wrinklystock 4 Footage 22/8/16
"The second half of the set focused on new numbers such as the anthem ‘Sex on Fire’ followed by the Wrinkly challenge ‘Sweet Emotion’ - they smashed it and we were reminded of that by the band who “gestured” to that effect. Just as we thought it couldn’t get any better they pulled another rabbit out of the hat as they introduced their special guest 14 year old drummer Liam O’Kane - the crowd roared their appreciation as Liam powered out ‘Lil Devil’, ‘Ace of Spades’ and ‘Smoke on the Water’ - how can a young man of 14 play classics like that so well? A standing ovation followed which was never in doubt and was followed by the usual closing anthem ‘Rebel Yell’ during which the guys were joined by some of the adults, the organisers and of course Liam!"
Check out today's Wrinklystock 4 Vid Of The Day plus read the whole of Wrinkly's take on that memorable night last November here.
Shoreditch Natives 22/8/16
"In association with 1883 Magazine and Radio X, the band opened with previous single (and their first release in two years) 'Chasing Lions' - immediate affirmation of their distinctive sound (think Lion King) complemented by stand out backing harmonies. Sandwiched in between the impressively catchy 'Stop The Rain' at the end were four new tracks: 'Passion', 'Pray', 'War Paint' and 'Animals' - all of which went down well with the Cargo punters. The four-piece band consists of Andy White (drums and percussion), Greg Day (bass), Jack Fairbrother (guitar, keyboards), and Jim Thomas (vocals) - their tribal theme also giving the guys the opportunity to play various percussion - despite their short set. Natives return to London on Thursday 8th September at Dingwalls supporting MOTHXR."
Read the rest of AJ's Natives review here plus check out our photo gallery here.
BOB's Back Today! 22/8/16
This week's Black On Blues Track Of The Day features Stevie J Blues, The Rides (pictured), The Kat Kings, The Georgia Flood, Peter Karp, T Belly, Steve Howell & The Mighty Men and Steve Summers Band.
Eyes Wide Open 21/8/16
Award-winning Blues-Rock guitarist Aynsley Lister has announced that his eighth studio album 'Eyes Wide Open' will be released on Friday 7th October on Straight Talkin’ Records. 'Eyes Wide Open' is the 2014 BluesFest headliner's magnum opus, which sees him confidently pursuing his own musical path. Self-assured, inventive and richly-textured, Aynsley brings his 18 years of hard touring, 11 album releases (eight studio and three live) and all his experience as a musician to fruition. Aynsley’s previous album, 2013’s 'Home' garnered the guitar ace both Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year at the British Blues Awards. 'Eyes Wide Open' is a bold, confident and accessible slice of contemporary Blues-Rock that promises to bring Aynsley yet more accolades as well as introduce his genre-blending sound to a new audience, building on the 100,000 albums he’s already sold worldwide. Aynsley has just premiered the video for track one 'All Of Your Love' which is today's Vid Of The Day!
Back To Momo 21/8/16
Rory Auskerry's Route 66 show returns to the airwaves here at 6pm tonight and Rory will be featuring new rockin' tracks from Blacklist Union's CD 'Back to Momo'. Do not miss it!
Marshman Speechless For Once! 21/8/16
Today's Blues On The Marsh Track Of The Day includes two hours of pretty damn fine music courtesy of Stony Plain Records and their new compilation release of various artists over the 40 years they have been in existence. And to be precise we literally mean 1:59:43 of music including Jeff Healey (pictured), Eric Bibb and Joe Louis Walker - but not one word of delirious drivel from the MarshMan!!!!
Transmissions From Oblivion! 20/8/16
On Friday 30th September Last Great Dreamers release 'Transmissions From Oblivion'; their first brand new album since they reformed through their own independent label Ray Records. They’ve turned up the dials to deliver an album chock-full of trademark hook-laden anthems. Spirited, diverse and occasionally dark, it promises to be one of the most talked about albums of the year. To celebrate the release of 'Transmissions From Oblivion' the Last Great Dreamers take their rocket fuelled power pop on the road for 12 headline dates, including London’s Nambucca on Friday 30th September. The opening power pop anthem 'Oblivion Kids' sets the tone as the flamboyant yet urgent album takes the listener through 14 heartfelt songs including the singles 'Glitterball Apocalypse' (today's Vid Of The Day) ,which documents the tragedies of rock 'n roll and the raucous 'Dope School', plus the best 2 minute pop/punk song the Buzzcocks never wrote 'The Way We Collide', before this quintessentially English album concludes with the punktastic clarion call 'Turn It Up'.
New Larry Miller CD! 20/8/16
Larry Miller has a new CD officially released in September simply titled ‘Larry Miller’. The CD contains 12 tracks with a running time of 70 minutes. There are 9 tracks taken from Larry's last 5 studio albums and all the tracks have been remixed and mastered by Neil Sadler at No Machine Studios. Larry chose these tracks as being some of his favourites. There are also 3 excellent, previously unreleased tracks. As far as Larry's recovery is concerned, he started playing guitar again a few months ago and is improving every week but it is taking a lot longer than expected to relearn his guitar skills. Consequently Larry is looking at a return sometime in 2017 but as yet it is difficult to predict when.
Blues Club On A Saturday! 20/8/16
It's a day later than usual, but on this week's Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day it's another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat featuring tracks from Eric Clapton, Kareña K, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, Tanya Piche Blues Band, R.D.Olson, Keb' Mo', The Mojo Preachers, Elles Bailey, Paul Lamb, The Jeremiah Johnson Band, Aaron West & The Custodians, Eric Lindell, Gregory Porter, John Verity, Robin Bibi Band, Mississippi MacDonald, Lisa Mann, Stevie Nimmo, The Hitman Blues Band, GT's Boos Band, OddsLane, Enrico Jerimiah Marques, Red Butler, RootBone, Isaiah B Brunt Music, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Steve Summers Band, Ana Popovic, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and more.
Who Killed Nancy Johnson? 19/8/16
Our latest addition to LastMinuteBandz are Who Killed Nancy Johnson? a raucous Punk/Rock/Pop-Punk band whose influences include The Stooges, The Ruts, The Rezillos, Alkaline Trio, Tsar, Ash, Lit, Rival Schools, The Drills, 3 Colours Red, Weezer and Sabbath. Their songs are all original and the band resurfaced this year after an eleven month search for a new singer. Under a previous name - Nancy Johnson - and with the old singer - Who Killed Nancy Johnson? played around the South-East between 2011 and 2014 supporting people like Chelsea and Peter & The Test-Tube Babies.
Natives Photo Gallery 19/8/16
They didn't arrive on the Cargo, Shoreditch, stage on Wednesday night until 10.45pm - but the Natives were well worth waiting around for! The band were celebrating the recent release of their single ‘Stop The Rain’ which is taken from their forthcoming second album - heavily influenced by the band’s recent trip to Morocco, which inspired their huge tribal sound. With a review to come - check out today's Photo Gallery here which includes a few extra pics of support band Mowbeck.
The Burlesque and Blues Revue 19/8/16
The British Blues Exhibition Live presents The Burlesque and Blues Revue, a night of burlesque and music from across Blues history to the very latest tunes. With special guest Peter Donegan, son of the Skiffle giant Lonnie Donegan, Blues innovator and humourist one man band Andy Twyman (Vid Of The Day - filmed by Jon Cook at BluesFest 2013), the duo Auld Man's Baccie, and The Great West Groove. Burlesque comes from the talents of Baby Boo, Blondie Valentine, Briar Rouge, Cerise Mae and Scarletta Fire. It promises to be a special night both visually and musically. Tickets £10 on the night, £6 in advance are available here. More surprise attractions to the bill to be announced.
Natives Get Restless! 18/8/16
In association with 1883 Magazine and Radio X, all roads led to Natives' gig at the Cargo, Shoreditch, last night with support from Mono Club, Mowbeck and Lola Cove. The band were celebrating the recent release of their single ‘Stop The Rain’ which is taken from their forthcoming second album - heavily influenced by the band’s recent trip to Morocco, which inspired their huge tribal sound. With a review and more pics to come - check out today's Vid Of The Day!