The Replicants lead singer Joe Head recently contacted the WRC about our Wrinklystock III DVD/MP3. Firstly the WRC would like to place on record our major thanks to Colin and Matt Thomas for producing a fitting tribute to a memorable night and secondly - despite us recently showcasing two tracks from the awesome Bohemians - we thought it was only fair to reflect what a brilliant job The Replicants did on the night - hence our brand new 'Video Of The Day!' By the way, you can order your Wrinklystock III DVD/MP3 here - and of course - The Replicants will keep that motor runnin' when they return to Wrinklystock IV on Saturday 21st November. Be warned tickets are selling fast!
Introducing ..... Phillip Foxley 28 Feb 2015
It's becoming more and more apparent to us at Wrinkly Towers that our members are certainly a talented lot. Take for example North Wales based UK songwriter/guitarist Phillip Foxley who is todays 'Introducing ...' feature and is also our 'Track Of The Day'. Phil has a long background of musical experience spanning back to the 1970’s where he got his start not only gaining experience live on stage but as an accomplished studio session player as well. With an influence ranging in diversity from David Bowie to Black Sabbath to Mountain along with a number of the Blues greats, he has formed his own signature sound of Blues/Rock music. He has recently released a home studio demo EP sampler entitled 'One Song Is All You Need..' and his intention is to release a professionally recorded debut album early this year.
Robin Bibi On ROTR Tonight! 28 Feb 2015
Not only is 'Rock On The Ridge' the place for great Rock and Blues music every Saturday night from 8-10pm (UK Time) but this week they feature WRC Award winner and 2014 BluesFest star Robin Bibi. WRC members Jules and Bob always try to champion new bands and unsigned music on air - and if you have a band or tracks you would like to hear then why not drop them an e-mail or tweet them? We also hope to bring you the podcast of the show as our 'Track Of The Day' next week.
The Night Gary Called Us C**t's! 27 Feb 2015
Sam Kelly's brilliant anecdotes on Richard Dunning's recent Blues On The Radio podcast - and in particular re: the late great Gary Moore - reminded us all of Gary's gig at Charlotte Street Blues in London on 6th April 2010. It was a last minute gig at an intimate setting and not only were the WRC lucky to get tickets but we also managed to get right up and close to the great man himself. Gary opened with 'Oh Pretty Woman' and immediately a few of us down the front made the most of our advantageous position by taking a few pics. Unfortunately, Mr. Moore took exception to this after 'OPW' in warning us - "You c**t's taking pictures better have a licence!" At this point - to a man - and with discretion being the better part of valour - we all decided to put our cameras away. Anyway one guy kept his video running - hence our awesome 'VOTD' - and if you look closely towards the left of the stage you can spot Wrinkly and AJ at the front! And finally - one of the pics AJ did manage to take - adorned our official WRC t-shirt as a tribute to Gary when he tragically died the following year.
Introducing ..... Adam Grogdope 27 Feb 2015
Today we actually spotlight a new WRC member in our 'Introducing ....' feature - Blues vocal guitarist Adam Grogdope. Yes Adam is our 'Track Of The Day' with his imaginatively entitled CD 'A Bluesman Plays AC/DC and Other Awesome Stuff' .... a unique take on some Rock and Blues classics. No doubt Adam will go down a storm when he plays the intimate BB's Blues Club at the Colour House Theatre, Merton Abbey Mills SW19 2RD on Sunday 22nd March at 8pm. It's also a fundraiser and you can buy tickets in advance here for £7 or if there are any left on the night, which we doubt, they will be £9.
.... Plus Introducing The Blacktop's New Anchorman 27 Feb 2015
Blacktop Deluxe have announced their new bass man - Rob Martin! Rob (pictured) will be 'killing it' on that Fender jazz bass and anchoring the groove alongside Alan and Keith from March 21st. Rob comes into The Blacktop's from the highly acclaimed outfit, 'The Smokin Olives' and he joins in good time to be part of the second Blacktop Album due for recording/release in the summer. News also reaches us that Absolution bass guitarist Ben Gardner left the band at the end of 2014. His replacement is Andy Palmer who already has an established track record of playing with top names the world over. You can see Absolution in action on both our Bluesfest DVD's on sale here.
Stark Supporting Jo Harman! 26 Feb 2015
WRC Award winners Stark have won a competition to open for Jo Harman next week in Worthing on Thursday 5th March. Have a listen to Jo's amazing voice on our 'Video Of The Day' - testament to why she is one of the headliners at this year's London BluesFest at the O2 in November! Understandably, Stark are not only well-pleased to be opening for Jo but they will also be releasing their exciting new single 'Tunnel Vision' here, as a free download next Monday 2nd March.
Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly? 26 Feb 2015
Our pal Richard Dunning is unquestionably a man of many talents - but not only did he promote the Sam Kelly Band gig at The Tuesday Night Music Club the other night - he was also joined in the Croydon Radio studio by Sam just before the gig! Anyway our 'Track Of The Day' is Richard's usual journey through the best of the Blues as the multi-award winning drummer chats about his career to date, playing his choice of music and generally takes over the show!
Bowness Bay Blues Is A Hot Ticket! 26 Feb 2015
The fourth Bowness Bay Blues Weekend takes place from Friday 27th March to Sunday 29th March - with the organisers particularly excited about this year’s line-up, which includes some award-winning acts. Sunday headliners David Migden and the Twisted Roots represented the UK at the 2014 European Blues Challenge in Riga. And Laurence Jones, the Saturday headliner, was not only nominated in our 2014 WRC Awards, but actually won ‘Young Artist of the Year’ in the British Blues Awards. He has followed that up by being selected to represent the UK in Brussels in the European Blues Challenge in March 2015, only a couple of weeks before his appearance at Bowness Bay Blues! Tickets are now on sale here from The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal.
Wrinkly The Silver's Smoke Signals! 25 Feb 2015
The WRC first caught up with Blackberry Smoke when the Islington Academy became part of the Confederacy almost a year ago. Consequently the guys from Atlanta, Georgia, walked away with our 2014 'Best International' award! Indeed Wrinkly The Silver was there that night and now he gives us his excellent take on their new CD 'Holding All The Roses' of which "Too High' is our 'Video Of The Day'.
Walk This Way! 25 Feb 2015
It's always good to get our weekly update from our friends Walkway who are definitely on the up and up and are again supporting Status Quo this year! Accordingly our 'Track Of The Day' is taken from the title track of their second album released in September 2014. With 2014 proving to be a mega year for the band, 2015 is already looking to be Walkway’s biggest year to date, with big show supports already confirmed, large festival appearances in the pipeline plus working with some very big and influential industry people. Check them out!
The Replicants Play Carlton! 25 Feb 2015
Wrinklystock heroes The Replicants are playing The Carlton Centre in Sidcup on Saturday 18th April. Supported by The Prenups - tickets can be purchased here for £5 - however, if you are a WRC member then you can purchase your tickets here for £4! Please note that the Stone Blind Scream Lounge gig scheduled for Saturday March 7th has been cancelled. Don't forget to fill out a form here and we'll subsequently send you a WRC members card which you can use to benefit from all our other current members offers.
Introducing .... Innes Sibun 24 Feb 2015
A liitle birdie tells us that a few WRC members are off to the 100 Club tonight - the headliners being Del Bromham's Blues Devils. However, even though the Blue Devils are good - the main reason for their outing is to see the support - namely the Innes Sibun Band - hence our 'Introducing ... ' feature and our 'Video Of The Day'. Renown for doing the Blues, the whole blues and nothing but the blues - Innes is an amazing rock guitarist who is worth the admission money alone. Why not get down there and check his band out?
Physical Graffiti Found On Route 66! 24 Feb 2015
Ahead of the re-release of Led Zeppelin’s critically acclaimed album ‘Physical Graffiti’, Rory Auskerry plays four tracks from the original record on this week's podcast. Also on this show; new tracks from Seasick Steve, Mahalia Barnes & The Soul Mates, Matthew E. White, Harmonica Dave, Europe and David Aldo.
Sam Kelly Band At Tuesday Night Music Club! 24 Feb 2015
Voted into 'Blues In Britain’s Gallery of Greats' - having won drummer of the year five years in a row - Sam Kelly leads his band from behind the kit in Coulsdon tonight at 8.30pm. Having played with such greats as Chaka Khan, Dr. John, Robert Plant, Desmond Decker, Paul Jones, Imelda May and Gary Moore (amongst many others!) his experience crosses all genres and boundaries. Out front he has two more greats in the persons of legendary bassist and vocalist Spy Austin and sought after guitarist and vocalist Tony Qunta. Expect a night of soul and reggae tinged Blues as this trio sweep away your preconceptions and get your feet moving!
Order Your Wrinklystock III DVD/MP3 Now! 23 Feb 2015
Just when we thought that Wrinklystock could not get any better than Bon Giovi ….. well what do we know? When you turn around and see a sold out MJC, Dartford, clapping in unison to Radio Ga Ga - it certainly does leave a lump in your throat. Yes, our 'Video Of The Day' is brand new footage of Wrinklystock III - where we witnessed the sheer professionalism of three bands - the awesome Bohemians plus Stone Blind and The Replicants whose two great support sets certainly set the tone for the evening. Experience a magical evening in more ways than one by ordering your Wrinklystock III DVD/MP3 here. Thanks for your support!
We Want Your Tracks! 23 Feb 2015
Thanks to all of the bands that have sent us your CD's for both our forthcoming Wrinklycast and also for future CD Reviews .... but we need more please! Simply e-mail us below and we will send you details of where to send them! Anyway our 'Track Of The Day' is our last Wrinklycast. And if any WRC members want to contribute any CD Reviews then also drop us an e-mail and we will forward some CD's to you for you to keep! Don't forget to fill out a form here and we'll subsequently send you a WRC members card which you can use, for example, not only to get £3 off your BluesRockfest ticket, but you can also benefit from all the other current members offers.
All Of A Twitter! 23 Feb 2015
Thanks also to all of you that tweeted/retweeted/favourited us yesterday following our daily WRC tweet including John Verity, The David Sinclair Four and Rock On The Ridge. Why not help us get to our next target of 400 Followers by following the WRC here! Cheers!
JV - Still Alive - Still Kicking! 22 Feb 2015
No sooner had we mentioned John Verity the other day than we heard that John and his band's first appearance at the 'Giants of Rock' Minehead went according to plan - ably supported my Messrs. Henrit and Mallender. Go here for tickets for their forthcoming Stables gig on Saturday 4th April - the band for this one being Bob Henrit on drums and Bob Skeat on bass. There will also be a special guest appearance by Bianca Kinane and they will be joined by Tom Wilson on keyboards. A new CD will be launched at the gig - 'John Verity & Friends - Still Alive, Still Kicking!' Anyway our 'Track Of The Day' was recorded at JV's Stables gig just over a couple of year's ago. Enjoy!
Rock On The Ridge! 22 Feb 2015
We've always said that our WRC members are a talented bunch and Bob Wilson and Julia Maidment are no exception. Not only did Bob provide us with some awesome pics from our Blacktop Deluxe/Loose Moorings Fiddler's Elbow gig last Saturday - but Bob and Julia gave a review of the gig on Ridge Radio on the 'Rock on the Ridge' show last night. We will try and bring you the footage over the next couple of days!
Following our previous sponsor spotlight's on Lemonrock and Rockrpix - it's about time we featured one of our longstanding allies - Jon Cook Photography. Jon has been the guy behind both our Bluesfest video's plus the amazing pics he took at Bluesfest 2013 and Wrinklystock I and 2. Jon is a freelance photographer and videographer with a number of years experience in the commercial market and has worked on a wide variety of projects - from corporate instructional and promotional films - to PR and press shoots on location. Again, don't just take our word for it - go to JCP's website here where you can see for yourself and get further information on how to hire Jon for your gig. And if your business has something that you feel would appeal to the many visitors to our site - then don't be shy - just get in touch as we would be delighted to hear from any new sponsors which can help towards the continued maintenance of our website! Thank you!
Introducing ... Dave Hanson Band 21 Feb 2015
Today's 'Video Of The Day' is the laid back and funky grooves of ex-Dunwells guitarist Dave Hanson. The band consists of Dave on lead vocals and guitar, Daniel Woodward - drums, Benson J Walker - bass, Becka Ward - backing vocals, Martyn Goddard - guitar and backing vocals and Joe Tatton - Keys. With a debut album coming soon, the band recently supported Marcus Bonfanti and are appearing at Cafe Bar 12 in Baildon tonight.
It's Miller Time .... Again! 21 Feb 2015
Also playing a gig at Fibbers in York tonight is our old mucker Larry Miller. Not only that but The Mentulls, who are performing at The Red Lion, Gravesend, on Friday 15th May - are supporting Larry. Therefore our 'Track Of The Day' is taken from our 2013 Bluesfest archives when both The Mentulls and Larry were on the same bill. For ticket information on all the bands that are playing at this year's BluesRockfest simply go here. Don't forget to fill out a form here and we'll subsequently send you a WRC members card which you can use not only to get £3 off your BluesRockfest ticket but you can also benefit from all the other current members offers.
Introducing .... The Hexmen 20 Feb 2015
Our 'Track Of The Day' is a band 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. Although they have always been known as a Blues band, 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.
Liam's Got What It Takes! 20 Feb 2015
In a back street in Bromley, Kent, The Replicants turned up for rehearsal as usual but this time it was no ordinary evening. They had invited 14 year-old Liam O'Kane along to sit in on proceedings and show what he had got!! They were more than pleasantly surprised as Liam powered his way through Lil Devil, Pretender, Smoke On The Water, Tush and Johnny B. Goode. He is a talented young man as our albeit distorted 'Video Of The Day' shows. We hope to have more exciting news about Liam to follow - watch this space!!
WRC Members Offer At The Red Lion! 20 Feb 2015
We promised you more gig ticket discounts and we are pleased to announce that our old mate Terry Lee at The Leos Red Lion in Gravesend, Kent, is offering WRC members 15% off admission on production of their membership card on any of their gigs. Watch out for more membership offers over the coming weeks. Just fill out a form here and we'll subsequently send you a WRC members card which you can use to benefit from all the current members offers.
Lemonrock Are Our First BluesRockfest Band Sponsor! 19 Feb 2015
The WRC are delighted to announce that Lemonrock gig guide are our very first BluesRockfest band sponsor! Yes Lemonrock have stepped up to the plate and sponsored The Chris Walker's Band set at The Red Lion, Gravesend, on Saturday 4th July. Consequently the band are our 'Video Of The Day' and if you need more info on how to buy tickets or want to see the rest of the line-up on the day then please go here.
And with just five other bands available - if you want to sponsor a band then contact us below and we will send you the details - first come first served! Remember if you fill out a form here - we'll subsequently 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) - and you can get discounted BluesRockfest tickets for only £12!
When Moore & Kyle Stepped In ... 19 Feb 2015
Talking of band sponsorship - Lemonrock kindly sponsored John Verity at Bluesfest last year - but at the last minute the band had to pull out due to illness. Anyway Bluesfest stars from 2013 Nicky Moore and Danny Kyle stepped in and as they say the rest is history at they went down a storm as the WRC expected. Therefore our 'Track Of The Day' is Moore & Kyle of which the DVD/CD is still available from our merchandise page here!
The Blue Bishops Are In Town! 19 Feb 2015
Members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted £8 admission at The Eel Pie Club tonight to see The Blue Bishops. Doors open at 8.30pm at the venue at The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ, with the band due on stage between 9pm and 11pm. To become a WRC member simply go here. Recently spotlighted in our 'Introducing ...' feature, The Blue Bishops work at the rocky end of the R&B and Blues spectrum. Yet, at the same time they are acknowledged for the sensitivity and dynamics of performances that can go from a whisper to a roar in just a few moments.
A career spanning over 15 years has seen them perform in every kind of venue and situation from Holland and Hungary to Belgium and The Bahamas. Their last studio CD ‘Deep’ was awarded 9/10 by Blues Matters, who nominated it among the top ten albums of the year and they are currently writing their new album. Led by guitarist/slide player Simon Burrett, he is joined by lead vocalist/harmonica/guitar player Geoff Grange (Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, Sons of Heroes, Phil Collins, Terence Trent Darby), Jim Rodford on bass (currently with The Zombies and 17 year member of The Kinks) and Justin Hildreth (Joan Armatrading, Lene Lovich) on drums.
Sharpees Are Our Track Of The Day! 18 Feb 2015
It was good to catch up with our old mate Bill Mead of The Sharpees at The Fiddler's Elbow the other night. Guitarist and vocalist Bill took in both Loose Moorings and Blacktop Deluxe whilst the WRC kept an eye on Bill's van - only joking Bill! The Sharpees now have ex-Rory Gallagher drummer Brendan O'Neill in their line-up and are currently touring. Anyway watch out for a review of their latest CD shortly and in the meantime let's go back in time with our 'Track of The Day' - The Sharpees full set from Bluesfest 2013 of which the DVD/CD is still available from our merchandise page here!
Bob's In The Picture! 18 Feb 2015
It was also great to meet one of our new WRC members at the Blacktop Deluxe/Loose Moorings gig. Step forward Bob Wilson who took some amazing photos on the night that really put our paltry efforts to shame. Anyway, we've added Bob's pictures to our Photo Gallery here - enjoy and thanks once again Bob! Remember you can still fill out a form here and we'll subsequently 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 e.g. the Virgil & The Accelerators/Loose Moorings gig and our offer of £8 tickets to members only!
Wrinklystock III DVD/MP3 Soon To Be In Stock! 18 Feb 2015
It's been a while coming - but we're sure it is worth waiting for! Yes not only will the Wrinklystock III DVD will be back in stock but there is also the added bonus of of an mp3 disc of all the excellent sets from The Bohemians, The Replicants and Stone Blind! In the meantime, enjoy our 'Video Of The Day' to get a flavour of what to expect. Simply go to our merchandise page here to order your copy!
Loose Moorings & The Rainbreakers Offer Support! 17 Feb 2015
The pace doesn't slacken at the WRC! No sooner has the dust settled on the brilliant Blacktop Deluxe and Loose Moorings Fiddler's Elbow gig on Saturday night - we are now delighted to announce that Loose Moorings will be supporting Virgil and the Accelerators on May 1st and The Rainbreakers (who are our 'Video Of The Day' and are also appearing at this years BluesRockfest) will be supporting The Mentulls on May 15th - with both gigs at The Red Lion, Gravesend.
Keith Signs Up! 17 Feb 2015
Blacktop Deluxe singer/guitarist Keith Howe recently signed up for the WRC and duly received his membership card at The Fiddler's Elbow on Saturday night! Membership cards are due to be dispatched this week so those of you that have taken advantage of our 'become a WRC member for life for FREE' will be receiving your cards this week. Meanwhile you can still fill out a form here and we'll subsequently 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 e.g. the Virgil & The Accelerators gig and our offer of £8 tickets for members only!
'Something's About To Change' On Route 66 17 Feb 2015
This week's podcast from our old mucker Rory Auskerry features the latest release from Robin Trower -'Something's About To Change' - which is his most recent studio album since 'Roots And Branches' in 2013. Our 'Track Of The Day' also marks the announcement that Chris Slade will replace Phil Rudd on drums for AC/DC on their 2015 tour and of course that ZZ Top, Joe Satriani (pictured) and Joe Bonamassa have all announced UK tour dates for this this year. Enjoy!
Blacktop Let Loose On Valentine's Night! 16 Feb 2015
Blacktop Deluxe and Loose Moorings rode into Chalk Farm on Valentine's night with only one thing in mind and it wasn't romance!! This was their chance to show the Capital what they are all about and boy did they do that.
Loose Moorings were using this gig to launch their new album Loose Moorings II and they were in no mood to ease in gently. Ironically they opened with my favourite track off their first album - the classic 'Think I'd Be Blue' and that set the tone for their set which included all but two tracks off the new album. I could wax lyrical about so many of the songs in their set because they were all quality but I have a soft spot for the first track they sent me - namely 'Ride' which made the decision to book them very easy. Other highlights for me were 'Magpie' and a trip to the dark side with 'A Crazy Sane'. Guys we took a punt on you - you said you wouldn't let us down and you didn't - love the album and looking forward to you supporting Virgil and the Accelerators on Saturday 1st May.
Next up were Blacktop Deluxe who had made the 'short' trip from Cornwall after a gig last night!! Jet Lag didn't show however as they launched into their set which is full of road driven Blues Rock. Don't imagine though that the band are one dimensional - far from it. Mixing their own material from the superb 'Turn Up Be Nice Play Hard' album (which sums them up perfectly by the way) with classic tracks such as 'Hoochie Coochie Man', 'Crossroads' and the brilliant Led Zep classic 'When the Levee Breaks' - the set never left you with the feeling they are just filling in with certain numbers. Add in the heart wrenching tribute to guitarists who are no longer with us in 'Another Man Down' and you have the perfect mix - a quality set from a band that are very much on the up and deservedly so!! Next time these guys are in town do yourself a favour and go and see them.
Last but not least AJ and myself would like to thank both bands for all the work they put in to the evening, not only on the night, but in their efforts to promote the gig. It's a pity that, considering how far the bands had travelled, that the locals couldn't be bothered to turn out :(
Valentine's Day Spectacular! 15 Feb 2015
Blacktop Deluxe and Loose Moorings made the ultimate sacrifice of being in the other half's bad books worthwhile last night. Two storming sets of good ol' Blues Rock made the punters who braved the Fiddler's Elbow in Chalk Farm forget about being in the proverbial dog house. Anyway, our 'Video Of The Day' is testament to what a great gig it was - with a review, more pics and vids to follow tomorrow. And if you were there last night then give us a shout by e-mailing us below! Cheers.
ZZ Top's Off 3 WRC Gigs In A Week! 15 Feb 2015
Following our recent 'Track Of The Day' featuring Rory Auskerry's 'Route 66' - the inevitable tweet from Rory arrived - "Are you guys going to ZZ Top in London on June 24th?" The gig had crossed our minds at Wrinkly Towers but with The Foo Fighters on Saturday 20th and The Who on Friday 26th - was this going to be a gig too far for the Wrinkly Rockers? What the heck - 'Silver' stepped up to the plate with standing tickets so it's going to be a memorable week! See you there Rory - and if any of you out there are going to any of these gigs - then please let us know!
Latest Blues On The Marsh Podcast 15 Feb 2015
There's a whole lotta new stuff in Kevin Beale's latest 'Blues On The Marsh' podcast! Our 'Track Of The Day' includes quality music from Lady A (Anita White), Dan Burnett, Bettye LaVette, Doc Bowling and His Blues Professors, Harmonicadave, Loose Moorings, 'BluesRockfest's' The Rainbreakers (pictured), Zac Harmon and Ritchie Lane Band featuring Katie Bradley. There's also a feature on the forthcoming Broadstairs Blues Bash with tracks from Big Joe Bone, Half Deaf Clatch, BabaJack, David Ferra, Giles Robson and The Dirty Aces, King Size Slim, Kit Curtis & the B3s, Kris Dollimore, Richard Townend, Robin Bibi and Tony Marten, Rosco Levee, The Sharpees and Tim Aves and Wolfpack! Phew!
Blacktop Deluxe Give It The Elbow Tonight! 14 Feb 2015
Well it's Valentine's Day but give it the 'Elbow' as all roads lead to Blacktop Deluxe tonight. Formed in March 2013, this British Blues Rock/Hard Rock trio comprising of Tim Chapple, Keith Howe and Alan Ibbotson, already have a 5 Track EP ‘Dark Horses’ released to wide acclaim and are now touring with their debut album ‘Turn Up, Be Nice, Play Hard’ released in May 2014.
Their very own ‘Signature Brand’ of guitar driven, ‘Power House’ Rockin’ Blues ranges from the Bluesy, through to the Rocky and they have already shared stages with Walter Trout, Larry Miller, Virgil & The Accelerators, Martin Barre and Focus - to name but a few. Their influences are many and varied - Joe Bonamassa, Walter Trout and Rory Gallagher are some that come to mind, but they focus upon pulling in the best of Rock and Blues from its origins with the Bands original material standing alongside the best of the best that regularly gains airplay worldwide.
Loose Moorings Album Launch At The Fiddler's Tonight! 14 Feb 2015
Supporting Blacktop Deluxe are Loose Moorings - a pack of crafty locals making a splash in the UK with their fearless blues rock ruckus. Things really took off when BBC Radio picked up their soulful track 'Face The Fall' last year. Their debut album treated you to a smorgasbord of expert guitar noodlings tied to an eager Bluesy heart.
Tonight heralds the launch party for their new album 'Loose Moorings II' which you can exclusively purchase at the gig for £10 as it is not available to download or buy anywhere else as yet! Although you can get a free download of 'Every Day' here - but be quick as it is only available until tomorrow!
Sign Up For The WRC Tonight! 14 Feb 2015
A few £5 tickets will still be available on the door tonight but make sure you get there early just in case with Loose Moorings due on stage at 8.30pm. Of course WRC members are already quids in having purchased their tickets for a discounted £3! The good news is that you can sign up for the WRC tonight at the gig and we'll subsequently give 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! See you there!
Membership Cards To Be Despatched Shortly! 13 Feb 2015
Yes they've finally arrived - our new swanky WRC membership cards! So those of you that have taken advantage of our 'become a WRC member for life for FREE' will be receiving your cards in the post over the next couple of weeks. Meanwhile you can still fill out a form here and we'll subsequently 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 e.g. our Blacktop Deluxe and Loose Moorings gig tomorrow night and our offer of £3 tickets for members only!
Stone Blind Orpington Gig Tonight! 13 Feb 2015
Wrinklystock III heroes Stone Blind are playing The White Hart at Orpington tonight - hence they are our 'Video Of The Day' - showcasing their full set at The Mick Jagger Centre in November. And if you want a DVD of the whole extravaganza - then just simply go here. Roll on T.Rextasy on 21st November!
Get Your Kicks On Route 66! 13 Feb 2015
It's Route 66's 2nd Birthday this week as they've been on air every Sunday since the 10th February 2013! In his latest podcast and our 'Track Of The Day' Rory plays some of the tracks which appeared on that first show, as well as more recent releases from Dave Hole, Foreigner, Chickenfoot, Queen and Joe Bonamassa. Plus the usual dose of rock music news, trivia and gig info!
Introducing ..... The Pieces Of Mind 12 Feb 2015
Teddy Garcia tweeted "It's an Honour!" and Sean Webster also tweeted "Thanks for the kind words and making 'The Mayor' your 'Track of the Day!!!' Well today's 'Introducing ...' and 'Our Video Of The Day' are 'The Pieces Of Mind'. These guys have been on the WRC radar for a while now and were a very popular R&B band in South Wales and Germany in the years 1963-69. The band reformed in 2013 to celebrate their 50th anniversary and are not only gigging again but have recently released a great new album of original stuff entitled 'Born At The Bosco'. Enjoy!
Latest Blues On the Radio Podcast 12 Feb 2015
Our 'Track Of The Day' is Richard Dunning's latest two hour 'Blues On The Radio' show. Richard previews the up and coming Broadstairs Blues Bash, Lenny Lawrence's 'Blues Juice Nights' plus The Laura Holland Band's soon to be released new album! There's also The Independent Blues Broadcasters albums of the month and a track from Bluesfest favourite Andy Twyman (pictured). And if you want to grab your own copy of not only Andy's Bluesfest performance but also the other seven superb bands that completed a memorable day - just head towards our merchandise page! Don't forget you can get 10% off if you join our FREE membership scheme!
John's On The Bull At Rockrpix! 12 Feb 2015
Following yesterday's spotlight on Lemonrock - we thought it only fair to feature another one of our sponsors - Rockrpix. The testimonials John Bull has received for his gig photography are only surpassed by the photos themselves as evidenced last year at both our Wrinklystock and Bluesfest! Anyway, don't just take our word for it - go to Rockrpix's website here where you can see for yourself and get further information on how to hire John for your gig. And if your business has something that you feel would appeal to the many visitors to our site - then don't be shy - just get in touch as we would be delighted to hear from any new sponsors which can help towards the maintenance of our website! Cheers!
David Sinclair 4 Album Launch 11 Feb 2015
Make a note in your diaries that our friends The David Sinclair Four are holding an album launch gig at The Borderline in London on Thursday 14th May - three days after its official release date on Monday 11th. More news to follow but in the meantime enjoy our 'Video Of The Day' - footage of Dave and the guys at last year's Bluesfest. If you want to grab your own copy of not only DS4's Bluesfest performance but also the other eight superb bands that completed a memorable day - just head towards our merchandise page! Don't forget you can get 10% off if you join our FREE membership scheme!
Introducing ....... Teddy Garcia 11 Feb 2015
We were delighted to hear from Enrico Cipollin, lead singer and guitarist of the Italian Blues Rock band Underground Railroad following their recent feature. "Thanks a lot for putting us on your 'Introducing ...' section of the website. It's great!" Well today we're a bit closer to home with Teddy Garcia, who has spent most of his life roaming the world but is now settled in the South of France following a lifelong dream of writing songs and performing live. Inspired by many genres, the Blues is where Teddy feels most at home and is the foundation of most of his songs. All his travel experiences have exposed Teddy to a broad range of musical influences and this all comes together in our 'Track Of The Day'. Enjoy!
'Lemon Rock!' 11 Feb 2015
With just four days to go to our WRC Promotions gig at The Fiddler's Elbow featuring Blacktop Deluxe/Loose Moorings we thought it's about time that we pointed you in the direction of our 'WRC Gig Calendar' sponsors Lemonrock! Lemonrock's aim is to provide affordable event promotion for live music. They aim to support and encourage live music in the UK, help bands and venues to promote their gigs, and to engage the public into enjoying great experiences at live music events. Lemonrock is a high quality detailed gig guide and gig management system that makes it easy for bands and venues to add, update, and promote gigs. They are committed to raising the profile of live music for the benefit of the public, bands, artists, and venue owners and behind Lemonrock is a world-class database system, which makes finding information very fast. Anyway, simply click here for Saturday's Lemonrock listing where tickets are still available. See you there!
Charlie's Angels 10 Feb 2015
Good to hear from Charlie Hart from Slim Chance on their '2014 Best Acoustic Performance' WRC award. "I see we've been voted in, which feels like a great honour!" Seven year's after Ronnie Lane's death, Charlie was asked to put together a Slim Chance line up to act as house band at a projected Ronnie Lane Memorial Concert at the Albert Hall in 2004. The band that Charlie assembled contained Henry McCullough, Chrissie Stewart and Alun Davies (all of whom were original Slim Chance members) and they were joined by Geoff Dugmore and Geraint Watkins. They performed a couple of songs as a unit and were then joined by a succession of guests: Keith Smart, Chris Jagger, Sam Brown, Glen Matlock, Mick Jones, Pete Townshend, Paul Weller and finally Ron Wood. And as they say the rest is history as they intend to release a new album, mostly originals plus of course a few Ronnie songs in September and also intend to get out and about gigging in the Autumn. Anyway, enjoy our 'Video Of The Day'.
Introducing .... Sean Webster & The Deadlines 10 Feb 2015
Not doubt you enjoyed Rory Auskerry's latest 'Route 66' podcast which featured tracks from Sean Webster & The Deadlines new album 'See It Through'. Well it's fair to say Wrinkly Towers were blown away by this British Blues & Rock guitarist/vocalist - so much so that we have also featured Sean as our 'Track Of The Day'. Try and catch Sean on his current UK tour and in the meantime watch out for Rory's latest podcast this week.
BluesRockfest Members Discounts/Timings Announced! 10 Feb 2015
We're sure that the majority of you will be around for the full proceedings on the day at this year's BluesRockfest - but just in case you wanted to know when your favourite band is provisionally on - then please go here where you can also purchase £15 tickets. WRC members can get there's for just £12 by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org Remember you can fill out a form here to become a WRC member for life for FREE and we'll consequently send you a WRC members card which you can use to benefit from all the current members offers which we also hope to add to in the future.
Mentulls Return To The Red Lion! 9 Feb 2015
Thanks to Steve Borkowski for our classic 'Video Of The Day' featuring The Mentulls performing at the WRC Bluesfest in July last year. The good news is that The Mentulls are returning as Red Lion headliners on Friday 15th May and you can buy £6 tickets here. Don't forget that you can also purchase both 2013 and 2014 Bluesfest DVD's featuring the Mentulls here. And you can also get money off both if you fill out a form here to become a WRC member!
Head To The Vault! 9 Feb 2015
Thanks to Andy Jay for his vid of Ryan Bingham performing 'Hallelujah' at the 100 Club last Monday - which we have added amongst others to our new 2015 Video Vault. If you have any other live 2015 gig vids you would like to share then simply e-mail us through the contact box below.
Blacktop Deluxe & Loose Moorings 'On The Marsh' 9 Feb 2015
Plenty of new names to adorn yer lug'oles on Kevin Beale's latest 'Blues On The Marsh' extravaganza ('Track Of The Day') including Blacktop Deluxe and Loose Moorings who you can see this Saturday at The Fiddler's Elbow, Chalk Farm. So here goes with the rest of yer runners and riders for this week's podcast: North Karelian Allstars, Puma Creek, Lenny Lawrence, The Laura Holland Band, Markus K, Rebecca Downes, Joel Fisk and The Breakdown, Joakim Tinderholt, Doggn It, D A Foster, Curtis Salgado, CatFish, Carl Weathersby, Li'l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine and a tribute to the late great Gary Moore ....
Introducing ...... Lily Tonico 8 Feb 2015
Great to get to some feedback, including a message from Ottowa no less, on our last 'Introducing ....' feature on Ali Clinton. "Thanks for sharing Ali Clinton vid. New fan here. Nice to see Electric Blues still alive with younger generations". Anyway today we're delighted to introduce Lily Tonico as our 'Track Of The Day' thanks to our old mate Ken Canty who has been playing guitar on some of Lily's stuff. Lily's spent the last two years co-writing, collaborating and recording demos and now feels the time is right for others to experience what she has spent so much time nurturing. Therefore just chill out on this Sunday, listen and enjoy.
Put The Peddle To The Metal! 8 Feb 2015
Our thanks to Wrinkly The Silver and his never ending connections for our 'Video Of The Day'. German based band Avantasia is a metal opera project put together by 'Edguy' singer/songwriter Tobias Sammet. The Avantasia show is usually three hours long and Tobias manages to bring in some amazing guest vocalists from all over the World, one of which in the past has been - you've guessed it - Bob Catley from Magnum!
The Replicants Step Up To The Plate! 8 Feb 2015
Following our T.Rextasy ticket news yesterday, our apologies to The Replicants lead guitarist Stu O'Brien for omitting to mention that they will of course be returning to Wrinklystock again! Not only that, but The Replicants are also playing the Carlton Centre in Sidcup, Kent, on Saturday 18th April at 8pm with support from The Prenups. You can get £5 tickets here. WRC members can get there's for just £4 by e-mailing email@example.com Remember you can fill out a form here to become a WRC member for life for FREE and we'll consequently send you a WRC members card which you can use to benefit from all the current members offers which we also hope to add to in the future.
Solid Gold Easy Action! 7 Feb 2015
Back in 1994 we were already attempting to 'Keep Music Live' by supporting promoter Fred Taylor at The Woodman in Blackfen, Kent, by writing reviews of his 'Ride To Rock' gigs. Anyway, we came across a band called T.Rextasy who blew us away with their tribute to the late great Marc Bolan. Just over 20 years later, T.Rextasy ('Video Of The Day') are the only band to have been authorised and endorsed by Marc Bolan's catalogue management, and are now recognised as the 'official' Marc Bolan/T.Rex tribute band. So we are proud and privileged to announce that they will headline our 4th Wrinklystock Charity Gig - this will be a sell out just like last year and tickets are already selling fast so don't miss out and get your tickets here.
Sky Arts HD - Pink Floyd Weekend 7 Feb 2015
Who fancies a weekend dedicated to one of the most ground-breaking and influential rock bands of all time? It's Pink Floyd Weekend on Sky Arts HD featuring tonight Pink Floyd: Delicate Sound of Thunder - at 9pm, Discovering: Pink Floyd - tonight 11pm and David Gilmour: Live in Gdansk - tomorrow 9pm. Consequently our 'Track Of The Day' is the superb 'Talkin' Hawkin' from 'The Endless River' - let us have your thoughts on the new album or even a review through the contact box below - don't be shy!
Jumpin' Jack Cash Back! 7 Feb 2015
Don't forget that tonight - Not The Rolling Stones - 'The UK's Best Tribute To The Stones' - are playing The Venue at Hooley Hall, St Margarets Road, Hooley Village, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 3RB. And even better, WRC Members can get 10% off normal admission on the production of a valid WRC members card. Remember to fill out the form here to become a WRC member for life for FREE and we'll consequently send you a WRC members card which you can use to benefit from all the current members offers which we also hope to add to in the future.
Introducing .......... Ali Clinton 6 Feb 2015
Our 'Video Of The Day' is of an emerging Rock/Blues guitarist/singer and songwriter from the Midlands in the UK. From the age of 16, Ali Clinton has been playing and touring with guitar legend and ex-Scorpion Uli Jon Roth, but is currently trying to move forward with his own career - hence our latest 'Introducing .....' feature. Ali is currently looking at different festivals and venues to try and build his profile and the vid is a live studio performance of an original track off of his new self-titled debut EP.
You Can't Beat A Bit Of ELO! 6 Feb 2015
Jeff Lynne's ELO will be performing with Ed Sheeran as part of an all-star moment with Herbie Hancock, John Mayer and The Roots' Questlove at the 57th Grammy Awards this Sunday 8th February. The recently reunited ELO ('Track Of The Day'), which played its first full show in 28 years in London this past September, features founding members Lynne and keyboardist Richard Tandy. The appearance is likely a precursor to a new album and U.S. tour later this year.
Win A Pair Of Tickets To See Blacktop Deluxe! 6 Feb 2015
Just over a week now to the Blacktop Deluxe/Loose Moorings Fiddler's Elbow gig on Saturday 14th February and we have a free pair of tickets up for grabs in an easy competition. Just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight tonight (Friday 6th February) and tell us the Fiddler's postcode and you will go into the hat! Editor's decision is final! Tickets can also be purchased here but don't forget our latest membership offer of £3 tickets if you go to the trouble of joining our FREE membership scheme!
Introducing .......................... Underground Railroad! 5 Feb 2015
Since the launch of the new website we have had so many bands contact us re: their music that we have now dedicated a new website page simply called 'Introducing ......'. Enrico Cipollin, lead singer and guitarist of the Italian Blues Rock band Underground Railroad is one of those such bands and we are delighted to feature the excellent 'It Takes The Devil' from their album 'Growing Three' as our 'Track Of The Day'. If you want to feature on 'Introducing ....' like Vega, The Blue Bishops, Yossi Sassi and Underground Railroad - then simply fill in your contact details in the box below.
BluesRockfest Flyers Now Available! 5 Feb 2015
Now that the WRC have completed the line-up for this year's BluesRockfest - WRC member Steve Borkowski has subsequently designed this brand new shiny poster! If you can help out by handing out a few flyers at gigs/record fairs etc. then please e-mail us at email@example.com and we will get some of the original BluesRockfest leaflets in the post to you! Go here for ticket information plus a video low-down on this year's bands.
Members Discount For Top Kat! 5 Feb 2015
Members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted £9 admission at The Eel Pie Club tomorrow night (Thursday 5th February) to see the magnificent American blues vocalist, Kathleen (Kat) Pearson. Doors open at 8.30pm at the venue at The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ, with Kat due on stage between 9pm and 11pm. To become a WRC member simply go here.
Kat & Co. is a vibrant collaboration between Kat, guitarist Francesco Accurso and pianist Federico Parodi with Ettore Virgillito on bass and Nicholas Owsianka on drums. Between them they have created a contemporary image to The Blues with an authentic personal sound that creates an infectious energy that enthralls their audiences.
We're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat! 4 Feb 2015
Given the title of Ryan Bingham's new album 'Fear And Saturday Night' - it was certainly a case of apprehension and Monday night as we approached the sold out Borderline in London. We obviously had reservations about Academy award winner Bingham performing a solo acoustic set without his dearly departed 'Dead Horses' - who we salivated over when first saw them at Hard Rock Calling in June 2011. Not only that but the evening was further stripped back with no support although the good news was that we consequently stumbled across a nugget of a rock pub close by before getting back to The Borderline for a 9pm start!
Fresh from his previous night's gig at King Tuts in Glasgow - the Americana singer/songwriter launched into 'The Poet' - the first track of off 'Junky Star' - it's intimacy immediately palpable - the scene was set for a memorable evening. Another Dead Horses and 'Junky Star' classic followed - 'Depression' and the gig just flowed with the Hollywood in Bingham clearly evident in not only his looks (pics are here girls) but also his touching personal anecdotes that included his Grandfather and hitchhiking! But at the end of the day it was all about his delivery of a guitar and a voice to die for - perfectly illustrated on 'Hallelujah' - yet another stand out track from 'Junky Star' - which understandably charted in the US in 2010.
What about 'Fear And Saturday Night' I hear you ask? Well the smell of fear when you generally hear the introduction "This is from the new album" was not an issue - given the seamless way in which 'Broken Heart Tattoos', 'Radio' 'Top Shelf Drug' (Video Of The Day) and the title track stood up to his big hitters. Have to say though that the stand out tune of the night was the encore 'Bread And Water' and if that didn't get your juices going then there's no hope I'm afraid. Anyway Bingham proved last night what a consumate performer he is - O ye of little faith we hear you cry! And the cherry on the 2015 cake is that Ryan is returning to London in October with - wait for it - his band! Do not miss out on that - although talking of Hollywood - we're gonna need a bigger boat!