"Danny immediately endeared himself to the crowded tent by saying that he either had all of a sudden become very popular or it was the fact that that everyone wanted to get out of the rain! Well it was definitely a case of the former given Danny’s critically acclaimed album ‘Temperature Rising’ has been nominated in the British Blues Awards and it was one of those songs – ‘Guntown’ that stood out in an impressive set. Complemented by Alex Phillips on bass, Danny had to be thankful that in his guitar solo induced forays to the front of the stage – that he was in the dry and in no danger of slipping off the stage! Personally – one of my top 3 sets of the day." That was AJ's take on Danny Bryant at Ramblin' Man last July - so it was no surprise that Danny blew everyone away at Leo's Red Lion last night! Check out todays Vid Of The Day with more pics and a review to come!
Shotgun Blues! 29/2/16
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day has a fantastic Blues Women special for you! This week's playlist includes Anni Piper, Ruby & The Revelators, Caddy Cooper, Slinky Williams, Rory Block, Divas On Fire and
Audrey Turner. Enjoy!
Fleshgod Apocalypse 29/2/16
Italian Symphonic Death Metal masters Fleshgod Apocalypse are just about to embark on a UK headline tour throughout March including The Underworld, London, on Thursday 17th March. Support for all shows comes from British metallers Xerath. The band have also recently released their new album ‘King’ and is easily Fleshgod Apocalypse’s most forceful yet! The album was mixed and mastered by world renowned producer Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, At The Gates, Arch Enemy) at Fascination Street Studio in Sweden.
Danny Bryant Tonight! 28//2/16
All roads lead to Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend, Kent, tonight as Danny Bryant's 'Blood Money' UK tour comes to an end. Tickets will be available on the door and support is from Red Butler who recently won the second UK Blues Challenge and will represent the UK at the 2016 European Blues Challenge in Italy! Understandably there have been some great shows already - packed in like sardines and swinging from the rafters in Edinburgh plus Danny and Stevie Nimmo jamming in Elland and if you haven't had a chance to buy the album yet, check out our our album review here. See you there!
Marshman Returns After BBB! 28/2/16
Todays Track Of The Day sees the return of The Marshman after his sabbatical at the Broadstairs Blues Bash last weekend. Kev's latest Blues On The Marsh extravaganza includes LastMinuteBandz's Sugarman Sam and the Voodoo Men (pictured), Danny Bryant, Swampgrass and according to Mr. Beale - the stand-out act from BBB - Catfish - who are of course are on our BluesRockFest bill in September here.
Ramblin' Man Family! 28/2/16
The recent addition of both Saturday Prog stage headliners Family (today's Vid Of The Day) plus The Answer to Sunday's Rock Stage - pretty much completes this year's Ramblin' Man roster over the weekend of the 23rd and 24th July - held again at Mote Park, Maidstone. As usual WRC members will be there covering the festivities so give us a shout if you are going as well!
Avantasia Bounce Back! 27/2/16
His giant project can't be pigeonholed: mystic, magic, rock and bombast meet with lush melodies and create spectacular, epic fireworks. German fans of the Eurovision Song Contest had the chance to nominate Avantasia and Tobias Sammet - one of the most internationally successful German musicians - in Cologne on Thursday night for the 2016 ESC final in Stockholm in May. Unfortunately, despite competing with their current single 'Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose' (today's Vid Of The Day) - Sammet and the guys did not win - but the good news is that you can see Avantasia on their 'Ghostlights' tour at The Forum in London on Tuesday 8th March!
Last Few EarlyBirds Available! 27/2/16
A few remaining Earlybird Tickets are still on sale for a limited time here for £15 (instead of £20) for BluesRockFest taking place at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend, on Saturday 24th September. Remember that WRC Members only pay £15 - so why not head off here to sign up for free! This year's line up includes headliners The Stevie Nimmo Trio, 2015 WRC Award winners The Mentulls, Red Butler (Track Of The Day), Jack J Hutchinson, Catfish, Blacktop Deluxe and Born Healer plus 2014 WRC Award winner Robin Bibi performing an acoustic set away from the main stage! Do not miss out!
Yoka & Big Ray On ROTR Tonight! 27/2/16
Former Little Devils members Yoka and Big Ray (pictured at BluesRockFest 2015) are Bob & Jules special guests in the 2015 WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge studio here tonight between 8pm and 10pm, where the guys will be talking about their new band Yoka & The SugarBeats! You can also catch Bob & Jules this coming Thursday at the farewell Shooter gig at the Half Moon, Putney, with support from 2015 WRC Award winners Southbound. Tickets priced £7 are still available here.
It Came Outta The Swamp! 26/2/16
Big Boy Bloater and The LiMiTs release their new album 'Luxury Hobo' on Provogue/ Mascot Label Group today and our Vid Of The Day is the amazing 'It Came Outta The Swamp'! The band will then be hitting the road from Sunday 8th May including a show at the iconic 100 Club in London on Sunday 15th May. With a fascination for textures and subtle narratives 'LH' sees Bloater in a tougher, deeper and more expressive mode following a bout of depression in 2013 which has led it to take a lot darker and personal tone. His Tom Waits-esque gravelly vocal delivery, coupled with the distinctive and dynamic guitar style has seen him build on the Blues foundation offering insights into rockier territories, aided and abetted with his ability to weave story-telling around barbed observations. Watch out for a CD review shortly.
Blood Money Running Out! 26/2/16
Danny Bryant's 'Blood Money' tour comes to an end this Sunday at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend, Kent. Understandably there have been some great shows already - packed in like sardines and swinging from the rafters in Edinburgh plus Danny and Stevie Nimmo jamming in Elland. The new songs are really coming into their own in a live setting and one of Danny's favourites to play live at the moment is 'Slow Suicide' - today's Track Of The Day. So If you haven't had a chance to buy the album yet, check out our TOTD or go to our album review here. And of course you can still book tickets to Sunday's gig through our Ticketsource box below or use the link here.
My Religion 26/2/16
And talking of Leo's Red Lion - is it really over a month ago that John Verity and his band blew the bloody roof of the place! Anyway, JV's latest album 'My Religion' will be available for pre-order in a couple of weeks - a CD first, then a vinyl double album soon thereafter. There are 10 new tracks on the CD version, with 4 extra bonus tracks on the vinyl version - in a gatefold sleeve. Watch this space for updates, but in the meantime a taste of the artwork is pictured.
Mission Impossible - Grimsby! 25/2/16
The WRC were delighted to hear from our friends Walkway recently - and in particular lead singer Chris Reader. The guys released their brand new official music video 'Mission Impossible' at 7pm last night and hot off the press - it is of course today's Vid Of The Day. The guys were also thrilled to have Claudia Adshead (pictured) star in their Vid - given Claudia was walking down the red carpet in Leicester Square the other night as she also features in the brand new Sacha Baron Cohen film 'Grimsby' - also released yesterday!
On The Money! 25/2/16
It was also good to hear from Gaz of Bad Pennies - one of our LastMinuteBandz - who played the Broadstairs Blues bash last weekend. We got to know the guys through the West Malling Beer Fest last year and their next gig is in the traditional WRC stomping ground of Gravesend, Kent, at The Middle Ei8ht on Friday 4th March at 9pm. So if you're at a loose end, get on down there for a boogie!
Let Blues On The Radio Massage Your Ears! 25/2/16
Having just returned from a weekend at the Broadstairs Blues Bash you may be surprised to learn that Richard Dunning managed to pull together a playlist for his latest Blues On The Radio show! On today's Track Of The Day you'll hear the likes of Rebecca Downes, JW-Jones, Chris Bevington, Johnny Rawls, Danny Bryant, Kelly's Lot, Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus, Waydown Wailers, Robert J. Hunter, Ina Forsman, Fantastic Negrito, Tasha Taylor, Mike Brookfield, Ben Poole (pictured), Salvation Jayne, Stevie Nimmo, Dennis Jones, Catfish, Paul Benjaman Band, Swampgrass, George Shovlin & The Radars, Michael Messer's Mitra and Red Butler ahead of their recent showcase at The Tuesday Night Music Club.
Get Close With The Hatz! 24/2/16
Today's Vid Of The Day is a Geoff Carne & The Hatz promo compilation of live cuts and info for their 'Get Close' Album due to be released in March/April 2016. Golly Gallagher's GFI-Promotions are handling the promotion to Radio/DJ's/Magazines along with an acoustic launch party at the George IV in Chiswick, West London on Sunday 3rd April from 6pm. Hope to see you there!
Remembering Nicky Hopkins 24/2/16
This week's Route 66 Track Of The Day remembers this week in 1944 when one of the greatest pianists in Rock was born. Perivale born Nicky Hopkins was at the piano during many hugely important recording sessions with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Steve Miller Band, The Eagles, The Beatles, Joe Cocker, The Kinks, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck, and Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Also on host Rory Auskerry's show are new tracks from Joe Bonamassa (pictured) and Jo Harman, Last In Line, Inglorious and the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Heal My Soul 24/2/16
On Friday 25th March, Provogue will release 'Heal My Soul', the first new, original Jeff Healey Blues Rock album in over 15 years. This incredible lost album features some of the most powerful and passionate performances Healey ever committed to record. 'Heal My Soul' has been compiled with the participation and full approval of the Jeff Healey Estate to coincide with what would have been Healey’s 50th birthday on March 25th, 2016. Jeff Healey is remembered as one of the most outstanding guitarists and performers of the past 30 years. Jeff died on March 2nd 2008 at the age of 41 after a three-year battle with sarcoma cancer.
3:09 Gospel According to WTE 23/2/16
Following the recent success of 'An Evening With Russ Ballard' - the ex-Argent guitarist/vocalist is now out on the road with his band this March promoting his new album 'It's Good To Be There'. Starting at Milton Keynes on Tuesday 8th March the tour concludes with a gig in London on Friday 18th March with ex-Argent bandmate Bob Henrit on drums, Chris Winter on guitar and Steve Smith on keyboards. And filed under the category of 'you couldn't make it up' check out today's Vid Of The Day - a teaser for 'An Evening With Russ Ballard video special' - and in particular 3 minutes and 9 seconds into the vid - where a certain Wrinkly The Elder gives his forthright views on the evening's proceedings with a smiling AJ alongside!
Give Your Ears A New Music Takeaway! 23/2/16
Today's Track Of The Day is Saturday night's WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge podcast! Bob and Jules feature new music this week from Monster Truck, Aviator Shades, Wolfmother, Mindriot, Inglorious (pictured last Sunday at the Islington Assembly Halls by John Bull), Mason Hill, Idlewar, Chase the Ace plus shed loads more!
Introducing .... Cherry White 23/2/16
Cherry White have recently released their new EP entitled 'Staring at the Sun' and this year they're taking it on tour, including as many festivals as they can get to. They're a Blues influenced Rock band, and their brand of Blues and high energy Classic Rock is something that live audiences really respond to. They've been out and about gigging the EP everywhere from Berlin to the Planet Rock Radio festival Planet Rockstock in 2015 and hope to play more festival dates at great events in 2016! Anyway check them out on our 'Introducing ...' page here.
Thunder For Ramblin' Man! 22/2/16
Despite being in the 'cheap seats' rather than his usual photo pit - Rockrpix's John Bull still managed to take this superb pic of Thunder lead singer Danny Bowes at Wembley Arena last Saturday night. First up on the bill were King King who apparently did themselves proud although we understand next band Terrorvision were not everyone's cup of tea? "Thunder were absolutely brilliant" and "Thunder were FAB" were the 'considered' views of WRC members present at the end of the gig - also buoyed by the news that they would also be playing Ramblin' Man in July!
David's In The Picture! 22/2/16
A small number of WRC members sacrificed the Thunder gig at Wembley to enjoy a few after match beers with legendary DJ David Hamilton. David - who was one of our very first members - was presented with a WRC t-shirt as we discussed football and of course music including 'Rock 'n' Roll Back The Years' (see Vid Of The Day) - a show hosted by the broadcasting legend. A fantastic nostalgia show featuring fabulous band The Fugitives and the amazing Tiffany Girls - David promised to wear his WRC t-shirt at one of his gigs. For more information on dates and venues for 'RNRBTY' please go here.
A Tip Of The Hat To Blind Willie Johnson 22/2/16
Today's Track Of The Day is this week's Black On Blues featuring tracks from the brilliant new album ‘God Don’t Never Change’. The album features cover songs from the legend that is Blind Willie Johnson by Lucinda Williams, Derek Trucks/Susan Tedeschi, Cowboy Junkies, Blind Boys of Alabama, Sinead O’Connor, Luther Dickinson, Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Waits and The Soul of John Black.
Inglorious Assemble In London Tonight! 21/2/16
British classic hard rock band Inglorious have launched their official music video (our Vid Of The Day) for their new single 'Unaware' - taken from their debut album released by Frontiers Music SRL last Friday. Praised by Queen's Brian May and The Winery Dogs Mike Portnoy, the bands official UK album launch concert takes place at London's Islington Assembly Hall tonight. Hailed as one of the UK's most exciting new hard rock bands to emerge from the British underground scene, Inglorious is fronted by Nathan James, who originally sung for the multi-platinum selling Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and Scorpions guitar legend Uli Jon Roth. Inspired by musical giants such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Whitesnake, Bad Company, Aerosmith, the band have recently scored a hat-trick of rock radio hits including 'Breakaway', 'Until I Die' and 'Unaware'.
Just A Week Away! 21/2/16
Where has February gone? Unbelievably it's now just a week to Danny Bryant's WRC Promotions gig at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend, Kent, on Sunday 28th February as part of his 'Blood Money' tour! Danny's new CD was released only recently (read Wrinkly's excellent review here) and you can still book tickets through our Ticketsource box below or use the link here. Support is also from Red Butler who have Just won the second UK Blues Challenge and will represent the UK at the 2016 European Blues Challenge in Italy! Do not miss out!
Germany Calling! 21/2/16
There's no stopping Rory Auskerry's Route 66 radio show at the moment! As well as recently being syndicated to Rock Radio UK and Blues Roots Radio - the show is now also being aired on Radio Bavaria! And for those original Pure 107.8 FM fans - don't worry - he's still here tonight at 6pm!
Rockin' Robin Added To The Bill! 20/2/16
We promised you a bonus ball last week - so you can't say we don't deliver! Anyway, we're delighted to announce that the final band added to our BluesRockFest roster - taking place at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend, on Saturday 24th September - is 2014 WRC Award winner Robin Bibi (our Track Of The Day). Performing an acoustic set away from the main stage, Robin joins headliners The Stevie Nimmo Trio, 2015 WRC Award winners The Mentulls, Red Butler, Jack J Hutchinson, Catfish Blacktop Deluxe and Born Healer. Remember that Earlybird Tickets are still on sale for a limited time here for £15 (instead of £20). WRC Members only pay £15 - so why not head off here to sign up for free.
Can You Hear The Thunder? 20/2/16
"Perfectly positioned to the left of the stage they kicked off with ‘Dirty Love’ (what a great opener) and proceeded to reel off the ‘The Best Of Thunder 1989 – 1995’ which coincidentally is the name of their new CD due to be released on 17th July. Funny that - but no complaints from us as they blasted through their short set with their usual explosive mix of Rock such as ‘Wonder Days’ and ‘Backstreet Symphony’ plus their signature ballad ‘Love Walked In’. ‘I Love You More Than Rock ‘N’ Roll’ was a classic finale but left you wanting more. And that was it." That was AJ's taken on Thunder when they supported ZZ Top at Wembley Arena last year. This time Thunder are the top dogs at Wembley tonight as they are supported by the awesome King King. Anyway, check out our High Voltage Vid Of The Day and watch out for a few WRC faces at the gig tonight!
Blues Of Desperation 20/2/16
Grammy-nominated Blues-Rock guitar icon Joe Bonamassa's brand-new studio solo album, 'Blues Of Desperation', will be released on Friday March 25th. Like his previous solo disc, 2014’s Top 10 Billboard hit 'Different Shades of Blue', the new album features all-original material, and it sees the maverick superstar guitarist, singer and songwriter tossing away the rule book as he continues to reinvent and redefine the Blues-Rock genre like no other artist working today. Naturally a healthy WRC contingent are off to see JB's 'A Salute To The British Blues Explosion' at London's Greenwich Music Time Festival on Thursday 7th July.
It's A Blues Thing! 19/2/16
The Broadstairs Blues Bash weekend kicks off today and is a FREE Blues music festival which is now into its eighth year. Due to last year's success, 2016 promises to be even bigger and better with more venues and acts coming on board including Jack J Hutchinson (Vid Of The Day), Bad Pennies, Andy Twyman, Troy Redfern and The Rainbreakers. The Kentish town has a vibrant exciting music scene and with small intimate wine-bars, friendly pubs and bars, it is ideal for a Blues festival! The Broadstairs Blues Bash attracts high quality performers, so if you're a fan of old Blues, new Blues, GREAT Blues, this festival is definitely one not to miss!
Stone Blind Gig Tonite! 19/2/16
Wrinklystock III heroes Stone Blind are playing The White Hart in Orpington tonight - where you can no doubt expect the usual subtle understated performance! The whole of their 2014 Wrinklystock set is today's Track Of The Day - and don't forget that you can still purchase the entire Wrinklystock III DVD/CD here also featuring The Bohemians plus 2015 WRC Award winners The Replicants.
Jamie And The Jets Video Shoot 19/2/16
There's no let up for Stone Blind frontman Jamie Bull - as following their Friday night gig - he's back in the studio on Saturday shooting some promotional video footage for his new project Jamie And The Jets! And if you fancy seeing a free gig in return for being part of ‘Rent a Crowd’ for the video, then get yourselves down to Ascape Studios, Waldo Road, Bromley BR1 2QX by 4pm! A great chance to see this Elton John tribute in action!
BATW At Leo's Tonight! 18/2/16
Owing to venue gremlins - tonight's 'Blues At The Woodlands' gig is actually taking place at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend! It is a one-off and WRC Promotions were delighted to help out BATW in arranging a substitute venue! In fact it will be just like old times as both Troy Redfern (Vid of The Day) plus support band The Rainbreakers return to the scene of their respective BluesRockFest triumph's in July last year! Also don't forget that the official 2015 BluesRockFest DVD/CD featuring two video and two audio tracks from each of the six artists that appeared at BluesRockFest are still available for a bargain £10 + p&p here. WRC Members can also get 10% off by simply entering their coupon code!
Another Bangin' Show! 18/2/16
Today's Track Of The Day is another bangin' Route 66 show for you featuring new music from the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Supersonic Blues Machine (pictured), Julian Sas, Murray Kinsley & Wicked Grin, Tash Taylor, The Brew, Blues Engine, Long John Hunter, Gun and Jake Chisholm. Host Rory Auskerry also includes classic tracks from Steeley Dan, Van Halen, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin. We're also delighted to report that Rory's brother Owen is now back in the UK following his brain aneurysm in Thailand and that Owen's gofundmepage - which has since closed - raised an amazing £29.5k!!
'Time Has Come' 18/2/16
Celebrated Blues Rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, Ben Poole, will release his new album, 'Time Has Come' via Manhaton Records on Friday 1st April. Produced by King King’s drummer, Wayne Proctor, the album dovetails Poole’s co-headline tour with Stevie Nimmo which started on 4th February. Already, Ben has been dubbed “amazing” by Jeff Beck, “really great” by the late Gary Moore, “ferocious” by Guitarist Magazine and “one to watch” by The Blues Magazine. “This album has a really nice overview of my style,” nods Ben, “covering everything from Rock and Blues to soul and pop, and even elements of funk and gospel. Artists we referenced frequently in the process were Robert Cray, Jonny Lang and John Mayer. I hope it’ll please the Blues-Rock guitar fans, but also have the depth and maturity to appeal to an audience beyond that.”
St. Paddy's Blues! 17/2/16
This Saint Patrick’s Day, Thursday 17th March, The British Blues Exhibition brings you the first of a series of events showcasing the best in the British Blues scene. Taking place at the legendary Proud Camden, the event features three top acts: The Laura Holland Band (our Vid Of The Day), the Saiichi Sugiyama Band and Pete Brown - that will all make you want to shake your tail feather. In company of their dancing friends from Swing Patrol London, they will make sure you get your mojo working for the night. Doors open at 6.30pm and the first band is on stage at 7pm. For advance tickets priced £5 (plus booking fee) visit here or go to our Ticketsource box below. So let’s celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in all paganity and raise our Guinness to the finest British Blues in London!
Show Your Ears You Love Them! 17/2/16
Those Rock On The Ridge love birds Bob & Jules threw down the gauntlet over Valentine's weekend to show your ears you love them with their Rock love special! Consequently today's Track of The Day includes music from Alter Bridge, Adelitas Way, Tesla, StoneRider, Shinedown, Orianthi, Led Zeppelin, Bad Company and Whitesnake (pictured). Feel the love!
Show Us The Money! 17/2/16
Just 12 days and counting to Danny Bryant's WRC Promotions gig as part of his 'Blood Money' tour at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend, Kent, on Sunday 28th February! Danny's new CD was released only recently (read Wrinkly's excellent review here) and you can still book tickets through our Ticketsource box below or use the link here. Support is also from Red Butler who have Just won the second UK Blues Challenge and will represent the UK at the 2016 European Blues Challenge in Italy! Do not miss out!
Mutual Passion For The Blues! 16/2/16
Hot on the heels of suppporting ex-Bad Company guitarist Dave 'Bucket' Colwell at Leo's Red Lion last Saturday night - Salvation Jayne (today's Vid Of The Day) are also playing the Tuesday Night Music Club at The Comrades Club, 194 Brighton Road, Coulsdon, Greater London, CR5 2NF tonight. Formed in early 2014, by Holly Kinnear (Guitar), Amy Benham (Vocals), Dan Lucas (Bass) and Lucy Foster (Drums) - they had a mutual passion for the Blues so they teamed together to create a unique sound that is energetic, dirty and dynamic. The band takes influence from early Blues artists such as Leadbelly and Blind Willie McTell through to The Black Keys and Royal Blood.
For Your Delectation! 16/2/16
For your delectation, today's Track Of The Day is last Friday night's Blues On The Marsh radio show naturally playing some of the finest Blues around! George Shovlin & The Radars, Jackson Sloan & Drew Davies Combo, Luther Dickinson, Rev. Ferriday and The Longdogs, The BluesBones, Robban, Lauren Housley, Ben Poole, R B Stone, SIMO (pictured), Matt Andersen, Toronzo Cannon and a wonderful EP from The Leroy Ellington Band are just some of the names you will hear courtesy of The Marshman.
Well Done Dom! 16/2/16
Shooter frontman Dom O'Riley completed his Fulham F.C. Craven Cottage 10k run on Sunday and consequently sent the WRC this very kind e-mail: "Dear All, as you can see I did actually finish it this morning ... have had a chest infection for the last three weeks but cleared up enough for me to wheeze my way around … Did it in 45 mins and 40 secs .. annoyed as I should have been quicker .. legs were fine lungs were not .. still main thing is due to your generosity we raised so far £830 for Royal Marsden Cancer Charity (plus I also raised a few quid for the Fulham FC Foundation which do a great job in the community). Special thanks to Dave Smith, Bob and Jules (Rock on the Ridge) and my good friends the Wrinkly Rockers for all the promotion!! Thanks so much to you all and if you want to share the links then here they are: Royal Marsden and Fulham Foundation Hope to see you at the farewell Shooter gig at the Half Moon, Putney, on Thursday 3rd March (get your tickets here!!!). Thanks again. Dom."