It's about time we reminded you about our Monsters Of Irish Rock Wrinklystock V at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, on Saturday 26th November! Limehouse Lizzy (our Vid Of The Day) are indeed headlining with 'special guests' supporting on what is always a rockin' occasion! Make sure you order your tickets now priced £22 here in order that you don't miss out!
Cream Rises To The Top 31/3/16
"One of British Blues very finest acts was Cream - Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce. Their famous and iconic songs were co-written by Pete Brown, and Pete put the stamp of history on the night as well as producing a very fine musical performance. Belying his years, Pete sang with fire and humour, including songs from his personal musical repertoire, but fittingly closing the evening with 'White Room' and 'Sunshine Of Your Love'. Pleasingly, a member of Jack Bruce's family was present and said it was "...a fab night. I enjoyed myself in what was a fun entertaining show." That was part of Darren Weale's review of the recent Proud Camden Pete Brown gig and we enjoyed it so much that we saw not only Pete again last night but also Jack Bruce's son Malcolm at the Troubador in London. Watch out for more pics, a vid and a brief review shortly.
Playing Catch Up! 31/3/16
Unfortunately, because of everything else going on at Wrinkly Towers we had to hold over last week's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day. Anyway better late than never today, although Steve Morrison who was due to be joining Richard Dunning in his Croydon Radio studio ahead of his showcase gig with Al Hughes at The Tuesday Night Music Club, didn't make it because of car trouble! But being the pro he is, Rich naturally filled the show with some of the greatest music around at the moment, including new releases, the IBBA picks of the month and even had Joe Bonamassa (pictured) introducing a track from his new album! How cool is that?
Same Old Shit ... Different Day 30/3/16
"Therefore, it was with a mix of personal emotion that we roared when Puddle Of Mudd opened ironically with 'Drift & Die' - Scantlin now being the only 'original' as he grimaced with his delivery and appeared to hold on to his microphone stand for dear life. Despite concern for Wes' well-being - the crowd were of course ecstatic - the POM roster now completed with guitarist Matt Fuller (ex-Bow Wow Wow), drummer Dave Moreno and bassist Michael John Adams - who were for the time being bit-parts as the audience were transfixed on Scantlin as they launched into - would you believe it - 'Psycho'. The evening had become a bit like a boxing match - the crowd willing Wes on after every round and it has the desired effect as they moved on to 'Control' (don't you love the apt song titles) which as usual was entwined with Sabbath's 'War Pigs' which Wes appeared to relish. Scantlin was sort of on a roll now as he dedicated 'Nothing Left To Lose' to his old sparring partner Fred Durst - enough for us to relax for a bit and appreciate Fuller's riff on this classic from 'Life On Display'."
Read the rest of AJ's Puddle Of Mudd review here, check out our photo gallery here plus our new Vid Of The Day!
Time Has Come ... Again! 30/3/16
Following our review of Ben Poole's latest album 'Time Has Come' here yesterday, Route 66 host Rory Auskerry chats to Ben on today's Track Of The Day. Rory also plays tracks from the album and discusses Poole's tour with Stevie Nimmo, playing with Jeff Beck and recording with producer Wayne Proctor - drummer of King King. The show also celebrates Eric Clapton and Angus Young who both have birthdays this week and there are new tracks from The Black Circles, Layla Zoe and Broken Witt Rebels. There's also a look at the weeks music news including The Rolling Stones who played their first show in Cuba, AC/DC who might have chosen a new singer and The Hot Melts who open the show.
Space Oddity 30/3/16
WRC Towers could not resist the opportunity of posing a question to Major Tim Peake as he floated around in his tin can during Sky News live question & answer session yesterday afternoon. Our tweet to #AskTim read: "Hey Tim! Other than obviously Space Oddity - what's your favourite track that you are rockin out 2 in space?" Not surprisingly Tim didn't play rock n' roll as most of the questions posed were scientific and from children. Worth a try though!
Time Has Come 29/3/16
"The momentum slows with 'Time Might Never Come' although the quality is still there on this atmospheric, moody, Blues classic - that entices you into another superb guitar solo plus some great keyboards. Ben demonstrates he literally has 'Soul' on 'Stay At Mine' which rocks n' rolls with his groovy guitar work and his soulful voice is even more evident on 'You've Changed' given its delightful simplicity. 'Just When You Thought It Was Safe' is a boppy affair and further emphasises the unpredictability of this album if you are expecting wall to wall Blues Rock - although just to keep the Blues Police happy Ben throws in another classy Blues guitar solo. From boppy to poppy on 'Whoever Invented Love' as Poole's sweet vocals are bookended by some further excellent guitar work whilst we are back to more familiar Blues territory with the final track - 'The Question Why'."
Celebrated Blues Rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, Ben Poole, releases his second studio album, 'Time Has Come' via Manhaton Records this Friday 1st April which has been produced by King King’s drummer, Wayne Proctor. Check out AJ's review here.
Outta My Head! 29/3/16
We don't really know where to start following Puddle Of Mudd's draw-dropping gig on Sunday night at the O2 Islington. Throw into the mix excellent support from Devon rockers The Fallen State and German band Unzucht - and we really got our monies worth even if it might not have been for all the right reasons. With a review on its way, check out our photo gallery here plus our Video Vault here.
Your Ears Will Love You For This So Be Kind It's Easter! 29/3/16
That was the message from Rock On The Ridge towers on Saturday night as Bob (and Jules) returned to the studio following last week's WRC special (which is still available here). Anyway today's Track Of The Day includes music from Wolfmother (pictured), Dirty Thrills, Western Sands, Stone Rider, Stevie Nimmo, Toseland, Eva Plays Dead and The Fireflys.
Mudd In Your Eye! 28/3/16
"What a contrast then when Puddle Of Mudd took to the stage and blasted through a fantastic set - amazingly the crowd burst into life and went mental. AJ and I were jostled at the front and sang through nearly every song – strong powerful clean and AWESOME performance by the Wes, Doug, Adam, Shannon and (new boy) Christian. Well for those diehards out there you will know Christian actually played for the band before one Paul Phillips and came back when Paul left the band at the end of 2011. Covered in sweat and a croaky voice we ended the show shouting along to 'She Fkin Hates Me' – a fantastic end to a fantastic day but - "SSHTOP" as the Dutch would say – we're not finished yet. Who do we see outside – none other than lead guitarist Christian Stone who gave us a few more pics and gave a more candid view that they really need to get back to Europe more as their fan base NEEDS it." Well just under four years after Wrinkly The Silver Fox's Amsterdam review - the guys were back in Europe last night - the O2 Academy Islington to be precise. Check out our Vid Of The Day with more pics and a review to come!
Nothin’ Like The Blues Women! 28/3/16
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day is another ever popular Blues Women special. This week's playlist features Eliza Neals, Jane Lee Hooker, Debbie Bond, Zoe Schwarz & Blue Commotion, Fiona Boyes, Shemekia Copeland and Michele D’Amour & The Love Dealers.
Camden Rocks 2016 - Submit A Band! 28/3/16
Every year, Camden Rocks Festival opens up its gates for band submissions, no matter how small or big the band, you can submit them! And the time has come... submissions are now OPEN! You can submit a band here - the more a band is submitted, the bigger the chance of grabbing a slot on the festival so bands, fans & everyone around, jump on it! By submitting a band, you're also entering in to win a pair of tickets. Band submissions and competition ends on Sunday 17th April, at which point it goes to votes!
Two Puddle Of Mudd Tickets Going Spare! 27/3/16
"From the first chord of 'Out Of My Head' Dingwalls erupted - with POM then launching straight into 'Control' which also featured a cool cover of Sabbath's 'War Pigs' - assume we can expect this on their new covers album ‘Re:(disc)overed'? The guys then veered away from 'CC' with 'Away From Me' from their third album 'Life On Display' and then returned to 'CC' with the awesome 'Bring Me Down'. A deserved mention for lead guitarist Paul Phillips and bass guitarist Douglas Ardito at this point - but does anyone know the name of the cool 'Curt Cobain' lookalike on guitar who made up the quintet - understand he was outside playing acoustic guitar while the punters were queuing?" That was part of AJ's take on Puddle Of Mudd at Camden in June 2011and the guys return to London tonight at the O2 Academy Islington. We still have 2 spare tickets so e-mail email@example.com if you want to join us!
Mother Focus! 27/3/16
"They started where it all began with the opening instrumental from 'In And Out Of Focus' - Gootjes sympathetic guitar oozing every bit of emotion from this masterpiece complemented by Jacobs, Van Der Linden and of course Van Leer with his magic flute. What an opener! For the peripheral Focus fans in the audience - the hit single 'House Of The King' from 'Focus 3' got the Underworld rockin' again thanks to Van Leer's flute - although weighing in at a paltry Prog sub-standard three minutes! As for their newer stuff 'Ode To Venus' from 'Focus 9/New Skin' slowed things down again although in my book the classic from new generation Focus has to be the re-engineering of 'Brother' - Van Leer combining the vocals on the 1978 'Focus Con Proby' version with their outstanding instrumental on 'Focus 8'. An unexpected standout on the evening - bringing the synergies of four top musicians very much to the fore. However, despite Van Leer pointing out that their performance of 'Eruption' from 'Moving Waves' would be an abridged version - perhaps for those of us planning our next toilet break given the only Gents open were in the pub upstairs - we were not to be disappointed."
Read the rest of AJ's Focus review here, check out our photo gallery here plus our new Vid Of The Day!
Under Starter's Orders! 27/3/16
The Marshman promised a truly international show on Friday night's Blues on The Marsh show with tracks from the runners and riders for the forthcoming European Blues Challenge - and he duly delivered! On today's Track Of The Day you get the Blues from Austria, Belgium, Finland, Portugal, Sweden, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and good ole Blighty, to name just a few plus also Joe Rusi from Norway, Anthony Charles and the Blues Dolphins from USA, Norman Jackson Band, Matt Patershuk, Dori Freeman, The Gate City Divas, Too Slim and the Taildraggers, Brothers Brown, David Corley, Julie Rhodes and Giles Robson!
Old Habits Die Hard 26/3/16
No Sinner will be releasing their highly anticipated new album 'Old Habits Die Hard' on Friday 20th May through the Provogue/Mascot Label Group. 2014's 'Boo Hoo Hoo' was a classic debut album experience from Vancouver’s powerhouse frontwoman Colleen Rennison - the result of years spent fronting cover bands with players ten years her senior, writing with musicians more seasoned and eager to give direction. 'Boo Hoo Hoo' was raucous, rowdy and filled with soul and danger. It was the sound of a wild haired girl riding into the horizon on the back of her boyfriend’s motorcycle. On 'Old Habits Die Hard' Colleen isn’t sitting on the back of the motorcycle anymore. She’s barrelling down the highway, her grip on the throttle, and you better believe you’re going to hear her coming from miles away! Just check out our Vid Of The Day!
Same Time - Same Channel! 26/3/16
We all know how annoying repeats on the TV or on the radio are - however, today we ask you to make an exception! For those mad fools of you who have asked us to play again last Saturday's WRC Rock On The Ridge interview - well we have made it today's Track Of The Day. Not only that but we have also added it permanently to our 'About Us' page here. In the meantime hosts Bob & Jules tweeted on Thursday "Wow some great stuff coming up on the show over the next few weeks, trust me you wont want to miss out! join Jules & myself every Saturday". Well there you have it - just make sure you tune into the show tonight here at 8pm!
Easter Saturday Rocks! 26/3/16
Just a polite reminder that if you are looking for your fix of live music tonight then head on down to the Iron Horse, 122 Station Road, Sidcup DA15 7AB where Rock Covers band and 2015 WRC Award winners The Replicants will be on stage from 9.30pm until midnight. Entrance is just £3!
The Long Good Friday 25/3/16
The Easter weekend kicks off with a small WRC contingent heading up to the O2 Islington tonight to see The Quireboys (our Vid Of The Day). We saw the guys at Ramblin' Man last July and there's no doubt that they will rock the joint tonight. Two night's later a larger WRC contingent will be heading to the same venue to see Puddle Of Mudd - even though we still have 2 tickets going spare. Anyway e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining us!
That Friday Feeling! 25/3/16
The Blues Club Podcast returns to its traditional Friday Track Of The Day spot with another 2 hours of non-stop Best In Blues with More Music and Less Chat. Music this week includes Blues, Rock, Acoustic Soul, Jazz, IBBA Presenters' Picks for March 2016, new releases and some of Jim & Nigel's favourite tracks including Rebecca Downes, Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats, Altered Five Blues Band, Bonnie Raitt, Evelyn Rubio, Benny Turner, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Elles Bailey, The Record Company, Carlos Santana, Toronzo Cannon, Beth Hart, Blacktop Deluxe (pictured), Chris Bevington, Janiva Magness, The Blues Spiders, Matt Borg Trio, Kyla Brox, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Stevie Nimmo, Paul Benjaman Band, Johnny Rawls, Guy King, Kai Strauss & The Electric Blues Allstars, Joe Bonamassa, Thorbjørn Risager, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
European Blues Stakes 25/3/16
A truly international show tonight here at 7pm GMT on Blues on The Marsh with tracks from the runners and riders for the forthcoming European Blues Challenge plus a whole host of other goodies. You'll get the Blues from Austria, Belgium, Finland, Portugal, Sweden, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and good ole Blighty, to name just a few. Also playing will be Joe Rusi from Norway, Anthony Charles and the Blues Dolphins from USA, Norman Jackson Band, Matt Patershuk, Dori Freeman, The Gate City Divas, Too Slim and the Taildraggers, Brothers Brown, David Corley, Julie Rhodes, Giles Robson and maybe some Harper (an Englishman raised in Oz and now living in the States)!
Where Are You Going To 24/3/16
Legendary guitarist and singer-songwriter, Robin Trower (Vid Of The Day) will release studio album 'Where Are You Going To' on Friday 6th May via Manhaton Records. The guitarist, whose 1974 album, 'Bridge of Sighs', is regarded by many rock pundits as a Blues milestone, describes his new studio album as a continuation of his previous album 'Somethings About To Change'. The new album features Trower on guitars, vocals and bass, with Chris Taggart on drums. It was produced by Livingstone Brown at Studio 91 in Newbury.
JST Salutes British Blues Explosion! 24/3/16
The WRC already had tickets to see Joe Bonamassa at the London Greenwich Music Time Festival on Thursday 7th July - so we were delighted to hear Monday's announcement that Joanne Shaw Taylor will be opening for Joe on the night. JST has established herself as the UK’s number one star in the Blues Rock world. The girl with the big voice from the Black Country has toured extensively around the world and released critically acclaimed albums, gaining a global fanbase and playing alongside her musical idols. Oddly enough the first time we saw JST was in fact supporting JB's Black Country Communion at the Shepherd's Bush Empire at the end of 2010 and more recently at the Jazz Cafe, London, in October last year (see our Track Of The Day).
Nice One Cyril! 24/3/1/6
Some of the finest Blues musicians in the UK will pay tribute to the music of Cyril Davies and Alexis Korner and the release in 1963 of 'Country Line Special/Chicago Calling' at Twickenham's famous Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road TW1 3SZ tonight. This annual all-star event is one of the most popular in the Eel Pie calendar and providing this special Tribute are The Alan Glen/John O'Leary All-Stars - Alan Glen (Yardbirds, Nine Below Zero), John O'Leary (Downliners Sect, Savoy Brown), Tim Penn (Cadillac Kings), Nick Newall (Kinks, Zoot Money), Glynn Evans (Ray Davies, Martha & The Vandellas), Al Vincent (Daniel Smith Band) and Peter Miles (Jo Ann Kelly, Radical Sheiks). Special guests will include Ali Maas, Paul Cox, Don Craine, Dave Raphael, Delta Ladies, Bob Hokum, Nick Hyde, Robin Bibi, Laurie Garman plus more. Doors open at 8.30pm and WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted £10 admission.
Puddle Of Mudd Tickets Up For Grabs! 23/3/16
The WRC are off to see Puddle Of Mudd at the Islington O2 Academy this Easter Sunday 27th March and we have two tickets going spare! Consequently our Vid Of The Day is Puddle Of Mudd with lead singer Wes Scantlin pictured with the WRC in Amsterdam in June 2012. If you are interested in the tickets then please contact us through the message box below. First come first served!
Focus Photo Gallery Now Available! 23/3/16
Just under 43 years since their iconic performance at The Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park, London, all roads lead The Underworld, Camden, on Monday night. With a review waiting in the wings, our photo gallery of the amazing Focus/The Earls Of Mars gig is now available here plus a Focus vid in our Video Vault here.
Having A Brew On Route 66! 23/3/16
Today's Route 66 Track Of The Day features an interview with UK based three piece The Brew plus we hear from Joe Bonamassa about the process of recording his latest album 'Blues Of Desperation'. Host Rory Auskerry also checks out last week's music news, birthdays in Rock and fills in your gig diary plus there's also music from Alex Mckown, Bryan Adams, Rival Sons, Jeff Beck, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Jimmy Barnes, AC/DC, Jimi Barbiani Band, Broken Witt Rebels, Eric Clapton, Matt Steady, A Thousand Horses, Tommy Castro, Jeff Healey (pictured) and Doyle Bramhall II. Rock on!
Ship Of Memories 22/3/16
"Playing their first UK gig in well over twenty years what should probably be called Thijs van Leer's Focus as he is the only remaining original member the band were greeted by the largest crowd of the weekend. The leather coated heavy figure of van Leer reminded many present of Tom Baker's Doctor who as he walked across the stage, bottle in hand, to take his rightful position behind the wooden bulk of a Hammond Organ. It took more than five minutes for the band to actually start playing but when the Leslies, then flute, kicked in the wait was worth it." AJ alluded to this 2002 Whitchurch Festival gig on ROTR on Saturday night. Read the rest of the review here - but just under 14 years years later Focus played The Underworld, Camden last night. Watch out for our review and more pics but in the meantime check out today's Vid Of The Day!
"Loved The Show :-) Keep Rocking" .... 22/3/16
.... "thank you for a fantastic show. Loved every minute of it" ... "great show @RockontheRidge @WRINKLYCLUB keep rocking!!" ... "Great choice of Tea for the Wicked guys..I remember those Woodman days well !!!.Keep those WRC stories coming" ..... yes these were some of the kind messages we got after AJ and Col appeared on the WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge show with Bob on Saturday night. And you can now listen to it all again - warts and all - as it today's Track Of The Day with a play list of Montrose, Rod Stewart, Argent, Nazareth, The Who, Thin Lizzy, Tea For The Wicked, Led Zeppelin, Focus, The Pineapple Thief, Porcupine Tree and Stevie Nimmo - interrupted of course by the guys ramblings!
Rockin' Horse! 22/3/16
No doubt Rock Covers band The Replicants will show that Sidcup 'Rocks' when they play the Iron Horse, 122 Station Road DA15 7AB, this Saturday night from 9.30pm - midnight. Entrance is just £3!
Live At The Underworld! 21/3/16
Can it really be just under 43 years since their iconic performance at The Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park, London? Well all roads lead back to London again tonight as Focus are performing at The Underworld, Camden. It's a sign of the times that the band has only half of it's original roster from the 70's with Thijs Van Leer still on Hammond organ, flute and vocals plus drummer Pierre Van Der Linden. Van Leer's nephew Bobby Jacobs is on bass guitar with Menno Gootjes on lead guitar. Support is from The Earls Of Mars - so watch out for our review, pics and vids over the coming days.
British Blues Exhibition Live - Review 21/3/16
"One of British Blues very finest acts was Cream - Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce. Their famous and iconic songs were co-written by Pete Brown, and Pete put the stamp of history on the night as well as producing a very fine musical performance. Belying his years, Pete sang with fire and humour, including songs from his personal musical repertoire, but fittingly closing the evening with 'White Room' and 'Sunshine Of Your Love'. Pleasingly, a member of Jack Bruce's family was present and said it was "...a fab night. I enjoyed myself in what was a fun entertaining show."
Read the rest of Darren Weale's review here, see our photo gallery here plus check out our amazing Vid Of The Day!
Interview With Joe Bonamassa 21/3/16
Yes, you read the title for today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day correctly! Kevin Black exclusively speaks to one of the biggest names on the Blues scene, global Blues superstar, Joe Bonamassa about his new album 'Blues Of Desperation’. Not only that, but it also features 11 tracks from this outstanding studio album! We think you’ll love this full interview with Joe!
WRC Rock Out On The Ridge! 20/3/16
Well our proposed pre-show musical play list came in at 1 hour 57 minutes according to Rock On The Ridge co-host Jules - no doubt some of you thankful there would be less talking and more good music. Following a pint to steady the nerves in a local hostelry around the corner from Ridge Radio's Caterham studio - AJ and Col met up with WRC Award winner Bob half an hour before he went live on air! Anyway, watch out for the Track Of The Day podcast in the coming days which included the well deserved presentation of ROTR's 2015 WRC award, the WRC story and a few poignant stories and tracks. Artists to be included in part 2 (watch this space) are featured today as our Vid Of The Day and Track Of The Day. The WRC would like to thank Bob & Jules for their hospitality - keep up the good work guys!
Bowness Finishes On A High! 20/3/16
The Bowness Bay Blues Festival weekend finishes today with virtuoso multi-instrumentalists headliner Wille and the Bandits, listed in Radio 1’s top ten must-see bands at Glastonbury 2014. With its beautiful lakeside setting and well-chosen programme check out today's itinerary here.
Route 66 Get's Off On Mick's Cloud! 20/3/16
With last week's show climbing the 'Mick's Cloud' charts - host Rory Auskerry returns with his Route 66 show tonight. So why not tune in live here at 6pm?
WRC Live On ROTR Tonight! 19/3/16
"Looking forward to a great show Saturday with some very special guests @WRINKLYCLUB ..... More later" That was the WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge show tweet on Tuesday confirming that Bob & Jules' special guests on tonight's show here at 8pm will be none other than AJ and Col from the WRC! The guys will be discussing the WRC, their musical influences plus their personal playlists - of which one track is our Vid Of The Day. You can also contact the studio with any (polite) questions here during the show!
St. Paddy's Blues Photo Gallery 19/3/16
We're all still buzzing after the first live music event by the British Blues Exhibition took place at the Proud Camden, London, on Thursday night. With Blues dancers and music from The Laura Holland Band, The Saiichi Sugiyama Band and Pete Brown - co-lyricist with Cream - it turned out to be a highly entertaining and original night. Anyway, please find our photo gallery here with a review waiting in the wings.
Making Plans For Nigel! 19/3/16
The Blues Club Podcast returns a day later than usual as today's Track Of The Day with 2 hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat. Jim is joined this week by Nigel Day of NCB Radio and they'll be bringing you Blues, Rock, Acoustic, new releases and some old favourites including music from Joe Bonamassa, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Rusi, Larry McCray, Ina Forsman, Supersonic Blues Machine, Kyla Brox, King King (pictured), Kelly's Lot, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Fantastic Negrito, The Blues Spiders, Rebecca Downes, JW-Jones, GT's Boos Band, Guy King, Matt Andersen, Toronzo Cannon, Red Dirt Skinners, Swampgrass, Dennis Jones Band, Tasha Taylor, Blind Lemon Pledge, Paul Lamb, Rebecca Downes, Buddy Guy, Stevie Nimmo, Paul Benjaman Band, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and many more.
Loud N' Proud! 18/3/16
The first live music event by the British Blues Exhibition took place at the Proud Camden, London, last night. Thanks to helpers including people from the Cambridge Rock Festival, the Pro-Music Agency and more (including the WRC of course) - the organisers promise that these night should be taking place every 2-3 months from now on! With Blues dancers, some previously unseen items from the British Blues Exhibition collection, Blues names for guests, and music from The Laura Holland Band, The Saiichi Sugiyama Band and Pete Brown (see Vid Of The Day) - co-lyricist with Cream - it turned out to be a highly entertaining and original night. Watch out for more pics, vids and a review shortly.
Bowness Bay Kicks Off Today! 18/3/16
With its beautiful lakeside setting and well-chosen programme, Bowness Bay Blues has built a reputation as one of the most enjoyable music festivals in the Northwest. There will be over 20 great acts to enjoy over this weekend, with music ranging from top-notch Acoustic Blues (from the likes of Al Hughes and Chris James) to scintillating Electric Blues-Rock from outstanding performers like Paul Rose, John Verity and Simon Honeyboy Hickling. Previous festival fans will recognise some names, such as Tommy Allen, Christian Sharpe, Dean Newton and Tin Pan Alley, as well as local favourites, the Elderly Brothers. Others will be new discoveries, including two of the most talented young British Blues bands around, Blue Horizon and the Della Grants. South Quay, featuring stunning vocalist Keri Farish, will be making their Bowness debut. Tonight's headliners, Trafficker, were the talk of last year's Upton Blues Festival. Saturday will be topped by Sean Webster and the Deadlines, who have been taking Europe by storm. And Sunday will finish with virtuoso multi-instrumentalists Wille and the Bandits, listed in Radio 1’s top ten must-see bands at Glastonbury 2014. For further info on the Festival - please go here.
Ballard Returns To London Tonight! 18/3/16
Just short of two months since his memorable 'An Evening With Russ Ballard' at the Leicester Square Theatre, London - Russ returns to the capital tonight. With ex-Argent bandmate Bob Henrit on drums, Chris Winter on guitar and Steve Smith on keyboards - the guys are playing Nells Jazz & Blues in North End Crescent W14. And just in case you missed it - check out today's Track 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!
Sky Won't Fall Review 17/3/16
"The album opens with the riff laden ‘Chains of Hope’ (Sky Won’t Fall) and all I want to say about this track is “crank it up” give it plenty of head banging and air guitar – job done!!! – surely this must be the opener to every gig in 2016! The pace doesn’t slacken as ‘Roll the Dice’ Again continues the theme with more gut wrenching riffs - brilliant stuff. So the dye is cast then it’s a rock album, but no the next track ‘Change’ launches into 70’s disco funk in my eyes followed quickly by ‘Running Back To You’ which is a wonderful Bluesy experience that relates to a relationship so many of us have known. So we must be going back to Rock now but no the genre changes again as Stevie puts on his cowboy hat with ‘Walk the Thin Line’ – now I get to hear a lot of Country music on my trips to the USA and I challenge you to find a better country song than this - this needs releasing over there - end of!!!! Follow that - well Stevie pulls another rabbit out of the hat with the wonderfully soulful ‘I’ll Pray For You’."
Read the rest of Wrinkly's Steve Nimmo review here plus have a look at our Track Of The Day snippet.
Cream Of The Blues At Proud Tonight! 17/3/16
Did you know that Pete Brown - who is appearing at the St. Paddy's Day Blues at the Proud Camden tonight - wrote the lyrics for Cream's classic 'White Room' - today's Vid Of The Day! Pete will also be joined at this British Blues Exhibition gig by The Laura Holland Band and the Saiichi Sugiyama Band. Doors open at 6.30pm and the first band is on stage at 7pm. Tickets are priced £5 - or if you are quick go to our Ticketsource box below. See you there!
RM&TLBM At BATW Tonite! 17/3/16
'Blues at The Woodlands' at the Woodlands Academy, Woodlands Road, Gillingham ME7 2DU returns tonight with Ryk Mead & The London Blues Machine. Ryk has built a reputation on solid experience gained alongside some of the worlds famous names such as Dave Gilmour, Annie Lennox, Alison Moyet, The Pretty Things, Steve Waller (Manfred Man's Earth Band), Paul Fox and Dave Ruffy (The Ruts), Elmer Gantry (Stretch/Alan Parsons Project), Beverley Martyn and a host of supporting musicians from the professional arena. Tickets are £10 and doors open at 7pm. For more information call 0300 065 8210 or e-mail email@example.com and don't forget that WRC members get £2 off the normal admission on production of a valid WRC members card.
Welcome To The British Blues Exhibition! 16/3/16
The British Blues Exhibition - aims to 'Break Blues Again' by showcasing the history of British Blues and sharing the current scene. It is supported by Chris Barber, John Mayall, Mud Morganfield, Connie Lush, Pete Brown and Huey Morgan. Intended to become a permanent physical location, the exhibition is currently a website and social media; a physical collection of memorabilia going back to 1941, and in two mobile forms stands that have appeared in the Great R & B Festival in Colne; the Eel Pie Club; the House of Lords; and more. They plan to display at the Cambridge Rock Festival and the Maverick Festival this year and have a full content display in a location to be announced. In the meantime, if you want to be kept in the loop, then please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the BBE mailing list.
I Wish It Would Rain 16/3/16
Today's Vid Of The Day is the latest music video by the Strawkites featuring Georgia Paris on vocals and is about the extremes in our weather patterns. We first introduced you to these guys from Canterbury, England, in May last year. Duo Keith and Stewart who produce all their own songs are - surprise surprise - both big fans of Pink Floyd and have been writing and recording their own material for a number of years now and lately have been making their own videos.
Callaghan Forging Ahead! 16/3/16
Another act we introduced you to in August last year was Callaghan who is appearing at The Forge in Camden tonight. In the Summer of 2010 Callaghan (today's Track Of The Day) packed up her life in London and moved to Atlanta to record with Grammy nominee Shawn Mullins after contacting him on Myspace. Knocked out by her voice and songwriting, he agreed to produce her debut album 'Life In Full Colour' which was released in 2012 to great reviews. Playing live Callaghan performs on piano and guitar and delivers a vocal which earns frequent comparisons with artists like Sarah McLachlan and Emmy Lou Harris. Her songs share stories and emotions and deliver thoughtful lyrics, haunting vocals, and catchy melodies.
That Tuesday Feeling! 15/3/16
BRIT award-nominated English Rock band The Feeling (today's Vid Of The Day) conclude their six-date UK headline tour at London’s Scala tonight. Ten years after the release of their debut album 'Twelve Stops and Home', the tour comes in support of their new single 'Spiralling' and their self-titled fifth album 'The Feeling', both released recently on 4th March.
Letterbox Blues! 15/3/16
Route 66 host Rory Auskerry was very excited when Joe Bonamassa's new album 'Blues Of Desperation' came through his letterbox just hours before Sunday night's show. Therefore expect three great new tracks from the Blues Rock guitar legend on today's Track Of The Day plus two new tracks from Warrington based group The Black Circles and a new track from Birmingham based Broken Witt Rebels. Rory also remembers Keith Emerson with a classic piece of Prog Rock, as well as the death of 'the fifth Beatle', producer Sir George Martin, with three tracks he influenced. There is also music from AC/DC, Ry Cooder, The Rolling Stones, Gary Clark Jr., Billy Gibbons (pictured) and The BFG's, Julian Sas and Tedeschi Trucks Band!
Saiichi Sugiyama Band On Tour! 15/3/16
It's going to be a busy few days for the Saiichi Sugiyama Band! Tonight they are appearing live at The Tuesday Night Music Club at The Comrades Club, 194 Brighton Rd, Coulsdon, Greater London CR5 2NF and this Saint Patrick’s Day they are playing the legendary Proud Camden! Some tickets for tonight's gig are available at only £5 - just e-mail CoulsdonComrades@aol.com with your name and the number you want and they'll hold them on the door for you! Meanwhile, The British Blues Exhibition gig this Thursday also features The Laura Holland Band and Pete Brown. 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.
Foreigner On Parr! 14/3/16
Universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, Foreigner will rock across Europe for a massive summer 2016 Tour. A formidable musical arsenal that continues to propel sold-out tours and album sales, the band will belt out full electric performances of their biggest anthems at some of Europe’s greatest venues starting at the London Palladium on Tuesday 7th June, followed by dates at Belgium’s Graspop, Cologne’s Tanzbrunnen, Tel Aviv’s Caesarea Amphitheatre and more. Their very special guest at the London Palladium will be John Parr, whose music career spans over 30 years, with over ten million album sales and movie soundtracks including the hit singles 'St. Elmo’s Fire', 'Restless Heart' and 'Naughty Naughty'. Parr has worked with some of the biggest stars in the business, including Meatloaf, Heart, The Beach Boys and Tina Turner. Consequently, our Vid Of The Day is taken from the last time we saw Foreigner - at High Voltage in 2010 - a festival that included both ELP and Gary Moore. Happy days!
Ed Forced Out Of Action! 14/3/16
And talking of festivals - we're off to see Iron Maiden at Download in June so were sorry to hear that their airplane was badly damaged on Saturday at an airport in Santiago, Chile! Following the bands 'Book Of Souls' world tour stop at Estadio Nacional, the accident occurred when Ed Force One was being taken for refueling at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport prior to flying over the Andes to Cordoba, Argentina, for their concert at Estadio Mario Kempes. While the Boeing 747 heads for repairs, Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood assures fans the recently-launched 2016 tour will continue as scheduled. Phew!
Australian Homesick Blues 14/3/16
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day has an Antipodean slant this week! Yes it's another 'Blues Women Special' featuring Val Starr & Blues Rocket, Kyla Brox, Anni Piper, Angels Sing The Blues, Debbie Bond, Fiona Boyes and Kellys Lot.
Keith Emerson 1944 - 2016 13/3/16
When I was 15 my next door neighbour Phil handed me a Memorex 120 self compilation cassette tape (pictured) to listen to. He was three years older than me but was a bit like an older brother looking after me if I got into any scrapes at school (no change there then). Anyway I thought of Phil as more of a 'Soul boy' but once I heard the intro to The Nice's 'Karelia Suite' I was hooked all the way through from 'One Of Those People' to ELP's 'Tarkus'. Another new dimension for me in the wonderful word of Prog Rock and an introduction to keyboard wizard Keith Emerson who sadly died on Friday aged 71. Yesterday - 44 years on - I played that same tape in memory of not only Emerson but also my old mate Phil who is now also with Keith at that great gig in the sky. Anyway, less of the words - today's Vid Of Day let's Emerson's fingers do the talking. AJ.