"If this really is to be The End, then The End comes early to a sold out 02. It's 8.15 when the rain (inside and out) and the tolling bell usher in the band with the song of the same name. The crowd goes mental as the curtain falls, to reveal a massive stage spanning screen and a backline of fire. From the first note it's obvious the boys are in no mood to mess around and with little crowd interaction they let the music and visuals do the talking, one hundred minutes of it to be precise. Black Sabbath quickly heads into 'Fairies Wear Boots', who could possibly wish for two better opening songs? The fire is turned down (presumably before the whole band melt) although the intensity of the band is not, as they smash through Volume 4's 'Under The Sun'/'Everyday Comes & Goes'. Tony Iommi showing why he is such an admired guitarist and Ozzy's vocals right on the money."
Read the whole of Phil C's Black Sabbath London O2 Arena gig review from Sunday night here plus watch out for more pics and vids from tonight's second performance shortly.
Honest Man 31/1/17
Matt Andersen (Video Of The Day) has been enthralling audiences with his one-of-a-kind performance in North America, Europe and Australia for years and the good news he is returning to the UK and Europe for an intimate solo tour showcasing songs from his stunning new album 'Honest Man' that begins in Dublin on Thursday 18th May and ends at London's Borderline one week later. Produced in New York with Commissioner Gordon (Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse, KRSOne), 'Honest Man' follows up the JUNO Award nominated 'Weightless' and sees the songwriter pushing himself into new territory. With over 10 million views on YouTube, two European Blues Awards, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, it appears that the entire world is now discovering Matt Andersen. A powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt has built a formidable following the old fashioned way touring worldwide and letting the converted audiences and Andersen devotees spread his reputation through word of mouth.
The Ridge Rocks Again 31/1/17
Saturday night's 2016 WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day featured music from Those Damn Crows, Nine Miles South, Black Spiders, Stonewall Noise Orchestra, The Blackfires, Puppet Kings, The Winery Dogs, Chickenfoot (pictured), Deep Purple, Radio Birds, Clutch, Lower Than Atlantis, Zodiac, Red Sky Mary, Kings of The North, Fire at Midnight, Bumblefoot, Black Stone Cherry, The Irontown Diehards, The Greasy Slicks, RavenEye, Avatar and on the introducing stage Gold City Ashes.
Wild At Heart 30/1/17
Visceral Canadian rockers The Wild! have confirmed the release of their storming debut album 'Wild At Heart', produced by Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Jimmy Page, Metallica, Van Halen), as a digipak CD, download and stream on Steamhammer/SPV on Friday 17th February. The Wild!, a vital, organic four piece who hail from Kelowna, British Columbia, take the gritty authenticity of the Delta Blues, speed it up with a reckless Punk Rock attitude, and then roll all that up into a Southern Rock cigarette. The band were nominated Best New Rock Band at the 2015 Canadian Radio Music Awards, after their debut EP 'GxDxWxB', (which stands for God Damn Wild Boys), crashed into the top five of the Rock Chart, leading to major Canadian tours with Airbourne, Buckcherry, Godsmack, Korn, Monster Truck, Rise Against and Sebastian Bach. For a first taste of this irresistible rock concoction, check out the explosive Stuey-Kubrick-produced Vid Of The Day for 'Ready To Roll', the first single to be taken from the album.
Ramblin' Man Rising! 30/1/17
Hot on the heels of yesterday's news about Saxon headlining their bigger better Friday show - we now hear that WRC favourities Bad Touch (pictured) and The Fallen State will be both appearing on Ramblin' Man Fair's awesome Rising Stage over the weekend of 29th and 30th July at Mote Park in Maidstone!
A Refuge For The Blues 30/1/17
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day features Bruce Mississippi Johnson, Adam Norsworthy, John Cee Stannard & Blues Horizon, Jimmy Bowskill & Carlos De Junco, Saturday Night Fish Fry, Ron Thompson and Carl Weathersby.
That Friday Feeling! 29/1/17
After the storming and the very successful Friday night at last year's Ramblin' Man Fair - they've realised they needed a much bigger stage this year! So with that in mind, Ramblin' Man are opening up the main arena at 4pm on Friday 28th July and welcome back the legends of Heavy Metal Mr Biff Byford and Saxon (pictured at Ramblin' Man in 2015) who will headline their all new Friday at The Fair! And they will be joined by Last In Line featuring Def Leppard's Vivian Campbell and ex Dio drummer extraordinaire Vinny Appice plus the voice that is the Graham Bonnet Band of Rainbow, the Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz and Impellitteri fame!
Introducing ..... Stoinky 29/1/17
The latest band to be showcased in our 'Introducing .....' feature are Stoinky (Vid Of The Day) a 4 piece originals funky Indie live band based in Kent. Indeed the guys are gigging at a ticketed event on Saturday 25th March in the Courtyard at 159 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1EH. With all proceeds going to Kent Autistic Trust, there are three areas playing the best of live music, house, dance and trance music until 3am. Live music starts at 2pm and stops around 9pm with the DJ's playing on!
Marshman Eats Humble Pie 29/1/17
On today's Blues On The Marsh Track Of The Day, originally broadcast on Friday night, you can listen to Yuri Apsey, Andrew Jr. Boy James, John T Bone Taylor, Skinny Blue, Gaetano Letizia, Kerrie Lepai, The Depravity Brothers, Danny Walsh Band, Francesco Piu, Bruce "Mississippi" Johnson, Ronnie Baker Brooks (pictured), and a huge slice of cake for Mr. Stevie Marriott who would have celebrated his 70th birthday tomorrow.
Wrinklystock 6 Tickets Now On Sale 28/1/17
Tickets are now on a sale to see the WRC sponsored charity concert ‘Magic - a kind of Queen & a kind of ELO’ at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, on Saturday 18th November at 7.30pm. Following the success of the Monster’s Of Irish Rock featuring Limehouse Lizzy and U2 Tribe at last year’s ‘Wrinklystock 5’ - ‘Wrinklystock 6’ stars Magic, a tribute to two of the greatest British Rock bands of all time - Queen and The Electric Light Orchestra - together in one fabulous show! Tickets can be purchased here for a bargain £22 or from the MJC Box Office on 01322 291100.
Vola Vid Of The Day 28/1/17
Today's Vola Vid Of The Day is another brilliantly crafted animated video for their brand new single ‘Emily’ from their stunning debut album 'Inmazes', out now via Mascot Records. Just like their previous videos, this was created in-house, this time by the bands bass player Nicolai Mogensen and his girlfriend Anne Nørkjær Bang. At times futuristic, the music of Vola has references to Tech-Prog and Pop as well. 'Inmazes' was mixed by Asger Mygind and mastered by Jens Bogren of Fascination Street Studio. Bogren worked with Opeth, Katatonia, Soilwork, Amon Amarth, Symphony X, Paradise Lost, Devin Townsend, Fates Warning and Arch Enemy, amongst others.
I've Got The Time 28/1/17
Adrenaline-fuelled alt-rockers Where Fires Are have released their new single ‘I’ve Got The Time’ (Track Of The Day), taken from their brand new EP 'One Four Six One'. Combining huge guitar riffs with melodic hooks ‘I’ve Got The Time’ is a stadium-sized rock anthem, bursting with power and driven by frontman Robbie’s striking tones and harmonic vocals. The track has already seen support from both Kerrang Radio and Amazing Radio. A veritable whirlwind on stage, Where Fires Are have secured slots at some of the UK’s biggest festivals including Reading and Leeds, Tramlines, Live at Leeds, Kendal Calling and Willow Festival while establishing an ever-growing loyal fan-base across the country. In support of the new EP, the band are heading out on the 'One Four Six One' UK tour next month, kicking off on Thursday 2nd February at Edinburgh’s Bannermans, taking in London’s 93 Feet East on the Wednesday15th before concluding in their home town at Brudenell Social Club on Friday 24th.
Change In Me 27/1/17
World renowned guitarist Eric Gales is back with his new studio album 'Middle of the Road' (featuring collaborations with Gary Clark Jr & Lauren Hill), out on Friday 24th February via Provogue/Mascot Label Group, and he has just released another brand new track from the upcoming album - 'Change In Me' - today's Vid Of The Day. 'Middle of the Road' is Eric Gales' fourth album on Provogue/Mascot Label Group and his most expressive album yet. The deeply personal and reflective record echoes where Eric is in his life right now, allowing him to open himself up and to really flourish.
Blues Club Friday 27/1/17
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns today with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week Includes tracks from Lachy Doley, Catfish, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion, Jo Harman (pictured), The Smoke Wagon Blues Band, Aynsley Lister, Keith Thompson, Red Butler, John Mayall, JW Jones, Tas Cru, Sharon Lewis, Colin James, Mississippi Heat, Dr. Feelgood, Mike Goudreau, Mike Zito, Melissa Etheridge, Mick Pini, David Bromberg Quintet & Band, Ash Wilson, Tom Craig and Soul Patch The Jimmys, Jon Gindick, Peter Karp, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Jim Koeppel/Dust My Blues Band, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
As The Crowes Flies ... 27/1/17
Following the roaring success recently of four back-to-back sold-out dates at The Gramercy Theatre in New York, The Magpie Salute have announced their debut UK performance at London’s Under The Bridge on Wednesday 12th April. Formed by Rich Robinson, the guitarist and co-founding member of The Black Crowes, The Magpie Salute is an exciting new band bringing together two other key members of Crowes fame, guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien, alongside members of Rich Robinson's own band; drummer Joe Magistro, keyboardist Matt Slocum and guitarist Nico Bereciartua. The Magpie Salute also boasts a fine cast of vocalists, including lead singer John Hogg (Hookah Brown, Moke), former Crowes singer Charity White and background singers, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen. The band will be performing songs from The Black Crowes catalogue as well as solo material from Rich and Marc.
Bluesclub At Eel Pie Tonight! 26/1/17
The Bluesclub Band can only get together on rare occasions to play the music they love as its All-Star members have ongoing commitments with their own famous bands! So make sure you get on down to Twickenham's famous Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road TW1 3SZ tonight to witness Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler Band) on keys and steel guitar, William Topley (The Blessing) on vocals, Peter Hope-Evans (Medicine Head, Pete Townshend) on mouth organ and jews harp, Danny Cummins (Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler Band) on drums; and Robbie McIntosh (The Pretenders, Paul McCartney Band and John Mayer) on guitars and Alan Rogan on Fender bass! With a combined love for The Blues of America from 1930's to the '70's, Bluesclub's set list includes songs from artists as varied as Leadbelly, Son Hous and Charley Patton to Slim Harpo, Sonny Boy Williamson, John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal and Canned Heat. Doors open at 8.30pm with music from 9-11pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted admission.
Stolen Hearts 26/1/17
To coincide with the premiere of the official music video for her new single, '24 Angels' (Vid Of The Day), Erja Lyytinen has announced the release of her 10th studio album 'Stolen Hearts' released by Tuohi Records on Friday 7th April. 'Stolen Hearts' is the first album to be released since 2015's 'Live In London', and the first studio album to be released since 2014's Elmore James tribute 'The Sky Is Crying'. The new album coincides with Erja's April 2017 UK Tour which kicks off at the Square & Compass in Ilminster on Sunday 9th April with London's 100 Club Record Release Party the following night. The new album was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki. Erja's vocals were recorded at State of the Ark Studios in London by multi-platinum selling engineer and producer Chris Kimsey, known for his contributions to classic Rolling Stones album's Sticky Fingers and Some Girls. Kimsey also mixed the album.
You Need Hands 26/1/17
Johnossi's politically charged new single ‘Hands’ (Track Of The Day) sees the duo addressing the issue of police brutality from both the victim and the perpetrator’s perspective. Released last Friday, ‘Hands’ is the latest single to be taken from the platinum selling and Swedish Grammy winning duo's forthcoming album 'Blood Jungle', out on Friday 17th February through Polydor. They return to the UK to play their album launch show at London’s Oslo on Wednesday 15th February which follows their sold-out Hoxton Bar & Kitchen show last year. The platinum-selling superstars have clocked up multiple industry awards in their native country, and with the global release of 'Blood Jungle' are now stepping on to the international stage with all guns blazing. They play their first shows in America this week, and are also a big draw in Europe where they will be heading out on an extensive 24-date headline tour in March in support of the album.
Frontiers Rock Festival IV 25/1/17
Following the huge success of the first three events, Frontiers Records has announced the fourth edition of the Frontiers Rock Festival, which will once again take place at the Live Music Club in Trezzo sull’Adda, Milan, Italy, on the weekend of 29th-30th April 2017 (Doors 2pm/ concert starts 3pm). The line-up includes the very best of the international Melodic and Rock scenes, with a few surprises thrown in. The itinerary is: Friday 28/4 FRF IV KO Acoustic Party (for VIP ticket purchasers only) with Jim Peterik (Pride Of Lions/Survivor), Revolution Saints, Miljenko Matijevic (Steelheart) and Palace. 29/4 Palace, One Desire (pictured), Crazy Lixx, Eclipse, Revolution Saints, Tyketto and Steelheart. 30/4 Cruzh, Adrenaline Rush, Lionville, Kee Marcello, Unruly Child, LA Guns and TNT. Full event and ticket information can be found here.
Power Metal band Lancer unleashed their label debut 'Mastery' last Friday 13th January via Nuclear Blast Records. Additionally, the band is currently on an extensive European tour with Hammerfall and Gloryhammer which started the following day. As if this wasn't enough, the band consisting of Isak Stenvall (vocals), Ewo Solvelius (guitars), Fredrik Kelemen (guitars), Emil Öberg (bass) and Sebastian Pedernera (drums) has revealed an impressive music video for 'Follow Azrael', featuring actress Julianna Juhász, which is our Vid Of The Day.
Elles Belles 25/1/17
Elles Bailey is this week's guest on our Route 66 Track Of The Day. She's a 28 year old singer/songwriter from Bristol who is out on tour around the UK with Jo Harman and will be releasing her debut album in the Spring. Host Rory Auskerry also plays new tracks from Marcus Malone, Aaron Keylock (pictured), Ronnie Baker Brooks, Ash Wilson and Jamie Thyer plus on top of all that remembers Rick Parfitt with some classic Quo and spins a superb version of 'Dust My Broom'.
Let It Flow! 24/1/17
"Hughes' enthusiasm and emotion was already palpable as he reached back 35 years to his collaboration with Pat Travers Band guitarist Pat Thrall and 'Muscle And Blood' - the 65 year old proving that the body and that incredible voice are still willing despite some of his contemporaries falling by the wayside. It was then time to go back even further to 1975 and Mk IV, for some Deep Purple and 'Gettin' Tighter' - Hughes vocals not only giving Coverdale a run for his money but also showcasing his very cool pounding bass with great drum work from Engborg plus the manic organ of Boe. The rocking 'Stumble & Go' from 'Resonate' had a definite Stones feel about it before Trapeze's 'Medusa' proceeded to beguile - Hughes' hypnotic vocals complemented by a fusion that accentuated every sinew of his band on this classic. Hughes' banter about his runny nose and his historic use of mad marching powder preceded the familiar opening hard riff of 'Can't Stop The Flood' - written by Glenn in the desert - and off of his 2001 album 'Building The Machine' - this kept the set list well and truly alive in an oasis of quality Rock music."
Read the rest of AJ's Glenn Hughes/Stone Broken Islington Assembly Hall gig review from last Saturday night here plus check out our photo gallery here.
Ridge Rocks Out Again! 24/1/17
Today's WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day includes music from Stone Broken (pictured and Vid Of The Day), Voodoo Six, Danko Jones, Shaman's Harvest, Thirteen, My Dynamite, The Blackfires, Eat The Gun, Western Sand, The Pieces of Mind, Spiderbait, Asphalt Horsemen, Reverend And The Makers, Jettblack, Rainbreakers, StoneRider, Shinedown, Lincoln Durham, Zakk Wylde and on their introducing stage Rust On The Rails.
Pussy Galore! 24/1/17
High octane Dirty Southern US Rock ’n’ Rollers Nashville Pussy have flown in to play two UK dates - the first being at Camden's Underworld tonight. Followed by a second gig at The Craufurd Arms in Milton Keynes on Thursday - it's in support of their highly acclaimed ‘Ten Years of Pussy’ double CD, containing the very best tracks from their three SPV releases – 2005’s ‘Get Some’, 2009’s ‘From Hell To Texas’ and 2014’s ‘Up The Dosage’.
Independent Venue Week 23/1/17
Independent Venue Week is a 7 day celebration of small music venues around the UK and a nod to the people that own, run and work in them, week in, week out. Kicking off tonight with a James Walsh of Starsailor (Vid Of The Day) gig at Putney's Half Moon, these venues give artists their first experience of playing live in front of an audience and for fans, somewhere to get up close to artists that one day, may well be playing stadiums and festival main stages. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England, Independent Venue Week brings together these venues along with breaking and established artists, promoters, labels, media, bloggers and tastemakers to create a nationwide series of gigs at the end of January. These venues are the backbone of the live music scene in this country and Independent Venue Week wants to recognise all that they have done to create some of the most memorable nights of the past so they can continue to do the same in the future.
We're Not Worthy! 23/1/17
The great man himself literally liked our tweet yesterday - plugging our Glenn Hughes 'Can't Stop The Flood' Vid Of The Day - following his awesome gig at the Islington Assembly Hall on Saturday night. On a night where we made new friends and WRC members - a special shout out to support band Stone Broken - who were so good - that we even managed to break into our WRC coffers to buy their CD 'All In Time'. Anyway, with a review to come - our thanks as usual to Mr. Rockrpix himself John Bull for the brilliant pics in our photo gallery here.
Secret Sauce For The Blues 23/1/17
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day is another popular Blues women special featuring Meena Cryle, Kathy & The Kilowatts, Patty Reese, Deb Ryder, Fran McGillvray Band plus various artistes in a tribute to Otis Clay.
It's So Heavy! 22/1/17
Glenn Hughes, the legendary British Rock singer and bassist played the second night off his UK tour at the London Islington Assembly Hall last night - and of course we were there! Supported by special guests Stone Broken, Hughes dipped into his latest album 'Resonate' - one of the albums of 2016 - if not the album of 2016 plus of course his trademark back catalogue with Trapeze, Deep Purple and Black Country Communion - who he has been in the studio in LA recording a new album with recently. Joined by an awesome band consisting of Søren Andersen (guitar), Pontus Engborg (drums) and Jay Boe (keyboards) - watch out for more pics and a review shortly - but in the meantime check out our Vid Of The Day.
Ramblin Man Saturday Headliner Announced 22/1/17
Ramblin' Man have announced their second headline act and a UK exclusive for 2017 - multi platinum album selling Extreme - The Band, who will play the Planet Rock Main Stage on Saturday 29th July with ZZ Top headlining on Sunday 30th July. Also headlining their new 'Groove Rider' stage on the Saturday hot on the heels of their currently critically acclaimed tour support with the mighty Sabbath are Long Beach, California's Rival Sons plus WRC favourites the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will be bringing some Blues tinged Country Rock and Roll to the Outlaw Country Stage as they also headline on the Saturday. Winner of album of the year at last year's Prog Magazine awards I Am The Morning are playing the 'Prog In Park' stage on Sunday as are WRC favourites Focus!
The Show With Very Little Horsing Around ... 22/1/17
Chomping on the bit to be on this week's Bloooze Blast direct from the Wastelands are The Rumblestrutters, Marcus Malone, Little Stevie and The Big Beat, Lachy Doley Group, Chris Wilson and Geoff Achison, Blues Engine, Peter Karp, Popa Chubby, Catfish (pictured), Memphis Train, Alicia Marie, Rag Mama Rag , John Mayall and The Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, to name but a few! So have a listen to today's Blues On The Marsh Track Of The Day!
Hughes Your Daddy! 21/1/17
Glenn Hughes, the legendary British Rock singer and bassist, who is currently in the studio in LA recording a new studio album with Rock supergroup Black Country Communion, kicked off his UK tour at the Riverside in Newcastle last night and we will be covering Glenn's London Islington Assembly Hall gig tonight. Hughes special guests are Stone Broken who kick off proceedings at 8.15pm with the headliner joined by band members Søren Andersen (guitar), Pontus Engborg (drums) and Jay Boe (keyboards on at 9.15pm.
"From here it's on to 'Love Will Always Find A Way'. A very laid back song, which would sound perfectly at home on Radio 2 on a lazy Sunday afternoon.Sounding a lot like Chris Rea, it's a tale of a couple who have to run away to be together, and is very much a song my Mum would say was a lovely little tune. Next up is my favourite track on the album, 'The Rain Will Come And Wash It All Away' is a beautiful song which starts with Townend's great vocals and a simple acoustic guitar before gospel backing singers gently join in, giving the song extra richness & depth. A great song. A shame then that my favourite song is followed by one which feels like the only "filler" track on the album. 'Help From The Lord Above' feels a bit laboured and meandering which is not helped by the repetitive lyrics, this would be the song to be skipped over on repeated plays of this CD."
Read the rest of Phil C's review of Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats 'Goldfever' CD here plus check out our Track Of The Day.
Swedish Eclipse 21/1/17
In the two years since the release of their last album, ‘Armageddonize’, the Swedish act Eclipse have established themselves as rising stars in Europe, North America, Japan and Australia. With their forthcoming new record, ‘Monumentum’, the musical ability and maturity of main songwriters Erik Mårtensson and Magnus Henriksson plus bandmates Philip Crusner (drums) and Magnus Ulfstedt (bass) is truly on display for the world to hear. Fans of the band will certainly not be disappointed, while newcomers can look forward to eleven slices of superlative Melodic Hard Rock, starting with ‘Vertigo’ our Vid Of The Day.
Times Have Changed 20/1/17
"Joe Tex's '68 classic 'Show Me' - best known from the Commitments - kicks things off in style - one for the 'Blues Police' to drool over - featuring a mean Cropper guitar, contrasted by the slower groovy guitar of Todd Mohr on Brooks' own composition 'Doing Too Much' which has oodles of soul and certainly keeps up with the Joneses. And what better way to keep the momentum going - than it's 'Twine Time' - the instrumental sixties sound from the late Alvin Cash & The Crawlers - and given its fusion of guitar and keys intro, I would defy anyone not to want to get up and do the Twine - with Ronnie's father Lonnie given the honours on this classic on guitar. The pace slows on the stand out 'Times Have Changed' - written years ago by Brooks but timelessly reinvented by Jordan - as testified by Ronnie's jousting guitar solo outro with his long time friend from Memphis and rapper Al Kapone - Brooks' intention to be authentic enough for the older generation but have something that the younger generation could latch onto, fully vindicated on this title track."
Read the rest of AJ's Ronnie Baker Brooks CD 'Times Have Changed' review (which is released today) here plus check out today's Vid Of The Day.
Cut Against The Grain 20/1/17
Teenage guitar sensation Aaron Keylock also releases his highly anticipated debut album 'Cut Against The Grain' today. He recorded the album in LA in 2016 with producer Fabrizio Grossi who has previously worked with Alice Cooper, Dave Navarro, Slash, Ice-T, George Clinton and Zakk Wylde. The album highlights a prodigious young British Rock talent completely at one with his guitar, blasting out his first songs with a raw and powerful attitude. He showcases Americana tinged slide Rock guitar in tracks such as 'Against The Grain', 'Down' and 'Sun’s Gonna Shine' whilst flashes of Gary Moore haunt the epic Just 'One Question' and 'All The Right Moves'. Crowd favourite 'Medicine Man' was the first song he ever demo-ed whilst the hints of Rory Gallagher on 'All The Right Moves' is a lightning rocker that’s fast becoming a live favourite. 'That’s Not Me' was inspired by The Faces and 'No Matter What The Cost' is an expressive nod towards the Allman Brothers. Things have been building momentum and in 'Cut Against The Grain', Aaron Keylock is set to launch himself on the world full throttle.
Blues Club Open Today 20/1/17
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns this week with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week Includes tracks from John Mayall, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado, Peter Karp, Larry Griffith Band, Kelly's Lot, Jo Harman, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Terry Blankley Music, Marcus Malone Band, Van Morrison, Lol Goodman Band, Rag Mama Rag Acoustic Blues Duo, Husky Tones, Little Steve & the Big Beat, Eric Hansson, The Jimmy Rogers All Stars, Wily Bo Walker, Big Daddy Wilson, Backbone Cast, Albany Down, Fran McGillivray Band, Jack J Hutchinson (pictured), Jimmy Johnson, Popa Chubby, Olivia Stevens, Ruby Tiger, Jim Koeppel/Dust My Blues Band and B. B. & The Blues Shacks.
Introducing .... Keith Thompson Band 19/1/17
Keith Thompson and his band (Track Of The Day) have been making some big impressions in the media recently with their new album 'Catch the Fire'. They have been consistently performing in mainland Europe where they are well known to the large Blues following as an exciting live band. Joining Keith in the band on guitar and vocals are Neil Simpson on bass (Peter Green, Ruby Turner, John Mayall) and Roy Adams on drums (Ruby Turner Band). Keith has also been involved in projects with Spooky Tooth, Mike D’Abo, Steve Winwood, Ruby Turner, Larry Burton, Dave Markee and Henry Spinetti (Eric Clapton Band and Tina Turner), Greg Ridley of Humble Pie, Robbie Blunt (Robert Plant), Luther Grosvenor of Mott The Hoople, Geno Washington and many others!
One Desire 19/1/17
One Desire are one of the most stunning newcomers in the Melodic Rock scene. The dynamic quartet hail from Finland and feature former Sturm Und Drang singer André Linman, guitarist/producer Jimmy Westerlund, drummer Ossi Sivula and bassist Jonas Kuhlberg. ‘Hurt’ (today's Vid Of The Day) is taken from their self-titled debut album and is a must have for fans of the likes of H.E.A.T. and Brother Firetribe, as well as classic acts such as Def Leppard and Journey. Yes, they are that good!
Underworld Apocalypse Tonight! 19/1/17
Italian Symphonic Death Metal masters, Fleshgod Apocalypse, are currently on their very first European headline tour in support of their latest record entitled 'King'. The band will perform a one-off UK show at The Underworld in London tonight and support will come from Dutch Horror Metallers Carach Angren and also Italian-based Symphonic Death Metallers Nightland. 'King' was produced by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Soilwork), with the help of recording engineer Marco Mastrobuono.
Bottom's Up 18/1/17
"The Bottom Line’s strong stage presence had been evident from the moment they entered the stage, partly due to the improved, stronger lighting, partly due to the band’s obvious professionalism, but primarily due to the charisma and self-belief of front man Callum Amies. Callum is an expert at relating to and working his audience. Helped by the band’s melody bound riffs, rampant rhythms and the instant catchiness of their songs, he soon has them clapping, bouncing, dabbing and even, at one stage, crowd surfing, at will. The only time for a break in the perpetual motion generated by the set is when Callum is left alone on stage for a (slightly) quieter, (slightly) slower solo. But not for long; within minutes the rest of the band return for a fabulous finale and all hell broke loose again - on stage and off it!"
Read the rest of our first review of 2017 from Big Ian here - last Thursday's The Bottom Line gig at the Camden Assembly - plus check out our photo gallery here.
Bury My Dead 18/1/17
As Lions (Vid Of The Day) have unveiled the lyric video for their brand new track ‘Bury My Dead’ – taken from their debut full-length album 'Selfish Age', out on Friday 20th January via Better Noise Records. The track is a punishing dose of British Metal, with a chorus that keeps in line with the band’s effortless ability to produce stadium size tracks. 'Selfish Age' is the follow-up to As Lions’ debut EP 'Aftermath' released earlier this year and is produced by award-winning producer David Bendeth (Of Mice & Men, Paramore, Bring Me The Horizon) and Kane Churko (Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, In This Moment).
How Much Further 18/1/17
Birmingham singer Stealth has unveiled ‘How Much Further’ (today's Track Of The Day), the third and final track to be taken from his new EP 'Verse', out last Friday on his own imprint Chubby Puppy. ‘How Much Further’ is a big Bluesy anthem, co-written and produced by two-time Grammy nominated Michael Angelo, with rolling guitars and captivating handclaps paving the ways for Stealth’s weighty vocal tones, which have drawn comparisons to the likes of Rag’n’Bone Man and Hozier.
Holding On 17/1/17
In 2016 Provogue released 'Heal My Soul', Jeff Healey's ‘lost’ album comprising twelve previously unheard tracks, all rescued from the vaults, lovingly restored by the guitarist’s estate and alive with his spirit. Now they've released 'Holding On', a perfect bookend to the critically acclaimed 'Heal My Soul' and 2016 in general, which saw a continuous celebration of what would have been Jeff’s 50th birthday. Featuring five rare Jeff Healey studio tracks that were all recorded during the same time period as ‘Heal My Soul’ (‘96-’98) and a concert recorded in Oslo, Norway in 1999, a live snapshot of a brilliant performer at the top of his game, 'Holding On' is the perfect complement to 'Heal My Soul'.
In Monochrome 17/1/17
Chicago based Metallers Black Sites track 'Monochrome' from their upcoming debut album 'In Monochrome', out on Friday 17th February on the Mascot Label Group, is today's Vid Of The Day. The band feature some of Chicago’s finest players from the underground Metal scene, featuring Mark Sugar on vocals/guitar, ex-Trials bandmate Ryan Bruchert on guitar, John Picillo on bass (Without Waves and Immortal Bird) and Chris Avgerin on drums (Nequient and Autonomy). The four-piece band draws inspiration from a panoramic pedigree of classic and modern Metal and Hard Rock influences including Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, 1970's Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Fates Warning, Motörhead, Queensrÿche, Voivod, Hammers Of Misfortune and Dawnbringer.
Route 66 Track Of The Day 17/1/17
Last Sunday night's Route 66 Track Of The Day has new tracks from Elles Bailey, Glenn Hughes and Ronnie Baker Brooks (pictured) plus classic tunes from David Bowie, Mick Taylor, Van Halen, Fleetwood Mac and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Avenged Sevenfold Pop Up Store 16/1/17
Avenged Sevenfold has announced a treat for their UK fans. From Friday 20th January until Monday 23rd January, the band will be setting up a pop-up shop to coincide with their two live dates at London's O2 Arena this coming weekend. Vlauder Lauders General Store will be based at Camden Market, 215-216 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AB (open between 10am and 6pm) and they will be hosting in-store raffles and giveaways of exclusive and signed merchandise every hour on the hour, so fans are advised to check in frequently. Every purchase made at the store also comes with an entry (enter to win) to win surprise gifts. The tiltle track from their new album ‘The Stage’ – their first for Capitol Records - is today's Vid Of The Day - having already amassed well over twelve million YouTube views!
London Blues Week 2017 is a week long celebration of Blues music in the heart of London's West End at the iconic 100 Club in Oxford Street. Headlining tonight are the Climax Blues Band supported by the Rebecca Downes Band, followed by Sons Of Dave and King Size Slim on Tuesday, Poppa Chubby and the Katie Bradley Band on Wednesday, Eric Sardinas & Big Motor, John Fairhurst and Kat & Co on Thursday, Deborah Bonham Band and Jo Burt on Friday and finally, the Oli Brown Band plus very special guests on Saturday!
Introducing .... The Steve Fulsham Band 15/1/17
The latest addition to our Introducing ..... feature is The Steve Fulsham Band (Vid Of The Day) who play Rock and Blues like they mean it, which is easy because they do! Based in the City of Culture 2017, they play a wide range of Blues-Rock styles: from 60’s British, through swaggerin’ Texan, all the way to all-guns-blazing 70’s stadium Rock, while covering, as The Reverend Billy Gibbons put it: “all points in between…” Amongst the classics are their own numbers, five of which feature on their CD ‘On Fire’ ; all composed by Steve. They have headlined the Isis Stage at Stormin’ the Castle and the Blues Stage at the MAG Farmyard Party plus have appeared on the British Stage at Colne Blues Festival and the circuit at Maryport Blues. The guys are looking for bookings in 2017 and specialise in bike rallies and Rock/Blues clubs and have also played most of the major rallies throughout the UK.
Sari Announces UK Tour Dates 15/1/17
Following the release last September of their critically acclaimed debut album 'A Force of Nature' featuring guest performances from Walter Trout and Oli Brown, 2016 WRC Award winning Sari Schorr & The Engine Room have announced their upcoming 2017 UK Tour dates. The tour begins at Bar Brunel in Bridgewater on Wednesday 15th March and concludes at the West End Centre, Aldershot, on Saturday 27th May with the band consisting of guitarist Innes Sibun (Robert Plant), keyboardist Anders Olinder (Peter Gabriel, Glenn Hughes, PP Arnold), bassist Kevin Jeffries (Mike Oldfield, Roger Taylor, Steve Harley) and Kevin ORourke (drums).
Blues On The Marsh Goodies 15/1/17
Awaiting your delectation on today's Track Of The Day is a pretty awesome array of new and old Blues On The Marsh goodies originally broadcast on Friday night! Music includes Tom Englund, Chris Thompson, Tom Craig and Soul Patch, Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings, Thorbjorn Risager and The Black Tornado, Blues Engine, Moon Dogs, Fran McGillivray Band, Cary Morin, Elvin Bishop, Jeremiah Johnson, Benny and The Fly-by-Niters, Alicia Marie, Gary Grainger, B J Sharp, Chris Stapleton, Biscuit Miller and John Mayall plus a couple of birthday celebrations for Long John Baldry and Maggie Bell and a rememberance of the one and only Howlin' Wolf.