Was it really three years ago that we last saw Aynsley Lister performing at this very venue? With his hard hitting rhythms and guitar work reminiscent of a young Clapton, Lister is one of very few artists playing Blues-infused Rock with a modern edge – heartfelt, soul searching and full of fine song-writing played with both passion and vitality. Lister literally played through the pain barrier at that 100 Club gig three years ago, suffering from a trapped nerve in his back and was consequently drugged up to the eyeballs on painkillers. However, that night, Aynsley belied the agony he was in and put in a killer performance. Fast forward three years later last night and thankfully no back problems but another killer performance just the same. With our Photo Gallery to come and great support from The Mark Pontin Group and Jimmy Regal & The Royals - check out today's Video Of The Day.
Laurence Jones Interview 31/1/18
"Are you having good time?" as we returned to another stand-out from 'The Truth' 'Can't Go On Without You' which again saw Holland's keys sparring with another Jones solo before he played the metal riff from the title track - a song, that Laurence told me in a really enjoyable interview beforehand, reflects inward personal sacrifices - such as being a musician - "Do you ever wonder what it would be like to have a different life?" That was part of our Laurence Jones gig review at London's Borderline on Tuesday 23rd January and we were lucky enough to record today's Wrinklycast/Track Of The Day interview with Laurence before his soundcheck.
More Ramblin' Man Fair Announcements 31/1/18
Hot on the heels of Steel Panther's announcement at their Hammersmith Apollo gig last Friday that they will be special guests to the yet unknown Ramblin' Man Fair Main Stage headliners on Saturday 30th June - The Cult have since been announced as the Main Stage headliner's for Sunday 1st July. It's their only UK performance this year and they will also be joined on the roster by Gun, Chas & Dave, Me And That Man, Goldray and Voyager who all have been recently added to the bill.
Aynsley's Tuesday Blues 30/1/18
"The encore was predictably 'Purple Rain' - a unique Lister cover I never tire of hearing. Even the chatting stopped for this one! There is no question that Lister has the voice, the Blues/Rock guitar prowess and indeed the boat race. And on this evidence, given the accomplished deputation by Amadeo, he also has the support of a formidable band, who gel, enjoy the experience and don't just go through the motions. But five years after he was the only British artist to be featured in Classic Rock's 2007 'Top 10 Contemporary Blues Artists' - the question could be asked why is he still doing the clubs, pubs and supporting bigger bands up and down the country? From an entirely selfish point of view - who cares?" Can it really be nearly six years ago since we reviewed Aynsley Lister's gig at The Half Moon in Putney (pictured)? Well the man himself is back in London tonight headlining Tuesday Blues at the iconic 100 Club.
Laurence On A Swiss Roll 30/1/18
Further to our London Borderline Laurence Jones gig review from last Tuesday and recent news from our international WRC members, we were delighted to hear recently from our Swiss 'correspondent' Marlene Rivet who went to Laurence's gig in Mühle Hunziken, Rubigen on Friday 19th January (pictured). Check out Marlene's incredible footage which is today's Video Of The Day plus some pics here added to our Laurence Jones photo gallery!
Click Play And Turn It Up 30/1/18
Another all new Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day and what a show we have for you! An hour filled with music from Zoe Schwarz Blues Commotion, Mick Clarke, Bad Daddy, Teed Up, Broken Levee, Richard Knott, Austin Gold, Tommy Emmanuel, Lily Martin, Mississippi MacDonald & Steve Bailey, Percy Fairweather & The Storm, Sugar Queen & The Straight Blues Band and Bernard Allison. So click play and turn it up!
Independent Venue Week 29/1/18
It's Independent Venue Week - 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. 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, IVW brings together these venues along with breaking and established artists, promoters, labels, media, bloggers and tastemakers to create a nationwide series of gigs. So why not head down to Putney's Half Moon in London tonight to see Starsailor's James Walsh or London's Nambucca this Thursday to see Reigning Days as these venues are the backbone of the live music scene in this country and IVW wants to recognize 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.
JazzFest Anyone? 29/1/18
Following closely on from recent news from our Canadian correspondent and WRC member Moose On The Loose, we were also delighted to hear from our American correspondent Rick Menitti. Looking forward to the Spring, Rick sent us the line-up for this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival that is taking place between Friday 27th April and Sunday 6th May. As well as Aerosmith, John Mayall, Samantha Fish and many many more - Rick's favourite band The Revivalists will also be playing and consequently they are today's Video Of The Day!
We Never ‘Finnish’ Playing The Blues 29/1/18
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day features music from the Billy Walton Band, Andy Cohen, The King Heat Ensemble, Petri Matero Group, Little Axe and Big Jack Johnson.
Laurence Jones Review 28/1/18
"It's great to be back from Holland" said Jones, and despite his set list being slightly tweaked on the band's return from said tour of Switzerland and The Netherlands, Wilson and Smith's opener on Laurence's favourite track from the album - 'Gone Away' - with its palpable Stevie Ray Vaughan/Jimi Hendrix influence, saw Jones stepping back and connecting with his audience on this ballad thanks to a tremendous rockin' chord guitar solo. Two more tracks from The Truth not only completed an opening quintet from the new release but also demonstrated the strength of the spine of the new material."
Read the whole of AJ's Laurence Jones and MeMe Detroit London Borderline gig review here from last Tuesday plus check out our Photo Gallery (courtesy of Laurence Harvey) here.
Steel Panther Photo Gallery 28/1/18
Well you had to be there to believe what went on at Steel Panther's Hammersmith Apollo gig on Friday night! With its mosh pit of all mosh pits (it was too dangerous to shoot a video), a stage invasion by over 60 women (President's Club eat your heart out) and great support by both Wayward Sons (pictured) and Inglorious - Mother's review of proceedings will make an interesting read. Anyway, with that review to come shortly, check out our photo gallery from the crazy gig here.
Live On The Marsh - Well Almost 28/1/18
Today's Track Of The Day is Friday night's Blues On The Marsh podcast featuring the fabulous Oliver MacDonald and Steve Bailey live in the studio. The True home of International Blues also includes music from Dr. John.
Think Panther 27/1/18
2016 WRC Best Rock Performance award winnersInglorious were an Inglorious meat in the sandwich between Wayward Sons and Steel Panther (pictured) at Hammersmith Apollo last night! For the uninitiated, Steel Panther was formed in 2000 and is comprised of Michael Starr (lead singer), Satchel (guitarist), Lexxi Foxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums). Hailing from Los Angeles, the epicentre for Rock n’ Roll in all its debauchery and glamour, Steel Panther has established themselves as the world’s premier party band, melding Hard Rock virtuosity with parody and criminally good looks. Anyway, with a review and more pics to come, check out today's Inglorious Video Of The Day.
May The Force Be With You 27/1/18
GloryHammer are at Islington's O2 Academy tonight with Swedish special guests Civil War. It's probably just a question of time until the universe taps into the force that is GloryHammer – they should at least consider having their soundtracks composed by the international power Metal act lead by Alestorm keyboardist/singer Christopher Bowes! 'Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards' is the next chapter of the epic Gloryhammer saga! It rewrites history and future alike and raises the Astral Hammer to smash the evil Chaos Wizards: this extravagant background is perfect material for galloping, highly melodic power Metal that merges galactic fire with unforgettable Metal anthems!
Mad Axeman Released Yesterday 27/1/18
'A Decade Of The Mad Axeman' is a retrospective collection released yesterday that documents the studio and live output of the renowned German guitarist Michael Schenker (Track Of The Day) between 2007 and 2016. From his return to the roots of MSG through to Temple of Rock and Michael Schenker Fest, the different group line-ups and special guests have attested to the stunning power of his creativity, while critics have unanimously considered the last decade to be one of the most impressive phases of his career to date.
Return Of Masters Of The Universe 26/1/18
"Finishing with 'Until I Die', they went out with a bang. And at their request, we made some fffing noise. Inglorious are one of those lucky bands that have the talent, but also have the support of the likes of Planet Rock too. It’s tough for bands to make a name for themselves out there these days, despite the flourishing live music scene. But Inglorious have jumped on the jet propelled roller coaster and are heading for the heavens, like the flying god of thunder himself. It’s where their destiny lies. They are masters of their universe." That was our take when we last saw 2016 WRC Best Rock Performance award winners Inglorious at Islington Assembly Hall last May and tonight the guys are an Inglorious Hammersmith Apollo meat in the sandwich with both Wayward Sons and Steel Panther!
Darn Good Canadian Content 26/1/18
Over the next week or so we will be highlighting some of our treasured International WRC members - kicking off today with our very own Moose On The Loose! His wish was our command - requesting that we feature Canadian band CATL's new video release for 'Baby, You All Wrong' as our Video Of The Day! According to Moose's DCC website "One band! Only one band have made our Best Gigs list every year since we started in 2013 and that band is CATL!" Looks like The Dakota Tavern will be rocking out big time then tomorrow when CATL perform there. Wish we could be there Moose!
Best In Blues 26/1/18
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 B. B. & The Blues Shacks, Jon Cleary, Chaka Khan, Joe Bonamassa & Beth Hart, Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band, Paul Cox, Clayton Doley, Shaun Murphy, Joe Rusi, Marcus Malone Band, Donald Fagen, Melissa Etheridge, Dan Burnett, Paul Rodgers (pictured), Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, Paul Lamb, Sweet Pea Atkinson, Kai Strauss & The Electric Blues Allstars, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Linsey Alexander And The Linsey Alexander Blues Band, Joe Cocker, Al Jarreau, Tape Five, Wilton Felder, Billy Preston, The 360 Band, The James Hunter Six, Al Green and more.
Laurence Jones Photo Gallery 25/1/18
"That guy just keeps getting better and better!" was just one of the many compliments passed Laurence Jones' way after Tuesday's amazing Borderline gig in London. A setlist comprising in the majority of new tracks from his yet to be released new album 'The Truth' was a bold move - but the 25 year old pulled it off big time - his fans now salivatating at the thought of its release on Friday 9th March. Respect also to Laurence's band who were awesome namely Bennett Holland on keys, Phil Wilson on drums and Greg Smith on bass. Anyway, with a review to come - check out today's Photo Gallery here (courtesy of Laurence Harvey) including excellent Brummie Indie/Grunge support band MeMe Detroit (pictured).
Here Come The Runts 25/1/18
In support of their new album 'Here Come The Runts' due to be released next Friday 2nd February, AWOLNATION will be embarking on a headlining tour with support from Nothing But Thieves on Saturday 10th February in Toronto and touring the States until mid-March before crossing the pond for a European/UK run throughout the month of April. Serving as a follow up to the platinum-certified debut album 'Megalithic Symphony', and 2015’s 'Run', which included US No. 1 hit ‘Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)’ as well as Top 5 tracks ‘I Am’ and ‘Woman Woman', AWOLNATION’s third undertaking sees Aaron Bruno once again at the helm producing, writing and recording the new studio album. Anyway, check out today's Track Of The Day - their new single ‘Handyman’.
Nectars Heaven 25/1/18
New York alt-Punk mavericks The Nectars recently revealed the video for their debut single ‘Heaven’, a three and a half minute ride into art-Rock debauchery which is today's Video Of The Day. With their debut album due out in the Summer, their punk-inflamed guitars, harmonic melodies and raw vocals lay a foundation that’s as influenced by EDM and Funk as it is by their scorching live performance. Their approach harks back to the New York Punk/Pop scene of the late 70’s, but brings a modernity of sound that these new millennial tech-savvy creatives can lay claim to. Breaking out of the suburbs of New Jersey, the four-piece consisting of members Jon Paul (bass/vocals), Mike Montalbano (drums/vocals), Michael Baron (guitar/vocals) and lead vocalist Jessica Kenny, have created a style that’s edgy, energetic and full of attitude.
The Truth Was Out There 24/1/18
Laurence Jones, often labelled as “the future of the Blues”, played London's Borderline last night in advance of a nationwide tour in May. The 25 year old prodigy's new album 'The Truth' is due to be released on Friday 9th March and he’s toured with Buddy Guy, Walter Trout, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the legendary Johnny Winter and many more. Supported by Brummie Indie/Grunge outfit MeMe Detroit, watch out shortly for a gig review, photos and an audio interview - but in the meantime check out today's Video Of The Day.
Route 66 Is Back - Almost 24/1/18
We were delighted last week to see the welcome return of the Route 66 show as a podcast. Host Rory Auskerry hopes to be back on the air soon - but on today's Route 66: One For The Road Track Of The Day Rory chats to 2017 WRC Best Blues Rock award winner Dan Patlansky about 'Perfection Kills', his brand new studio album due for release on Friday 2nd February. The podcast features four tracks from the album and Dan shares his views about recording and producing and his forthcoming tour with Mollie Marriott.
It's A Monster 24/1/18
Explosive Brighton based Heavy Rock trio The Rocket Dolls are ready to ignite with the news they'll release their full length new studio album 'DeadHead' on Friday 6th April and take it on the road for UK live dates including London's Dublin Castle on Saturday 21st April. Featuring just the right amount of melody with straight up hook laden driven riffs combined with curveballs when you least expect them, 'DeadHead' is a must hear album for 2018. Relentless in their approach, The Rocket Dolls have taken the Rock mould, smashed it, and then meticulously pieced it back together again to deliver a fresh contemporary collection of music that combines the best bits of Heavy Rock, Grunge, Punk and Pop smart sensibilities. It's clear the band have spent time wisely crafting their second album, as it's a monster!
The Truth Is Out There Tonight 23/1/18
Laurence Jones, often labelled as “the future of the Blues”, is playing London's Borderline tonight in advance of a nationwide tour in May. The 25 year old prodigy's new album 'The Truth' is due to be released on Friday 9th March and he’s toured with Buddy Guy, Walter Trout, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, the legendary Johnny Winter and many more. Over the past five years, Laurence has come into his own, and with his new album, he has now developing his own creative skin by writing and performing songs that are distinctive to his unique sound and identity. Watch out for a gig review and an audio interview over the coming week!
Tell The Truth 23/1/18
Texan Lance Lopez is set to unleash his long-awaited new solo album 'Tell The Truth' on Friday 2nd March on Provogue/Mascot Label Group. 'Tell The Truth' is an autobiographical tour-de-force through the life and times of an archetypal Texas Blues legend with all the highs and lows that inevitably accompany this time honoured path. Lance Lopez has been on a slow, steady climb up the mountain to the Blues Rock hall of heavyweights for the last decade, and this album declares his arrival. Anyway, check out his brand new video for 'Cash My Check' which is today's Video Of The Day.
Perfect Blues Soundtrack 23/1/18
The all new Blues On The Radio podcast is today's Track Of The Day! The dulcet tones of Trevor Sewell introduce the show and with music from him and Janis Ian, Rebecca Downes (pictured), John Lee Hooker, Robert Cray, Gaetano Letizia, Blues Engine, Fiona Boyes, Slim Butler, Rag Mama Rag, Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats, Brigitte DeMeyer & Will Kimbrough, The Riotous Brothers, John Doe Trio, Big River and Jeff Healey - it's the perfect soundtrack for whatever you're doing!
Hold Your Head Up 22/1/18
We were gutted to learn yesterday of the death of Argent, The Zombies and more recently The Kinks legend Jim Rodford after a fall on the stairs at the age of 76. A brilliant bass guitarist and one of the genuine nice guys of music, we saw Jim performing many times with his cousin Rod Argent in Argent in the 70's until they split in 1976. The last time we saw Jim was when he performed with Rod and of course Colin Blunstone with The Zombies at Ramblin' Man Fair in July 2016 (pictured). Today's Video Of The Day, from that glorious Summer's Day in Kent is fittingly Argent's classic 'Hold Your Head Up' and is dedicated to Jim and all his family.
First Announcement For Camden Rocks Festival 22/1/18
Camden Rocks Festival have announced the first 60 acts for their line-up on Saturday 2nd June 2018 featuring Mercury-prize nominees Maximo Park, post-Punk originators PIL, Twin Atlantic and many more. The festival will see over two-hundred high energy bands performing in Camden venues big and small, all along the one mile stretch of Camden High Street. So grab your mates, grab your tickets, and join us for the most electric one day festival of the year!
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Blues 22/1/18
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day is another popular Blues women special featuring Beth Hart/Joe Bonamassa (pictured), Jo Harman, Heather Newman, Pam Taylor, Val Starr & The Blues Rocket, Reds Blues and Sugar Queen.
A Choice Gig 21/1/18
"Nimmo holds the stage – bright red tartan kilt and suede workboots sharply contrasting his black Rock t-shirt – with his beaming childlike smile warming the hearts, and making him look like a big kid in a sweet shop. His silver Strat is put through its paces with a dexterity that is intricate but not overly flashy. It's Rock Blues played the way it should be. With thanks to the audiences patience - the gig was postponed last year due to his voice issues – the band follow with 'Waking Up' from the 'King King Live' album. Another rocky Blues track, it shows that the voice is back where it should be."
Read the whole of Mother's King King and Rhino's Revenge Shepherd's Bush Empire gig review here from last Wednesday plus check out our Photo Gallery (courtesy of Edyta Krzesak and Laurence Harvey) here.
Dolores O'Riordan 21/1/18
Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan was set to record vocals for Hard Rock band Bad Wolves’ cover of 'Zombie' last Monday - the day of her tragic passing. On Friday the band released a fitting tribute - their version of 'Zombie' in her memory, with proceeds going to Dolores’ three children, which is today's Video Of The Day.
Happy Birthday Marshman 21/1/18
Today's Blues On The Marsh Track Of The Day was recorded in advance of the Marshman's birthday at the Beale residence. Despite Kev being full of the lurgy, it's a great show as usual including Henry Oden, Guitar Jack Wargo, James Payne, Jamell Richardson, Mona Johansson, Sarah McQuaid, Trouble Cats, Bill Filipiak, Alvin Lee and Co, Henry Gray and The Creole Cats, Steve Marriott, Janis Joplin, Mike Goudreau, Saffire the Uppity Blues Women, Bluebone, Jorn Hoel, Mississippi MacDonald and Steve Bailey, The Electrophonics, Denise LaSalle, Fast Eddie Clarke, Erika Baier and Blue Haze.
First Lady Of The Blues 20/1/18
"Anyway, Martin's newly monogrammed Sari Schorr drum kit shone out like a beacon as the band made their way on to the stage - unbelievably the word being that the guys had only physically all got together for the first time yesterday! They promised new songs from their all-important sophomore album and they duly delivered with their superb opener 'Revolution' - Ash easing himself in with a cool guitar solo and Schorr's awesome vocals ticking all the right boxes following a conversation I had with some Sari virgins in the bar earlier. It was then three in a row from 'AFON' - Schorr's vocal on the beautifully crafted 'Damn The Reason', featuring Fridzema's keyboards and another Wilson guitar solo - was followed by chuckles from the audience at Sari's throwaway line that the band "had only met yesterday" (which was in fact of course true) before the opening groovy rhythm guitar of Wilson on 'Cat And Mouse' which saw both Ash and Bob excelling again - and finally with Wilson's rockin' solo and Fridzema's keys on 'Demolition Man', again forcefully sung and written by Schorr."
Read the whole of AJ's Sari Schorr's London Half Moon Putney gig review here from last Tuesday plus check out our updated Photo Gallery (additional photos courtesy of Edyta Krzesak) here.
Beating The January Blues 20/1/18
Bernie Marsden (picture courtesy of Eric Duvet) is playing at Skeggy's Great British Rock & Blues Festival tonight, and on Thursday we were blessed to be in the presence of the great man at the iconic 100 Club during London Blues Week. With ex-Whitesnake mucker Neil Murray on bass, top drummer Mickey Barker plus a guest appearance by Danny Bryant - it was a memorable journey covering all of Marsden's legendary music from Whitesnake's 'Here I Go Again' to 'Shine's 'Latino' to Bobby Bland's 'Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City'. A special mention also for excellent support band Flawless Carbon (Track Of The Day) - so check out our photo gallery from the gig here.