"It's now 'Retribution' time - the final track on the album - the band signing off with the message of how governments have sold out our planet and it is now payback time. More like 'Retro-bution', given Edwards soaring Skynyrd like lap slide solo, once again consolidated by Brooks and Naumann's solid foundations plus some awesome keys. A real cracker to round off an album that has everything musically: attitude, experimentation, energy, diversity and thought provoking messages, whilst at the same time having the beauty of the manoeuvrability of another dimension in a raw, live, environment. This is real Rock 'n' Roll as we know it, personified. On this evidence, Wille & The Bandits are certainly heading down the right path."
Wille & The Bandits release their new album 'Paths' by Fat Toad Records and distributed by Proper tomorrow, encapsulating the excitement and gusto of Rock ’n’ Roll. Read the whole of AJ's review here plus check out our Track Of The Day.
Skid Row Forum Gig Review 31/1/19
"In true 80's Rock style, the boys exit the stage only to reappear for not one but two encores. It's a bargain night that keeps on giving. 'We Are The Damned' leads into school boy favourite 'Get The Fuck Out'. The last of my pharynx fucked off. 'Mudkicker' and 'In A Darkened Room' lead to the obvious closer 'Youth Gone Wild'. What a song. Don't know about the youth, but we went wild alright. 30 years in the business? How the hell did they last playing at that level? Practice makes perfect I suppose. Hopefully i will be back in shape with a new set of pipes before their set at Download later this year."
Despite the weather forecast of snow and its resultant transport disruption, in the end it was allegedly a Black Cab protest that caused gridlock in London on Tuesday night! Consequently this delayed the arrival of two members of support band Big River for their gig at the iconic 100 Club in Oxford Street. Despite this, fair play to the Ryk Mead duo who jammed with the Big River duo present, until the other two members of Big River finally arrived - the band eventually hammering out just two very welcome songs. On a cold and very wet night, the Tuesday Night Blues faithful were rewarded with a great gig with further outstanding sets from both The Ryk Mead Band (pictured) and headliner Aynsley Lister as pictured in our Photo Gallery here.
Aynsley Nails It Again 30/1/19
Was it really a year ago that we last saw Aynsley Lister performing at this very venue? With his hard hitting rhythms and guitar work reminiscent of a young Eric Clapton, Lister is still 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. Fast forward to London's iconic 100 Club last night and another killer performance just the same. With our Photo Gallery to come and despite traffic gridlock, great support from a combination of both the Ryk Mead Band and Big River, check out today's Video Of The Day.
Big Indie AmericanaFest Showcase Tonight 30/1/19
As an official host sponsor at the AmericanaFestUK Music Festival & Conference this year, Austin, Texas, based 'Big Indie' are hosting a showcase stage tonight at Night Tales at 14 Bohemia Place, Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 1DU. For those unfamiliar with the UK’s ever-growing Americana scene, Big Indie’s showcase is a perfect introduction. An eclectic and exciting mix of local and international, doors open at 6pm and the evening will be headlined by the incredible Whiskey Shivers at 11.30pm. Also flying in especially from the US are Willi Carlisle (7.30pm) and Dylan Earl (6.30pm), alongside Big Indie’s own Arkansas Dave at 10.30pm, who is performing as part of his UK tour (pictured).
"Aynsley Lister literally played through the pain barrier at The 100 Club on Tuesday night. Suffering from a trapped nerve in his back (which necessitated the cancellation of his Robin 2 gig last Thursday no less) and consequently drugged up to the eyeballs on painkillers, Aynsley put in a killer performance which belied the agony he's been in. Drawing mainly on tracks from his last album 'Home' - for which Lister deservedly won both 'Best Blues Song ' and 'Best Songwriter' at the 2014 British Blues Awards - his undoubted quality as a guitarist and vocalist is not only complemented by the strength of his back-catalogue e.g. 'Equilibrium' but also his band - despite another change in his line-up since we last saw them at last year's Bluesfest. A great set to end a great evening of live Blues - but no pat on the back Aynsley!" That was our take on Aynsley Lister nearly four years ago to the day at London's 100 Club (pictured) and Aynsley headlines the same iconic venue tonight as part of Tuesday Blues supported by the Ryk Mead Band and Big River.
Sydney Rococo 29/1/19
Check out today's Video Of The Day, the stunning video for Steve Kilbey's single 'Sydney Rococo'. Kilbey, one of Australia’s most loved artists, released his new album 'Sydney Rococo' worldwide at the end of November via Golden Robot Records. 'Sydney Rococo' is a collection of songs Kilbey has written over the last five years. The songs sing of Sydney and her ocean pools, her underground seedy hangouts and treachery. The picture is painted in every song about life in this fast growing and evolving Australian city, famed for her beaches and landmarks. Steve is Australian contemporary music royalty. A prolific artist who has written, performed and produced twenty one solo albums, as well as thirty with Rock legends The Church.
Steve Bailey & Mississippi MacDonald At TNMC Tonite 29/1/19
Today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day is an hour spent accompanied by Kyla Brox (pictured), Ben Poole, The Trevor B Power Band, Larkin Poe, Lil' Jimmy Reed, Liza Ohlback, Ariel Posen, James Buddy Rogers, Lucy Zirins, ElectroBluesSociety, Sami Joensuu & Carolyn Fe, Elles Bailey and, of course (ahead of their album launch at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2N tonight) Steve Bailey & Mississippi MacDonald awaits.
Independent Venue Week 28/1/19
Independent Venue Week begins today - a 7 day celebration of small music venues around the country 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 in the UK and also the wider music industry and brands globally, 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. These venues are the backbone of the live music scene in their 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. Anyway, check out today's BluesClub photo gallery here, taken last Thursday by Bruce Biege at one of these treasured live venues, Twickenham's Eel Pie Club.
The Devil You Know 28/1/19
Hot on the heels of the success of their last album, ‘The Missing Peace’, L.A. Guns (Track Of The Day) is ready to attack again with a brand new record, ‘The Devil You Know’, out on Friday 29th March. Sonically, the album covers a lot of ground and incorporates influences from Black Sabbath to Led Zeppelin to Kyuss to The Hellacopters, while still managing to sound distinctly like L.A. Guns. The band is rejuvenated and inspired after relentless touring and are taking no prisoners. L.A. Guns are truly one of the great American Hard Rock bands of the last three decades. From their self-titled debut in 1988, right through to their widely praised 2017 comeback album, they have always delivered solid Rock ‘n' Roll to their fans. The current incarnation of the band has been touring non-stop and the cohesiveness of the unit, not to mention Phil Lewis’ stunning and unique vocals and Tracii Guns’ mind-bending guitar playing, are on full display on the new album. Definitely a must hear for all fans of the band, both old and new!
100% Proof 28/1/19
Last Friday saw Gin Annie (today's Video Of The Day) release their debut album '100% Proof' via Off Yer Rocka. Gin Annie are a Hard Melodic Rock 5-piece from Wolverhampton, featuring heavy guitar driven songs whilst maintaining a melodic vocal style; hook-laden choruses and classy melodies.They are based around the nucleus of cousins, Dave Foster (vocals) and Byron Garbett (guitars). In November 2017, the Black Country rockers saw a change of line-up to form MKII of the band, with the addition of Brian Green on guitar and Phill ‘Hammer’ Burrows on bass. Drumming powerhouse Jack Ryland-Smith completes the group. Produced and engineered by Jay Shredder and recorded at Shredder Live Lounge, the new record is a hard hitting but Melodic Hard Rock masterpiece from last years HRH Highway to Hell Winners.
Under The Bridge Photo Gallery 27/1/19
Check out our latest Photo Gallery here from the Atomic Rooster and Clearwater Creedence Revival gig at Chelsea's Under The Bridge venue on Friday night. The legendary Prog band featured two original members, Peter French on vocals and Steve 'Boltz' Bolton on guitar, with Shug Millage (bass), Bo Walsh (drums) and Adrian Gautrey (organ/keys). Playing with the full blessing of Vincent Crane’s widow, the band's set included the hits 'Tomorrow Night' and 'Devil’s Answer' plus an encore and cover of The Crazy World of Arthur Brown's 'Fire' - the band of which Atomic Rooster were formed from the ashes of in 1969. Special guests were the check shirted Clearwater Creedence Revival who performed, surprise, surprise, the greatest hits of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Championed by none other than Zoot Money standing at the side of the stage, it was easy to see why these guys were back by popular demand.
Man With A Mission 27/1/19
Japanese superstars Man With A Mission have announced the brilliantly unique Electro/Rock Norwegian outfit Biru Baby as support on their UK and European tour starting in February (except Moscow and St. Petersburg). The tour will start at Manchester’s Academy3 on Wednesday 27th February, call at London’s ULU the following night, before heading to Europe for shows in Germany, France and Russia. The tour follows the release of their most recent album, 'Chasing the Horizon' (see today's Track Of The Day), the wolf collective’s fifth in their native Japan, but their first brand new album to be released worldwide and has received widespread critical acclaim.
Hands Off Gretel 27/1/19
South Yorkshire Melodic Grunge/Punk band Hands Off Gretel release their new album ‘I Want The World’ (see Video Of The Day) on Friday 29th March on their own label Puke Pop Records. Fronted by the whirlwind of style, creativity and attitude that is Lauren Tate on vocals/guitar, they are an explosion of colour and sound, much needed in 2019! Inspired by the volatile and liberating melody fueled noise of bands such as Hole, The Distillers, Nirvana and PJ Harvey, the album features twelve-tracks hugely addictive, and sometimes vindictive, Melodic Rock that is unafraid to blend the heavy screeching distortion of Grunge Rock with the catchy hooks of Bubblegum Pop, whilst keeping true to their original roots in Punk Rock. Also featuring Sean Bon on guitar, Sam Hobbins on drums and Becky Baldwin on bass, watch out for their London Album Launch at Nambucca on Thursday 28th March plus when they return to London at Camden Rocks on Sunday 2nd June.
Atomic Bridge 26/1/19
Legendary Prog outfit Atomic Rooster played Chelsea's Under The Bridge venue last night with special guests Clearwater Creedence Revival. The re-formed band featured two original members, Peter French on vocals and Steve 'Boltz' Bolton on guitar, with Shug Millage (bass), Bo Walsh (drums) and Adrian Gautrey (organ/keys). Playing with the full blessing of Vincent Crane’s widow, the band has been kicking up a storm at festivals and shows across the UK and receiving stunning reviews. Anyway, with more photos to come, check out our Video Of The Day.
Vega Forum Tonight 26/1/19
‘Only Human’ is the fifth album by UK Melodic Rock stalwarts Vega and was released in May last year. Self-produced by the group and mixed by Harry Hess (Harem Scarem), the twelve songs included on it have seen Vega take their songwriting and musicianship to the next level. Having recently played their own UK headlining tour to promote the album plus selected festivals over the Summer months, the band have kicked-off 2019 with a set of dates supporting Skid Row plus Backyard Babies, H.E.A.T. and Killit including London's O2 Forum in Kentish Town tonight. Featuring Nick Workman lead vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, Tom Martin bass guitar, Marcus Thurston lead guitar, James Martin keyboards, Mikey Kew guitar, backing vocals and Martin ‘Hutch' Hutchinson drums, they are also playing Butlins Giants Of Rock Festival in Minehead tomorrow and Birmingham's O2 Institute Frontiers Festival next Saturday 2nd February.
Well Worth Waiting For 26/1/19
A day later than scheduled, because of our Steve Hackett interview, and despite Jim's sniffles, today's Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day is another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues and beyond with More Music and Less Chat featuring Jim Allchin, Albert Collins, Robert Cray and Johnny Copeland, Frankie Miller's Double Take (pictured), Tom Hambridge, Albert King and Weather Report.
Steve Hackett Interview 25/1/19
Following the tremendous success of 2017’s ‘The Night Siren’, legendary former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett releases his new studio album ‘At The Edge Of Light’ today. The album which features ten songs, sees Steve unite a vast amount of styles ranging from guitar driven Rock to epic orchestration, from world music to the reflective and atmospheric, all brought together in Steve Hackett’s unique style. Today's Track Of The Day is our recent interview with Steve where we discussed the album's international cast, Prog Magazine's praise, its political/symbolic message and his wife Jo's valuable contribution plus 'Voyage Of The Acolyte', Brexit, video production, his Polish ancestry, fear of clowns, ballet, cross-dressing, Chris Squire, Westerns, Yes, Genesis, Tchaicovsky, Holst, Ravel, school gymnastics, Jeff Beck, Sunday night at the London Palladium, pantomimes, Cliff Richard & The Shadows and his forthcoming 2019 Selling England By The Pound tour!
Rooster Under The Bridge Tonight 25/1/19
Legendary Prog outfit Atomic Rooster are playing Chelsea's Under The Bridge venue tonight. Formed from the ashes of the The Crazy World of Arthur Brown in 1969, their debut gig was at the Lyceum in London (supported by Deep Purple) and their first self-titled album was released in February 1970. It was after the release of 'Death Walks Behind You' that they had their first taste of UK chart success with 'Tomorrow Night' and 'Devil’s Answer'. The band split in 1975 and briefly reformed in the early 1980’s. Main band member Vincent Crane joined Dexys Midnight Runners in 1985 for the 'Don’t Stand Me Down' album before he sadly passed away in 1989. Special guests are Clearwater Creedence Revival who perform, surprise, surprise, the greatest hits of Creedence Clearwater Revival. After bringing the house down at Under the Bridge on their last visit the band are back by popular demand.
HRH Live Offer 25/1/19
It may be cold, wet, windy and miserable outside but let’s wash that away with a nice ‘January Pick-Me-Up’ and see why HRH Live are giving you some reasons to be cheerful! Their partners at AMG have given them 50 pairs of tickets for certain events here which gives you an amazing night out – seeing quality bands for only a tenner! Yup, 10 quid which is 50-70% off the normal ticket price so no matter if you’re into Buckcherry or Hoobastank, fancy a mental night out with POD (today's Video Of The Day) and Alien Ant Farm or rock out with Inglorious down in Bristol or at the Frontiers Birmingham Bash, it’s all up now on the HRH Live website on this amazing ‘Grab a Night Out for a Tenner January Sale’.
Sari Schorr/Sharrie Williams Review 24/1/19
"Two more from 'NSN' followed, another great Schorr vocal/Wilson solo on the Heavy Rock of 'Valentina', with Sari afterwards thanking both the crowd plus taking the opportunity to remind them that the band are also supporting King King at London's Koko on Thursday 7th February! Although the stand-out of the set for mine was 'Freedom', a mid-paced Rocker, with Fridzema's dexterity embellishing some killer vocal harmonies. It was back to 'AFON' though for the encore, with Sari not only mentioning their merch stand and introducing the band, but also amusingly trying to remember where they were from! Lead Belly's 'Black Betty' - with its unique arrangement, saw the chemistry between Wilson's cajun guitar opening and solo plus Schorr's vocal delivery - ultimately resulting in a very powerful version of this classic, before finishing with the familiar clunky opening riff of 'Aunt Hazel' - based on urban slang for heroin - with both Sari and Ash letting us have it with both barrels on this rocker. Suffice to say that this force of nature just gets stronger and stronger since we first encountered it just before Christmas 2015. Never say never - just make sure you catch the band at London's Koko on Thursday 7th February or alternatively at Twickenham's Eel Pie Club exactly a month later!"
Read the whole of AJ's Sari Schorr + Sharrie Williams 100 Club, London, gig review from last Friday here plus check out our Video Of The Day and some new photos courtesy of Richard Bolwell (pictured) here.
BluesClub At Eel Pie Tonight 24/1/19
Tonight the All-Star Band, BluesClub, will be making a rare appearance at The Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ. BluesClub get together to play only when not touring with their own star bands. They have a combined love for the Blues of America from the 1930's to the 70's and their set list includes songs from artists as varied as Leadbelly, Son House and Charley Patton, to Slim Harpo, Sonny Boy Williamson, John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal and Canned Heat. The line-up includes Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits and Mark Knopfer)/Steve Smith (Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, Robert Plant, Gary Moore, Kenney Jones and Ronnie Wood) on keys and steel guitar, Robbie McIntosh (Pretenders, Paul McCartney Band and John Mayer) on guitar, Helena May (Kokomo) on vocals, Danny Cummings (Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler) on drums, Peter Hope-Evans (Medicine Head and Pete Townshend) on mouth organ and jews harp, and Sophie Lord on bass. Doors open at 8.30pm with music from 9-11pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted admission.
Francis Dunnery Photo Gallery 24/1/19
Check out today's Photo Gallery here from the third and final Francis Dunnery exclusive UK gig at London's Bush Hall last Sunday night. Following gigs at Wolverhampton's The Slade Rooms (see Track Of The Day) and Manchester Club Academy, Dunnery played with a full electric band performing songs from 'The Big Lad In The Windmill'. The guitar virtuoso and original It Bites front man, wearing his traditional white shirt signed by all his fans on the night, was also joined on a memorable evening by special guest Guthrie Govan (Asia/Steven Wilson), as they knocked out all the favourites including 'Calling All The Heroes', 'Underneath Your Pillow' and 'Still Too Young Too Remember'.
CDMC At Black Heart Tonight 23/1/19
Phil and Tommy Goodwin, aka Cellar Door Moon Crow (CDMC) are bringing their unique Urban Rock flavour to the masses this year. Hailing from Sheffield, CDMC release their debut album 'You Got This' on Friday 5th April and to coincide with this, CDMC are playing a special showcase gig in London at The Black Heart, Camden, tonight. Featuring heavy beats with sick guitar and distorted vocals fused with a swirling organ and ivory keys, they mash it up, using pre-1970's Led Zeppelin-esque analogue flavours with a big slap of 1980’s Hip Hop Dr Dre style production. The 14 song strong beast of a release unravels the journey and evolution that has defined the Goodwin brothers as pioneers of their very own identifiable flamboyant sound.
Somethings Gotta Give 23/1/19
Guitarist and vocalist Eric Gales is back with another new track 'Somethings Gotta Give' (today's Video Of The Day) that features three-time Grammy nominated and Emmy Award winning vocalist B. Slade. It is taken from his upcoming new album ‘The Bookends’, which is out on Friday 8th February via Provogue/Mascot Label Group, with his band featuring Mono Neon (bass), Aaron Haggerty (drums), LaDonna Gales (backing vocals, percussion) and Dylan Wiggins (organ). Gales’ story is an incredible one, he was a child prodigy and released his debut album 'The Eric Gales Band' in 1991 as a 16 year old on Elektra Records. It was the first of 10 albums on a major label through a blistering career. He has released 15 studio albums in total ahead of ‘The Bookends’ and a host of other collaborations. He has battled drink and drug issues and spent time in jail in 2009 for possession of drugs and a weapon.
Rock On Ridge 23/1/19
Today's Rock On The Ridge Podcast Track Of The Day features Stone Broken, We Three Kings, At The Sun, Big River, King King, Last In Line, Dukes of the Orient, JacksonHewitt, The Burning Curtains, Danko Jones, Saxon (pictured), Martin Rafferty And The Northern City Lights, Junkyard Drive, Mississippi Riot, Rival Sons, Troubled Horse, Monster Truck, Clutch, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Broken Witt Rebels, Stone Horses, Soundgarden, Albany Down, Inglorious and Jay Buchanan.
Under The Eye Of The Sun 22/1/19
Last night we were fortunate enough to attend the launch of Steve Hackett's new album 'At The Edge Of Light' at Crystal Palace's Everyman Cinema, which was introduced by Steve himself and was followed by a playback of the new album. Following the tremendous success of 2017’s ‘The Night Siren’, the legendary former Genesis guitarist releases the album this Friday 25th January, which features ten songs and sees Steve unite a vast amount of styles ranging from guitar driven Rock to epic orchestration, from world music to the reflective and atmospheric, all brought together in Steve Hackett’s unique style. To coincide with its release we aim to broadcast an interview with Steve this Friday, but in the meantime check out the first single from the new album 'Under The Eye Of The Sun', which is today's Video Of The Day.
Born Healer 100 Up Tonight! 22/1/19
"As expected their forty minute setlist would draw completely on their new album as they opened with the titfer wearing Funkas' cool bassline on 'River' and immediately the Red Lion punters were, ahem, hooked. 'Trust Yourself' with Turner's 'Joplinesque' groovy, gravelly voice and tangible stage presence, was a great foot stomping romp with a great riff from Black. Taj Mahal's 'Leaving Trunk' grooved and rocked in true 60's/70's style whilst 'Brand New Day' emphasised the tightness of a band excelling in all the right places." Was it really over two years ago that Born Healer well and truly kicked off BluesRockFest in late September 2016 (pictured)? Tonight the band return to London's iconic 100 Club for Tuesday Blues sandwiched in between headliners Crow Black Chicken and Vincent Flatts Final Drive.
Blues On The Radio 200 Up! 22/1/19
The Blues On The Radio Podcast celebrates its 200th edition with a nod to their very first show by starting with the same track, namely John Lee Hooker & Jimmie Vaughan. Today's Track Of The Day also has great music from Ina Forsman, Glen Clark, Brandon Isaak, Ruth Wyand, Connor Selby (pictured), Tedeschi Trucks Band, Larkin Poe, ElectroBluesSociety, The Jake Leg Jug Band, Travellin' Blue Kings, Phil Doleman, Ariel Posen and Pistol Pete Wearn. Then to round it all off (ahead of his show at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2N tonight) there's a couple of tracks from Paul Lamb.
Calling All The Heroes 21/1/19
Following gigs at Wolverhampton's The Slade Rooms on Friday night and Manchester Club Academy on Saturday night, Francis Dunnery played the final of three exclusive UK dates at London's Bush Hall last night with a full electric band performing songs from 'The Big Lad In The Windmill'. Dunnery is the guitar virtuoso and original It Bites front man, best known for their top 10 hit 'Calling All The Heroes' and he was joined on a memorable night by special guest Guthrie Govan (Asia/Steven Wilson). With more photos to come, check out today's Video Of The Day.
Sharrie/Sari Photo Gallery 21/1/19
With a review waiting in the pipeline, today we have our photo gallery here from the Sharrie Williams and Sari Schorr gig at London's iconic 100 Club last Friday night. The penultimate night of London Blues Week, The Princess of Rockin' Gospel Blues, Sharrie, co-headlined with Sari, a modern-day hybrid of Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, on a mouthwatering double bill. The good news is that if you missed Sari, she returns to London's Koko supporting King King on Thursday 7th February and then Twickenham's Eel Pie Club exactly a month later.