ShyneFest has already established itself as a special part of the Surrey music scene, and this year's festival on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th June is going to be bigger and bolder than ever before. And we have 2 adult weekend tickets to give away! It’s a winning formula, and Apps Court Farm in Walton-On Thames will again play host to a tremendous line-up including headliners Noasis on Friday and From The Jam on Saturday. To win that pair of tickets, for when the days are at their longest, and for a festival that continues to go from strength to strength, simply e-mail email@example.com by Friday 28th February and tell us where ShyneFest is taking place!
News At 10
Dirty Vertebrae’s latest 3-track EP ‘Tense’ was released last month via The Animal Farm, along with their first single, ‘News At 10' (today's Video Of The Day), that paves the way for further releases and live dates this year. Hailing from the North-West of England, Dirty Vertebrae are an exciting 5-piece Rock/Rap collective, rich in hybrid strength from their genre-combining roots. This up and coming band are noted for vibrant energy and presence in live performance, being fronted by great on-stage Yin-Yang chemistry from dual vocalists, namely soaring female singer Nicole and razor-sharp male rapper Ash P. The band’s signature sound combines sharp, rapid-fire socially aware Rap with a Northern twang with post-Melodic Grunge, whilst their high energy and interaction with audiences keep their fans engaged, amused and entertained wherever they perform.
Voodoo Six's Simulation Game
Voodoo Six, the critically acclaimed London based Hard Rock band, have partnered with Los Angeles based Explorer1 Music (E1) and will release their second album, ‘Simulation Game’, featuring vocalist and frontman Nik Taylor-Stoakes on Friday 6th March, including their latest single 'Gone Forever' (today's Track Of Day). Renown for delivering driving, contemporary Rock with an undercurrent of Blues and killer riffs, the critical consensus is that with these 10 new tracks, the band have raised themselves to another level with this follow up to their 2016 album ‘Make Way For The King’, and will consequently be touring the world throughout 2020 to promote it.
Oli Plays Ruislip Tonight 19/1/20
"So the rest of the day is a whirl of sounds and styles that satisfies all four corners of my music needs. There are so many to mention that I can only mention the highlights. Deep breath, here goes... Raveneye open the Main stage with some awesome chugging Rock. Whilst only a three piece band, they make some big sounds with Oli Brown on lead and vocals, bassist Aaron Spiers and drummer Adam Breeze. Highlight was their track 'You're A Lie' which sees the chugging Rock sound carried solely by Spiers and Breeze. Big dirty sound." That was our take on Raveneye at Maidstone's Ramblin' Man Fair last July (pictured), and Oli is currently taking a break from Raveneye to go back to his Blues roots with The Oli Brown Band, the latest band to appear tonight at the monthly series of Sunday Blues nights at the Tropic in Ruislip, West London. Doors open at 7.30pm with live music from 8.15pm, finishing by 10.30pm.
Grande Glitter Machine 19/1/20
Glitter Machine are currently recording their second album, which should be out this Spring, and at the end of last year they dropped their third single, a brooding version of the Ariana Grande hit 'God is a Woman', which is today's Track Of The Day. The band launched their debut album, 'Hanging Out For Fame' in 2018, which showcased their excellent chemistry and musical proficiency - the band comprising of vocalist and guitarist John McKeown, bass player Rik Hornby, drummer Paul Stone and lead guitarist Dominic McGuiness.
A Silent Soul Screams Loud 19/1/20
Alternative/Metal band Pyogenesis release the third and last part of their Steampunk trilogy 'A Silent Soul Screams Loud' this Friday 24th January, and a track taken from the album, 'Will I Ever Feel The Same', is today's Video Of The Day. Alongside the two previous parts, this one deals with with the change of the society in the 19th century, although musically it connects with the rest of the trilogy, which is the essence of Pyogenesis: melody and melancholy. To coincide with the album's release, Pyogenesis begin an extensive European tour beginning at Germany's Regensburg this Thursday 23rd January.
Anchor Lane Casino 18/1/20
Yesterday, Scottish Rock band Anchor Lane released their new single 'Dead Run' (today's Video Of The Day), via R7 Records, ahead of the band’s eagerly awaited debut album 'Casino', due to be released on Friday 31st January. 'Dead Run' is a heavy, pounding Rock track that touches on the subject of addiction. The song was written by the band and Rock legend Ricky Warwick (Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy) who also lends backing vocals to the chorus. The single was recorded at Vale Studios in the Midlands with renowned Rock musician, writer and producer Toby Jepson (Wayward Sons, Gun). To coincide, with the album's release, Anchor Lane are heading off on a five-date UK tour at the end of this month, including London's The Black Heart in Camden on Thursday 30th January.
Saturday Gigs 18/1/20
To contribute towards the recording, production and distribution of their debut album, Brave Rival have begun their own kickstarter campaign 2020, and tonight they are at the Echo Hotel Music Club in Hook, where they will be playing their current rep, plus some brand new material that's never been heard before, plus they will also be recording the entire show, with the aim to create a live album! Also today, The Dove and Boweevil Band hit the Blues At Barleylands stage at 2pm, at Barleylands Social Club, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UF, whilst Camden Rocks Festival Presents an all-day Rock-n-Roll bonanza featuring Slater + Alex Bayly + The Graft + Entt + Fink Tree + Apollo Junction + The New Nostalgia + Midnight Shoppers + The Dark Light - all live at The Monarch between 1pm and 8.30pm.
Too Bad For Baby 18/1/20
This coming Friday 24th January, new British straight up Melodic Hard Rock band Passion release their eponymous debut album, which includes today's Track Of The Day, 'Too Bad For Baby'. The band are Inspired by the 80’s and 90’s giants of the genre with a simple concept of great, seductive musicianship and songwriting, memorable melodies with bold and exciting hooks. Consequently, Passion are an absolute must for fans of the likes of AC/DC, Aerosmith, Kiss, Danger Danger, Foreigner, Journey, Ratt and Van Halen.
Play That Rock 'N' Roll 17/1/20
Supersuckers’ mighty 13th studio album ‘Play That Rock ‘N’ Roll’ is set for release on Friday 7th February on Steamhammer/SPV. Tracked over the course of four sweltering days at Willie Nelson’s Austin, Texas, studio, ‘Play That Rock ‘N’ Roll’ rocks with an amphetamine intensity, delivering muscular riffs, big choruses and more than a few tricks up its sleeve. Raw, immediate and often times hilarious, it's an album a band makes after slugging it out on the road for thirty years (barring a one year hiatus while vocalist Eddie Spaghetti battled throat cancer). To coincide with its release, the band embark on a seven-date UK headline tour, kicking off at London's 100 Club on Sunday 9th February, finishing at Pershore's Iron Road on Saturday 15th February.
Shades Of Gray 17/1/20
"Following on, and now playing to a full house are Myke Gray. For those unfamiliar, the namesake guitarist was an integral part of nineties rockers Skin. His current incarnation is a vehicle for the Joe Satriani lookalike to play like a Joe Satriani soundalike. For this festival however, the instrumentalist has had the inspired idea of recruiting Kim Jennett, from Voodoo Blood, for vocals. What a powerful little powerhouse she is." That was part of our take on HRH 2018 and not only do Myke Gray and Kim Jennett embark on a UK tour next month, including London's The Underworld on Sunday 23rd February, but the song-writer and guitarist from Jagged Edge, Skin, Red White & Blues has recently unveiled his new project Shades of Gray, including today's Video Of The Day 'I Get Up'.
Blues Club Is King 17/1/20
Today's latest Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day has another two hours of non stop Best in Blues and Beyond with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks, including music from Eric Clapton, King King, B.B. King, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Gary Moore (pictured), Stevie Ray Vaughan and many more.
Beaverwood Photo Gallery 16/1/20
With a review to come, check out here our Photo Gallery from our first gig of the decade on Tuesday night, when we saw Savoy Brown at Chislehurst's Beaverwood Club in Kent, with special guests Matt Pearce & The Mutiny (pictured). Legendary… a Blues Rock institution… true innovators - these are just a few of the ways Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, has been described over the past fifty years by music critics and fans alike. Meanwhile, Matt Pearce & The Mutiny released their hugely successful debut album 'Gotta Get Home' last May through Mutinear Records, and not only was it #1 in the Amazon Best Selling Blues Albums and Hot New Releases charts, it also went on to glean an impressive array of glowing reviews from the Blues and Rock press.
Novelists FR Head Rush 16/1/20
Modern Progressive Metal outfit Novelists FR will release their third album 'C'est La Vie', next Friday 24th January via Arising Empire, and today's Video Of The Day, 'Head Rush', is taken from the new album. The band first formed in early 2013 when guitarist Florestan and drummer Amael Durand met former A Call To Sincerity vocalist Matteo Gelsomino and bass guitarist Nicolas Delestrade, and in the space of a few years, they have become a rising star within the Progressive Metal scene, and are now ready to continue that path with the release of their highly anticipated latest effort.
Eel Pie Club Mud Tonight 16/1/20
Tonight, Mud Morganfield (Track Of The Day), the eldest son of the legendary Muddy Waters (the King of Chicago Blues) will be appearing The Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Mud is a multi-award winning artist and an established star in the world of Blues music, brought up surrounded by many of the finest musicians in the Blues. Morganfield's latest album, 'They Call Me Mud', was released last year to extensive airplay and great reviews. Doors open at 8.15pm with music from 9-11pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted admission.
Caught On The Outside 15/1/20
Today heralds the release of the full studio production of Geoff Carne & The Hatz's 'Caught on the Outside' (see our Video Of The Day). With its Tom Petty vibe, this latest release follows a live recording of the same track last November, plus the release last month of 'Christmas Time (feat. The Angry Snowman - Rock 'n' Roll Mix)', - a re-vamped version of their Christmas 2018 release in true Rock 'n' Roll fashion.
Matt Brown Finish 15/1/20
With a review and a Photo Gallery to come, our first gig of the decade last night, was Savoy Brown (pictured) at Chislehurst's Beaverwood Club in Kent, with special guests Matt Pearce & The Mutiny. Legendary… a Blues Rock institution… true innovators - these are just a few of the ways Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, has been described over the past fifty years by music critics and fans alike. Meanwhile, Matt Pearce & The Mutiny released their hugely successful debut album 'Gotta Get Home' last May through Mutinear Records, and not only was it #1 in the Amazon Best Selling Blues Albums and Hot New Releases charts, it also went on to glean an impressive array of glowing reviews from the Blues and Rock press.
"We’ve lost some heroes over the past few years, but this one is major for me. Rush have been myband since I first took a punt on the glorious triple gatefold sleeve of ‘All the World’s a Stage’ which began a lifelong dedication (if not obsession). I’m not exclusive; there are many other bands and artists I love, but if I was confined to just one band for the rest of my days, it would be Rush. And that has been the case for the last 40 years."
Read the whole of Rush fan Mark C's heartfelt tribute to Neil Peart here, the Canadian bands's virtuoso drummer, who was revered by fans and fellow musicians as one of the greatest drummers of all time, who died last Tuesday aged 67.
Savoy Mutiny At Chislehurst Tonight 14/1/20
"The absence of the band’s classics from the Under The Bridge setlist suggests that the band is confident about its new material and, with Simmonds displaying an energy in his playing which belies his advancing years, there looks to be plenty of gas left in the Savoy Brown tank. Anyone who enjoys Blues/Rock guitar played in the classic trio format will find plenty to enjoy in ‘City Lights’." That was part of our take last year on Savoy Brown's latest CD 'City Lights' (Video Of The Day) and for our first gig of the decade, we're going along to see them at Chislehurst's Beaverwood Club tonight, with special guests Matt Pearce & The Mutiny (pictured).
Gary Fletcher At TNMC Tonight 14/1/20
Today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day features two IBBA albums of the month, a cracking new release and a lengthy preview of Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, including music from Mike Farris, Buck & Evans (pictured), Bad Day Blues Band, The Jupiter Blues, Andy Taylor Group, Dom Martin, The Head Hunters Blues Band, Lightnin Willie, The Achievers, Half Deaf Clatch, The Cinelli Brothers and a couple of tracks from Gary Fletcher ahead of tonight's show at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF.
Satriani Shapeshifting Tour 13/1/20
To support the release of his 17th solo studio album this April through Sony/Legacy, world-renowned guitar virtuoso, Joe Satriani, has announced a string of May UK tour dates. Travelling under the moniker of “The Shapeshifting Tour”, the six-date run will start at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea on Friday 22nd May finishing up at Birmingham Symphony Hall on Thursday 28th May. The live show will also feature many of his classic fan-favorites including 'Surfing With The Alien', 'Always with Me, Always with You' and 'Flying In A Blue Dream'. His touring band also features celebrated drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty), bassist Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats) and keyboardist Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc).
A Step In The Morning Glow 13/1/20
Today's Video Of The Day is the iconic and influential Japanese Post-Hardcore band Envy, their first single ‘A Step in the Morning Glow’, from their new album ’The Fallen Crimson’, which is due to be released on Friday 7th February through Pelagic Records. It's their first new studio album in five years – a record that almost never happened - given the band recently suffered seemingly insurmountable personal and creative struggles that challenged the very existence of the band, like nothing they had experienced in nearly three decades together. After reuniting with briefly estranged singer Tetsuya Fukagawa – and shaking up their lineup for the first time in 25 years – Envy has returned, refreshed with their most dynamic and progressive work to date.
Since I Met You Baby 13/1/20
Ten years ago Gary Moore played a special one-off club show at London’s Islington Academy, and Provogue, a division of the Mascot Label Group, will be releasing this never before released recording, 'Live From London', on Friday 31st January, which includes today's Track Of The Day 'Since I Met You Baby'. The live album was recorded on 2nd December 2009 – just fourteen months before his tragic death at the age of 58. The career of the fabled guitarist was a jagged timeline, full of twists, turns and wild tangents. And yet, through it all, the Irishman never lost faith in the power of live music.
Neil Peart 12/1/20
Neil Peart, the virtuoso drummer of iconic Canadian band Rush, who was revered by fans and fellow musicians as one of the greatest drummers of all time, has died at the age of 67. The influential musician and lyricist died on Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, after having been diagnosed with brain cancer. Consequently, our Rush Video Of The Day is dedicated in Neil's memory.
Jim Kahr Blues Review 12/1/20
A Blues Review featuring Jim Kahr, takes place on Thursday 20th February from 7.30pm at the original Ealing Club - the Birthplace of British Rhythm and Blues - at the Red Rooms, 42A The Broadway, London W5 2NP. The Chicago guitar legend has worked with some of the biggest names in Blues, including John Lee Hooker, Freddie King, Junior Wells, Bobby Blue Bland and Buddy Guy. Indeed, the venue is sacred ground - the original premises where Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies started out in 1962! Hosted by The Paul Cook Blues Band, there will also be sets from special guests Robert Hokum, Emma Wilson and Half Moon Panic.
Forever Whatever 12/1/20
Today's October Drift Track Of The Day is the emotive acoustic video for their single, ‘Forever Whatever’, part of their series of Songs In Strange Places, and ahead of the release of their debut album of the same name on Friday 24th January via Physical Education Records. Following the album’s release, the band will embark on a ten-date headline tour starting with a sold out show in Bristol on Friday 7th February, including dates in Manchester, Glasgow, Brighton and London on Saturday 8th February at the Old Blue Last. Musically, they cite their influences as My Bloody Valentine, The National, Sonic Youth and Radiohead, while lyrically they take inspiration from the likes of Nick Cave, Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake.
Talon Win Best Tribute Award 11/1/20
Our final category in our 2019 WRC Awards sees Eagles tribute band Talon (Video Of The Day) win Best Tribute Band. We caught them on their Greatest Hits Tour at Stevenage's Gordon Craig Theatre last October, and they're back on the road again this Autumn with ‘The Legacy Tour'. Congratulations to all of our eleven winners and we look forward to catching up with you in 2020 to present your well deserved awards!
Gigs Today 11/1/20
For the first time this year, Camden Rocks Festival Presents returns with an all-day Rock-n-Roll bonanza featuring Playdead, Love Reptiles, Hunted By Elephants, Principle, Electric Black, Vandampire, Insolace, Eight Rounds Rapid and Bring The Onslaught - all live at Nightclub Kolis, 1 Archway Close N19 3TD between 2.30pm and 10.30pm. Meanwhile, also today, Katie Bradley hits the Blues At Barleylands stage at 2pm with Dave Ferra on guitar, Paul Dickinson on double bass and Rick Kent on drums, at Barleylands Social Club, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UF.
School Of Hard Knocks 11/1/20
Legendary Saxon frontman Biff Byford launches his first ever solo album, 'School Of Hard Knocks' (see today's Track Of The Day), on Friday 21st February, through Silver Lining Music. With his roots firmly in The North of England, Biff has earned the right to be considered The Heavy Metal Bard Of The North and his debut album reflects the man and his personality, his loves and his musical versatility. To coincide with his album launch, Byford embarks on his first ever solo tour in April including London's Islington Assembly Hall on Tuesday 28th, with European dates to be announced later. The show, in the form of An evening with..., will be split into two halves. The first features Biff in conversation with Don Jamieson (American comedian and star of VH1 Classics That Metal Show) on all aspects of his life and career. After the break Biff and his band will play some new songs, covers and, maybe, a Saxon song or two!
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Wins Best Blues Rock 10/1/20
"Their set squeezed in a lot of numbers but not as many as the closing set on the Outlaw stage. Kenny Wayne Shepherd's set lasted just over two hours from opening track 'Woman Like You', a cover of Buffalo Springfields' 'Mr. Soul' through a seriously rocking setlist that included his version of 'Voodoo Child'. Nice." That was our take on the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band's set at Maidstone's Ramblin' Man Fair back in July (pictured) and KWSB (Video Of The Day) has duly won our 'Best Blues Rock' performance in our 2019 WRC Awards. Following their hugely successful UK Summer tour and the release of their latest album ‘The Traveler’, KWSB will be coming back to the UK for five shows this October, calling through Bexhill-On-Sea, Salisbury, Edinburgh, Gateshead and Warrington.
A Tale Of Two Talents 10/1/20
Five years ago, Danny Vaughn (lead vocalist of Tyketto) and Dan Reed (frontman of Funk rockers Dan Reed Network) decided to combine their talents in a joint project: a live acoustic touring act called Snake Oil & Harmony. The project led to two acclaimed tours, where they shared their songs and the stories behind them with audiences throughout Europe, building a rep for their singing, musicianship and spellbinding rapport with their audiences. The tours sparked the pair into further creative partnership, kindling their considerable talents to create new, original songs, which they added to their repertoire on tour. Now, Snake Oil & Harmony are releasing their debut album, ‘Hurricane Riders’, which will be released on Friday 28th February. To coincide with its release, both artists will be taking the brand-new album out on the road, kicking off with London's Half Moon in Putney on Wednesday 12th March, along with their respective solo material, plus classic Dan Reed Network and Tyketto songs on the bill, showcasing the unique chemistry and kinship of two master singers, songwriters and storytellers, not to mention infectious melodies and thought-provoking lyrics.
Big Wolf Blues Club 10/1/20
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 IBBA Presenters' Picks and much more, including music from Brian Setzer, Nick Moss Band, Frank Bey, Van Morrison, Bobby Rush, Dom Martin, Trickbag, Wily Bo Walker (pictured), Big Wolf Band and many more.
Beth Hart Wins Best International Award 9/1/20
We saw Beth Hart (Video Of The Day) grace the Ramblin' Man Fair Blues Stage at Maidstone's Mote Park last July (pictured), and as result of that performance, Beth has won our 2019 WRC 'Best International' award. After selling out her biggest UK concert at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall in May 2018, the Grammy nominated singer-songwriter and her band will be returning to the UK next month to tour her latest album 'War In My Mind'. Her 10-date tour, plus an acoustic set from special guest Kris Barras, will start at the Brighton Dome on Wednesday 5th February and includes dates in London, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester.
Gigs Tonight 9/1/20
Following their success at Wrinklystock 8 (pictured), 2019 WRC 'Best Tribute' Award nominees Jamie & The Jets return to Kent tonight with their Elton John show to play Real Music Live at Chislehurst's The Beaverwood Club. Meanwhile, also tonight, the UK’s hottest new Rock ‘n’ Blues band, Bad Day Blues Band, are making their debut at the first gig of the decade at The Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Featuring a unique mix of classic Blues harp, entwined bass and lead vocals, dirty guitar and driving rhythm, Bad Day Blues Band are hailed by the critics as one of the must see musical acts of modern times. Doors open at 8.15pm with music from 9-11pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted admission.