We last saw Rock 'n Roll stand-up comic and author Pete K Mally two years ago at a sold out Leicester Square Theatre in London during his 'Live N Loud - For Those About To Laugh' tour, and this year Pete hits the UK in April/ May as part of his 'Self-Help & Sporadic Hairs' tour, that includes The Cavendish Arms in London on Friday 17th April. The Rock DJ for MMH and Rock compere (Call of the Wild, Gravity Festival, Livewire, Crazy Cowboy 4 /5, Winterstorm), will talk about teaching, Rock 'n' Roll, heroes and depression. Support also comes from the incredible Lyndon Webb - Magician and Mind Reader.
Desolate July In January 31/1/20
Sons Of Apollo third single, 'Desolate July', from their second studio album, appropriately titled, 'MMXX' (pronounced: 20/20) released earlier this month via InsideOutMusic, is today's Video Of The Day, a tribute to musician David Z who tragically passed away in 2017. Former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-Guns N Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen's Rising Force), says a lot about the huge talent involved, combined with a cohesive and recognizable individual stance on their 2017 #1 debut album, 'Psychotic Symphony'. Consequently the bands headlining MMXX World Tour will take them around the world, including European tour dates such as London's Islington Asembly Hall on Thursday 19th March, as well as South American dates in April.
Southbound Blues Club 31/1/20
Today's latest Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day features new releases, classic tracks, plus UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks, including music from Samantha Fish, Altered Five Blues Band, Etta James, Southbound (pictured) B.B. King & Billy F Gibbons, The Jimmy Rodgers All Stars and many more.
Anchor Lane CD Review/Launch 30/1/20
"Apparently there is no truth in the rumour that the powers that be wanted Brexit to coincide with the release of Anchor Lane's debut album 'Casino', although a bit like Brexit, their eagerly awaited release on Friday 31st January on R7 Records has certainly been well worth waiting for! 'Casino' sweats all the passion of William Wallace, with their proverbial balls of Rock under their kilts. Time will tell, as to what other cards they have hidden up their sporrans, but with 'Casino', there is no doubt that the gamble has paid off."
Today read AJ's complete take here on Anchor Lane's debut album 'Casino', due out tomorrow, and to coincide with its release, Anchor Lane are holding their album launch party tonight at London's The Black Heart in Camden.
100 Club Photo Gallery 30/1/20
With more photos in the pipeline, check out our initial Photo Gallery here from an awesome night of Tuesday Blues at London's 100 Club during Independent Venue Week. The outstanding Aynsley Lister returned once again for his annual gig at Oxord Street's iconic venue, with his hard hitting rhythms and guitar work including fan favourites 'Home' and 'Hyde 2612' plus classics 'Tore Down' and his traditional closer 'Purple Rain', proving once again that 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. The night was complete with excellent support from both Mojo Preachers, who released their acclaimed 'Man Made Monster' CD last year, plus impressive 100 Club debutants The Kendall Connection (today's Video Of The Day).
Video Nasties Dominion 30/1/20
Recently signed to APF Records – on Halloween last year no less - Video Nasties release their debut album 'Dominion’ on Friday 13th March, basically a record of Heavy Metal, horror themed John Carpenter worship, and their latest single, ‘Drone Eagle’, is today's Track Of The Day. The quintet formed in 2017, comprised of some of Liverpool's finest heavy exports in The Bendal Interlude, SSS, Magpyes and Iron Witch, mixing Death Metal with Punky and Thrashy undertones, creating something morbidly macabre and devilishly debauched. Video Nasties are content to lurk no more; get ready for their slasher soundtrack to rip your eardrums to pieces, plus live dates at Bolton's Alma Inn (free entry) tomorrow night and their album launch show at Liverpool's Sound Food and Drink on Saturday 14th March.
Shake The World 29/1/20
Vocalist Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group), guitarist Reb Beach (Winger, Whitesnake), bassist Jeff Pilson (Foreigner, The End Machine, ex-Dokken) and drummer Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Mr. Big) have joined forces in Black Swan and created ‘Shake The World’, out on Friday 14th February, the title track of which is today's Video Of The Day. It's not only an aptly titled debut album of powerful Hard Rock that is not simply the sum of its parts, but it's also a powerful Rock ‘n Roll machine. Sparked by a conversation between Jeff Pilson and Frontiers, who were keen to hear a project that could not only showcase McAuley's vocal prowess but also have a mighty musical backbone behind him, the initial seed was planted and Pilson ran with it from there, recording the album in his LA studio. The final result sounds totally fresh and extremely heavy, albeit still intensely melodic. Consequently, ‘Shake the World’ is a killer slice of Melodic Hard Rock and Heavy Metal from these seasoned musicians and is essential listening!
Dixie Highway Outlaws 29/1/20
Supreme Southern Rock icons the Outlaws, one of the most influential and best-loved bands of the genre, have lined up the release of their stonking new studio album, ‘Dixie Highway’, on Steamhammer/SPV on Friday 28th February. The Outlaws take fans on what is literally and figuratively the ride of a lifetime. For more than 45 years, the Tampa-born group have flown the Southern Rock banner like no other band in the land, best known for their unique triple-guitar Rock attack and three-part Country harmonies. And since the release of their 2012 comeback album ‘It’s About Pride’ and acclaimed 2016 double album ‘Legacy Live’, the Outlaws – led by Paul and co-founder/drummer Monte Yoho along with Randy Threet (bass, vocals), Steve Grisham (guitars, vocals), Dave Robbins (keyboards, vocals), Dale Oliver (guitars, vocals), Jaran Sorenson (drums) and guest guitarist Billy Crain – have not only re-emerged as what fans call ‘Southern Rock’s Last Band Standing’, but as a dedicated band of brothers who still write, play and perform with the skill, grit and fire of acts a fraction of their age.
Was it really a year ago that we last saw Aynsley Lister performing at London's 100 Club (pictured)? Fast forward a year, and tonight, as Independent Venue Week continues, he returns to the same iconic venue, with his hard hitting rhythms and guitar work reminiscent of a young Eric Clapton, supported by Mojo Preachers and The Kendall Connection. Indeed 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.
El Dorado King 28/1/20
Earlier this month Marcus King released his debut solo album, 'El Dorado', produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, via Snakefarm Records (UK)/Fantasy Records, which includes today's Video Of The Day 'Young Mans Dream'. The album is a contemporary exploration of Southern R&B, Country-Soul, Classic Rock and Blues, that has established the 23-year-old guitar phenomenon as one of the most soulful voices of his generation. King’s arresting vocals feature as lead instrument, taking centre-stage alongside a genre-bending blend of subtle acoustics, bright pedal steel, raucous electric guitars and blistering solos. Consequently, King will continue his Winter and Spring world tour with his band, The Marcus King Band, which will hit the UK next month, including London's Electric Ballroom on Tuesday 25th February.
Connor Selby At TNMC Tonite 28/1/20
Today's latest Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day is an hour filled with music from The Head Hunters Blues Band, Bernard Allison, Pete Orr, Marcus Lazarus, Half Deaf Clatch, Jo Harman, Troy Redfern, Jeremiah Johnson, Redfish, Lachy Doley and The Andy Taylor Group - all bracketed by a couple of tracks from Connor Selby ahead of tonight's show at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF.
Indie Music Week Kicks Off Today 27/1/20
Independent Venue Week is back today, a seven-day nationwide celebration of music venues around the country and the people that own, run and work in them, such as London's The Half Moon Putney who kick off IVW with Starsailor's James Walsh tonight. The venues - the backbone of the live music scene - give artists their first experience of playing live to an audience and allow fans to get up close to artists who may one day be playing stadiums and festival main stages. IVW also brings together venues with breaking and established artists, promoters, labels, media and tastemakers to create a nationwide series of gigs.
UTB Photo Gallery 27/1/20
Once again we were blessed to be in the presence of 2018 WRC Best Blues Rock award winner Bernie Marsden at London's Under The Bridge last Friday night, with surprise special guest Joe Bonamassa, plus great support from Deborah Bonham. Anyway, check out our initial Photo Gallery here plus our Video Of The Day. Understandably, the majority of the ex-Whitesnake guitarist's set comprised of the band's greatest hits including 'Fool For Your Loving' and 'Here I Go Again' plus Fleetwood Mac's 'Oh Well' and a fitting tribute to Gary Moore with Jimmy Rogers 'Walking By Myself'.
The King Of Harlem 27/1/20
King Solomon Hicks releases his debut album, 'Harlem', on Friday 13th March, via Provogue, a division of Mascot Label Group, including new track 'Every Day I Sing The Blues', which is today's Track Of The Day. The 24 year old grew up in Harlem, around a lot of great musicians, and his album is produced by multiple Grammy Award winner Kirk Yano (Miles Davis, Public Enemy, Mariah Carey), and showcases Hicks as a writer, player and interpreter. Hicks and Yano started working on 'Harlem' two years ago, finishing up during late 2019, aided by a corps of players that includes members of Soulive, Lettuce, Jack White and Hank William Jr.'s band and others -including Foghat/Savoy Brown veteran Roger Earl.
Make Some Noise 26/1/20
Today's Track Of The Day is Syteria's 'Make Some Noise', the first single taken from their upcoming album 'Reflection' which is due out on Friday 21st February via Syteria Records/Cargo Distribution, with a UK tour to follow, including Newcastle's The Rigger on Friday 13th March. Based in Yorkshire, Syteria are a band formed by Jackie 'Jax' Chambers, lead guitarist of the legendary Girlschool and 2019 saw a new chapter to the Syteria story, with new bassist Steph Dawson, formerly of the band Scream Of Sirens, joining. Blending Classic Rock stylings with a Punk fuzz, great tunes with heart and feel, and bucket loads of passion, Syteria have produced an absolute ripper of an album and one that should see them rise through the ranks at speed.
Live Resurrection 26/1/20
The tank is full, the engine roars - 'Live Resurrection' from Motorjesus, out on Friday 14th February, offers over 70 minutes of high voltage Rock music including today's Video Of The Day 'Tales From The Wrecking Ball'. One of Germany's best bands when it comes to Heavy Rock, the band is now back in action with a new line-up, that also played the entire tour, recorded during the last two shows of the latest 'Race To Resurrection' album tour. Founding members, vocalist Chris "Howling" Birx and Andy on guitar, plus Patrick Wassenberg (guitar), Dominik Kwasny (bass) and Philipp Kohout (drums), offer an ass-kicking selection of songs from over 15 years of Motorjesus. There's a storm coming and Motorjesus are ready for it!
Something Wicked This Way Came 26/1/20
Thunderstick are not only back with a new single 'Go Sleep With The Enemy/I Close My Eyes' on Roulette Records on Friday 7th February, but also a new live album 'Something Wicked This Way Came – Thunderstick live in France' is set for release in March, followed by a brand new studio album currently being recorded for release in July. Charismatic vocalist Raven Blackwing will also lead her thunderous band mates Vinny Konrad (guitar), Lee Quenby (guitar), Rex Thunderbolt (bass) and the legendary Thunderstick/Barry Graham Purkis (drums) on a series of UK and European dates throughout the year including Gravesend's Leo's Red Lion on Saturday 8th February, Breaking Bands Festival on Monday 25th May and Cornwall Rocks on Friday 20th November, with many more to be announced.
Live Hard Rock BOC 25/1/20
Recorded at the Hard Rock Casino in Northfield, Ohio, ‘Hard Rock Live Cleveland 2014’, released yesterday, offers a comprehensive look at the Blue Öyster Cult repertoire, including today's Track Of The Day 'Harvester Of Eyes'. Containing almost two hours of music, the band is on fire, performing some of the finest and most beloved songs from their extensive catalogue, while not forgetting some deeper cuts that will make long term fans of the band happy. This is the first in a series of live releases that are planned in 2020.
She Said 25/1/20
Molly Karloff, the hard-hitting, three-piece British Alt-Rock, Grunge Rock band, release their highly anticipated follow-up EP, 'Supernaturalation' on Friday 6th March, and ahead of its release, earlier this month, they released the first single, 'She Said', which is today's Video Of The Day. Since the release of their critically acclaimed debut EP, 'Dancing for Money' (2018), the Oxfordshire based band have toured their contagiously hook-filled, fist pumping sound around the country, including packed venues across Oxfordshire and London’s Camden Town. Indeed, the band’s EP launch will be held at The Black Heart in Camden, London, on Thursday 27th February.
Saturday Gigs 25/1/20
Featuring Guthrie Govan (pictured), The Aristocrats are playing London's Islington Assembly Hall tonight, whilst Riskee & The Ridicule are also appearing tonight at The Underworld in Camden. Earlier, just across the road, Camden Rocks Festival Presents an all-day Rock-n-Roll bonanza featuring Seething Akira, Torchbearer, Youth Illusion, Killing Giants, Nine Miles South, Tales of Perdition, Heist At Five, Raw Medicine and Artemis - all live at The Black Heart between 2pm and 10.45pm. Finally today, Tim Aves & Some Noisy Boys hit the Blues At Barleylands stage at 2pm, at Barleylands Social Club, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UF, whilst Classic Rock covers band Thickcut will be live at The Hope & Anchor, Station Road, Wokingham tonight at 9pm - and it's free!
Savoy Brown/Matt Pearce Beaverwood Review 24/1/20
"The short set sees Matt play some serious Gary Moore like Blues on his trusty Gibson with keys bass and drums providing the rhythm and melody. And his Scottish lilt is evident in his strong vocals. Interlaced with judicious wah, the screaming Blues guitar is excellent. For 'Ordinary Blues' he swaps the Gold Top for an Ibanez hollowbody which gives a twangier lilt to his Cry Baby’s sobbing. Title track of the new album 'Gotta Get Home' is a slide and fingerpicking sensation that has Southern states Blues written all over it whilst new track 'Got A Thing Going On' allows Matt to show his rockier side back on the Gibson again."
Today read the whole of Mother's take on Matt Pearce & The Mutiny and Savoy Brown at Chislehurst's The Beaverwood on Tuesday 14th January here, plus also check out our Photo Gallery here plus our Savoy Brown Video Of The Day filmed at The Great British Rock And Blues Festival, Butlins, Skegness, Lincolnshire, three days later.
Wells/Marsden London Gigs Tonight 24/1/20
Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Cory Wells will be playing acoustic music straight from the heart at St Pancras Old Church, London, tonight, with special guest Lizzy Farrall. In October, 2018, Cory was signed to Pure Noise Records with his full-length debut, 'The Way We Are', being released last November. Also tonight, 2018 WRC Best Blues Rock award winner Bernie Marsden is playing Under The Bridge, Chelsea, as part of the January Blues Festival, with special guest Deborah Bonham on stage at 8pm.
Blues Club For Free 24/1/20
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 songs from Mike Zito & Friends, Clare Free (pictured), Rod Stewart, John Mayall, Eagles, Dave Specter, Santana and many more.
Chants From Another Place 23/1/20
Darkly enigmatic Swedish Grammy-winning songwriter Jonathan Hultén released his new single ’The Mountain’ (today's Track Of The Day) earlier this month, which is taken from his debut album 'Chants From Another Place’, which is also due to be released on Friday 13th March through Kscope. The album draws comparisons to artists including Nick Drake, Sufjan Stevens and Fleet Foxes, as well as traditional Folk artists Bert Jansch and John Martyn right through to his contemporaries in Anna Ternheim, Hexvessel and Chelsea Wolfe. Indeed Jonathan will be touring with Chelsea Wolfe to support the release, opening for her ‘Birth Of Violence’ acoustic tour in the UK and Europe in March, including London's Alexandra Palace Theatre on Sunday 22nd March.
Brushitall Away With Joywave 23/1/20
US visionaries Joywave's new single ‘Half Your Age’ is today's Video Of The Day, ahead of their upcoming third album, 'Possession', which will be released on Friday 13th March. They are also confirmed to return to the UK as support to PVRIS on their tour next month, which includes Glasgow, Manchester and a show at London’s Brixton Electric on Thursday 20th February, before heading out to Europe. The band will then embark on two US headline tours in support of the album throughout March, April and May. Joywave’s unique outlook and inventive interpretation of Pop demonstrates a band that are at the top of their game, with their intelligent artistry and undeniably addictive music, set to take them to new heights in 2020.
Might Vernon At Eel Pie Tonight 23/1/20
Blues Legend, Mike Vernon will be making his Eel Pie Club debut with The Mighty Combo tonight at The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Mike is best know as having produced albums for some of the most famous artists in British Rock and Blues history, but maybe not quite so well-known is Mike's 'other' job - that of vocalist, in the 1970's and early 1980's, with the Olympic Runners plus also as the baritone singer in Rocky Sharpe and The Replays! His Mighty Combo also features Kid Carlos - an outstanding young guitar player from Spain; Ian Jennings on upright bass; Matt Little on keyboards; Paul Tasker on saxophone and Mike Hellier on drums. Doors open at 8.15pm with music from 9-11pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted admission.
Spring White Buffalo 22/1/20
The White Buffalo, the touring and recording persona of US singer/songwriter Jake Smith, recently signed a global deal with Snakefarm Records – a young label within the Universal Music Group spotlighting Roots, Country Rock, Blues and Americana. And once again, Smith will be taking it live; having confirmed Spring 2020 shows including London's O2 Forum on Thursday 23rd April. Raised in California with an abiding love of both classic Country and Punk Rock, Emmy nominee Smith has been pursuing his creative instincts under The White Buffalo banner for the better part of two decades. From the start, the guitarist set about establishing a path away from trend and genre, touching on a variety of musical strands – from dark Folk through to urgent Rock ‘n’ Roll - whilst maintaining a strong, signature voice: a rich, conspiratorial, timber-shakin’ baritone that smacks of hard miles travelled and late-night stories told.