Well the weather was kinder as Austin, Texas, icons ZZ Top rounded off an excellent weekend of great music as headliners on the Ramblin' Man Fair Planet Rock Main Stage at Mote Park, Maidstone, last night. It was a day of superb performances, the one's we witnessed included Killit, Snakecharmer, Big Boy Bloater, Focus, Supersonic Blues Machine, The Qureboys, Massive and of course ZZ Top (pictured and Vid Of The Day). We also managed to interview Aaron Keylock and Killit so watch out for those audio interviews soon plus more pics and a review.
Ramblin' On Despite The Weather 30/7/17
Despite the expected deluge, Ramblin Man Fair managed to keep its head above water yesterday as we took in excellent sets from The Nile Deltas, Jared James Nichols, Steve Harris British Lion (VOTD interview), Glenn Hughes and Scorpion Child, however the stand out performance was Kenny Wayne Shepherd (pictured) on the Four Roses Bourbon Outlaw Country Stage - which had nothing to do with being undercover - absolutely awesome. With Big Boy Bloater, Monster Truck, Supersonic Blues Machine, The Quireboys and ZZ Top on the agenda today - plus apparently good weather - it's going to be another great but hopefully dry day!
Ramblin' Man Kicks Off 29/7/17
This year's Ramblin' Man Fair kicked off last night on the Planet Rock Main Stage with the Graham Bonnet Band, Last In Line, Y&T and the mighty Saxon (pictured)! Watch out for more photos from Mr. Rockrpix John Bull over the coming days but in the meantime check out today's Vid Of The Day with Biff Byford from Saxon talking to Planet Rock's Paul Anthony backstage at Ramblin' Man Fair 2017 about touring, their new album and the song they've written about Lemmy.
Ramblin' Man Fair Day 29/7/17
Well the weather forecast is not that great for Maidstone today - but what the hell with all the good music that's on show on Ramblin' Man Day 2. In between the music we also have interviews lined up with Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics, Bad Touch (pictured), Xander & The Peace Pirates, James Jared Nicholls and Scorpion Child. So watch our for those audio interviews over the coming week!
Route 66 Chart Success 29/7/17
This week's Route 66 Track Of The Day was riding high in the Mixcloud upload charts at number 20 and number 90 in the Blues and Rock chart's respectively. Host Rory Auskerry includes music from Jeff Beck (pictured), Little Feat, The Spencer Davis Group, Jerry Lee Lewis, Joe Cocker, Derek & The Dominos and Queen.
Ramblin' On! 28/7/17
British Heavy Metal legends, Saxon, not only are headlining Ramblin' Man Fair's Planet Rock Main Stage tonight, but are also set to release 'The Solid Book of Rock', on Friday 18th August. The set comprises 14 Discs altogether - not only all 9 of Saxon's studio albums from 1991 to 2009 but eight bonus tracks and two bonus CD's - 'Classics Re-Recorded' originally issued with the initial pressings of 'Killing Ground', and 'Lionheart' rough studio mix originally issued on the 2006 limited edition. This Metal-tastic Book Set also contains three bonus DVD's the limited-edition DVD's originally released with 'Lionheart', 'The Inner Sanctum' and 'Into The Labyrinth'. All this, packaged in a sumptuous 24 page 12 x 12 booklet with all the lyrics and credits, plus photos with a fabulous brand-new cover painting by Paul R. Gregory!
For All Kings 28/7/17
Over the band's 35-year career, Anthrax have sold in excess of 10-million units, received multiple Gold and Platinum certifications, six Grammy nominations and a host of other accolades from the media, industry and fans. In 1991, their music helped break down race and genre barriers when they collaborated with Public Enemy on 'Bring The Noise'. And, of course, along with Metallica, Slayer and Megadeth, Anthrax helped pioneer the Thrash/Metal genre as a member of The Big Four. Anyway, today's Vid Of The Day is from their current hit album 'For All Kings', which hit the world charts on #8.
Blues Club Friday 28/7/17
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns this week with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week Includes tracks from Buddy Guy, Gov't Mule, Joseph Veloz, Jo Harman, Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo', Micki Free, Robin Trower, Andy Scheinman, Kenny "Blues Boss" Wayne, Joakim Tinderholt, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Blackwater Conspiracy, Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, King King, Bob Seger, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Karen Lovely, The Blues Brothers, Nils Landgren Funk Unit, JFK Blue (pictured), The Hitman Blues Band, Carolyn Wonderland, Stacy Jones Band, Storm Warning, Mike Zito, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Ramblin' Man - 1 Day & Counting 27/7/17
As our Ramblin' Man Fair countdown virtually comes to an end - again we look forward to Saturday and Jessica Lynn (today's Track Of The Day) who is on the Four Roses Bourbon Outlaw Country Stage at 2pm. Being hailed as "Country Music's Newest Star", the "New Woman in Country" and "Shania's Successor," Jessica is fast on her way to making her mark on the music business. Last year, Jessica hit the road with Country legend Jo Dee Messina for a West Coast tour and recently had the honour of opening for the "Queen of Country Music" herself, Loretta Lynn. Her high-energy and dynamic live show has garnered rave reviews from critics worldwide with the CBS National Evening News calling her a "Rocket Force", and her fresh and unique sound make her a true standout within her genre.
Rise & Shine 27/7/17
Rise & Shine is the new album from Nashville trio SIMO, which will be released on Friday 15th September on Provogue/Mascot Label Group. The album began taking shape on the road, where SIMO's three bandmates - singer, guitarist and namesake frontman JD Simo (pictured); drummer Adam Abrashoff; and bassist Elad Shapiro - spent most of 2016 on tour. They played 215 shows that year (including supporting Beth Hart, Blackberry Smoke and the late great Gregg Allman) leaving behind their Nashville headquarters and traveling to nine different countries in support of their Billboard Top 10 Blues album, 'Let Love Show the Way'.
Hitman In Twickenham 27/7/17
The Hitman Blues Band has been rocking New York for 20 Years with their own searing brand of Blues/Rock. Tonight is their 6th visit to The Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ, and they have picked up a considerable fan base both at the Club and throughout the UK. Led by founding member, guitarist/vocalist Russell “Hitman” Alexander with his gravely vocals and gritty Blues fretwork, Russ has also shared the stage with Johnny Copeland, LaVette Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, The Coasters, The Ink Spots and Whitney Houston. The band's new release 'The World Moves On' is being hailed as "the best yet!" Their previous release, 'Blues Enough', was in the running for two Grammy nominations. With a live show that engages the audience with great musicianship, great music, and a liberal dose of humor, The Hitman Blues Band will light up the audience! Doors open at 8.30pm with music from 9-11pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted admission.
Ramblin' Man - 2 Days & Counting 26/7/17
With just two days to go now until the Graham Bonnet Band open this year's Ramblin' Man Fair on the Planet Rock Main Stage on Friday - we look forward to Saturday and Ghoultown (today's Vid Of The Day) who are on the Four Roses Bourbon Outlaw Country Stage at 4.10pm. Described as "an uncharted crossroads between Johnny Cash and Rob Zombie", Ghoultown delivers its own brand of songs which range from melancholy dirges of lost love -- to blood-pumping outlaw Punk -- to well-crafted anthems featuring spaghetti western trumpets.
New Dose Of Gypsy-Punk 26/7/17
And talking of Punk, Gypsy-Punks Gogol Bordello recently released their new single ‘Walking On The Burning Coal’ (today's Track Of The Day) ahead of the their seventh album 'Seekers and Finders'. GB blend multiple musical and cultural elements within their sound, from Eastern-European influence, Folk to Rock which you can hear throughout the new album. It was written over three continents and was produced by frontman Eugene Hütz. The 9-piece have just completed a number of European dates which included a string of UK headline shows and a slot at this years British Summer Time festival, Hyde Park, supporting Green Day. Their energetic, crazy live performance is a must-see and if you haven’t had chance to see them yet, you can catch them in December as they have just announced a UK headline tour, which will see them play Manchester, London, Wolverhampton, Nottingham and Glasgow with support from NY brass/woodwind group Lucky Chops!
Get A Load Of Boul 26/7/17
Yet another Wednesday reminder to join Dan Boul of 65amps here today for his weekly one hour webcast, "Lunch With Dan Boul" at midday PT (3pm ET, 8pm UK) and participate in the conversation as his guests and him talk music. Always a great hang. And you can also check out back episodes in the archives here.
Ramblin' Man - 3 Days & Counting 25/7/17
We look forward to Ramblin' Man Fair's Groovrider Stage on Saturday at 1.50pm and Lionize. The Maryland-based rockers have announced their forthcoming full-length studio album, titled 'Nuclear Soul', is set for release on Friday 8th September in digital, CD, and LP formats. The first single 'Blindness To Danger' premiered last week with Classic Rock and the song is today's Vid Of The Day!
Well we thought we had died and gone to heaven at Midnight Oil's awesome Hammersmith Eventim Apollo gig in London on Sunday night. The Aussies opened with their classic album 'Diesel And Dust' in its sweet entirety which set up their stall nicely for a memorable evening of powerful Rock & Roll with attitude - just how we like it. Respect also to support band The Selecter (pictured) whose two tone Ska got the crowd up dancing - so check out our photo gallery from the night here.
By Jupiter - It's Rock On The Ridge 25/7/17
On this week's 2016 WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day is Massive Wagons, Skid Row, Unparalleled Height, Godsmack, Melvins, L.A. Guns, Edguy, Adrenaline Mob, Linkin Park (pictured), Miraculous Mule, 19-Twenty, King Howl, Wicked Tongues, Aviator, From The Messenger, Voodoo Six, Falling Red, The Black Jackals, Big River, Follow No One, Avenged Sevenfold and on their introducing stage two in a row from Jupiter In Velvet.
Hammersmith's Diesel & Dust 24/7/17
Given their 20 year hiatus, Midnight Oil's gig at London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo last night was understandably a first for the WRC and another one off our bucket list. As part of their UK leg of 'The Great Circle Tour', the band featured Rob Hirst (drums, vocals), Jim Moginie (guitars, keys & vocals), Peter Garrett (lead vocals), Martin Rotsey (guitar) and Bones Hillman (bass). This was the band’s biggest tour since the late 80’s and early 90’s, with classic albums like 'Diesel & Dust', 'Blue Sky Mining' and 'Earth and Sun and Moon' selling over 10 million copies around the globe. And sure enough, seeing the iconic Midnight Oil live ultimately proved the power of live Rock & Roll! With more pics and a review to come - check out today's Vid Of The Day.
Nobody Told Me 24/7/17
To be informed by e-mail at precisely 8.12pm that the headliner you are patiently waiting to see is now not going to appear at the gig is bad enough - but to be told the following morning that it has been rescheduled for 72 hours later is taking the p*ss! Anyway, the good news is that Puddle Of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin (pictured) did make the Amplified Festival after all on Friday, and so the jury is out on whether we travel up to The Garage in Highbury, London tonight. One thing for certain is that Wrinkly The Silver Fox will not be flying back from Majorca again! Anyway check out our photo gallery here from last Thursday night of Trapt and The Fallen State.
Thanks For The Blues 24/7/17
This week's Black On Blues Track of The Day includes music from Stacey Jones, Truth Jones, Annee 2CU, Slinky Williams, Laura Cheadle, and Koko Taylor.
Completing The Circle 23/7/17
After a 20 year hiatus Midnight Oil returned to the UK in early July at London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo and then immediately added a second London show to their UK leg of The Great Circle Tour, returning to the Apollo tonight - and we will be there! Midnight Oil is more than just a Rock & Roll band. From the Northern beaches of Sydney to the streets of Manhattan, they have stopped traffic, inflamed passions, inspired fans, and broken new ground. This is the band’s biggest tour since the late 80’s and early 90’s, with classic albums like 'Diesel & Dust', 'Blue Sky Mining' and 'Earth and Sun and Moon' selling over 10 million copies around the globe.
Ramblin' Man - 5 Days & Counting 23/7/17
Our Ramblin' Man Fair countdown continues with news that our brand new 'WRC 2017 On Tour' t-shirts will proudly be worn over next weekend. Watch out for us and say hello - we might even buy you a drink given it's AJ's birthday! In the meantime, check out today's Vid Of The Day of the awesome Xander & The Peace Pirates who we will be interviewing on the Saturday before their set on the Rising Stage at 12.50 on the Sunday.
Waiting For A Rockstar 23/7/17
Following 10 days of gigging to 2,000 capacity sold out venues as special guests to former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen, Devilfire have forged a fiery path into the European Rock 'n' Roll road. Returning to the UK to a sold out festival crowd at Hard Rock Hell AOR 2017 was the icing on the cake, and the Birmingham based Melodic Hard Rock outfit, featuring Alex Cooper - vocals, Baz Blackett and Richard Bloomer-Davies - guitars, Davey Bennett - bass and Lars Wickett - drums, are ready to conquer the world with their debut album 'Dark Manoeuvres' this October. 'Dark Manoeuvres' is a mammoth 13-track album, calling on varied influences with a darker melodic sound and this hook laden, riff filled collection of music has been carefully crafted with passion. 'Dark Manouevres' is set to push rock's boundaries with its honest British roots. Anyway, check out today's Track Of The Day - taken from the album 'Waiting For A Rockstar'.
Chester Bennington 22/7/17
The irony was not lost on us last Thursday night as one troubled frontman failed to turn up in London for our Puddle Of Mudd Garage gig, whilst at the same time we received news of Chester Bennington's apparent suicide at the age of 41. Californian Nu-Metallers, Linkin Park, were formed in 1996 and their debut album, 2000's 'Hybrid Theory', catapulted them into the mainstream, turning them into one of the world's most popular Rock bands ever. We dedicate today's Vid Of The Day to Bennington as we simply let their music do all the talking.
Ramblin' Man - 6 Days & Counting 22/7/17
"Crobot's Nuclear Blast riffing label mates Scorpion Child were next up and they would take the 'Zep' inference to another level. The Texan flags were unfurled and the five-piece band from Austin were ready to unleash their brand of Heavy - Acid Rock. Positioned at the front, we literally witnessed an in your face performance as vocalist Aryn Jonathan Black continually rocked his microphone stand back and forth, patted the heads of the assembled photographers and finally leapt into the crowd - not crowd surfing as such - but just giving a friendly embrace to those lucky enough to be within the vicinity." That was part of our take on Scorpion Child (Track Of The Day) at Camden's Underworld just under two year's ago (pictured) and the guys are appearing at Ramblin' Man on Saturday's Grooverider Stage at 6.25pm. Do not miss them!
London Calling! 22/7/17
Plumstead Heath to be precise. Yes, Deep Blue Sea are heading to Plumstead tonight - their first time at The Music Mill SE18 1QG. So if you are in the vicinity get on down there - the band are on at 9pm. And if there set is anything like their 100 Club gig supporting Southbound (pictured) - then you're in for a treat.
Out Of My Head 21/7/17
The last time we saw Puddle Of Mudd at the O2 Academy in Islington in March last year, we pleaded with frontman Wes Scantlin to sort his demons out - despite it being a memorable gig for all the right and wrong reasons. Sixteen months later and POM were due to return to 'The Smoke' last night - The Garage at Highbury to be precise - so would it be worthwhile for one particular WRC member flying all the way back from Majorca just for the gig and then flying back to Majorca again the morning after? Was he, as the POM song goes 'Out Of My Head' to do such a thing? Well once news filtered through after The Fallen State's set (pictured) that Scantlin had not been allowed to leave the USA and that POM would not be appearing - understandably Wrinkly The Silver Fox was not a happy man! Anyway, check out today's Vid Of The Day of 'special guests' Trapt - with more pics to come.
Next Stop Amplified! 21/7/17
On the back of last night's disaster, Puddle Of Mudd, Trapt and The Fallen State were all due to move on to their next UK gig - today at Amplified - the new exciting three-day Rock/Metal festival featuring a top quality line-up of chart-topping artists, breaking new bands, great food and drink and excellent amenities takes place this weekend in the glorious Cotswold countryside at Quarrydowns, between Northleach and Aldsworth in Gloucestershire. They recently confirmed its final line-up with the announcement that legendary Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell and his band The B** tard Sons would be headlining the Red Stripe Main Stage on Saturday night, joining other stage headline acts including Reef, Acid Reign, Diamond Head, Evil Scarecrow, Raging Speedhorn, Astroid Boys and Milk Teeth.
Blues Club Opens Its Doors 21/7/17
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns this week with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week Includes tracks from Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa (pictured), Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, Beth Hart, Professor Louie & The Crowmatix, Thornetta Davis, Cash Box Kings, Ruby & The Revelators, The Halley Devestern Band, London Blusion, Delta Wires, Johnnie Johnson, Coco Montoya, Slinky & P'tit Loup, Taj Mahal, Sonny Landreth, Big Wolf Band, Boogie Patrol, Rocky Athas, Andy T Band, Kaz Hawkins, Robert Cray, Myles Sanko, Bobby Messano, Doug MacLeod, Mick Kolassa & Mark Telesca, Willa Vincitore, The Gordon Meier Blues Experience, Jim Allchin, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
She Hates Me 20/7/17
"The "Oooo's" in the crowd welcomed another from 'LOF' - 'Spin You Around' - although it then got even more surreal as Scantlin introduced 'Spaceship' from 'Songs in the Key of Love & Hate' - and then aborted this as he wanted a smoke! He was then enticed back on stage after his cigarette break thanks to a crowd sing-a-long of you've guessed it - 'She Hates Me' - which also saw the late introduction of a quickly assembled mosh pit which we were right in the middle of. Boys will be boys eh Wes? "She Fuc*ing Hates Me" was Wes' parting shot as he departed with suitcase in tow. Well we don't fuc*ing hate you Wes - just please get your demons sorted out mate. What a night!" That was AJ's take on Puddle Of Mudd the last time we saw them in London in March last year. Believe us - these guys do not do boring and God knows what awaits us tonight as they return to Islington but on this occasion it's The Garage.
Route 66's Kings & Queens 20/7/17
This week's Route 66 Track Of The Day features music from Queen, Beth Hart, Tom Petty, California Breed and a new one from King King.
KLOGR To Support The Rasmus 20/7/17
Alternative Rock Metal band KLOGR (Video Of The Day) is ready to hit the road again! In collaboration with K2 Music Management, the group featuring Gabriele “Rusty” Rustichell on lead vocals/guitar, Pietro “PQ” Quilichini on guitar/backing vocals, Maicol Morgotti on drums and Roberto Galli on bass guitar, has been confirmed as special guests for the upcoming The Rasmus European shows this Autumn. Their highly awaited new album 'Keystone' is due to be released on Friday 6th October via Zeta Factory / PHD and was recorded at Zeta Factory Studio and mixed at Mainstation Studio in Toronto, Canada, by Grammy award winner David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, Muse, Smashing Pumpkins, Tool, Dream Theater, Stone Sour, Rush).
Ramblin' Man Fair Stage Times - Friday 19/7/17
With just nine days to go now in our Ramblin' Man Fair countdown - the stage times for all three days have now been announced below starting with Friday:
Planet Rock Main Stage:
Graham Bonnet Band 16:25 - 17:15
Last In Line 17:30 - 18:10
Y&T 18:35 - 19:35
AND THE MIGHTY Saxon (pictured) 20:15 - 22:00
Ramblin' Man Fair Stage Times - Saturday 19/7/17
Planet Rock Main Stage
Jared James Nichols 12:55 - 13:20
Toseland 13:50 - 14:25
Civil War Reenactment 14:30 - 15:00
Steve Harris British Lion 15:00 - 15:50
Reef 16:10 - 16:55 Glenn Hughes (pictured) 17:15 - 18:00
Dokken 18:25 - 19:15 Black Star Riders 19:45 - 20:45
Extreme 21:15 - 22:45
The Gift 12:25 - 13:00
Iamthemorning 13:20 - 13:55
Civil War Reenactment 14:00 - 14:30
Martin Turner ex Wishbone Ash 14:30 -15:20 Focus 15:50 - 16:40
Magnum (Track Of The Day) 17:10 - 18:10
The Devin Townsend Project 19:00 - 20:25
German Rockers Kissin’ Dynamite (Vid Of The Day) have just released their new DVD/2-CD/Bluray package entitled 'Generation Goodbye; Dynamite Nights'. This celebrates the band’s tenth anniversary and is a testament to all the hard work the band has put in throughout their career to date. The band members, centered around lead singer Hannes Braun, were barely out of school when they released their debut album 'Steel Of Swabia' in 2008, but it is true and, on time for that anniversary, these Hard Rockers are now truly striking a balance. All the members are just in their middle twenties, but the group has already released five successful albums and achieved so much since first appearing on the world Metal map in 2006: extensive touring throughout Europe and Asia, and multiple top 20 entries in the official German album charts has seen them hone their craft beautifully, and now it's time to capture the raw emotion and pure fun of their live shows in one definitive release.
Multi-platinum selling artist Rex Brown has stepped out as front man for the first time to sing and play lead guitar on his debut solo album 'Smoke On This' , an astounding opus which totally strips away any and all boundaries and preconceived notions. 'Smoke On This' is set for release on Friday 28th July and is packed with unfettered, old-school guitar slinging Rock with a nod to the seventies and a firm grasp on the future. Rex wields a six-string guitar as confidently on 'Smoke On This' as he wore the bass in Pantera and Down, while his engaging voice crackles with easygoing spirit and truth-telling power.
Ramblin' Man - 11 Days & Counting 17/7/17
After the disappointing news that Kansas would no longer be able to attend Ramblin' Man Fair, the Devin Townsend Project (Vid Of The Day) duly stepped into the headline Prog in the Park slot! Townsend is a peripatetic. A musician, vocalist, songwriter and producer, his career has been highlighted by an ability to veer from one musical style to another with effortless brilliance. Whether going for an all out Metal assault, as with 'Strapping Young Lad', or for a more avant-garde Progressive inference, which is the case with the Devin Townsend Project, the Canadian has established himself as one of the most fascinating and unpredictable artists on the planet.