Yes, today we finally squeeze in our last category - Best Unplugged nominees in our 2018 WRC Awards before voting closes at midnight tonight! First up is Kris Barras (Track Of The Day), who supported Beth Hart earlier this year, and then secondly The Quireboys, who also celebrated a decade since the release of their album, 'Homewreckers & Heartbreakers' with a gig at London's The Forum in September. The two other nominees are Alter Bridge's Myles Kennedy (pictured) who played Ramblin' Man Fair at the end of June, plus Blues Pills' Dorian Sorriaux (Video Of The Day) who coincidentally supported Myles on his tour earlier this year. Remember this is your last chance to cast your vote for all eleven categories by simply going here! The winners of our first category will be announced tomorrow!
Happy New Year's Eve 31/12/18
Whatever you have planned for tonight - have a good one. Walkway still have a few tickets left for their New Year's Eve party at Diss Cue Club. It's going to be one hell of a night, however, entry is by ticket only and tickets cannot be purchased on the door on the night, so go to their website (pictured) for details. Meanwhile, if you are staying in, the Abbagirls, who performed at Carlton Road Adult Training Centre's Christmas Party recently, thanks to money we raised from Wrinklystock VII, are on the New Year's Eve episode of BBC1's Eastenders! Anyway, a peaceful and a prosperous New Year to you all!
Pins Photo Gallery 31/12/18
Check out here today new photos of Pins (courtesy of Bruce Biege), who supported Slow Readers Club at their sold out London Scala gig in mid-December. Pins are a Rock band, formed in Manchester in 2011, consisting of singer/guitarist Faith Vern, guitarist Lois MacDonald and bassist Anna Donigan - Faith citing bands such as My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and Mary Chain and Hole as their musical influences. This was the penultimate gig of The Slow Readers Club tour, which had seen them play the biggest shows of their career so far, with Glasgow's School Of Art and their last date, a hometown show at Manchester's O2 Apollo, also sold out.
Vote Now - Best Reviewed CD 30/12/18
A brand new category last year - won by Black Country Communion's 'BCC IV' - today in our 2018 WRC Awards, we switch our attention to the nominees in our Best Reviewed CD - namely Federal Charm (pictured) for 'Passenger', Sari Schorr (Track Of The Day) for 'Never Say Never', The Bad Flowers for 'Starting Gun' and, finally, Bad Pennies (Video Of The Day) for 'Songs From The Medway Delta'. With just two days to go, please cast your vote including our other ten categories here.
30 Years Of Lypswitch 30/12/18
In 1988 Lypswitch moved from Orlando, Florida, to Hollywood, California, to follow the Rock 'n' Roll dream. In three years the band played over 100 shows and was almost signed. After 30 years the Sunset Strip veterans featuring Danny Whaley - vocals, Mick O'Brien - guitars, David Love - bass and K.A. - drums, has regrouped and has finally released '30 Years', consisting of six songs from the 80's, five re-recordings from the 80's and three new songs recorded in 2018!
The Man With Stars On His Knees 30/12/18
British Rock band Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics have recently signed to Listenable Records. To celebrate, the band and the label are releasing a Special Edition of the album ‘The Man With Stars On His Knees’ on Friday 22nd February featuring five brand new bonus tracks, consisting two brand-new studio tracks ‘Undertow’ and ‘Fire In The Fields Of Mayhem’ and of three live tracks on the CD version. In 2015, having toured the globe for four years fronting Heaven’s Basement, Buchanan walked out of one band and immediately into a studio just out of London with producer James Curtis-Thomas, guitarist Ryan Woods and sister and guitarist Laurie Buchanan. In the years prior, Curtis-Thomas and Buchanan had spoken many times about producing a record with deep, mature, and colourful content; just a few months later and a stint for Buchanan in Australia where many of the vocals were tracked in a shed just outside Brisbane, the now critically acclaimed and award winning record ‘The Man With Stars On His Knees’ was born out of a tiny studio just outside London with no hot water or central heating. A true testament to the belief in the music and vision Buchanan had brought to the table.
Vote Now - Best Prog Performance 29/12/18
Just three categories to go now as today we focus on our nominees in our Best Prog Performance in our 2018 WRC Awards. At the start of July we saw the Von Hertzen Brothers at Maidstone's Ramblin' Man Fair, and then just five days later we took in Roger Waters' 'Us And Them' tour at British Summer Time in London's Hyde Park (Video Of The Day). Meanwhile, more recently, in October, we saw Steve Hackett at The Royal Festival Hall and The London Palladium, where we also saw King Crimson (pictured) a month later. So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these superb Prog bands then simply go here!
Screaming Murder Death From Above 29/12/18
New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Raven release an extraordinary live album, ‘Screaming Murder Death From Above: Live In Aalborg’, on Friday 18th January on Steamhammer/SPV. The album contains 11 pure crack-shot Heavy Metal live cuts recorded at Raven’s massively acclaimed concert in Aalborg, Denmark, in November 2017. On fire and blissfully unaware that the gig was being recorded, John Gallagher (bass, vocals), Mark Gallagher (guitars) and Mike Heller (drums) put in one of the best performances of their lives. This was all the more amazing given the setback that occurred to the band in the spring of 2017. Shortly before the start of their US tour, Raven’s long-standing drummer Joe Hasselvander suffered a heart attack, putting an end to his active music career. After a few temporary replacements, it was quickly decided that Heller (Fear Factory, Malignancy) would be their new drummer.
Kings Of The Castle 29/12/18
Today's Track Of The Day is one of the many festive interviews that Geoff Carne & The Hatz did recently about their latest release 'Christmas Time'. Listen as Geoff chats to Kev Castle on Nottingham Hospital's Radio about the band, who have incidentally already announced two gigs for next year - The Old Star, Uttoxeter, at 9pm on Friday 22nd March and The Carlisle, Hastings, at 5pm on Easter Monday 22nd April.
Vote Now - One's To Watch 28/12/18
The eighth category showcased in our 2018 WRC Awards is One's To Watch. Our nominees include Carousel Vertigo who we saw at London's Water Rats in March and City Of Thieves (Video Of The Day) who also played just up the road at The Big Red in July. The third nominee is Gorilla Riot who we first saw at Ramblin' Man Fair at the end of June and then again more recently, supporting Dan Patlansky at London's O2 Academy Islington. The final nominees are Collateral who have just announced a gig at Camden's The Black Heart in London on Thursday 7th February (pictured). With just four days to go until voting closes at midnight on New Year's Eve, make sure you vote here now!
New Year Tuesday Blues 28/12/18
As the Christmas festivities start to come to an end, our attention switches not only to New Year celebrations but also our 2019 gig calendar. So make a note of the forthcoming Tuesday Blues itinerary (pictured) that takes place at London's iconic 100 Club beginning with headliner's Crow Black Chicken, Born Healer and Vincent Flatts Final Drive on 22nd January followed by Aynsley Lister, Ryk Mead Band and Big River the week after.
End Of The Year Blues Club 28/12/18
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 music from BB King, Boz Scaggs, Allman Brothers Band, Smokey's King Shufflers, The Marcus King Band, Trudy Lynn, Van Morrison, Wily Bo Walker (pictured), Victor Wainwright and The WildRoots, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Peter V Blues Train and many more.
Vote Now - Best Festival 27/12/18
Next in our 2018 WRC Awards, we turn our attention to our nominees in the Best Festival category. Firstly, we look back to a sunny weekend at the end of June/beginning of July when we took in Maidstone's Ramblin' Man Fair (see The Connor Selby Band Video Of The Day), which was held a fortnight after London's O2 Arena Stone Free Festival (see our Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Claassics Track Of The Day). And just two weeks before Stone Free, we took in our third nominee, London's Camden Rocks, whilst our final nominee - Hard Rock Hell XII (pictured) was held at the beginning of November - thankfully under cover! So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these awesome festivals then simply go here!
Anytime You Need Me 27/12/18
Following the release of his latest studio album 'Anytime You Need Me' and its consequent tour, international Blues/Rock/Soul guitarist, singer and songwriter Ben Poole has announced the second leg of his 'Anytime You Need Me' tour in February 2019. The tour kicks off on Thursday 31st January at The Maltings in Farnham and finishes on Saturday 16th February at The Leopard in Doncaster.
New Date Added To Samantha Fish Tour 27/12/18
Multi-Award-winning American Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Samantha Fish has added an extra date at the Sage 2 in Gateshead on Tuesday 7th May to her UK May tour. The tour coincides with Samantha’s new studio album to be released in early 2019 which is the follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2017 albums 'Belle of the West' and 'Chills & Fever'. After launching her recording career in 2009, Samantha quickly established herself as a rising star in the contemporary Blues world. Since then, the charismatic young singer-guitarist-songwriter has earned a reputation as a rising guitar hero and powerful live performer, while releasing a series of acclaimed albums that have shown her restless creative spirit consistently taking her in new and exciting musical directions.
Happy Boxing Day! 26/12/18
Here's hoping that you all had a rockin' Christmas Day as the festivities continue with today's Video Of The Day and Blink 182's 'Boxing Day'. Meanwhile today's Track Of The Day is Blues On The Radio's The Great Escape Volume 3 - one of the nominees in our 2018 WRC Awards Best Radio Show category that also includes Rock On The Ridge, The Blues Club Podcast (pictured) and Black On Blues! Remember - if you want to cast your votes then simply go here!
A Very Merry Christmas To You All 25/12/18
The big day has finally arrived, so today tune into our Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day where Bob and Jules and some special WRC guests discussed and listened to the runners and riders in this year's 2018 WRC Awards here. Remember - if you want to cast your votes then simply go here! In the meantime, check out our festive Video Of The Day and have a happy Christmas and a peaceful 2019.
Vote Now - Best International Band 24/12/18
It's Christmas Eve and today in our 2018 WRC Awards we focus on our nominees in the Best International category. Firstly we go back to a beautiful Summer's Day in London's Hyde Park where we witnessed not only Gary Clark Jr. (pictured) but also Santana at British Summer Time. More recently in November we saw both The Dead Daisies (today's Video Of The Day) at London's O2 Academy Islington plus Idlewar (Track Of The Day) at Camden's The Black Heart in London. So if you want to cast your vote for one of these awesome bands then simply go here!
An Evening With Styx 24/12/18
Styx bring their only UK show in 2019 to the prestigious London Palladium on Tuesday 4th June for An Evening Of Styx. They will perform music to celebrate their hugely successful 47-year career, including tracks from their most recent studio album 'The Mission'. The band have been a staple of Rock radio playlists throughout this time, with songs including 'Crystal Ball', 'Come Sail Away', 'Lorelei', 'Blue Collar Man', 'Renegade', 'The Grand Illusion', 'Too Much Time On My Hands' and 'Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)'. This will be the first time Styx have headlined their own show in the UK since 2005 and their first performance since their co-headlining tour with Journey and Foreigner in 2011. The current line-up of Styx has been working together for over 15 years and includes Tommy Shaw (vocals, guitars), James JY Young (vocals, guitars), Lawrence Gowan (vocals, keyboards), Todd Sucherman (drums) and Ricky Phillips (bass), along with surprise appearances by original bassist Chuck Panozzo.
King Of Kings 24/12/18
American Blues Rock vocalist Sari Schorr will be special guest on King King's January/February 2019 UK Tour. The 10-date tour will take in amongst others, Nottingham Rock City (Thursday 31st January), London's Koko (Thursday 7th February) and Glasgow O2 Academy (Sunday 17th February). Having played over 20 festivals this summer, the band have just finished the UK leg of their special guest slot on Europe’s 'Tour The Earth' and are currently touring the European mainland leg of the tour. In May this year King King won three prestigious awards at the UK Blues Awards including Blues Band of the Year, Blues Songwriter of the Year (Alan Nimmo) and Blues Album of the Year for their fourth studio album 'Exile & Grace', which scored a Top 40 hit in the Official UK Album Charts and featured the singles '(She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’, 'Long Time Running' and 'Broken' which became popular on Planet Rock and other Rock radio stations.
Vote Now - Best Tribute 23/12/18
Today we showcase our fourth category of eleven in our 2018 WRC Awards - the nominees in our Best Tribute category. Firstly, we go back to February and Nells Jazz & Blues where we saw Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey's Alive & Dangerous - and then - more recently - The Music Of Cream (pictured) performed by the sons of Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce plus the nephew of Eric Clapton at The Hammersmith Apollo in late November. To complete some fine nominees we also have the Alter Eagles and Noasis! So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these outstanding Tribute's then simply go here!
Rainbreakers To Support Wille & The Bandits 23/12/18
Rainbreakers will be supporting Wille and the Bandits on tour, as their special guests, in March next year, culminating with a gig at London's O2 Academy 2, Islington, on Saturday 30th. The Shrewsbury based four-piece expertly brew up the anger, anguish and frustrations of modern-day life and bottle such feelings into charged, passionate songs delivered by Ben Edwards’ forlorn, poignant vocals, carried by melodies that artfully alloy and interweave Blues, Soul and gritty Garage band Rock. Rainbreaker’s highly-anticipated debut album ‘Face to Face’ dropped in August this year, having been recorded at Monochrome Studios with renowned producer Tom Gittens.
Bearded Theory Returns For 12th Successive Year 23/12/18
Held in the stunning surroundings of Catton Hall, Bearded Theory's Spring Gathering, Derbyshires award-winning family-friendly festival, will return in 2019 for its 12th successive year, once again taking place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend. Indie legends Suede headline the Pallet stage on Friday 24th May whilst Saturday night is topped by legendary British rock band The Cult and Sunday is closed by founding member of the E Street Band Stevie Ray Zandt's Little Steven & Disciples Of Soul. They are joined on the Pallet stage by a first class roster of acts, including newly reformed 90's Indie icons Doves, Birmingham's Editors, Oh Sees, The Wildhearts, Steel Pulse, Reef, Hollie Cook, Mad Dog Mcrea and many more! The Woodland is headlined on Friday night by Punk legends Stiff Little Fingers, on Saturday by Scottish Indie-Rockers Idlewild and Jamaica's premier Ska band The Skatalites will close proceedings on Sunday night. Once complete, the festival line up will boast more than 200 acts across nine stages over four days
Special 2018 WRC Awards Show Tonight 22/12/18
Tune in to the 2017 WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge show here tonight at 8pm where Bob and Jules and some special guests will be discussing and listening to the runners and riders in this year's 2018 WRC Awards here. In the meantime, today we focus on the Best Blues Rock performance category - namely Bernie Marsden who we saw at London's 100 Club at the beginning of this year, Danny Bryant (Video Of The Day) - for his performance at Olympia's Great British Beer Festival in London in August, Big Boy Bloater And The LiMiTs (pictured) who played London's Black Heart in Camden in September, and finally, Laurence Jones (Track Of The Day) who played London's Borderline in January. So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these outstanding Blues Rock performers then simply go here!
Rocket Man 22/12/18
Yesterday afternoon saw another Friends Of Carlton Christmas Party - one of our nominated charities who benefitted from our Kast Off Kinks/The Replicants MJC gig at the beginning of this month. Once again, part of the money raised from Wrinklystock VII paid for yesterday's entertainment - which featured Jamie of Jamie & The Jets with his fantastic tribute to Elton John. Jamie's Dad and Rockrpix photographer John Bull would no doubt have been proud of him!
Camden Rocks Out Again 22/12/18
Camden Rocks Festival has announced the first 120 acts for their two day, 400-band 2019 event over the weekend of 1st and 2nd June. Featuring riotous Alt-Rock act Ash, Essex troubadour Rat Boy, legendary Post-Punks New Model Army, USA teenage-dirtbags Wheatus, Indie-rock legend Carl Barât of The Libertines and many more, with over 250 acts still to be announced! Expect a mashup of genres featuring some of the finest and best known acts in the live music world, plus a showcasing of some of the brightest and freshest talent around, set in the UK's heart and home of Rock 'n' Roll, Camden Town.
Vote Now - Best Rock Performance 2018 21/12/18
Today, in our 2018 WRC awards, we turn our attention to Best Rock Performance. First up are Iron Maiden (pictured) who we saw at London's O2 Arena in August. Our second nominee is The Rolling Stones who we caught in June at Twickenham and thirdly Glenn Hughes (Video Of The Day) at London's Electric Ballroom in Camden in October, ensuring that Deep Purple's legacy lives on. Finally, our last nominee also includes Glenn - step forward Black Country Communion who we saw play London's Hammersmith Apollo at the beginning of 2018. So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these outstanding Rock bands then simply go here!
ABBA Another Merry Christmas 21/12/18
Yesterday afternoon saw the Friends Of Carlton Christmas Party - one of our nominated charities who benefitted from our Kast Off Kinks/The Replicants MJC gig at the beginning of this month. Anyway part of the money raised from Wrinklystock VII paid for yesterday's entertainment - none other than the return of the Abba Girls (pictured) who once again made the party go with a bang!
Non-Stop Blues 21/12/18
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 music from Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Smokey's King Shufflers, Scott Sharrard, Chris Rea, JFK Blue (pictured), Snakewood, The Marcus King Band and many more.
Uriah Heep Shepherd's Bush Review 20/12/18
"The moment we were all anticipating had finally arrived. It was time for the big one, the epic, the grand, 'Gypsy' from the 1970 '...Very 'Eavy…Very 'Umble' album, and it didn't disappoint! Going on to mesmerize our senses and smack us in the ears like a ton of lead! A mind-blowing and intoxicating experience! Box got to stretch out and stun us all with his dexterous shredding, hypnotizing us mere mortals with utter brilliance, casting his magic spells over us with his expressive hand twirls and gestures whilst soloing as though his life depended on it! Next we were treated to the invigorating 'Look at Yourself' from the 1971 album of the same name, before the majestic and sublime 'July Morning', also from the 1971 'Look At Yourself' album, transported us into the stratosphere and carried us away to a different time and space. A powerful, uplifting and dazzling performance!"
Read the whole of Steven C. Gilbert's Uriah Heep, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, gig review from last Friday here plus check out our Video Of The Day.
2018 WRC Award Nominees Announced 20/12/18
With all the great music we have witnessed during 2018 - it wasn't easy - but yes we have finally come up with our nominees here in this year's WRC Awards. Simply choose your favourite from each of the eleven categories provided here and hit the vote button. You have until midnight 31st December to make your choice and only one vote per category per e-mail address is allowed - so there. So what are you waiting for? Spread the good news and make sure your favourite band gets the votes it deserves! In the meantime, today's Track Of The Day is The Second Sons who we saw supporting Greta Van Fleet at London's O2 Academy Islington in April - one of the nominees in our Best Support Band category that was won last year by Mason Hill (pictured). Other nominees in this category this year include Those Damn Crows (The Bad Flowers/London's Borderline/September), Doomsday Outlaw (Graham Bonnet/London's Underworld/August) and Mark Pontin Group (Aynsley Lister/London's 100 Club/January).
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day 20/12/18
Legendary rockers Cheap Trick performed a blistering set on Monday night in Birmingham, featuring a guest appearance from Wizzard icon Roy Wood, who joined the band for a festive rendition of their classic ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day’, as well as ‘California Man’. The show followed their amazing one-off date at Liverpool’s iconic and intimate Cavern Club - which saw the band inducted onto the venue's notable Wall Of Fame - ahead of their final show with Def Leppard at London’s Wembley Arena. ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day’ featured on the band’s album 'Christmas Christmas', released last year - only months after their critically acclaimed album 'We're All Alright!' - and delivered a sleigh-full of Rock ’n’ Roll Christmas classics, as well as newly penned offerings such as the joyous lead track, ‘Merry Christmas Darlings’.
Half Moon Goes Boom Tonight 19/12/18
Since their debut gig at The Half Moon, Putney, over four and a half years ago, The Boom Band - featuring the four guitar line-up of Jon Amor (The Hoax), Marcus Bonfanti (Jawbone/Ten Years After), Mark Butcher (former England cricket star) and Matt Taylor (Snowy White/The Motives), plus keyboard player Paddy Milner (Jawbone/Tom Jones/Jack Bruce) - have developed something of a reputation as an awesome live band. Tonight they invite you to a festive shindig featuring friends old and new to raise money for the housing and homelessness charity Shelter. You’d be hard pressed to find a better line-up of talent from the British Blues scene and beyond, includinging Big Boy Bloater, Malcolm Bruce, Jojo Burgess, Lauren Dove, Jules Fothergill, Lorna Fothergill, Moz Gamble, Matthew Gest, Peter Gordeno, Mark Howes, Jack J Hutchinson, Evan Jenkins, Rosco Levee, Darrin Mooney, Jonathan Noyce, Wayne Proctor, Greg Smith, Matt Taylor, Ash Wilson and Phil Wilson!
You Got This CDMC 19/12/18
Phil and Tommy Goodwin, aka Cellar Door Moon Crow (CDMC) are bringing their unique Urban Rock flavour to the masses next year. Hailing from Sheffield, CDMC release their debut album 'You Got This' on Friday 5th April and to coincide with this, CDMC will play a special showcase gig in London at The Black Heart, Camden on Wednesday 23rd January. 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. Check out today's Video Of The Day 'Forgiveness'.
Mike Dillon's 'Bonobo Bonobo' 19/12/18
Percussion wizard Mike Dillon has seemingly done everything a musician could dream of. He's been a key member of bands like Garage A Trois, Dead Kenny Gs and Critters Buggin. He's served as a key sideman to artists like Rickie Lee Jones, Les Claypool and Ani DiFranco. He's amassed an extensive catalog of genre-defying recordings. He's taken to the road relentlessly, building one of the most loyal underground fanbases on the contemporary music scene, while being invited to share bills with bands including Clutch, Dean Ween Group and Umphrey's McGhee. For nearly three decades, Mike has been playing exclusively by his own rules. Now, the man championed as a "Punk Jazz provocateur" has just produced what perhaps may be his shining hour, 'Bonobo Bonobo'. The new album, due to be released this Friday, coincides with his upcoming Winter tour, and was recorded in New Orleans with a collective he calls The Mallet Men (today's Track Of The Day) - essentially an extended version of his core touring vehicle, The Mike Dillon Band.
The Pretty Things Final Bow 18/12/18
"The second set proved to be extra special with a 'S.F. Sorrow' band reunion and guest guitarist David Gilmour! Joining May, Taylor and current band was Jon Povey on keyboards, Wally Waller on bass and Skip Alan on drums. Kicking of the set in style with 'Scene One' from the 1970 'Parachute' album, before diving headlong into five tracks from the 1968 album 'S.F. Sorrow'. Starting with the eminent and vibrant 'S.F. Sorrow Is Born', moving onto the delectable and illustrious 'She Says Good Morning', with David Gilmour entering the stage for the remainder of the set to embellish the tracks with his trademark guitar licks. The glorious 'Baron Saturday' sees Taylor step up to the mic to bark out the lyrics. A bit croaky, but delivered with enthusiasm and zeal! 'Trust' gels nicely with all the band locking in. The breathtaking and beguiling 'I See You' shifted everything up a notch, with some fine jamming and guitar noodling from Taylor and Gilmour! The second set concluded with the astounding epic 'Cries From the Midnight Circus' from the 1970 album 'Parachute'. Gilmour raised the bar and lifted the song into the stratosphere with some magisterial fretwork!"
Read the whole of Steven C. Gilbert's The Pretty Things, The IndigO2, London, gig review from last Thursday here plus check out our Video Of The Day.