BluesRockfest Countdown - Chris Walker Band 30 June 2015
Yes now just five days and counting to BluesRockfest at The Red Lion, Gravesend, next Saturday 4th July. Second on the card at 4.30pm and sponsored by LemonRock are the Chris Walker Band (our Vid Of The Day). CWB features some of the best musicianship you’re likely to hear on the circuit today. The band draws its influences from a wide range of Blues as well as Classic and Southern Rock. Individually, they’ve played up and down the length of the UK, as well as playing shows and recording in Western Europe, Mexico and the States. Go here for ticket information on all the bands that are playing at this year's BluesRockfest and remember if you are a WRC member just go here where you can get a £3 discount on your ticket!
Barclaycard BST - "That'll Do Nicely Sir!" 30 June 2015
Before ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, which was released as a single in 1971, Townshend paid tribute to the band’s late bassist John Entwistle, who died of a heart attack in 2002, and drummer Keith Moon, who died of a drug overdose in 1978. Introducing bassist Pino Palladino, Townshend said: “Replacing John Entwistle was a hard job, as he had such a unique style. But this guy is probably the best bass player in the world today.” Introducing Zak Starkey, the former Oasis drummer who is the son of Ringo Starr, Townshend said: “You’ll have seen pictures of Keith Moon on the big screen behind us tonight. When I see them behind me, I miss him terribly. But before Keith went, he gave this guy a drum kit, so in a way Zak studied at the feet of the wanker.” Hilarious!!
Read the rest of Wrinkly The Silver's insightful take on BST here, complemented by more pics hereplus Rory Auskerry's latest Route 66 show covering The Who, ZZ Top, Thunder and BluesRockfest which is today's Track of the Day!
Rebecca Downes & Out Tonight! 30 June 2015
Rebecca Downes, one of the most hotly tipped rising stars, joins Richard Dunning live in the Croydon Radio studio here at 5pm tonight! Ahead of her showcase appearance at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Hooley Village Club, St. Margarets Road, Hooley Village, Coulsdon, London CR5 3RB (straight after the show) - they'll be chatting about all manner of things and playing some music specially selected by her. As well as playing of course some select cuts from her hit album, 'Back To The Start'. No doubt Richard will also squeeze in some of the fabulous new music that's coming along and give you all the latest news about The Blues!
BluesRockfest Countdown - The Rainbreakers 29 June 2015
Yes just six days and counting now to BluesRockfest at The Red Lion, Gravesend, next Saturday 4th July. First up at 3.30pm and sponsored by the Sunshine Valley Holiday Villa Florida are The Rainbreakers (our Vid Of The Day). The guys from Shrewsbury craft a stripped down approach smearing the lines between rock, pop, blues and soul! Read all about there last visit to The Red Lion here and go here for ticket information on all the bands that are playing at this year's BluesRockfest and remember if you are a WRC member just go here where you can get a £3 discount on your ticket!
Get Your Free JST Download Here! 29 June 2015
On the subject of Festivals it's now just under 4 weeks to Ramblin' Man Fair where on the Blues Stage on Sunday 26th July Joanne Shaw Taylor will be headlining. Anyway please find a link here where you can download JST's latest single 'Wicked Soul' for free from her latest album 'The Dirty Truth'. And it's still not too late to take advantage of our offer to save WRC members the cost of their booking fee e.g. £5.50 on a £60 daily ticket. Go here for ticket information and then simply contact us below with your ticket requirements and we will get back to you. And it's also not too late to become a WRC member - simply fill out a form here and we'll subsequently send you a WRC members card.
Get Our Kicks - On Route 66! 29 June 2015
"I'm gonna play @68_75 on the show tonight from 6pm BST. A great suggestion by @WRINKLYCLUB. Tune in via http://pureradio.org.uk #Rock #Blues". Yes that was Rory Auskerry's tweet yesterday evening in advance of his Route 66 show! Respect to Rory for including some of the bands we suggested last Wednesday including 68-75 (our Track Of The Day) plus Montrose's 'Space Station Number 5' and of course the bands we saw at Wembley (see Rory's selfie) i.e. Thunder andZZ Top. Watch out for the podcast later this week which will be our Track of The Day!
BST Photo Gallery Now Available! 28 June 2015
No that's not Wrinkly The Silver body surfing at BST Hyde Park on Friday - it's actually lead singer Ty Taylor of Vintage Trouble! Wow what a week - capped off with The Who, Paul Weller, Kaiser Chiefs, the brilliant Vintage Trouble (thanks for the tip-off Steve B.) and The Standard Lamps (our Track Of The Day and downloadable)! WTS's review will follow soon but in the meantime our BST Photo Gallery is now available here - a great reflection on another great day. And not trying to steal WTS's thunder - but a big shout out to all of you who we had the pleasure of meeting during the festival. Drop us a line if you're in one of the pics and if you're not - then send us a message anyway!
Storm Warning For Blues In The Marquee! 28 June 2015
Get on down to 'Blues in the Marquee' today from midday till 5pm at Pound Meadow, London/Station Road, Tring HP23 6HA. In aid of local charities and as part of the Tring Carnival there will also be a mini-beer festival and curry! Storm Warning will be headlining and they will be supported by Moondogs and Shufflepack. On the door admission will be £10 and Storm Warning will be playing songs from their new album and more including Jimmy Reed’s 'Big Boss Man', Junior Well’s 'Hoodoo Man Blues', Led Zeppelin’s 'Custard Pie', Otis Rush's 'Double Trouble', Blind Lemon Jefferson’s 'Jack O’ Diamonds', Bob Dylan’s 'Maggies Farm', Howlin Wolf’s 'Spoonful' and Jimi Hendrix's 'Stone Free'.
Route 66 Show Tonight! 28 June 2015
After a busy week of gigs for the WRC - who better to reflect and listen to about last Wednesday's knockout ZZ Top Wembley gig than Route 66 host Rory Auskerry. As you know Rory and his brother Hamish joined the WRC ranks that night and got a few polite suggestions before the gig (see pic) on a number of bands currently on the WRC radar. So make sure you listen to Pure Radio 107.8FM here tonight between 6pm and 8pm and in recognition of Wednesday night we have also made Thunder our Vid Of The Day!
End Of An Era? 27 June 2015
Given all the rumours - was this possibly the last time the WRC would ever see The Who live in London - and if so did they go out with a bang? And what about the undercard - Paul Weller, Kasabian and Vintage Trouble (recommended by member Steve B)? Well, Wrinkly The Silver's usual brilliant review is in the pipeline but in the meantime have a gander at our Vid Of The Day plus the pic above with more pics and vids to come. Watch this space!
Coolness Personified! 27 June 2015
And we're not talking about the WRC members in this picture! Anyway, if BST was as good as the time we had at ZZ Top on Wednesday night then we've had one hell of a week! As promised go here for our ZZ Top review which includes a new Thunder vid complementing our photo gallery here!
One Week To BluesRockfest! 27 June 2015
With all this Rockin' going on this week it's time to redress the balance with our weekly Track Of The Day dose of the Blues with Kevin Beale aka The Marshman's Blues On The Marsh show from last night. And with just seven days to go to BluesRockfest - go here for ticket information on all the bands that are playing at this year's BluesRockfest and remember if you are a WRC member just go here where you can get a £3 discount on your ticket!
Having Your Cake And Eating It Too! 26 June 2015
Just hours before the gig - the eager anticipation of a night to remember was already palpable in The Blue Check Bar in Empire Way, Wembley - a plethora of Thunder and ZZ Top t-shirts proudly on display - reinforcing that feel good factor. The WRC not to be outdone - were out in force as well - the ranks bolstered by Route 66's Rory Auskerry and his brother Hamish (see our picture gallery here). To say we were not disappointed with the gig would be an understatement - in fact it exceeded our expectations - the consummate professionalism of Thunder with Danny Bowes at the helm who seem to get better every time we see them - and if ZZ Top are not the consummate of cool personified - then we would like to know who is. We witnessed a blistering set from the Houston Rockers that not only ended with a (hi ho) silver lining but also literally icing on the cake as Jeff Beck guested on his 71st birthday (see Video Of The Day)!
Read the rest of AJ’s review tomorrow plus a new Thunder vid!
BST Here We Come! 26 June 2015
All roads lead today to Hyde Park and British Summer Time headliners The Who. Rumoured to be their last ever tour - both they and main support Paul Weller will also be appearing at Glastonbury on Sunday. Read our review here of the last time we saw them at the O2 Arena London in March plus we're also off to see Classic Quadrophenia at The Royal Abert Hall Sunday fortnight! Anyway give us a shout if you're going as well and watch out for Wrinkly The Silver's informed review plus a few vids and pics over the coming days!
Blues Club Track Of The Day! 26 June 2015
With just eight days to go to BluesRockfest - today's Track Of The Day is the latest Blues Club podcast. The Blues Club are kindly sponsoring 2014 WRC Award winners Little Devils' set at The Red Lion, Gravesend on Saturday 4th July and in their latest broadcast Jim and Malcolm include Little Devils' - naturally - plus BluesRockfest's Albany Down. For ticket information on all the bands that are playing at this year's BluesRockfest simply go here and remember if you are a WRC member just go here where you can get a £3 discount on your ticket!
Sharp Dressed Men! 25 June 2015
And we're not talking about the WRC entourage that attended Wembley Arena last night either! So were ZZ Top dogs and did we clap off Thunder at this highly anticipated gig? Well you'll have to be patient - but for starters check out our hot off the press Video Of The Day and the pic above with a considered review plus more photos and vids to come tomorrow!
Bromham Strays To Twickenham Festival! 25 June 2015
As part of the Twickenham Festival tonight, Del Bromham's Blues Devils will be performing at The Eel Pie Club, The Cabbage Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Del Bromham is founder member and guitarist/songwriter with the successful and legendary rock band, Stray. Del's roots originate in the Blues and in 2004 he released a crtically acclaimed Blues album, 'Devil's Highway'. With Del wearing his 'Blues hat' - you will no doubt be treated to driving Blues played with real musicianship and see a talented, true, tried and tested professional at work! Doors open at 8.30pm and the music starts at 9.15pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted £9 admission.
Jam Tomorrow! 25 June 2015
As the saying sort of goes - no Jam today but Jam tomorrow! Yes it's a first for the WRC as we see the 'Modfather' Paul Weller (see Track Of The Day) supporting who else but The Who at BST tomorrow. Widely considered to be one of the UK’s greatest song writers, he has just released his second best of compilation ‘More Modern Classics’ with a new album due in 2015. Weller has had a lifelong relationship with The Who, citing them as an early influence, covering their songs whilst in The Jam and playing with both Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey at Teenage Cancer Trust shows.
High Voltage - ZZ Top! 24 June 2015
The last time the WRC saw ZZ Top was at the High Voltage Festival (see pic and Vid Of the Day) in Victoria Park, London on Saturday 24th July 2010 when they headlined the Classic Rock Stage. The undercard that day included The Answer, Foreigner and a certain Gary Moore - the very last time we saw him before his untimely death in February 2011. Anyway all roads lead to Wembley Arena tonight where yet again they will have strong support from Thunder who coincidentally played the Classic Rock Stage at HV the year after. And if you're going tonight then we hope to see you in The Blue Check Bar in Empire Way before the gig!
Route 66 To Wembley Way! 24 June 2015
Route 66 is also literally heading down from Stockport to Wembley tonight for ZZ Top and Thunder as host Rory Auskerry is going to the gig with his brother Hamish. Naturally Rory played tracks from both bands in his latest show on Sunday night including a cool dedication to the WRC! Anyway today's Track Of The Day also includes brand new tracks from veteran music producer Mike Vernon and Orkney based Blues rockers, The Andrew Taylor Group plus birthday tracks for Mick Fleetwood, Jeff Beck, Ray Davies and Joey Kramer of Aerosmith. As Rory says - This is probably the best Rock & Blues show on UK radio. Must be worth a pint in The Blue Check Bar later Rory!
Stairway To Heaven! 24 June 2015
They blew the bloody roof off the last time we promoted them (see pic), so we were delighted to hear from lead guitarist Mark Dawson about their forthcoming gig at The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, on Wednesday 22nd July - and we will be there! Voted WRC Best Tribute Act of 2012, Purple Zeppelin are proud to pay tribute to the two greatest Rock Bands of all time, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin – together on the same bill for the very first time!!! Many years have passed since the last UK gigs from the classic line-ups of both bands. Whether you were lucky enough to have seen the originals live or not, Purple Zeppelin will take you back to the magic, the excitement and the sheer raw energy generated by those incredible musicians. And you can still buy tickets priced £19 here - do not miss out!
Up Next - Thunder! 23 June 2015
"Following Michael Schenker onto the Main Stage were Thunder who more than justified their billing (many of the fans here would have been happy for Danny Bowes and the boys to take the headline slot) and if this ‘one-off’ comeback really was a flash in the pan then it proved to be a blast. Overlooking the fact he dances like the proverbial uncle at a wedding (accentuated by his suit jacket), Danny Bowes is both one of the UK's best and most precise rock voices, and a consummate ringleader. A magnificent rendition of 'Love Walked In' (see Vid Of The Day) rivalled Schenker’s Scorpions numbers with a great solo from Luke Morley. They also knock out the other hits: ‘Back Street Symphony’ ‘Dirty Love’ and of course their cover of ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ which has the whole crowd grinning from ear to ear. It’s like ice cream in your ear. In a good way of course ! It is a joyful celebration of the band that gave us such a fantastic 20 years, and if all we get to see of them is occasional one-offs like this (Xmas 2011?) then we'll treasure every moment. If this is indeed the very last time we see them, then this was quite a goodbye." That was our WRC take on Thunder at High Voltage in 2011 and they're still going strong supporting ZZ Top at Wembley arena tomorrow night. See you there!
It's Only Rock 'n Roll - But We Like It! 23 June 2015
The wait is over! Sticky Fingers, one of the most revered albums in the storied catalogue of the legendary Rolling Stones, was re-released recently in a variety of special formats. On Wednesday 20th May, to celebrate its re-release, The Rolling Stones performed the entire album and other greatest hits in a surprise show at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. You can relive some of the highlights of the show here!
A Kick In The Bucket! 23 June 2015
Today's Track Of The Day is Jukin Jenn's Bucket of Blues Show number 21 originally broadcast on Sunday 14th June. This latest podcast from Chicago features amongst others: Buddy Guy, Guy King and Rockin Johnny! Enjoy!
Mini-BluesRockfest On ROTR! 22 June 2015
Bob & Jules did the WRC proud on Saturday with their mini-BluesRockfest segment on their Rock On The Ridge show. And if you missed it then you have another chance to listen as it is today's Track of The Day that includes Chantel McGregor 'Caught Out', LittleDevils '21st Century Blues', The Troy Redfern Band 'Running With Ghosts', The Chris Walker Band 'House of Sorrow', The Rainbreakers 'Blood Not Brass' and Albany Down's 'Man Like Me' (our Vid Of The Day)! For ticket information on all the bands that are playing at this year's BluesRockfest simply go here and remember if you are a WRC member just go here where you can get a £3 discount on your ticket!
Get 3 Free JB Songs Now! 22 June 2015
Celebrated Blues rock master Joe Bonamassa is gearing up to deliver a musical tribute to the Three Kings of Blues: Albert, B.B., and Freddie! The 'Three Kings Tour' will be an action-packed, brand new live show this summer during the GRAMMY ® -nominated guitarist and singer-songwriter’s first ever U.S. amphitheater tour. To get JB's free download of 'Don't Burn Down That Bridge', 'Someday After A While (You'll Be Sorry)' and 'Chains & Things' just go here.
Wrinklystock IV - 5 Months & Counting! 22 June 2015
Well to be precise it's exactly 5 months less one day to T.Rextasy headlining our Mick Jagger Centre Charity gig on Saturday 21st November. Following our news that T.Rextasy had just released their new album 'Blue Moon Juice' - the WRC were delighted to receive the following tweet "@WRINKLYCLUB @TRextasyBand How do I get one of these cds" - to which the reply was "Jonny - re CD: Drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org" ... so there you have it then - if would like to order a copy at a bargain £12 then please e-mail email@example.com or alternatively go here to book your £21 tickets for Wrinklystock IV!
The Kids Are Alright! 21 June 2015
So it's Father's Day in the UK and we know what one particular Dad got as his present! Yes little did we know that nearly three years after bumping into Alfie Boe (or more precisely Wrinkly The Mum bumped into him - see pic) at Springsteen's Hard Rock Calling gig at Hyde Park - we would now be seeing him perform Classic Quadrophenia with Pete Townshend (see Vid Of The Day) at The Royal Albert Hall in a fortnight's time! And despite being given a WRC card all that time ago – Alfie never did send in his membership application form! We'd better have a word with him!
Three Ramblin' Man Weekend Tickets For Sale! 21 June 2015
Yes the WRC currently have three weekend Ramblin' Man tickets which we cannot use. A healthy WRC contingent will be heading to Maidstone on Sunday 26th July to see Greg Allman, Marillion, Ian Anderson and Joanne Shaw Taylor - to name but a few. Valued at £115 each + a £10 booking fee - we'll take any sensible offers through the message box below! And it's still not too late to take advantage of our offer to save WRC members the cost of their booking fee e.g. £5.50 on a £60 daily ticket. Go here for ticket information and then simply contact us below with your ticket requirements and we will get back to you. And it's also not too late to become a WRC member - simply fill out a form here and we'll subsequently send you a WRC members card.
Strongbow Extra Cold Please! 21 June 2015
For the second year running the WRC are delighted to welcome Strongbow Extra Cold as our BluesRockfest stage sponsors. So make sure you support them by ordering a Strongbow Extra Cold on the big day. In the meantime our Track of The Day is another chance to hear our BluesRockfest Wrinklycast preview - not as tasty as Strongbow Extra Cold - but well worth a listen. For ticket information on all the bands that are playing at this year's BluesRockfest simply go here and remember if you are a WRC member just go here where you can get a £3 discount on your ticket!
Two Weeks To BluesRockfest! 20 June 2015
Yes folks - it's now just a fortnight to Independence Day and this year's WRC BluesRockfest headlined by 2014 WRC Award winner Chantel McGregor who is our 'Video Of The Day'! For ticket information on all the bands that are playing at this year's BluesRockfest simply go here and remember if you are a WRC member just go here where you can get a £3 discount on your ticket! Finally, you can still fill out a form here to become a WRC member for life for FREE and we'll consequently send you a WRC members card which you can use to benefit from not only BluesRockfest but all the other current members offers e.g. Ramblin' Man Fair - which we also hope to add to in the future.
Rock On The Ridge Returns Tonight! 20 June 2015
The bad news last Saturday was that there was no Rock On The Ridge show that particular night - but the good news coming out of ROTR Towers on the same day was the tweet "Some great information coming soon about our next show @WRINKLYCLUB". No pressure Bob & Jules tonight then! So if you just want a night in listening to great Rock music then tune in to the guys between 8pm and 10pm here!
Blues On The Marsh TOTD! 20 June 2015
And on the subject of great radio shows - today's Track Of The Day is The Marshman himself Kevin Beale - and another chance to hear an edition of Channel Radio's Blues On The Marsh.
Amazing Journey Continues! 19 June 2015
"Anyway, Townshend’s performance of ‘I’m One’ (see Vid Of The Day) was brilliant but Daltrey’s vocals on ‘Love, Reign, O’er Me’ brought a tear to my eye for all the right reasons. The inclusion of the less popular ‘Eminence Front’, ‘So Sad About Us’ and ‘A Quick One’ was a surprise, however this is the perfect launch pad for a bit of ‘Tommy’ and we’re on that ‘Amazing Journey’ of ‘Pinball Wizard’ (where Daltrey has another bit of a mare), ‘Sparks’ and the moving ‘See Me Feel Me’. Awesome. The evening is then complete with both ‘Baba O’Riley’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ which brings back memories of the very first time I saw The Who along with cutting edge lasers firing across The Valley." That was our WRC take on The Who at The O2 Arena, London in March - and we're off to see them again in a week at BST in Hyde Park! Give us a shout if you're going as well!
BluesRockfest Is British Blues Exhibition History! 19 June 2015
Since its inception - one of the most loyal supporters of both the WRC and indeed BluesFest has been Darren Weale. Not only has Darren contributed many excellent articles to our site over the years but he has also been a sponsor and a roving reporter (have a listen to our official 2013 WRC Wrinklycast here). Anyway Darren's latest project is the equally impressive and ambitous British Blues Exhibition (Breaking Blues Again) here. And not only is BluesRockfest mentioned in the British Blues Exhibition History section (we're not worthy) - but Darren has also done us proud with his latest Blog Of The Blues here which includes an in depth preview of BluesRockfest 2015.
Jim's Got The Blues! 19 June 2015
On the subject of BluesRockfest sponsors - our Track Of The Day is the latest Blues Club podcast from Jim McNeill who has kindly sponsored Little Devils' set at The Red Lion, Gravesend on Saturday 4th July. Anyway on the TBC playlist is Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats, The Laura Holland Band (who played BluesFest in 2014) and ..... 2014 WRC Award winners Little Devils! Don't forget also to tune into The Marshman and Blues On The Marsh here at 7pm tonight - which will be tomorrow's Track of The Day!
BluesFest 2014 Memories - Absolution 18 June 2015
With three musicians from different backgrounds and different styles, Absolution created a fresh and exciting sound at both BluesFest 2013 & 2014. Their British Blues-Rock had elements of early Free and Joe Bonamassa thrown in for good measure! Having already shared the stage with Blues legends Dr. Feelgood, Danny Bryant and King King - they not only managed to fit in a storming set at the British Rock & Blues festival in January 2013 but they took home two awards at the 2013 WRC Awards - 'Ones To Watch' and 'Best Guitar Solo' - following their performance at BluesFest 2013. They signed to European record label Blues Boulevard Records in 2014 and released 'Dusty Road' in September on a worldwide release - shortly after their second BluesFest performance (see Vid Of the Day). Straight away the album started selling across the globe and brought more plaudits for the band from press and fans alike!
Kaz Live Stream Tonight! 18 June 2015
Recently showcased in one of our 'Introducing ....' features and given that the WRC are proponents of 'Keeping Music Live' - Kaz and her Band O’Men are playing The South Woodchester Convent, Stroud, Gloucestershire at 8pm tonight - and if you can't make it to the venue - then you can still be 'there'. With support gigs under her belt such as Sir Van Morrison, Nanci Griffiths and Chris Farlow - Kaz launched her debut album 'Get Ready' and received a raft of top notch notices. Recently awarded the 2014 Rising Star Award from the world famous Blues & Soul Magazine and being a British Blues Award nominee in 2013 has brought much attention from the music industry in the UK. And you can also be 'there' tonight by booking a live stream here. Enjoy!
BOTR On The Slide! 18 June 2015
Alternative Blues Slide guitarist and songwriter Dave Arcari joined Richard Dunning for Blues On The Radio in the Croydon Radio studio this week for a very special show, ahead of his appearance at The Tuesday Night Music Club. Listen to today's Track Of The Day as Dave selects some of the songs that have influenced him, chats about his career to date and even breaks out the guitar to treat you to some live songs! And of course Richard squeezes in some of the latest and greatest releases from around the world as well as playing the Independent Blues Broadcasters Associations picks of the month for June including WRC Award winners and BluesRockfest's Little Devils (pictured).
WRC Ready To Rock Despite Foos Disappointment! 17 June 2015
With just a week to go now to ZZ Top and Thunder at Wembley Arena, the WRC gigs are coming thick and fast despite The Foo Fighters Wembley cancellation this Saturday. If you're going to ZZ next Wednesday or The Who at Hyde Park on Friday 26th then give us a shout as we might see you for a beer! In the meantime our thanks to Peter Phillips for the pic above which seems to encapsulate both all the gigs we have been to - or one's that are in the pipeline - although the likenesses are a bit harsh we think!
Lemon Rock Again! 17 June 2015
Lemonrock gig guide were the very first to step up to the plate and sponsor The Chris Walker Band set (see Vid below) at BluesRockfest, The Red Lion, Gravesend, on Saturday 4th July. Lemonrock's aim is to provide affordable event promotion for live music. They aim to support and encourage live music in the UK, help bands and venues to promote their gigs, and to engage the public into enjoying great experiences at live music events. Lemonrock is a high quality detailed gig guide and gig management system that makes it easy for bands and venues to add, update, and promote gigs. If you need more info on how to buy BluesRockfest tickets or want to see the rest of the line-up on the day then please go here.
BluesFest 2013 Memories - Moore & Kyle 17 June 2015
"On the face of it, the next act, Nicky Moore and Danny Kyle had been unfairly placed between power Rock Blues acts. One steel guitar and one voice versus all that Blues Rock? No contest, you might think. An open invitation for the audience to drain away. Not a chance of that with the voice of Nicky Moore, a voice of ten normal mortals, and Danny Kyle's intricate guitar work. From the opening number, 'Fruitpickers' Blues', through the title track on their unparalleled new album, 'TheWhale And The Wa'ah', the pair won over the crowd. Nicky's voice is a beast in Blues terms, a finely honed power tool that once fronted metal acts Samson and Mammoth. It can still cut through steel. Encore calls came thick and fast and Nicky played favourites from his fine band, Nicky Moore's Blues Corporation, to great applause." Today's Track Of The Day is our official Wrinklycast of that memorable day which includes music and interviews from all the bands of the which the official DVD/CD (our Vid Of The Day) is still available from our merchandise page here.
Give Us A Break Rory! 16 June 2015
While the WRC still await news on the Foo Fighters Wembley gig this Saturday given that Dave Grohl recently fractured his leg on stage in Gothenburg - Rory Auskerry's Route 66 Track Of The Day pokes a bit of fun at rockin' incidents with listeners inappropriate song suggestions. As well as launching a new Twitter page for the show this week - @rockinjockin - Rory also includes birthday tracks for Van Halen bass player, Michael Anthony and Muff Winwood of the Spencer Davis Group plus there's also new tracks from Thunder, Sonny Landreth and Dave Hunt.
Brighton Rocks! 16 June 2015
Following a great night of Punk Rock on Saturday we're pleased to report that Atombuzz and Sweet Jonny are now following the WRC on twitter. An honour and a privilege! Anyway as promised we now have a dedicated Photo Gallery of the night here and if you too want to follow the WRC on twitter then please go here!
Arcari's Blues Alternative Tonight! 16 June 2015
Talking of Punk - Slide guitarist and songwriter Dave Arcari’s (Vid Of The Day) alternative Blues sounds owe as much to trash Country, Punk and Rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta Blues and have been showcased via eight internationally-acclaimed solo CD releases. Tonight Dave joins Richard Dunning for Blues On The Radio tonight here at 5pm in the Croydon Radio studio for a very special show, ahead of his appearance at The Tuesday Night Music Club in St. Margaret's Road, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 3RB at 8.30pm. Dave will be selecting some of the songs that have influenced him, chatting about his career to date and may even break out the guitar to treat you to some live songs. And of course Richard will also squeeze in during the two hours some of the latest and greatest releases from around the world as well as playing the Independent Blues Broadcasters Associations picks of the month for June.
WRC Punks On Tour! 15 June 2015
OK so the date is not on our official '2015 WRC On Tour' t-shirt but The WRC bandwagon stopped off for a bit of 'Free Punk Rock' at The Prince Albert in Brighton on Saturday night! And what a great night we had with no less than four bands - namely Sweet Jonny, Pig City Angels, Atombuzz and headliners Skurvi. We would all like to thank the venue for making us so welcome plus all the bands for being so friendly and not gobbing at us! Watch out for more pics of the night shortly but in the meantime our Vid Of The Day is handed over to the Gods of Punk - The Sex Pistols!
Lead Belly Fest Tonight! 15 June 2015
The legacy of Huddie 'Lead Belly' Ledbetter, the iconic folk-blues singer, songwriter and guitarist famed for his vast repertoire of songs and incredible influence, will be celebrated in a special night of music at the Royal Albert Hall tonight. Lead Belly Fest will see a host of artists inspired by the iconic bluesman pay tribute to his work by recreating his classic repertoire. Topping the bill will be the legendary Van Morrison, musical maestro Jools Holland, Animals frontman Eric Burdon, Manfred Mann singer Paul Jones, Rose Royce’s Gwen Dickey and former Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show vocalist Dennis Locorriere. Josh White Jr., Laurence Jones, Gemma Ray and Ruby Turner will also join the incredible line up, as well as 2014 WRC Award winners Slim Chance, the band formed originally by Ronnie Lane!
Get Well Soon Dave! 15 June 2015
Of course the big news story as the WRC headed down to Brighton on Saturday was Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl who sustained "at least one fracture" when he fell off the stage during a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden. Consequently they cancelled the Pinkpop Festival in Landgraaf, Netherlands, last night and tonight's show at the AFG Arena in St Gallen, Switzerland. Foo Fighters fans (including the WRC this Saturday) now face several nervous days waiting for news about the fate of gigs at Wembley stadium and Glastonbury. A spokesman for Wembley stadium said: “We are aware of the incident last night involving Dave Grohl and are in contact with the event organisers, who at this stage have no further information. “As soon as we have news from the artiste this will be made public.”
The Story Goes On! 14 June 2015
The launch of the Blackfen TRADER just under 22 years ago gave the opportunity to feed the passion of two lifelong friends to cut their teeth in music journalism, reviewing local gigs, particularly at The Woodman in Blackfen, in their monthly ‘Caught Live’ column. And ever since that non-internet era their mutual appreciation of live music has not ebbed and has metamorphosed into a growing musical appreciation network: The Wrinkly Rockers Club (WRC). And as they say the rest is history with the success of both this website and more recently WRC Promotions. So of course we're delighted to welcome back The TRADER as the band sponsor of The Troy Redfern Band this year!
Blues Club Does Us Proud! 14 June 2015
Taking of band sponsors - The Blues Club did the WRC proud last Wednesday night with their latest broadcast which included all six of our BluesRockfest bands including their own sponsored band Little Devils! Not only that but today's Track of The Day also includes former BluesFest bands Aynsley Lister and The Mentulls!
Bring It On! 14 June 2015
.... and talking of BluesRockfest and in particular The Red Lion, Gravesend - take a look at today's amazing Vid Of The Day. Filmed at the recent Virgil & The Accelerators gig - Steve Borkowski's vid complemented by Vic Wintergreen's audio/mixing plus video editing and graphics by Phil Honley gives you a feel in one hit of a great venue, great sound, great lighting and a great band. Bring on BluesRockfest - with tickets on sale here for £15 in advance (£18 on the door).
WRC To Breakout! 13 June 2015
Just one week to go now until the WRC breakout (see our Video Of The Day) for our first outdoor gig of the Summer. Yes we're off to see the Foo Fighters return to Wembley Stadium for the first time since their record breaking shows of 2008. Not only that but we will get an exclusive treat with both the legendary Iggy Pop and the critically acclaimed Royal Blood on the bill. Give us a shout below if you're going as well!
Comin' Atcha - TESLA, Jules & Bob! 13 June 2015
Great show from The Rock On The Ridge team last Saturday which included WRC favourites TESLA! As usual there were lots of tweets flying about on the night - one of which was the WRC's "TESLA COMIN' ATCHA" - which was actually favourited by TESLA themselves! We're not worthy! Meanwhile the bad news is that there is no ROTR show tonight ... but the good news is that both Bob & Jules will be bringing their microphones etc. to BluesRockfest to interview all the bands on the day for our special BluesRockfest Wrinklycast! Watch this space!
Bumper Track Of The Day! 13 June 2015
Normal service returned to Blues On The Marsh on Channel Radio last night with The Marshman himself - Kevin Beale. As promised our Track Of The Day is a bumper edition including special live guest in the studio - Blues singer/guitarist Martin McNeil (pictured)!
BluesFest 2013 Memories - The Sharpees 12 June 2015
With just over 3 weeks to BluesRockfest we thought we'd reminisce and look back at our two previous BluesFest's - today we look back at 2013 and The Sharpees who were the second band on stage on that wet Saturday afternoon 24th August. Today's Track Of The Day is our official Wrinklycast of that memorable day which includes music and interviews from all the bands of the which the official DVD/CD is still available from our merchandise page here. Meanwhile The Sharpees have a gig tonight at 8pm at the Essex Arms in Brentwood - details here.
BluesFest 2013 Memories - Larry Miller 12 June 2015
We're grateful to WRC member Keith Baxter for this take on Larry Miller's recent gig in Kinross. "An ardent bunch of hardened Larry Miller fans witnessed him in all his glory. His vocal meanderings between songs only served to give us a heartfelt sense of belonging. Ranging from full on Blues rockers to quiet emotional songs, we the audience were privy to impassioned playing by a man unparalled in his field. Quite how he does it is an absolute mystery as it appears to pour out from his very soul. So we came away priveliged to have seen such a professional at the very top of his game." Nice one Keith - we pretty much had the exact same feeling after Larry headlined BluesFest 2013. And we make no apologies for Larry's opener once again being our Vid Of The Day!
Marshman Back With A Bang! 12 June 2015
Normal service returns to Blues On The Marsh tonight on Channel Radio at 7pm. Listen here to The Marshman himself - Kevin Beale - with a bumper edition plus his special live guest in the studio - Blues singer/guitarist Martin McNeil. And if you don't manage to catch the show tonight then watch out for tomorrow's 'Track Of The Day'!
T.Rextasy On The Juice! 11 June 2015
Wrinklystock 4 headliners T.Rextasy released their new album 'Blue Moon Juice' last week. It features 12 tracks, including new studio versions of 'Ride A White Swan', 'King Of The Rumbling Spires', 'Debora', and 'One Inch Rock'. It also features a live version of 'Dreamy Lady', plus 'Cosmic Dancer' and 'Telegram Sam' live from the mixing desk. To complete the CD, they have also featured 'I Love To Boogie', 'Hot Love', 'Till Dawn', 'A Dream That Lasts Forever' and 'White Christmas' (the last 5 tracks have been previously released on CD). If you would like to order a copy at a bargain £12 then please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Meanwhile, as of yesterday 170 tickets had been sold for our Mick Jagger Centre Charity gig on Saturday 21st November. Do not miss out - go here to book your £21 tickets!
Bringing The House Down! 11 June 2015
Supporting the legendary Status Quo at Burghley House on Saturday was simply amazing according to the latest Walkway update! Apparently Mr. Parfitt (pictured with the guys) was extremely complimentary to the band and made a point of coming over to speak to them! Not only that but there was a brilliant reaction from the crowd (read the review here) and lots of new fans were made! Consequently Walkway's very windy soundcheck is our Vid Of The Day and don't forget the guys are supporting Quo again at Hatfield House on Saturday 20th June!
Shut Up! 11 June 2015
Rest assured that this is not the latest design of our new WRC t-shirt - but hey this fella has a point! Anyway, our thanks to Suezan one our WRC Twitter followers for tweeting the pic - much appreciated. And as for the real deal - our new '2015 WRC On Tour' t-shirt with Mr. RockRpix's classic photo of Joe Bonamassa at The Hammersmith Apollo in March now adorns the back of the shirt with the classic black WRC emblem and 'Keep Music Live' proudly displayed on the front! Simply go to our merchandise page here where you can purchase one to wear at BluesRockfest (go to our gigs Track Of The Day) at a bargain £15!
Little Devils Blues Club! 10 June 2015
"Heavy Weather showcased all elements of this four-piece band plus their originality with lead singer Yoka Qureshi playing both the sax and flute. The set list then correlated with the CD as they followed up with 'Wounded', 'Skin Sin', the very catchy 'Deep Inside' and 'Birth Of The Blues' - highlighting the musical (and personal) chemistry between Yoka and lead guitarist (and partner) Ray Qureshi. B.B. would have loved that one." Yes that was another WRC take - this time on Little Devils recent album launch party - and with just under four weeks to go now we'd like to thank The Blues Club from Switch Dunmow (listen here tonight at 8pm) for being their set sponsor at BluesRockfest! Tickets for Bluesrockfest are still on sale here for £15 in advance (£18 on the door). And remember if you are a WRC member just go here where you can get £3 discount off your ticket!
Jukin' Jen's Bucket Of Blues! 10 June 2015
Talking of 2014 WRC Award winners Little Devils - the WRC bumped into a number of people at 'The Storm Inside' launch party - one of which was Jennifer Noble from Chicago who is pictured alongside second from the right. Anyway we're delighted to feature as today's 'Track Of The Day' Jukin' Jen's Bucket Of Blues for the very first time! Jennifer's podcast today features classics from Buddy Guy, Willie Dixon and of course B.B. King. Enjoy!
Komedian Larry! 10 June 2015
Last week our old mucker Larry Miller completed three successful gigs in Scotland of which the Kinross gig was attended by ecstatic WRC member Keith Baxter! Accordingly our Vid Of The Day is brilliant footage of Larry's Edinburgh gig. Meanwhile tonight Larry is back down 'sarf' playing the Komedia in Brighton - unfortunately just three days before a strong WRC contingent head down there for a Stag weekend. Shame!
Guitar Star Kicks Off On Sky Arts Tonight at 8pm 9 June 2015
Hosted by Edith Bowman, Guitar Star is a nationwide search to find extraordinary guitar talent of all ages and styles. They'll jam, strum and pluck their way to victory for the chance to be crowned the UK and Ireland's Guitar Star. Guitar experts Nitin Sawhney, Helen Sanderson and Huey Morgan head up the audition rounds, where competing guitarists are tested on their ability to play in a style of their choice and demonstrate outstanding skill and ability, whether their jam is rock, classical, jazz or acoustic. Throughout the process, players will be mentored by some of the biggest guitar stars in the world - Tony Iommi, Lee Ritenour, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Miloš Karadaglić. They'll then perform at music's most iconic venues, with the lucky semi-finalists perfecting their sound in a studio session with a legendary producer and a global guitar legend. After nine weeks of competition, the winner will be perform in front of 30,000 people on the main stage at the Latitude Festival in Henham Park, Suffolk.
Whiskey & Demons Down Route 66! 9 June 2015
Lincolnshire based Blues musician Dave Hunt is on the Route 66 show this week and Rory Auskerry chats to Dave about his latest album 'Whiskey And Demons' which was released yesterday. Our Track Of The Day also celebrates ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard's 66th birthday this Thursday with one of his best drum performances. There are also tracks from Baker-Bruce-Moore, Jeff Beck, Joanne Shaw Taylor (pictured), Mike Henderson, Jonny Lang, The Darkness, Sonny Landreth and Boz Scaggs plus a newly released version of 'Brown Sugar' featuring Eric Clapton playing with The Rolling Stones!
May The Force Be With You! 9 June 2015
Our Video Of The Day is 'No Man’s Land' - as Joe Bonamassa takes you on the first part of an exclusive behind the scenes tour into the making of his Tour de Force: Live in London – The Borderline. The Borderline, a small club in the heart of London, was chosen to stage a revival of Bonamassa’s early career power-trio jam nights. Armed with his Fender Stratocaster, Bonamassa along with a single drummer and bassist launched into a set-list marked with extended takes on songs from his early albums and some that were never before performed live on stage. And if you want to buy our latest 'WRC 2015 On Tour' t-shirt with this pic of Joe at his Hammersmith Apollo leg of his latest tour then please go here!
The Rainbreakers Bring Sunshine! 8 June 2015
"The Rainbreakers play with style and enthusiasm, their original material fitting nicely alongside covers of Free's 'Fire & Water', Gary Clark Jr's 'When My Train Pulls In' (today's Vid Of The Day) and the oft covered 'Bright Lights, Big City'. These guys are definitely on their way up and we look forward to welcoming them back on July 4th to open BluesRockFest." Yes that was our WRC take on their most recent Red Lion support slot and with just under four weeks to go now we'd like to thank Sunshine Valley Florida Holiday Villa for being The Rainbreakers set sponsor at BluesRockfest! Tickets for Bluesrockfest are on sale here for £15 in advance (£18 on the door). And remember if you are a WRC member just go here where you can get £3 discount off your ticket!