Well the big day has finally arrived and the weather is going to be fab! So what's your Ramblin' Man Fair itinerary today, given the Mote Park, Maidstone, gates open at midday? Planet Rock Main Stage: Mott The Hoople 21:15 – 22:45, Steel Panther 19:25 – 20:25, The Cadillac Three 17:40 - 18.40, Therapy? 16:10 – 16:55, Gun 14:45 - 15:30, No Hot Ashes 13:30 – 14:00. Outlaw Country Stage: Steve Earle & The Dukes 19:45 – 21:15, Myles Kennedy 18:15 – 19:15, Skinny Molly 16:45 – 17:30, Me and That Man 15:30 – 16:15, The Adelaides 14:30 – 15:00, Thomas Wynn and The Believers 13:25 – 13:55. Classic Rock Rising Stage: The Rising Souls 19:55 – 20:55, The Dust Coda 18:40 – 19:25, Henry’s Funeral Shoe 17:30 – 18:10, The Rocket Dolls 16:20 – 17:00, Gorilla Riot 15:20 – 15:50, Dead Man’s Whiskey (Video Of The Day) 14:35 – 14:55, Icarus Falls 13:25 – 13:55, Those Damn Crows 12:30 – 13:00. See you there!
The Worst Show On Earth 30/6/18
When Evil Blizzard emerged from the bowels of Lancashire with their debut album five years ago it is fair to say they caused a stir. Put on the front cover of The Guardian, championed by Mark E Smith (who gave the band the money to record their debut album out of his own pocket) their gruesome mix of four bass players blending Psyche, Krautrock, Post Punk and an unmistakable image saw them launched onto magazines and websites worldwide. But it is only with their new, third, album ‘The Worst Show On Earth' (released yesterday on their own newly-founded Crackedankles Records) that the band have finally fulfilled their potential. Heavy, grinding and yet commercially viable, this new album sees the band truly shake off the ‘gimmick’ tag of the past and stride forward into new musical dimensions. The band are also touring the UK for the remainder of 2018, together with headline slots at Beatherder, Sonic Rock Solstice and Jesstival amongst other festivals, with European and Japanese dates being arranged for the future.
Blues Club Saturday 30/6/18
Today's Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns one day later than usual, but 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, London Blusion, Wily Bo Walker, Tas Cru, Joyann Parker, Victor Wainwright, Jesse Davey, Long Tall Deb and Colin John, Robert Cray, Bad Day Blues Band, Tower of Power, Crystal Shawanda, Jeff Beck, Jamie Williams & the Roots Collective, Fantastic Negrito (pictured), JP Williams Blues Band, Ally Venable Band, The King's Parade, Victoria Garrison Ginty, Myles Goodwyn, Mike Zito, Breezy Rodio, Chris Bevington, Deuce 'n a Quarter, The Cinelli Brothers, Little Boys Blue, Jon Cleary, Dany Franchi, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Ramblin' Man Fair - Friday Night Live 29/6/18
With just one day to go now till the Ramblin' Man Fair weekend in Mote Park, Maidstone, don't forget that they are bringing Friday Night Live! back to the Maidstone Leisure Centre tonight and have lined up Therapy? to headline! What's better than that, they are bringing Kris Barras and Thomas Wynn and the Believers with them! The venue is only a five minute walk from all campsites - so if you've got your tickets, you've got your tent, then you've got your Friday night!
Push, Push, Push, Boom! 29/6/18
#metoo has rightly changed the world forever, but did you hear anyone say sorry? Toronto singer/guitarist Joan Smith has released her first solo single 'Normalize' as Joan Smith and the Jane Does and the title track from her 'EP' released last month is today's Video Of The Day and addresses this point in her usual full on uncompromising fashion! Watch and then, Normalize. And. Gain. Control.
Sorriaux's Ghost In Church Tonite 29/6/18
Blues Pills’ guitarist Dorian Sorriaux’s debut solo ‘Hungry Ghost’ EP, is set for release today on Soulseller Records, and coinciding with its release, Dorian will be playing his first UK solo show at the St. Pancras Old Church in London tonight. Inspired by the golden age of acoustic folk, ‘Hungry Ghost’ (see today's Track Of The Day) may come as a pleasant surprise to any Blues Pills listeners used to hearing Dorian’s expressive electric guitar licks. Sorriaux will then support Myles Kennedy on his UK tour this July, culminating with the London Palladium on Sunday 29th July.
Ramblin' Man Fair Stage Times Announced 28/6/18
With the following Ramblin' Man Fair Saturday Stage times being announced on Tuesday night - what's your itinerary for this Saturday given the Mote Park, Maidstone, gates open at midday? Planet Rock Main Stage: Mott The Hoople 21:15 – 22:45, Steel Panther 19:25 – 20:25, The Cadillac Three 17:40 - 18.40, Therapy? 16:10 – 16:55, Gun 14:45 – 15:30, No Hot Ashes 13:30 – 14:00. Outlaw Country Stage: Steve Earle & The Dukes 19:45 – 21:15, Myles Kennedy 18:15 – 19:15, Skinny Molly 16:45 – 17:30, Me and That Man 15:30 – 16:15, The Adelaides 14:30 – 15:00, Thomas Wynn and The Believers 13:25 – 13:55. Classic Rock Rising Stage: The Rising Souls 19:55 – 20:55, The Dust Coda 18:40 – 19:25, Henry’s Funeral Shoe 17:30 – 18:10, The Rocket Dolls 16:20 – 17:00, Gorilla Riot 15:20 – 15:50, Dead Man’s Whiskey 14:35 – 14:55, Icarus Falls 13:25 – 13:55, Those Damn Crows 12:30 – 13:00. See you there!
Ramblin' Man Fair Countdown - Big Boy Bloater 28/6/18
An unexpected bonus from Ramblin' Man Fair's itinerary this Saturday is that Big Boy Bloater (Video Of The Day) is playing an acoustic session in the VIP tent at 3.35pm. Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs recently released their new album ‘Pills’ via Provogue/Mascot Label Group and they have fans in the shape of Imelda May, Mark Lamarr, Craig Charles, Paul Jones and Jools Holland - who called Big Boy “one of the great Bluesmen of our time”. Following on from 2016’s 'Luxury Hobo', ‘Pills’ anthology style makes this album such an engaging proposition, the twists and turns always find you revealing something new, hidden beneath the surface. They go from autobiographical to grotesque characters in one fell swoop!
Rock On With Circu5 28/6/18
On today's WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day, originally broadcast last Saturday, Bob & Jules have a full interview with multi instrumentalist Steve Tilling on his new Album 'Circu5' plus some of the music tracks that made a impact on his life.
June Wrinklycast - Vambo Stone Free Festival Interview 27/6/18
"Their closing track - a copy of Deep Purple's 'Burn' - showcases what final vocal talents he has. You don't cover such iconic Rock tracks like that lightly and he nailed it. I would have been happy just to have seen that but their short set was full of their own excellent material, including 'Fast Car' and their new single 'Why, Why, Why' which is getting some considerable radio airplay. With bassist James Scott completing the DM booted front of stage and drummer Steve Price driving the whole ensemble from behind the kit, they are an excellent addition to the festival and, probably the best band of the two stages today. Yes, they are that good. Another of my must see again bands." That was part of our 2018 Stone Free Festival Vambo review here and we were lucky enough to catch up with the guys after their explosive set which is today's Track Of The Day.
Ramblin' Man Fair Countdown - The Cadillac Three 27/6/18
The Cadillac Three have announced a very special show to follow their Ramblin’ Man performance, taking place at London's The Big Red next Monday 2nd July. The intimate gig will follow their main stage appearance at this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair in Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent, this Saturday 30th June, and ahead of their UK tour with Black Stone Cherry this December, including a date at London’s Wembley Arena. The festival marks the band’s first UK performance since their headline tour in November last year, which included a sold-out date at the O2 Kentish Town Forum, and the release of their latest album, 'Legacy'. The album features the hits ‘American Slang’, which received extensive airplay on BBC Radio 2, and ‘Dang If We Didn’t’, which was A-listed at Planet Rock Radio and reached #2 in their airplay chart, alongside the current single ‘Demolition Man’ (today's Video Of The Day).
Cool Britannia 27/6/18
This Summer sees the launch of a brand new epic music festival Cool Britannia which will take place at Knebworth, the stately home of Rock, from Friday 31st August - Sunday 2nd September. Maxi Jazz of Faithless has recently been confirmed for a personal DJ set on the Main Stage on the Sunday which will also be headlined over the weekend by Happy Mondays and Ocean Colour Scene with amazing supporting artists including Feeder, Razorlight, Embrace, The Lightning Seeds, Peter Hook & The Light, Cast, Heather Small, Dodgy, Space, Toploader and The South, with more still to be announced. Cool Britannia has also teamed up with the legendary Ministry of Sound. Housed in the Big Top, they will feature some of the best club DJ's of the era including Todd Terry, Brandon Block, Jazzie B and Alfredo. Each night there will be appearances by a host of club classic stars including Black Box, N-Trance, Rozalla, Alison Limerick, Angie Brown and Urban Cookie Collective.
Ramblin' Man Fair Countdown - Thomas Wynn And The Believers 26/6/18
With just four days to go now to the start of this year's Ramblin' Man Fair in Mote Park, Maidstone, Kent - Orlando’s Thomas Wynn And The Believers kick off The Outlaw Countrsy Stage this Saturday 30th June. After a hugely successful UK tour with The Temperance Movement earlier this year, they have just got off the road from a US Tour with Myles Kennedy who is also playing The Outlaw Country Stage later in the day. They will be playing songs from their new album 'Wade Waist Deep’ (Video Of The Day), which was released in May 2017 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group and recorded with four-time Grammy award-winning producer, Vance Powell (The White Stripes, Jack White, Chris Stapleton). The album is packed with deep Southern heat, complex, pulsing rhythms and breath-taking ‘blood’ harmonies from brother and sister Thomas and Olivia. Thomas Wynn And The Believers also play London's The Black Heart next Wednesday 4th July.
Take Your Chevy To The Levee Tonite 26/6/18
When Broken Levee made their debut at The Tuesday Night Music Club, and their debut in the South, they got a standing ovation from a packed house. No mean feat for a band that very few had heard of before that show. Now, having released a new EP, 'Last Light', and having recorded a live album, they are back tonight at The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF. But they are back in an expanded guise as they are bringing the extraordinarily talented Lindsay Hannon with them. Not only that, but Broken Levee also feature on today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day along with Wily Bo Walker, Sayer & Joyce, Deb Ryder, Trevor Babajack Steger and more.
Out In The Fields 26/6/18
Fields Of The Nephilim recently announced three very special UK headline performances for this Autumn to celebrate the dark energies of 'Samhain'. The Goth-Rock legends will play Manchester’s O2 Ritz on Monday 29th October, London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on Wednesday 31st October and the O2 Institute, Birmingham on Thursday 1st November. These three shows – encompassing All Hallows Eve and The Day of the Dead – will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band’s revered anthem ‘Moonchild’. Fields Of The Nephilim will be joined by Australian dark art Rockers The Church, who will in turn be celebrating the 30th anniversary of their album 'Starfish'.
Ramblin' Man Fair Countdown - The Rocket Dolls 25/6/18
Explosive Brighton based Heavy Rock trio The Rocket Dolls released their new full length studio album 'DeadHead' in April (see today's Video Of The Day) and the band play Ramblin' Man Fair's Rising Stage this Saturday 30th June. Featuring just the right amount of melody with straight up hook laden driven riffs combined with curveballs when you least expect them, 'DeadHead' is a must hear album for 2018. Relentless in their approach, The Rocket Dolls have taken the Rock mould, smashed it, and then meticulously pieced it back together again to deliver a fresh contemporary collection of music that combines the best bits of Heavy Rock, Grunge, Punk and Pop smart sensibilities. It's clear the band have spent time wisely crafting their second album, as it's a monster!
Ladies Of The Blues Returns 25/6/18
Solid Entertainments have announced the third in their Ladies Of The Blues tour series with another great line up of three ladies fronting each of their own bands, all together on one exclusive UK tour which includes London's Water Rats on Tuesday 20th November. The line-up features Lee Ainley's Blues Storm, who we introduced you to recently, with the unique vocal pairing of mother and daughter Lee and Tori, plus Blues Rock guitar player/slinger Eliana Cargnelutti from Northern Italy and the powerhouse vocals of Zoe Green and her band. A tour not to be missed!
A Powerhouse Full Of Blues 25/6/18
Today's Black On Blues Podcast Track Of The Day is another Blues women special featuring Rory Block, Dana Fuchs (pictured), Victoria Ginty, Teresa James, Crystal Shawanda and Debbie Bond.
Ramblin' Man Fair Countdown - Von Hertzen Brothers 24/6/18
With the all important Ramblin' Man Fair stage timings imminent, today we turn our attention to the Von Hertzen Brothers (Video Of The Day) who are playing the Prog In The Park Stage at Mote Park, Maidstone, on Sunday 1st July. We interviewed the award winning Finnish Rockers at HRH 11 last November and last years ‘War Is Over’ album was met with huge praise and saw them take a fresh approach with their songwriting. Their sonic exploration has seen them blaze a trail across Europe since 2006, leading them to play with artists from Foo Fighters, 30 Seconds to Mars, Neil Young, Biffy Clyro, The Wildhearts and ZZ Top to Anathema and Opeth.
Eye Of The Tiger 24/6/18
The iconic 80's Canadian Rock band Glass Tiger, best known for their 1986 UK Top 40 hit single 'Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone' (today's Track Of The Day) and 1991's 'My Town' ft. Rod Stewart, return to the UK for the first time in 27 years to play two rare concerts. The band last came to the UK when they supported Roxette on their 1991 nationwide UK tour. Glass Tiger play the University of London Union on Friday 19th October, followed by the Rockingham Festival at Nottingham Trent University on Sunday 21st October. To celebrate their 30th anniversary, earlier this year Glass Tiger released a new album entitled '31' which includes two new songs and re-imagined recordings of all their hit singles. The band includes original members Alan Frew on vocals and guitar, Sam Reid on keyboards, Al Connelly on guitar and Wayne Parker on bass, plus long-time drummer Chris McNeill who joined in 2000.
Ramblin' Man Fair Countdown - Kris Barras Band 24/6/18
Today check out some additional Kris Barras Band photos here (courtesy of Bruce Biege) from his Tuesday night gig at London's Borderline. Of course Devon born and ex-cage/MMA fighter Kris is also playing the Ramblin' Man Fair Blues Stage at Mote Park, Maidstone, next Sunday 1st July. It's been an incredible start to 2018 for Barras, who released his new album ‘The Divine & Dirty’ in March, his recent UK headline tour sold out dates across the country and he joined Beth Hart as support on her recent UK tour. After Ramblin' Man Fair, he will also join Supersonic Blues Machine as singer/guitarist alongside ZZ Top’s Billy F. Gibbons as well as an October support tour with Joanne Shaw Taylor.
WRC Finally Breakout 23/6/18
Was it really three years ago that we were preparing to see the Foo Fighters return to Wembley Stadium for the first time since their record breaking shows of 2008? Of course, news broke as the WRC headed down to Brighton the previous Saturday, that Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl had sustained "at least one fracture" when he fell off the stage during a concert in Gothenburg, Sweden. Consequently the Wembley gig was cancelled and last night we finally caught up with Grohl and his gang at London's Olympic Stadium - and boy was it worth waiting for! With a set list that included favourites such as 'Breakout', My Hero' and 'Times Like These', plus great support from Wolf Alice and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - it was a night to savour as testified by today's Video Of The Day.
"The band are a tight unit with the rhythm section of Will Beavis (thirteen years service) on drums and Elliott Blackler on bass. On keyboards we find Josiah J. Manning who brings the variety to the band among the guitar base of the band, but who is also the band's producer. Kris brings the gravel-style Bluesy Rock vocal along the lines of Sheffield's Joe Cocker and a mean dirty guitar played with precision. Back to the set, the train rolls on with two songs from the latest album 'Propane' and the catchy 'Hail Mary', the latter of which everyone joins in (if you're going to get your crowd to sing, make it an easy lyric). 'Heart On Your Sleeve' brings out some Country influences as they cross genres with the Blues and Southern Rock influences in their catalogue."
Today read Geoff C's The Kris Barras Band Borderline review from Tuesday night here plus check out our Photo Gallery including support band Rainbreakers courtesy of Geoff and Bruce Biege here.
Ramblin' Man Fair Countdown - Gov't Mule 22/6/18
With just eight days to go to Ramblin' Man Fair in Mote Park, Maidstone, today we showcase Gov't Mule who are headlining the Blues Stage on Sunday 1st July. After being out of print for quite some time, Gov't Mule's 'Dark Side of the Mule' and 'Shout!' are being repressed on vinyl - each limited to only 2,000 copies -and will be available from Friday 29th June. 'Dark Side of the Mule' (see today's Video Of The Day) features 90 minutes of Pink Floyd covers recorded during the band’s Halloween 2008 show at the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, MA. Meanwhile, 'Shout!' features 11 tracks recorded by the band plus a bonus album featuring an all-star lineup of vocalists interpreting The Mule songs with special guests Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Ben Harper, Toots Hibbert, Glenn Hughes, Jim James, Myles Kennedy, Dave Matthews, Grace Potter, Vintage Trouble's Ty Taylor and Steve Winwood.
Friday Blues Club Back 22/6/18
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns to its usual Friday slot with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat including New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week features Wily Bo Walker, Peter V Blues Train, Laurie Morvan Band, Guy Tortora, Tas Cru, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion, The Lucky Losers, Keb' Mo', Lamont Dozier & Gregory Porter, Ry Cooder, Sayer & Joyce, London Blusion, The Record Company (pictured), Nick Steed, The HardChargers, Brenda Boykin, David Vest, Samantha Martin, Bob Corritore, JT Lauritsen, Russ Green Rockwell Avenue Blues Band, Allen Toussaint, Bridget Kelly Band, Jon Cleary, Red's Blues, Billy Price Band, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Stone Free Festival - Day 2 Review 21/6/18
"Finishing with their anthemic 'Forever Young' the crowd warmly applaud them off the stage before rushing to see the closing act on the Orange stage, The Bad Flowers. I say rushing, most are happy to stop for beers along the way, but still ensure the Black Country trio get a lot of love. Frontman and guitarist Tom Leighton provides the front line alone whilst bassist Dale Tonks, complete with Monster Truck t-shirt, takes centre stage, albeit a small one, showing that bassists need love too. Making up the naughty blooms is drummer Karl Selickis doing a fine job of keeping the two frontmen in their rhythmic place. As a trio, they work damn hard, with Leighton's Les Paul and wah pedal getting some mileage and Tonks bass solo showing a commendable work ethic. With tracks like 'Thunder Child' in their repertoire, they show they are a force to be reckoned with. Showing an emotional thanks to the audience for the support they have received the set closes the excellent Orange stage for the day and the festival. The Bad Flowers - a great bunch."
Today read Mother's Stone Free Festival Day 2 review here plus check out our SFF Photo Gallery here and our Day 1 review here.
London Town Like Alice 21/6/18
We're indebted to regular WRC contributor Phil Honley for today's Video Of The Day. In Phil's opinion, possibly gig of the year so far as Alice In Chains played London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire last Sunday. Phil added that the Rock band from Seattle does not give us the pleasure of its company too often in the UK but when it does, boy is it worth the wait. Phil also points out that the sound quality of his video in no way reflects the sound on the night! The sound on the night was first class from the very first number but Phil was shooting with a low spec camera from the Level 1 balcony!
Blues Club Catch Up 21/6/18
We continue to play catch up with last week's The Blues Club Podcast which is today's Track Of The Day with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat, plus guest Nigel Day from the NCB Radio's Sunday Blues Brunch Show featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week includes tracks from Tas Cru, London Blusion, Sayer & Joyce, Buddy Guy, The Record Company, Deb Ryder, Chris Bevington, The Cinelli Brothers, Jamie Williams & The Roots Collective, Greg Coulson, Waydown Wailers, Tom Hambridge, Nick Steed, Grand Marquis, Mitch Laddie Band, Bridget Kelly Band, Jon Cleary, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Dana Fuchs, Joe Rusi, Bobby Rush, Jeff Jensen, Artur Menezes, Red's Blues, Peggie Perkins, Brother Strut, Jack J Hutchinson (pictured), Led Zeppelin, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and more.
It's Only Rock 'n Roll But We Like It 20/6/18
Nearly twelve years after we last saw them performing at Twickenham Stadium, the Rolling Stones returned to Rugby Union's HQ for the latest leg of their 'No Filter' tour with another storming set which belied their advancing years. Indeed these orginal wrinkly rockers, ably supported by James Bay, proved once again that age is temporary but class is permanent as testified by today's Video Of The Day!
With our Stone Free Festival Day One review in the can here and our Day Two review in the pipeline - check out our updated Photo Gallery from the weekend at London's O2 Arena here including now from Sunday The Bad Flowers, Richie Kotzen (pictured), Anathema, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Roger Hodgson and Yes featuring Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman.
Ramblin' Man Fair Countdown - Laurence Jones 19/6/18
"That guy just keeps getting better and better!" was just one of the many compliments passed Laurence's way, as well as to his band who were awesome. A setlist comprising, in the majority, of new tracks from his yet to be released album was a bold move - but his set's balance of new stuff plus his own favourites and fan favourites hit the right chord as the 25 year old pulled it off big time. His fans, obviously now salivatating at the thought of the new release in over a month's time, can also look forward to his nationwide tour in May plus an appearance at Holland's International Blues Festival in June. Do not miss him." That was part of our Laurence Jones gig review at London's Borderline in January this year and Laurence (Video Of The Day) returns to the South when he plays Ramblin' Man Fair's Blues Stage at Mote Park in Maidstone on Sunday 1st July.
Cracking Blues On The Radio 19/6/18
Today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day features music from The Kris Barras Band (pictured), Dave Arcari, Chris Bevington Organisation, Mitch Laddie Band, Nick Steed Five, Rob Berry, The Voodoo Sheiks, The Cinelli Brothers, Buddy Guy, Greg Coulson, The Emma Wilson Band, Crystal Shawanda, London Blusion, Austin Gold and (ahead of tonight's show at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF) The Matt Edwards Band!
Stone Free Festival - Day 1 Review 18/6/18
"Closing the Orange stage, and vying for band of the day are Aaron Buchanan and the Cult Classics. The former Heaven's Basement front man has created his own band although the set contained a number of Heaven's Basement tracks. No complaints from me, I love Heaven's Basement. But this is a new animal. Aaron's sister Laurie wields a mean Fender Telecaster whilst Tom McCarthy assists with a stunning Gordon Smith Les Paul