Final Chance - Vote Best Blues Rock Today 31/12/17
Yes today we finally squeeze in our last category - Best Blues Rock Performance in our 2017 WRC Awards before voting closes at midnight tonight! First up is South African Dan Patlansky who we saw at London's O2 Academy in May and, exactly a month later, we also caught American Eric Gales (Video Of The Day) at Nells Jazz & Blues in London's Kensington. Finally, just down the road in October at Chelsea's Under The Bridge we also saw another American - Walter Trout (pictured)! 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!
Today's Blues On The Marsh Track Of The Day has a great and fitting end of year line up including Joe Rusi, Raven Cain, Tinsley Ellis, Holly Benton, Bootleggers, Delbert McClinton, Steve Kozak, Glenn Marais and The Mojo Train, GravelRoad, Nasta Super and Chris Cain, Curtis Salgado and Alan Hager, Frank Statesboro, Richard Townend and The Mighty Bosscats (pictured), Dan Burnett, Dago Red and a special section devoted to Kev's very special young lady, Sharon Hills, with tracks from Steve Sainas, Dan Auerbach, BJ Wilbank, Emily Burgess, Kathy Boye and Robert Finley!
Escape The Fate have treated fans to another taste of their upcoming album 'I Am Human', due out on Better Noise Records on Friday 16th February 2018, by releasing the lyric video for the title-track - today's Track Of The Day. In support of the album, the band also return to the UK in January and February for a headline tour which includes dates in Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol, London and Nottingham. 'I Am Human' is the bands 6th studio album and is the new era of Escape The Fate, featuring the previously unveiled tracks 'Do You Love Me' and 'Empire'.
Hymns For The Drunk 30/12/17
In 1982 when four long haired German Metal-maniacs from Frankfurt decided to found a band named Tankard,
nobody expected them to still be going three decades later! On Friday 12th January 2018, 'Hymns For The Drunk', the ultimate Tankard Best Of, will be released. This Best Of sums up their creative period from 2002 - 2010, while they were signed to AFM Records. The current band line-up consists of Andreas Geremia (vocals), Andreas Gutjahr (guitar), Frank Thorwarth (bass) and Olaf Zissel (drums).
Vote Now - Best Festival 29/12/17
Next in our 2017 WRC Awards, we turn our attention to our nominees in the Best Festival category. Firstly, we look back to a wet but wonderful weekend at the end of July when we took in Maidstone's Ramblin' Man Fair plus a month earlier at London's O2 Arena where we took in the Stone Free Festival (pictured) - at least it was under cover! Our final nominee is Hard Rock Hell X1 at the end of November - thankfully that was also under cover and the music was red hot (check out our Dee Snider Video Of The Day). So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these awesome festival's then simply go here!
Gov't Mule To Headline Ramblin' Man Blues Stage 29/12/17
Talking of Ramblin' Man Fair, further 2018 announcements sees not only the return of Southern Blues guitar legend Warren Haynes, but he'll also be bringing along Gov't Mule' to headline the Blues Stage! Another addition over the weekend of 30th June/1st July is the riff n' roll of Jim Jones and the Righteous Mind plus, thanks to one of the stand out performances of 2017, RMF (pictured) sees the return of one of the most electrifying Blues guitarists of his generation - The Kris Barras Band! And to round things off, the Prog in the Park Stage sees Scottish powerhouse Fish headlining with support from the mesmerising Mostly Autumn! With over 30 more bands still to be announced, we think 2018 will really be one not to miss!
Blues Club Christmas Show 29/12/17
Today's Blues Club Christmas Show Track Of The Day has two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and even Less Chat, featuring only Classic Blues Tracks with no comments between songs. Just letting the music do the talking as music this week Includes tracks from Buddy Guy, Keb' Mo', BB King, Bobby Bland, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Etta James, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Johnson, Fats Domino, Big Mama Thornton, The Jimmy Rogers All Stars, Gary Moore (pictured), Albert Collins, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Jimmy Reed, Johnny Copeland, Albert King, Taj Mahal, Benny Turner, Rory Gallagher, Dr. John, Otis Rush, Howlin' Wolf, Johnnie Johnson, Steve Winwood, Luther Allison, Freddie King, Ray Charles, Jimmy Witherspoon and more!
Vote Now - Best Prog Performance 28/12/17
Just three categories to go now as we focus on our nominees in our Best Prog Performance in our 2017 WRC Awards. In June we saw Toska perform at London's O2 Academy Islington, followed by IT towards the end of October at Progtoberfest 2 at The Bedford in London's Balham. Finally, Christmas began early as IQ (pictured) celebrated their 35th anniversary at Islington Assembly Hall. So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these three superb Prog bands then simply go here!
Fireroad On The Road Tonight 28/12/17
Two years ago, Fireroad (Video Of The Day), a four-piece Rock band based in South Wales, played with a band called Headline Maniac. Fast forward to London's Borderline as both bands co-headline tonight - our first WRC gig since Christmas! Formed in 2012 by Fireroad’s lead singer and songwriter Richard Jones, the band comprise of Tim Jones, Gavin Davies and Matt Whitney. Compared to Gaslight Anthem, Foo Fighters and influenced by everything from a lifetime of good music, all who have heard and seen them live have nothing but praise for the band and their songs. So much about music these days is disposable but Fireroad have no time for image and fakers, striving to provide their audience with the classic Rock sound that stands the test of time.
The Great Escape 28/12/17
Need a non-stop hour of great music with not a word about Christmas - in fact no chat at all? Then you'll love Blues On The Radio - The Great Escape - today's Track Of The Day - an hour filled with music from Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Buddy Guy, Etta James, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, BB King & Bonnie Raitt, Ray Charles, Taj Mahal, Big Mama Thornton, Albert Collins & Robert Cray, The Allman Brothers, Derek & The Dominoes, Willie Dixon, Jimmy Rogers, Eric Clapton & John Mayall, Jimmie Vaughan and John Lee Hooker. Yes all that in the space of just one hour and all you need do is click play and turn it up!
Vote Now - Best Reviewed CD 27/12/17
It's a brand new category this year - mainly thanks to our valued team of WRC reviewers out there! Anyway, in our 2017 WRC Awards today we switch our attention to the nominees in our Best Reviewed CD - namely Samantha Fish (Video Of The Day) for 'Belle Of The West', Black Country Communion (pictured) for 'BCCIV' and Mollie Marriott for 'Truth Is A Wolf'. Please cast your vote including our other ten categories here.
Feel Good Factor 27/12/17
Originally broadcast on Saturday night - just before Christmas Day - today's Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day includes music to uplift you at this time of year with a feel good show with great tracks and old favourites from Deep Purple (pictured), Boston, Guns N' Roses, Derek & The Dominos, Steppenwolf and more.
Idol Returns 27/12/17
Rock icon Billy Idol will shortly be bringing his Live! 2018 Tour to the United Kingdom and across Europe. Billy was responsible for some of Punk Rock's most memorable, literate, and evocative moments and created a pioneering new sound by bringing the spirit of '77 to the dance floor, going on to fashion an immediately identifiable musical blueprint that integrates club-land throb, Rockabilly desperation, and Rock 'n' Roll decadence. This will be Idols first UK/European run since his hugely successful Kings & Queens of The Underground Tour in 2014 and 2015 and it all starts in Manchester on Wednesday 20th June that includes a Saturday 23rd June appearance at London's O2 Academy in Brixton.
Vote Now - Best Rock Performance 26/12/17
Today we are now more than halfway through our 2017 WRC Awards nominees and we turn our attention to Best Rock Performance - strangely enough three legendary bands that we all saw perform at London's O2 Arena. First up are Black Sabbath (Vid Of The Day) who we saw as part of their 'The End' tour in late January. Our second nominee is Deep Purple (pictured) who we caught just a month ago as part of their 'Long Goodbye' tour and finally Queen + Adam Lambert (Track Of The Day) ensuring their legacy lives on just twelve days ago. So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these outstanding Rock bands then simply go here!
Happy Christmas! 25/12/17
A Merry Christmas from all of us at the WRC with our John Lennon Video Of The Day plus we jump on board the Christmas Blues train with a Black On Blues Special Track Of The Day featuring Pam Taylor, Buddy Guy, Jim Koeppel, Mindi Abair & the Boneshakers, Rev Shawn Amos, Fran McGillvray Band, Carey Bell, Michael Burks, Shemekia Copeland, Deb Ryder and Charles Brown. Have a rockin' Christmas Day!
Dan Reed Network/Extreme Review 24/12/17
"Despite his time in a Buddhist monastery and his solo, acoustic tours, he remains a natural Rock star, exemplified by his tormented vocals, continual bounding across the stage, Trump bashing interludes, dad-dancing movements and seemingly perpetual motion. Ably supported by the rest of the band, notably guitarist Brion James, dreadlocks flailing as he nails every solo, Dan captivated the audience with a succession of Network classics, including ‘Baby Now I’ and the slightly slower ‘Rainbow Child’."
Read the whole of Big Ian's Dan Reed Network/Extreme Brixton Academy gig review here (photo courtesy of Laurence Harvey) from last Wednesday plus check out our Photo Gallery here.
Vote Now - Best International 24/12/17
With our Dan Reed Network review from last Wednesday here, today in our 2017 WRC Awards we coincidentally focus on our nominees in the Best International category. So we go back to March and London's iconic 100 Club where we first saw the Dan Reed Network, followed in July by Aussie legends Midnight Oil (today's Video Of The Day) who performed at the Hammersmith Apollo. Finally in this category, we look back to the begininning of October where we saw the awesome Living Colour (pictured) at London's ULU. So if you want to cast your vote for one of these awesome bands then simply go here!
Christmas On The Marsh 24/12/17
Comin' atchya on the latest Blues On The Marsh Track Of The Day are Beau Williams, Chris Daniels and The Kings, Elles Bailey, Dr Wu and Friends, Dan Burnett, Richard Townend and The Mighty Bosscats, Thorbjorn Risager and The Black Tornado, Joe Rusi, Dave Ferra, Mississippi MacDonald and Steve Bailey, Wes Mackey, Catfish (pictured), Taj Mahal and Keb Mo , Bacon Fat Louis and TG Swampbusters to name just a few. Also don't forget to vote in our 2017 WRC Awards for Best Radio Show here which includes Blues On The Marsh!
Brian Tatler Interview 23/12/17
"What about the legend that is Tatler though? Well there's no doubting his enthusiasm as he hi-fived us down the front on the title track of two consecutive numbers from their 1980 debut album 'Lightening To The Nations', followed by 'The Prince', which demonstrated the early influence of Punk on Tatler's music - with the audience once again joining in or echoing Born Andersen on the chorus lines as they did with a few "wooooooaaaaah's" on the quieter, more sedate opening to 'The Heat Of The Night', another from 'Borrowed Time', before Tatler duly ratchet it up a gear with another awesome heavy guitar solo, although Rasmus was on the money for singling out Wilcox for praise at the end, for his unerring drumming." That was part of our take on Diamond Head's gig at London's O2 Academy Islington gig just over a couple of week's ago and we had the pleasure of interviewing all-round nice guy Mr. Tatler prior to the gig here (today's Track Of The Day).
Vote Now - Best Tribute 23/12/17
Today we showcase our fourth category of eleven in our 2017 WRC Awards - the nominees in our Best Tribute category. Firstly, we go back to late October and 'The Iron Maidens' at London's O2 Academy Islington (pictured) who we had actually interviewed a few days earlier. We hold our hands up that our next nominees are not exactly a 'Tribute' given they have Thin Lizzy's original drummer! Anyway we saw Brian Downey's Alive & Dangerous (Video Of The Day) at Nells Jazz & Blues in London at the end of November, a week after Wrinklystock VI at Dartford's Mick Jagger Centre where we saw headliners Magic truly keeping the spirit of both ELO and Queen alive. So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these outstanding Tribute's then simply go here!
ABBA Merry Christmas! 23/12/17
And talking of Wrinklystock VI - yesterday afternoon saw the Friends Of Carlton Christmas Party - one of our nominated charities who benefitted from our Magic/The Replicants MJC gig at the end of November. Anyway part of the money raised from Wrinklystock VI 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!
2017 WRC Awards - Best Unplugged 22/12/17
The voting in our eleven categories in our 2017 WRC Awards continues here as we focus today on our Best Unplugged category. In April we had the privilege of seeing Erja Lyytinen perform an 'unplugged' set at Soho's Ain't Nothing But Blues venue (pictured) in advance of her gig at London's 100 Club the following night. Meanwhile a month later, the WRC caught 'Honest Man' Matt Andersen at London's Borderline before our final nominee - Dan Reed - performed at St. Pancras Old Church, a beautifully restored parish church half way between Camden High Street and St. Pancras station. Simply vote for one of these three outstanding nominees here plus you can also check our Extreme/Dan Reed Network photo gallery here from Wednesday night's Brixton Academy gig.
Elf Warning 22/12/17
Yes its true. Just like Wizzard, our mates at Shooter are no more but their Christmas song (Video Of The Day) lives on and it is globally re-released today from all cool digital stores. You can order 'Christmas Times A Time To Rock' now on iTunes and for just 59p. What a pressie! Why not help them get it to No. 1!!! Remember a pirate is for life not just Xmas!
Christmas Blues 22/12/17
2017 WRC Award Best Radio Show nominees The Blues Club Podcast return with today's Track Of The Day and 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 Lucy Zirins, Tommy Castro, Corey Dennison Band, Downchild, Heather Newman Band, Brenda Boykin, Sweet Pea Atkinson, Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo', Chris Daniels and the Kings, The McKee Brothers, Kings & Associates, Josh Hyde, Little G Weevil, London Blusion, Jack J Hutchinson, Dave Ferra, Niall Kelly, Lara and the Bluz Dawgz, Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers, Catfish, Doghouse Sam & His Magnatones, Samantha Fish, Dan Burnett, Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats (pictured), Dago Red, Bobby Kyle, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Academy Champions 21/12/17
Last night at London’s O2 Academy Brixton, 2017 WRC Award nominees Dan Reed Network were special guests on Extreme’s December 2017 UK tour. As expected, all cylinders were furiously firing and all guns were blazing following DRN's last critically acclaimed album 'Fight Another Day'. And if that wasn't enough for the Academy faithful, headliners Extreme, who we unfortunately missed at Ramblin' Man earlier this year, rounded off a brilliant night with an amazing set. Anyone would think it was Christmas! Anyway, with more photos to come plus a review - check out today's Video Of The Day.
2017 WRC Awards - Best Support 21/12/17
Following the announcement of our 2017 WRC Award nominees yesterday - today we turn our attention to Best Support. First up is Canadian one-man Blues Rock power trio Steve Hill who we saw supporting Wishbone Ash at Islington's O2 Academy in October. Next it's another Hill - Glaswegians Mason Hill (pictured - think Alter Bridge meets UFO. And then has a love child with Black Stone Cherry) who we saw support Inglorious at London's Islington Assembly Hall in May. And finally American Blues Rock guitarist Gary Hoey (Track Of The Day) who supported Eric Gales at Nells Jazz & Blues in London at the beginning of May. So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these awesome support bands then simply go here - and as an incentive from Gary Hoey you can download some of his Christmas songs here!
Kris Barras Band Sign To Provogue 21/12/17
The Kris Barras Band have recently joined the Provogue label. The Devonshire born Blues-Rock guitar-slinger has built a fearsome live reputation across Europe through solid touring and the release of 2016's stellar full length debut ‘Lucky 13’ which has seen him battle his way to the front of the British Blues-Rock pack. 2017 saw him step up and step out to play in front of huge crowds at RAWA Blues Festival (Poland) and an incredible performance at Ramblin’ Man Fair, but these crowds hold no fear for the former Mixed Martial Artist who has fought across the world including in Thailand, Las Vegas and in Singapore, where he fought in front of 8000 people, winning 14 out of 17 professional fights!
2017 WRC Awards Nominees Announced 20/12/17
With all the great music we have witnessed during 2017 - 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 last Saturday's Rock On The Ridge - one of the nominees in our our Best Radio Show category that also includes Blues On The Radio, Blues On The Marsh and Black On Blues!
Extreme Brixton Network Tonight! 20/12/17
"The band dynamic is another jewel in the DRN crown. Reed's powerful voice, energy and charisma was complemented by four outstanding musicians who just ooze their love of live music. The ever-smiling dreadlocked lead guitarist Brion James, with a new album out, belying his 61 years, not only with stand-out guitar solo's on the amazing 'Stronger Than Steel', 'Rainbow Child' and 'FAD's awesome 'Champion', but also seamlessly took lead vocals on the funky reggae of 'Save The World' also from 'FAD' and not forgetting the brief 'Rikki Don't Lose That Number' - part of that Trump gag." That was part of our take on 2017 WRC Best International Award nominees Dan Reed Network at the iconic 100 Club in March this year (pictured) and tonight Dan returns to London to support Extreme (Video Of The Day) at the Brixton Academy.
To celebrate 50 years of Pink Floyd releasing music that changed the world, The Sword guitarist Kyle Shutt has produced a Heavy Metal cover of their seminal album, 'The Dark Side of the Moon'. Titled, 'Doom Side of the Moon', the resulting band and album features Shutt and a host of celebrated musicians including his bandmates from The Sword, bassist Bryan Richie and drummer Santiago Vela III, vocalist Alex Marrero (Brownout/Brown Sabbath), saxophonist Jason Frey (Black Joe Lewis/Hard Proof) and keyboardist Joe Cornetti (Croy & The Boys). Check out their take on 'Money' which is today's Video Of The Day.
Blues On The Radio 2017 Review 19/12/17
Blues On The Radio host Richard Dunning casts his eyes (and ears) back over a fabulous year of music on today's Track Of The Day to fill an hour with some of his favourites from 2017. What you'll get is an hour of just some of BOTR's musical highlights from Katie Bradley & Chris Corcoran, Troy Redfern, Half Deaf Clatch, Kris Barras, Marcus Malone, Mississippi MacDonald & Steve Bailey, Elles Bailey, Dave Ferra, Rebecca Downes, Ash Wilson (pictured), Catfish, Tom Walker Trio, Katie Bradley & Matt Long and Broken Levee. An hour of pure auditory pleasure and all you need do is click play and turn it up!
Going Dutch 19/12/17
The Mascot Label Group recently signed Dutch Psychedelic Blues trio DeWolff, a band formed in the Netherlands’ Deep South of Geleen as teenagers in 2007 by singer/guitarist Pablo van de Poel, brother/drummer Luka van de Poel and Hammond organist Robin Piso. They’re an old soul in a young body, transporting the listener back into the swirling psychedelia drenched Blues of the mid-60's. The trio combine an eccentric mixture of inexhaustible energy, great musicianship, contagious enthusiasm and a play-like-it’s-your-last-show-mentality that have seen them light a trail across Europe selling out headline shows, playing festivals such as Pinkpop, Lowlands, Reeperbahn, Rockpalast, Sziget and pick up prestigious support slots with Deep Purple and The Black Keys.
Man With A Mission 18/12/17
Japanese superstars Man With A Mission have announced an exclusive London headline show at The Dome, Tufnell Park on Friday 23rd February. The show will follow the band’s UK tour with Don Broco throughout February. The five-piece wolf collective recently headlined two nights in Japan to 50,000 fans with Don Broco supporting them at Tokyo’s Saitama Super Arena as part of their Japanese arena tour. Having emerged with feral Rock energy in 2010, MWAM have released four albums in Japan, which have topped the charts and led the band to sell out arenas across their homeland. Man With A Mission recently released the video for their new single ‘My Hero’ (today's Video Of The Day), which sees the band providing the soundtrack to the accomplishments of an everyday hero with their electrifying blend of Rock, Rap and Electronica.
Lincoln/Harpenden Blues Line Up Announced 18/12/17
Solid Entertainments have announced the line up for their Lincoln & Harpenden Blues Rhythm & Rock Festival that takes place over the weekend of 12th and 13th May next year from 2pm to 10pm. Headlining Lincoln Drill Hall on Saturday and Harpenden Public Halls on Sunday are The Pretty Things, supported by Aynsley Lister, Simon McBride, Connor Selby Band, The Luke Doherty Band and Deep Blue Sea. £25 Early Bird tickets are now on sale here.
Blues At Christmas 18/12/17
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day features some Christmas tunes to get you in the mood including Fran McGillvray (pictured), Zoe Schwarz, Lily Locksmith, Liz Mandville, Shaun Murphy, Deb Ryder, Erin Harpe, Etta Britt and Pam Taylor.
We're Alright 17/12/17
Certified LA guitar legend Michael Landau has unveiled the first track, 'We're Alright' (Video Of The Day), from his upcoming new album 'Rock Bottom', which will be out on Friday 23rd February via Mascot Label Group/Provogue. Michael Landau has surrounded himself with familiar faces from his past - longtime collaborator David Frazee (Burning Water) on vocals and lyrics that can only be called poetry, his brother Teddy Landau (Raging Honkies) on superlative bass (which should end up on some future top ten lists), Larry Goldings on organ, and Alan Hertz playing drums, and their familiarity gives this album an incredible sense of timing and cohesion. There are myriad twists and turns, and the record unfolds to reveal exotic sounds and feelings, but it’s so well composed and performed that it is like taking a sonic, spiritual vacation!