OK - if you're feeling the Blues tonight, then why not check in to the Priory for a period of drying out as prescribed by Deep Blue Sea. Yes the guys will be flooding into The Priory Hotel tonight in Dover, awash with Blues Rock with a funky feel, salty shanties and frothy beer. Why not join them for some therapy - relief will be administered from 9pm onwards!
Barras Special Guest On Hart Tour 31/3/18
Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Beth Hart has confirmed the Kris Barras Band as special guest on her 14-date UK & Irish tour in April and May on all dates excluding London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall on Friday 4th May which has already sold out. In March last year Beth performed a very special, intimate concert at NYCs Iridium Jazz Club, which featured songs from her latest album 'Fire on the Floor' and from throughout her career. Now, 13 years after the release of her incredibly successful live release, 'Live at Paradiso', Hart is treating fans to a DVD/CD release of this standout performance with 'Live From New York - Front & Center' (see today's Video Of The Day), released on Friday 13th April via ProvogueRecords/Mascot Label Group.
God Damn Evil 31/3/18
Continuing a trend that began with their 2013 release, ‘No More Hell To Pay’ - 'God Damn Evil' (see today's Track Of The Day), due to be released on Friday 20th April, is the tenth studio album by Stryper and sees the band offering up their heaviest release yet! While only time will tell, ‘God Damn Evil' may well turn out to be Stryper’s best album yet. Fans of their previous two albums, as well as the band’s classic early material, will find much to love here as the group continues to push the envelope of their musical abilities. Stryper will also headline the first day of the fifth edition of the Frontiers Rock Festival on Saturday 28th in Milan, Italy.
Sweet Georgina Loves You All 30/3/18
Our good WRC friends The David Sinclair Four is back! They have a new album coming soon, and the title track, 'Sweet Georgina', was released as a single last week and is today's Video Of The Day. Georgina is the patron saint of the DS4 - and of musicians everywhere: “A woman of grace, a creature of youth/A master of rhyme, she told me the truth!” The album was produced and recorded by George Taylor in Resident Studios, Willesden and Clun in the Shropshire Hills. DS4 will soon be announcing a bunch of gigs and launching their own YouTube channel with new videos and playlists.
Brand New Acts Announced For Stone Free 30/3/18
Further additions to the third annual Stone Free Festival, happening over the weekend of 16th/17th June at London's O2 Arena, have recently been announced. New York City Rockers Warrior Soul, who with their mix of Hard Rock, Punk and Metal, will be setting the Indigo stage alight on Saturday alongside Belgian Blues-Rockers Triggerfinger and German Heavy-Rock biker-duo The Picturebooks. Now added to the Big Entrance Stage on Saturday will be KilliT, with their sublime guitars and powerhouse vocals, whilst on Sunday Jared James Nichols, with his hair-raising and raucous Blues, will be tearing up the Indigo alongside Cardiff’s Godsticks who will be opening proceedings with their hard-hitting Progressive Rock. Sunday also sees two new additions to the Big Entrance stage with Fire Red Empress and their thunderous riff-fueled Hard Rock and London’s Vambo with their raw 70s-inspired Rock’n’Roll.
Long Good Friday Blues Club 30/3/18
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns today 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 Etta James, Beth Hart, Shaun Murphy, Sari Schorr, Susan Angeletti, Rebecca Downes, Hurricane Ruth, Melissa Etheridge, Nina Massara, Bridget Kelly, Samantha Fish, Kelly Zirbes, Connie Lush Band (pictured), Janiva Magness, Kareña K, Bonnie Raitt, Ruby & The Revelators, Deb Ryder, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion, Imelda May, Malaya Blue, Elles Bailey, Kaz Hawkins, Katie Bradley, Amy Winehouse, Lucy Zirins, Jo Harman, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Ana Popovic and more.
Federal Charm April Tour 29/3/18
2017 saw Federal Charm play a number of high profile gigs including supporting Brian Downey’s Alive & Dangerous at Nells Jazz & Blues in November. These shows introduced the new line-up including new lead singer Tom Guyer and drummer Josh Zahler to old and new fans alike giving them a taste of the new direction and musical impact of Federal Charm’s transformation. The band have just completed recording their highly anticipated third album (scheduled for release this Fall) and will showcase their explosive new sound and new songs on their forthcoming UK tour next month beginning with Norwich's Open Club on Saturday 14th April. Very special guest at the Bristol and Newcastle shows is Gabriella Jones featuring Planet Rock radio’s Wyatt Wendels on drums!
All Rise To Perfect Plan 29/3/18
Formed in late 2014, Perfect Plan (Track Of The Day) signed to Frontiers in the summer of 2017. The label were excited by the band’s musical mixture of classic Scandinavian AOR (Work of Art, Treat, early Europe) and nods to legends like Giant, Foreigner and Journey, while their subsequent debut album 'All Rise', due to be released on Friday 20th April, is influenced by both modern as well as classic AOR/Melodic Rock of the 80’s. The band features superb singer Kent Hilli together with Rolf Nordström on guitar, P-O Sedin on bass, Fredrik Forsberg on drums and Leif Ehlin on keyboards. Perfect Plan are ready to take on the world and become one of your favourite Melodic Rock artists.
New Artists Added To Ramblin' Man 29/3/18
Myles Kennedy lead singer of Alter Bridge has been added to Ramblin' Man Fair's Outlaw Country Stage which takes place at Mote Park, Maidstone, over the weekend of 30th June/1st July. Also added to the same stage are former members of legendary Southern Rock outfits Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blackfoot & Molly Hatchet, namely Skinny Molly from Nashville, Tennessee, plus from Orlando, Florida, Thomas Wynn & The Believers, who have just recently toured with The Temperance Movement. Also added respectively to both the Prog Stage and the Main Stage are Austria's Second Relation and Belfast's No Hot Ashes - Reunion.
An Angel In Putney Tonight 28/3/18
A show that cannot be missed! Angel Forrest, North America's No.1 Blues Diva, will be performing in concert at
The Half Moon, Putney tonight. Angel, who's voice has been described as a cross between Etta James, Maggie Bell and Robert Plant, is a firm favourite of the North American festival and club scene, and this is her London debut show. Given Angel's raucous, rollicking, Blues'n'Rock plus her incredible voice and stage presence - why not make the effort to go and see her! You'll be glad you did! Support is from The Sharpees.
Ladies Of The Blues Photo Gallery 28/3/18
Fresh from her recent Ladies Of The Blues tour with Kyla Brox and the Connie Lush Band (pictured - see London's Under The Bridge Photo Gallery here), Finnish slide guitarist and singer-songwriter Erja Lyytinen released her brand new single 'Without You' (Track Of The Day) last Friday, taken from her upcoming album in the fall. The new single was written and composed by Erja and recorded with her brand new band including Kaspen Kallio (keyboards), Tatu Back (bass) and Iiro Laitinen (drums). Erja has also been confirmed for a headlining UK tour in November to support the release of her new album including London's Borderline on Tuesday 6th November.
Camden Rocks - 3rd Announcement Out Now 28/3/18
Camden Rocks Festival have recently announced a further 43 incredible acts added to their Saturday 2nd June line-up, featuring Brighton indie-rockers British Sea Power, cult-Progressive Metal act SikTh (their only London show this year!) and many more, to join the already announced Maximo Park, PIL, Twin Atlantic and over 120 others. These new additions are joined by Camden favourites Echobelly and Danny Goffey (Supergrass) whose Britpop credentials were spawned on the streets of Camden’s most famed venues. Together with an unplugged acoustic set from The Rifles, five piece indie band Eliza and the Bear, British Rockers RavenEye and a further 35+ acts - expect a raucous day of musical madness, covering every style across the many Indie, Rock, Metal and Punk genres, from buzzing new bands to established Rock giants. Grab your tickets now!
Carne & Wilson Hit London Tonight 27/3/18
It's a big night for gigs tonight in London, what with Steven Wilson (Video Of The Day) playing the first of his three nights at The Royal Albert Hall and our mate Geoff Carne & The Hatz (pictured) playing Camden's equally iconic Dublin Castle. Wilson's huge global tour marks the release of his expansive fifth solo album 'To The Bone' (don't expect a SW Video Of The Day tomorrow - it's too dangerous), but do try and get along and see Geoff at 7.30pm in support of the recent release of their '4 Play' EP.
Felix Rabin Photo Gallery 27/3/18
"He blew us away, man what talent so young!" That was the considered opinion of one WRC member who saw Felix Rabin supporting Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado recently at London's 100 Club. And to complement that mini review we are indebted once again to Bruce Biege for his Photo Gallery of Felix here.
Barras At TNMC Tonight 27/3/18
Today's Track Of The Day is another all new Blues On The Radio show. An hour filled with music from The Wily Bo Walker Band, Percy Fairweather & The Storm with The Winter Brothers Band, Catfish, Marcia Ball, Dudley Ross, Leny's Girl, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion, Jack J Hutchinson, Broken Levee & Lindsay Hannon, Geoff Achison and, ahead of their sold out show at tonight's Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF, two tracks from the The Kris Barras Band's (pictured) new album. It's just too good to miss - so just click play and turn it up!
Patlansky/Marriott Gig Review 26/3/18
"Patlansky's anecdote that the youthful Gatza would have probably been listening with his parents to the Backstreet Boys as he grew up, as opposed to Patlansky's parents listening to BB King in Dan's formative years, lead us into a cover of the great man's 'You Upset Me' before they returned to 'PF' and the mellow 'Mayday' with its slow, smooth, late night Blues feel, complete again with a building Floyd sounding guitar solo which not only showed the amazing versatility of Patlansky, but also, unfortunately highlighted the chatter going on at the back of the venue. Why not join our campaign?: #shutthefuckup 'Too Far Gone' - ironically a protest song from 'PK' about the state of our planet and what we are doing to it - saw solidarity from Gatza, rightly back on his feet again, well supported by Patlansky's fuzzy wah guitar, before Dehmel's drum intro on Introvertigo's first single and upbeat Blues of 'Stop The Messin' had Patlansky again growling out the lyrics, his vocal edginess to his Blues not only matched by his undeniable fret skills, but also his interplay with Gatza's keyboards delighting The Borderline faithful."
Today read AJ's Dan Patlansky/Mollie Marriott gig review from last Wednesday's gig at London's The Borderline here, plus check out our Photo Gallery here.
Everyman One Tonight 26/3/18
Next Monday 2nd April Marillion (Video Of The Day) release 'All One Tonight' the live DVD of their very first Royal Albert Hall Show in their near forty year career filmed in October 2017. Indeed, the show sold out in minutes, a full year before the band took to the stage at the iconic London venue. Tonight there will be screenings of the show at six Everyman Cinemas across the UK with Marillion hosting the screening at the Kings Cross Everyman in London. In two parts, ‘All One Tonight’ firstly showcases the band’s acclaimed 2016 studio album ‘F E A R’ in full. The second half introduces In Praise of Folly and guests, a string quartet with flute and French horn that throughout the rest of the show inject an extra depth and emotion to some of Marillion’s best loved live material. Marillion embark on their UK tour on Sunday 8th April.
Solo Flying Blues 26/3/18
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day features Breezy Rodio, Chris Ronald, Dan Patlansky (pictured), Dave Hunt, Graham Robins and Ian Siegal.
Robert Plant Headlining Bearded Theory 25/3/18
Held over the late May Bank Holiday in the beautiful surroundings of Catton Hall, Bearded Theory, Derbyshire's award-winning, family-friendly festival returns this year with a bill of more than live 100 acts across the 4-day festival. This years line up is without doubt the strongest in Bearded Theorys 11-year history! Saturday night will see a rare festival performance by Robert Plant, one of the worlds greatest Rock and Roll voices. The former Led Zeppelin frontman will bring his incredible band, The Sensational Space Shifters, and Friday is headlined by Blossoms, the hottest young band in the UK right now! Joining them on the bill is an exceptional and diverse collection of live acts, including Sunday headliner Jimmy Cliff, Scottish Indie legends The Jesus & Mary Chain, local boy Jake Bugg, Electronic Punk Duo Sleaford Mods and English Punk sensations Idles alongside classic festival acts such as Fun Lovin Criminals, The Coral, Sleeper, Dub Pistols and many more.
Jackaman Photo Gallery 25/3/18
"For the next section of the set we got 'On My Own Stage', then 'Red House Down', and finally the snarling 'Supernasty' which was delivered with panache and attitude! The horn section adding that authentic Muscle Shoals soul vibe through out the set. Returning to the stage for the exquisite 'Nothing But My Records On' to complete the evening’s musical journey. Through out the set Lynne's vocals transcended time and space, soaring to the highest reaches of the vocal register with complete control, then dipping down low and gravely with a vibrant wailing intensity only really heard from the true legendary greats of Soul music."
That was part of Steven C. Gilbert's recent Jackaman review from London's The Half Moon, Putney, here, and as promised, today we have Bruce Biege's Photo Gallery here.
Marshman Double Header 25/3/18
Following swiftly on from yesterday's Blues On The Marsh Track Of The Day, today we have Friday's show featuring Grant Peeples and The Peeples Republik, Errol Linton, Fred Chapellier and The Gents, Ian Siegal (pictured), Peter V Blues Train, Ghost Town Blues Band, Solomon Burke, Marcia Ball, Jimmie Vaughan, Dudley Ross featuring Noel McCalla, Archie Lee Hooker and The Coast To Coast Blues Band, Karen Lee Batten, Claudette, Orphan Jon & The Abandoned, Rockwell Avenue Blues Band, Alfie Smith, Teed Up, Dan Doiron, The BluesBones, Breezy Radio, Budda Power Blues, Leslie Satcher & The Electric Honey Badgers and Pontus Snibb's Wreck Of Blues.
Rockin' The Blues Review 24/3/18
"Sandwiched in between Hoey and Gales was the US future of the Blues, namely 18 year old (yes, seriously) child prodigy Quinn Sullivan. Unlike, Hoey, Gales and Lopez, this was the first time I had seen Quinn live - although I'd already liked what I heard - and in particular his last album 'Midnight Highway'. "Hello England" Quinn greeted the audience as his fresh faced young band opened with two cracking tracks off the aforementioned 'MH', namely 'Lifting Off' and 'Crazy Into You'. Further comparisons to Laurence Jones were inevitable, given both tracks "Crossover Blues" feel or 'Blues Rock Lite" as some might call it - with their refreshing Pop feel. My initial reaction to the opening chords of Hendrix's 'Little Wing' was that Gales would not be covering it tonight - but if you were in any doubt that this boy could nail the whole Blues spectrum, then Sullivan's awesome guitar solo on this classic proved that young Quinn was up there with the best."
Read the whole of AJ's Rockin' The Blues review from last Saturday's gig at London's The Garage here plus check out our Photo Gallery here.
Fly From Here - Return Trip 24/3/18
The Yes 50th Anniversary Tour featuring Special Guest Trevor Horn continues today and tomorrow at The London Palladium and then rolls on to Paris on Good Friday. To coincide with their 50th Anniversary celebrations, Yes (Video Of The Day) launch a remixed version of 2011's 'Fly From Here - The Return Trip' at their official Fan Convention tomorrow. The album features new lead vocals by Horn and a previously unreleased track - 'Don't Take No For An Answer' with Steve Howe on lead vocals.
Catching Up On The Marsh 24/3/18
Today's Blues On The Marsh Track Of The Day, originally broadcast eight days ago, features music from Andy Watts featuring Joe Louis Walker, Marie Knight, GG and The Magic Band, Lance Lopez (pictured), Rebecca and The Soulshakers, John Fogerty, Catfish Keith, Austin Gold, Baxter Hall, Gus Spenos, Birds Of Chicago, James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, James Cotton and Little Mike and The Tornados, Marcia Ball, Will Wilde, Hardchargers, Sugar Queen and The Straight Blues Band, Maria De La Vega and The Wayward Five, Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps, Ry Cooder, Chip Taylor and Mudslide Charly.
Patlansky Photo Gallery 23/3/18
With a gig review still to come, today check out our Photo Gallery here from Wednesday night when South African singer-songwriter and guitarist, Dan Patlansky, completed his current UK tour at London's The Borderline. Patlansky's new studio album 'Perfection Kills' was released at the beginning of last month and is the follow up to 2016's critically acclaimed 'Introvertigo'. Brilliantly supported by Blues singer Mollie Marriott, Patlansky and his band (pictured) were presented with our 2017 WRC Best Blues Rock Performance award backstage before their set!
Gigs Galore Tonight 23/3/18
Bristol grrrl rockers IDestroy (pictured) recently released their new EP 'Pure Joy Of Life' and with no sign of slowing up, they are currently supporting The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing on their UK tour including London's The Dome tonight before heading out to play a run of headline shows in Europe in April. Meanwhile, iconic French darkwave producer Carpenter Brut (Video Of The Day - viewer discretion advised) is playing London's KOKO tonight as part of a huge headline tour in support of his new album 'Leather Teeth' - the soundtrack of a dark coming of age film, pulling together dirty synthesizers, stomping rave beats and big Rock riffs - which has run through Europe before a full tour of the States. Last, but not least, Erja Lyytinen has returned to the UK as part of a nine gig Ladies Of The Blues triple headline tour also featuring Kyla Brox and the Connie Lush Band, which stops off at London's Under The Bridge tonight!
Blues Club Open Again 23/3/18
The Blues Club Track Of The Day returns today 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 Ray Charles, Bill Morganfield, Bad Company, Tas Cru, Mud Morganfield, The Reverend Shawn Amos, Billy Walton Band, Johnny Tucker, Sean Webster Band, Mississippi MacDonald & Steve Bailey, Janiva Magness, Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado, Reverend Raven, Jay Jesse Johnson Band, Victor Wainwright and The WildRoots, Jethro Tull, Danielle Nicole Band, Ian Siegal (pictured), Michael Franti and Spearhead, Teed Up, Michelle Malone, Lilly Martin, The James Hunter Six, Auld Mans Baccie, Peter Karp, Dan Doiron, BluesCorp, Lil Red & The Rooster, Ghalia & Mama's Boys, Ghost Town Blues Band, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Perfection Kills At The Borderline 22/3/18
South African singer-songwriter and guitarist, Dan Patlansky, completed his current UK tour at London's The Borderline last night, in support of his new studio album 'Perfection Kills' which was released at the beginning of last month and is the follow up to 2016's critically acclaimed 'Introvertigo'. Brilliantly supported by Blues singer Mollie Marriott, Patlansky proved once again why he was voted Best Blues Rock Performance in our 2017 WRC Awards. Anyway, with a review and more photos to come, check out today's Video Of The Day.
There's The Rub Tonight 22/3/18
With millions of album sales and concert attendances worldwide, Wishbone Ash's heritage as one of the most enduring and best loved British Rock acts is assured. Classic album releases such as 'Pilgrimage', 'New England' and 'Live Dates' defined the Wishbone Ash sound and have touched the hearts of several generations of music fans. Martin Turner, the definitive voice, creative force and founding member of the British Rock legends, continues to perform the band's best loved works with his current line-up - guitarists Danny Willson and Misha Nikolic and drummer Tim Brown - and remains faithful to the original Wishbone Ash blueprint. Fresh from sold-out 2017 shows during which they performed Wishbone Ash’s seminal 1972 album 'Argus' in its entirety, Turner and his band return to the concert stages this month and next to perform another classic album from the vintage years of Wishbone Ash – 1974’s iconic 'There’s The Rub' tonight at The Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Doors open at 8pm with music from 8.30-11pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted admission. Wishbone Ash release their Deluxe 30 CD Box Set 'The Vintage Years' on Friday 20th April.
When The Blues Comes Calling 22/3/18
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day is another popular Blues women special featuring Brigitte Purdy, Angel Forrest, Erin Harpe, Heather Newman, Liz Mandeville, Susan Williams & The Right Groove and Teresa James.
Colt48 Borderline Review 21/3/18
"The music is mainly Nu-Metal and Heavy Rock with powerful riffs, but with good melodies and it wasn’t long before the crowd were singing along. Not only are they headlining and selling out a major London venue, but are beginning to build a loyal fan base, and this could be the sign that Colt48 are on the way up. They supported Puddle of Mudd at the Garage last year and have opened for Crazy Town, Foxxy and Trapt. They play the songs from their new and previous EP’s, the catchy ‘Hate Hate Relationship’ and ‘The Fire’ being my favourites. The set was given a brief respite with the acoustic ‘Start Again’ which when finished, re-emphasises the power of the rest of the set list. I’ve followed Colt48 from their origins of the previous band, ‘48 Hours’, and it was great to see the previous band member Gary jump onto the stage to sing backing vocals for the encore."
Read the whole of Chris Bourlet's Colt48 (Video Of The Day) review from last Friday's gig at London's The Borderline here.