"The fourteen songs played included the eleven song debut album in its entirety (although, unsurprisingly, played in a different order); I have reviewed that separately (watch this space) and would recommend it unreservedly. Of the additional songs, Otis Redding’s ‘Dreams To Remember’, which has long been a staple of the band’s live gigs, was perhaps the outstanding showcase for both Chris’ guitar and Sally Ann Evans’ powerful voice."
Do you remember the good old days when you used to go to a gig? Well today, Gary Smith literally takes us back in time here, with his review of Buck & Evans at London's 100 Club on Tuesday 19th November last year, which nearly didn't see the light of day. Also check out our Video Of The Day plus our Photo Gallery (courtesy of Tim Russell) here.
Ramblin' Man Fair Update 31/3/20
You will of course have seen that both the Glastonbury and Download festivals have had no option but to cancel their events in June, however the good news is that Ramblin' Man Fair HQ have recently reported that they are still very much intending to go ahead with their festival at Mote Park, Maidstone, over the weekend of 17th to 19th July. Indeed, over 90% of artists booked to play have stated that they still intend to come and play this Summer - including those from America. However, as a contingency, RMF are drawing up a list of bands based in the UK who have found that conversely, they too aren’t now able to tour the US this Summer either. So, even if those US artists do change their minds, then there is still an intention to go ahead.
For Simon 31/3/20
This week's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day is devoted to a very limited edition double CD which was released to celebrate the first anniversary of The Tuesday Night Music Club. In fact it's all in aid of sound engineer Simon Taylor who recorded the tracks, as Simon has lost his livelihood because of the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, you can support Simon here by downloading the album for a minimum donation of £10, which among others includes live tracks from The Sam Kelly Band, Half Deaf Clatch, Rebecca Downes (pictured), Poplar Jake & The Electric Delta Review, Rabbit Foot, Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion, Martin McNeill & Ramon Goose, The Katie Bradley Band and Giles Hedley & The Aviators.
Wild - But Wise 30/3/20
The bad news is that this year's Call Of The Wild Festival has been postponed because of Coronavirus, however, the good news is that it will still take place later this year at the Lincolnshire Showground over the long weekend of 18th to 20th September. The rescheduled festival will still operate on the same basis, i.e. three stages, camping, glamping, VIP, etc. but due to other touring commitments, the organisers have had to swap Phil Campbell & The Bastard Sons to Friday and Massive Wagons to Sunday. Unfortunately they have also lost Michael Monroe on the Saturday, but they are currently working very hard to bring you an equally great Saturday headline act!
Brain Stem Interview 30/3/20
Today's Track Of The Day features Brain Stem on The Zach Moonshine Show talking about and playing brand new tracks from their new conceptual EP 'Symptoms of Annihilation - Stage 2'. Consisting of Logan Magnuson - guitar, Alex Mcintosh - drums, Brad Fife - bass and Jessy Leduc - vocals, the band is an outstanding example of what experimental Death Metal has to offer, and the EP is the second chapter of a journey that began with 2018's 'Symptoms of Annihilation - Stage 1'. Established in 2016, Brain Stem isn't the easiest to define with an exact subgenre. Noted to be groovy at times, but also technical when needs be, they've made sure that their sound is not limited by one train of thought, molding Metal the way they see fit.
Wild World 30/3/20
Not only will multi-platinum singer/songwriter Kip Moore release his highly-anticipated fourth studio album, 'Wild World', on Friday 29th May, but Moore also gave his notably loyal fan-following a taste of what to expect, recently performing 'Magic' for Minnesota Country Station K102, in quarantine, which is today's Vdeo Of The Day. Co-writing all but one of 'Wild World's’ insightful thirteen-song tracks, in deeply personal terms, Kip even self-produced the set, with help from David Garcia, Luke Dickand Blair Daly on respective tracks. The weathered heartland-Rock sound Moore has embraced on previous efforts gets its emotional volume pumped up, recorded live with a full band, as substance takes precedence over style and the timeless prevails over the trendy. Moore admits the results include a few quirks – but that just gives 'Wild World' the character he values so much.
Tune In To Virtual Gigs Today 29/3/20
If you missed the very first Isolation Music Festival yesterday, the good news is that there is another being streamed here at 1pm UK time today including Jack Bruce's son Malcolm at 3.20pm plus Elles Bailey at 4pm. It's all in aid of NET (National Emergencies Trust) so please give generously here. Once the festival finishes at 6pm, half an hour later Dan Burnett will also be performing a live stream here and everyone who donates here between now and the end of tonight’s session will be added to a draw to win some of Dan's CDs!
Self Made Larkin Poe 29/3/20
Grammy® award-nominated sister duo Larkin Poe have recently released their new single ’Holy Ghost Fire’, which is not only today's Track Of The Day, but is also the latest track taken from their new album, 'Self Made Man', that is due out on Friday 12th June, via the band’s own Tricki-Woo Records. The Gothic Gospel single manifests a key aspect of their Southern tradition, presenting a sense of celebration and renewal amid the common struggles of existence, offering a way to move through trying circumstances. Indeed, the new album sees the multi-instrumentalist, Atlanta-bred, Nashville-based Rebecca and Megan Lovell, pushing their music and message towards hitherto unexplored terrain, inspired by their epic world travels yet still powerfully rooted in the creative heritage of their beloved American South.
Harem Scarem Change The World 29/3/20
Harem Scarem's Video Of The Day of 'The Death Of Me', taken from their recently released album ‘Change The World’, is another logical next step that shows them not only at the top of their game, but also as a cohesive unit still able to deliver a power-Rock-packed punch, with swaggering riff and hooks to die for. One of the current heavyweights of the Melodic Hard Rock scene, Harem Scarem reunited in 2013 after a five year hiatus to completely re-record their milestone 1993 release ‘Mood Swings’. They then made two exceptional studio albums in ‘Thirteen’ and ‘United’, both of which showed the band delivering their unique trademark sound while simultaneously making a stylistic progression. The longstanding band partnership of Harry Hess and Pete Lesperance still has the magic touch, and, with the addition of bassist Mike Vassos, they are ready to dominate once more.
Noble Jacks CD Review 28/3/20
"For me to say that the best two songs are next, is of course arguable, but the anthemic Rock of ‘What Did You Say’ and hooky guitar lines of ‘This Is Real’, caught me on the first play and tick the strong song box! ‘Enjoy The Ride’, followed by ‘Road Of Death’, may not sit well together as titles when your just about to take a journey, but they do return to their lighter Folky Americana from earlier on the album."
Today read another of our self-isolating album reviews, as Geoff C. this time gives you his take here on Noble Jacks' new sophomore deluxe CD edition of 'Stay Awake' which was released yesterday, plus check out our Video Of The Day. Remember, If you are currently kicking your heels and you fancy doing a self-isolation CD review, then don't be shy, just e-mail us at email@example.com
H.E.A.T Reschedule UK Tour 28/3/20
"As the band said: "They just do it and they want to be the best at it." Well they certainly have achieved that. A real epic Melodic Classic Rock rollercoaster of a CD that not only turns up the gas to H.E.A.T mark two, but one in turn that will make you sweat and want to keep permanently on your current Hard Rock playlist." That was part of our take on Swedish rockers H.E.A.T's superb new album 'H.E.A.T II', and given the current coronavirus lockdown, the band have not only rescheduled their three-date May UK tour, along with British Rock band Vega, award winning band Mason Hill and 4-piece Collateral, to October 2020, but they have also added two new dates - Leeds Warehouse on Thursday 8th October plus Nottingham Rescue Rooms on Monday 12th October.
Leaving Circles Around The Sun 28/3/20
Today's Track Of The Day is Circles Around the Sun's 'Leaving (Rogue Lemon)', the third single off the band's new full-length self-titled studio album. The seven track collection marks the final recordings of founding member and guitarist Neal Casal. The sessions were tracked at recording engineer Jim Scott's Southern California studio just one week prior to Casal tragically taking his own life. In a note left behind by Casal, he requested that the album be completed and for the band to continue in his absence. CATS, as they are known to fans, has since made the decision to honour those wishes. For the immediate future, the band comprised by keyboardist Adam MacDougall, bassist Dan Horne and drummer Mark Levy will move forward without adding a permanent member to fill Casal's seat, but to instead rotate different guitarists in his place.
Shyyne Album Review 27/3/20
"Opening up, ‘Say Goodbye’ races down the tracks with speed and ample riffing in all the right places. The first of one of my many favourite songs in this collection, with its Van Halen style of vocal harmonies, is ‘Movin On’, which is both very hooky and instantly memorable from the first listen through. ‘Feelin Fine’ works along the same line of the previous track with hints of the North East’s Tygers Of Pan Tang style of Rock rhythm."
In these strange gig-less times, today read the first of our self-isolating album reviews, as Geoff C. gives his take here on Shyyne's new CD 'Go Your Own Way' which will be released on Saturday 4th April, plus check out our Video Of The Day. If you are currently kicking your heels and fancy doing a self-isolation CD review, then don't be shy, just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamie Plays Elton At Your House Tonight! 27/3/20
Given recent events, Jamie & The Jets blistering performance at Wrinklystock 8 at Dartford's Mick Jagger Centre last December, seems a long time ago now. However, the good news is that Jamie himself is back at 8pm tonight here for a live stream log in and sing along! So make sure you get in your live requests for 'Jamie Plays Elton' at 'Nearly At Your House' now!
Blues Club Express 27/3/20
Today's latest Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day brings you another two hours of non stop Best in Blues and beyond with More Music and Less Chat, featuring new releases, classic tracks, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks, including music from Betty Fox Band, Bill Blue, Jimmy Smith & Taj Mahal, Elles Bailey, John Lee Hooker, Big Wolf Band, John Doe Trio, Mick Pini, Whitey Somers, The Jimmys, Frederico Luiu, Shuffle Express, Stevie Watts Trio (pictured), Mississippi MacDonald, Gregory Porter, Clare Free, Sass Jordan, Roomful Of Blues and many more.
Pet Puma Get Their Claws Out 26/3/20
Pet Puma’s single 'Spaceship', released last month, and today's Video Of The Day, serves as the perfect introduction to a band who want to invite you into their universe, fill your ears with intergalactic Synth-Pop, and make you a cup of tea. The bouncing debut is laced in Cosmic escapism, and the playful 80’s kids TV show video to accompany it has a throwback vibe, with a hefty serving of ‘feel-good’. The band (John, Violet, Kane, Matt and Tom) was recently formed after playing in different line-ups as in-demand session performers or, in Violet’s case, success in the acting/stunt double world. Their diverse range of careers has given them fuel for their creative fire and a desire to bring some joy with their music; which songwriter and lead singer, John, infuses into every track. Watch out as Pet Puma is on the prowl and ready to unfurl its (perfectly manicured) claws in 2020.
Zenith Moon Going Under 26/3/20
Zenith Moon's recent first single and today's Track Of The Day, 'Going Under', released through Golden Robot Records, is a groove laden, heavy riff-soaked tune topped by one hell of a vocal performance by vocalist Kahli. Hailing from Melbourne, the band, also consisting of fretboard nomad Matt (guitar) and Andie (drums), bring a retro and classic Rock fusion that draws in the best influences from that glory era, delivering raunchy female fronted Rock that harks the sound of European counterparts Blues Pills, Pristine and Forever Still.
Satriani Shapeshifting Tour Rescheduled 26/3/20
World-renowned guitar virtuoso, Joe Satriani, has rescheduled both the first leg of his European plus his UK Shapeshifting tour until April and May next year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Tickets for his May 2020 UK tour will remain valid for the rescheduled 2021 dates. The rescheduled 6-date UK tour now kicks off at Birmingham Symphony Hall on Friday 30th April and concludes at the O2 Academy Glasgow on Thursday 6th May. The live show will feature tracks from the new studio album 'Shapeshifting', plus he will perform many of his classic fan favorites including 'Surfing With The Alien', 'Always with Me, Always with You' and 'Flying In A Blue Dream'.His touring band will feature celebrated drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty), bassist Bryan Beller (Aristocrats), keyboardist Rai Thistlethwayte (Thirsty Merc) and, of course, Joe on guitar.
Stonedead Alive & Kicking 25/3/20
Still on the theme of things to look forward to, and now in its third year, Stonedead is an outdoor, one day, one stage, monster of a festival where Rock music reigns eternal, that again takes place this year at Newark Showground on Saturday 29th August. Firmly placed on the Rock festival map, it places the Rock fan experience at its core and is solely organised by volunteers and created for music fans. A festival experience not to be missed, this year's line up features headliners Black Star Riders, with special guests Terrorvision and Gun, plus Tyketto, Kris Barras Band, Blaze Bayley, Tygers of Pan Tang, Myke Gray featuring Kim Jennett and opening poll winner Dead Man’s Whiskey.
Playing A Blinder 25/3/20
The Blinders new single, ‘Forty Days And Forty Nights’, which is today's Video Of The Day, is the latest track to be taken from their upcoming album 'Fantasies Of A Stay At Home Psychopath', which is out on Friday 8th May via Modern Sky UK. Opening to an intoxicating blend of driving drums and forebodingly warped guitars, the track is a sinister and visceral account of the collapse of a relationship into murderous animosity, which pulsates between passages of calm and chaos. 'FOASAHP' is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut album, 'Columbia', released in 2018, and the band will head out on a run of intimate dates later this year, including Edinburgh, Hull and Southampton, plus London's iconic 100 Club on Monday 14th September.
Kris Barras Interview 25/3/20
The Blues Podcast launched recently with a sizzling three episodes featuring the queen of modern Blues Beth Hart, the multi-platinum selling Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the fast rising British Blues-Rock star Kris Barras (today's Track Of The Day). The series is presented by the inimitable Big Boy Bloater – the current drive time presenter for Feedback Radio and former host of the popular Blues Magazine Show for Team Rock Radio. The naturally charming Bloater knows what makes musicians tick and how to get inside their head which is what makes The Blues Podcast so special – to find out about the person behind the music. It’s a chat amongst friends where they sit down and chew the fat of life and what has shaped them into who they are.
HRH Spring Break 2021 24/3/20
Being positive and looking forward, Hard Rock Hell Spring Break, takes place next year at Camp HRH in Great Yarmouth, over the long weekend of 10th - 14th March, boasting 3 arenas and 60 bands playing over multiple genres including AOR, Glam, Sleaze, NWOCR, Metal, Stoner, Pirate, NWOCM and the return of a full-on NWOBHM pre-party featuring Vardis, Tygers of Pan Tang and Tank. Also including headliners Kingdom Come, Reckless Love and Evil Scarecrow, it's going to be a wall-shaking, ground-blistering, high decibel cycle of pure HRH Rock 'n' Metal at its best… get ready for mayhem!
Pure Reason Revolution Are Back 24/3/20
Pure Reason Revolution release ‘Eupnea’, their first new studio album in nearly 10 years, on Friday 3rd April, and the band recently released their new single ‘New Obsession’, which is today's Video Of The Day. ‘Eupnea’, sees them harking back to their earliest days, while rolling in all of the musical experiments and experience they've gathered in the intervening years. They will also be setting off on a European co-headlining tour alongside Norwegian Art-Rockers Gazpacho, who are currently working on the follow up to their 2018 album ‘Soyuz’, including London's Islington Assembly Hall on Sunday 25th October, plus they currently have two Summer festival dates, firstly at the Night Of The Prog Festival in Germany on Friday 17th July and then Maidstone's Ramblin' Man Fair the day after.
Blues On The Radio Shopping List 24/3/20
Today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day takes the form of an entertaining shopping list including Mike Ross, Catfish, Richard Townend And The Mighty Bosscats, Dan Burnett, Elles Bailey (pictured) and more! Just have a listen and when you hear something you like, pause the show and do a search for the artists website, then buy some merchandise from them. Having done that, return to the show, repeating throughout with as many pauses as you like! There you go - fabulous entertainment and simultaneously supporting these talented musicians in these uncertain times.
DeadRisen Has Risen 23/3/20
With Heavy Metal music now approaching its half century, new Power Metal band DeadRisen is an explosive cocktail of older, traditional musicians with young, hungry new school guys, who released their eponymous debut album earlier this month. The brainchild of Rod Rivera and Mike LePond, Rivera’s guitar wizardry is best known and respected world-wide in his work with Christian Metal legends Rivera/Bomma, whilst seasoned veteran LePond is not only the bassist for Progressive Metal giants Symphony X, but has also played on some of the most important albums in Heavy Metal history. Complementing DeadRisen's undoubted strength in depth is Tony Stahl (Livesay) on keyboarda and backing vocals, Dan Prestup (Midnight Eternal) on drums and Will Shaw (Heir Apparent) on lead vocals.
Frontiers April Releases Delayed Till May 23/3/20
In the light of exceptional circumstances related to the Coronavirus outbreak, the physical music business in many European territories (including Italy, France, Germany and Spain) are moving towards a complete shutdown, with more likely to follow suit, including North America and elsewhere. As a consequence, Frontiers Music regrets to inform its fans and followers that all artist albums that had been due for release on Friday 10th April, including Dennis DeYoung's '26 East: Volume 1' (today's Track Of The Day), have now been moved to Friday 22nd May. Similarly, titles that had been due for release on Friday 8th May have been moved to Friday 12th June, with the same proviso. These date may be subject to further change based on the evolution of the global situation.
Grit Your Teeth 23/3/20
British Rock band Vega will release their new album 'Grit Your Teeth' on Friday 12th June via Frontier Records, and their title track and first single is today's Video Of The Day. Yes, buckle up and hold tight, Vega are back with the album of their career, that not only will take you to screaming highs and gritty lows, but it’ll also keep you coming back for more. If their last album, 'Only Human', was a commentary of what was going on in our lives, the new album is very much a reflection of those times and the outcomes. The band’s love for Rock from the 80’s and early 90’s shines through without rehashing it, however, the album also draws inspiration from other places, such as Metal, that blends melody and hooks with power.
Vive Le Rock Awards Rescheduled 22/3/20
Like everything else, the Vive Le Rock Awards has sadly had to be delayed but the good news is it has been rescheduled to Wednesday 18th November at London's 02 Islington Academy - so something to look forward to! Further good news is that it's going to be the same line-up with the Lords Of The New Church with Michael Monroe, Neville Staple, Brian James, The Only Ones, Jim Jones, Ed Tudor-Pole and the Vive Le Rockers all-star band. Original tickets will still be valid for the rescheduled date. Refunds will be available from your point of purchase.