The launch of the Blackfen TRADER just under twenty three years ago gave the opportunity to feed the passion of two lifelong friends to cut their teeth in music journalism, reviewing local gigs, particularly at The Woodman in Blackfen, Kent, in their monthly ‘Caught Live’ column. And ever since that non-internet era their mutual appreciation of live (mainly Rock) music has grown into a musical appreciation network: The Wrinkly Rockers Club. So tonight we return to where it all started (now called The George Staples) - as the WRC take in Run For Cover (Classic Rock Covers) and Glamstar (Glam Rock Tribute) tonight from 8pm. Admission is free!
Cobham Master Class Tonight! 30/4/16
And on the subject of turning the clock back - today's Vid Of The Day is taken from the halcyon days of the Old Grey Whistle Test - a Billy Cobham special presented by none other than whispering Bob Harris! Not only that but Cobham (founding member of The Mahavishnu Orchestra) will be conducting a live streamed drums master class webcast here from the Evans Drum Heads studio in New York City tonight at 7pm UK time. During this Pay Per View event, you will be able to ask questions via real-time chat. Billy will also be discussing the attributes of group collaboration, what happens on a jam session, and how you can get the most out of that playing experience. He'll also be sharing his thoughts about playing the drums in constructive ways, whether on your own or within a rhythm section.
We Don't Believe In Miracles! 30/4/16
Going back just over three months now - to when we saw Russ Ballard with special guests Brian May, Kerry Ellis, Rick Wakeman and Bob Henrit at the Leicester Square Theatre, London. Again filed under the category of 'you couldn't make it up' check out today's Track Of The Day - yet another trailer for the film 'An Evening With Russ Ballard video special' - where a certain Wrinkly The Elder opens proceedings with his usual forthright views on the gig with a smiling AJ alongside!
Comfortably Numb! 29/4/16
In this wonderful world of music - news travels fast. So it was good to hear from our American correspondent Rick Menniti recently about his Blues trail trip through Mississippi in February plus last week's New Orleans Jazz Fest which included Thursday: Sonny Landreth, Gary Clark Jr., and Tedeschi Trucks, with Billy Gibbons (pictured) and Jimmy Vaughn, Friday: The Revivalists and Paul Simon, and Sunday: Neil Young, Bonnie Raitt and Trombone Shorty! Watch out for a write-up shortly, however, the real reason why Rick got in contact was Dave Gilmour's spine-tingling tribute to Prince during his Royal Albert Hall gig last Sunday. As usual Gilmour let his guitar do the talking during 'Comfortably Numb' (our Vid Of The Day), as he suddenly shifted into an expressive Purple Rain' tribute. Even the lighting went purple!
New Blues Club Podcast Unleashed! 29/4/16
Today's Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day thia week includes new releases from Curtis Salgado, Lena & The Slide Brothers, Toronzo Cannon, Julie Rhodes, Lucky Peterson, Bing Futch, Ritchie Dave Porter, Queen Delphine and The Crown Jewels, Connie Lush Band, The Record Company, Giles Robson, Shari Puorto Band, Rebecca Downes, Dennis Jones Band, Ina Forsman, Niecie, RB Stone, Carlos Santana, Elles Bailey, Big Boy Bloater, Kris Barras Band (pictured), Kaz Hawkins Band, Malaya Blue, Dan Patlansky, Blind Lemon Pledge, Pete Mitchell, B. B. & The Blues Shacks (D) and more!
The Outer Reach 29/4/16
Albany Down will release their third studio album 'The Outer Reach' on Friday 10th June. The London-based outfit played both BluesRockFest and our Xmas Bash last year and are a contemporary Rock band with influences ranging from classic acts like Led Zeppelin and Thunder to modern bands such as The Black Keys and Clutch. The band features Paul Muir on vocals, 2015 WRC Award winning guitarist Paul Turley, drummer Donna Peters and bassist Billy Dedman. The album was recorded at Modern World Studios and features 11 original songs, and was recorded by award-winning producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, INME, Super Furry Animals). The guys begin their UK tour on Friday 6th May.
Better Late Than Never! 28/4/16
"So: There we were on Wednesday evening, heading towards the O2, a world class venue with a totally sorted sound system, to see ELO, completing a journey that you could say started last summer when Wrinkly organised a trip to Hampton Court to see an ELO tribute band which unfortunately, thanks to the incompetence of our national rail system, we never got to see! So when Wrinkly said he had a spare ticket to see the real thing I grabbed it with both hands!"
Read the second of our Jeff Lynne ELO O2 Arena London review's here, check out our photo gallery from this Tuesday's gig here plus our Vid Of The Day - also from this Tuesday.
Bandits Hit The UK! 28/4/16
After a hugely successful 2015 on both sides of the Atlantic, Jess And The Bandits got their UK tour started last night and they will also be at London's Bush Hall tomorrow night. Having completed a number of tours and festivals (including Ramblin' Man), wowing the crowds from LA to London, and with their debut album 'Here We Go Again' having reached number 6 on the official Country charts, JATB returned to the recording studio in January to work on new material for their upcoming 'Sophomore album'. Check out out their new single 'Kiss You Now' which is today's Track Of The Day!
Camden Rocks Voting Ends Tonight! 28/4/16
Camden Rocks Festival had a massive 20,000 band submissions this year and they have now put through the top 50 to the voting stage which includes our buddies Walkway! However, you have only until 6pm tonight to vote here for the band you would like most to see play on Saturday 4th June! Don't delay!
Mr. Blue Sky 27/4/16
"It was one of those bright spring days when it seemed every other radio station was playing 'Mr. Blue Sky'. It certainly didn’t feel like 30 years since ELO last concert toured. But the fans at the O2 Arena on the first of a four night stay knew exactly how long it’d been. Some may even have been counting the years. And the anticipation of whether Jeff Lynne could still cut it, was palpable. In the lengthy queues and security checks, conversation naturally turned to how exactly the 68-year-old might manage the energy of those hits. The main man shuffled on around 9pm. He looked cheery, hairy and healthy – not unlike Chas from Chas & Dave, in fact."
Read the first of our Jeff Lynne ELO O2 Arena London review's here and watch out for further pics this week.
Route 66 Looks Back! 27/4/16
Today's Track Of The Day sees Route 66 host Rory Auskerry take a look back at the best of the new music and interviews featured on the radio show during 2015. Rory chats to Joe Satriani, Walter Trout, Leslie West, Alan Nimmo, Chris King Robinson, Erja Lyytinen, Glenn Hughes, Joey Tempest, Dan Patlansky, Dante Gizzi, 2015 & 2014 WRC Award winner Chantel McGregor (pictured) and Laurence Jones - all on this show!
Reed Secures Sanctuary Again! 27/4/16
Friday 10th June sees the release of the follow up to the acclaimed 2014 'Sanctuary' album (see Vid Of The Day) by multi-instrumentalist and producer Robert Reed (Magenta/Kompendium/Kiama/Chimpan A). 'Sanctuary II' is produced, mixed and engineered by Reed, who also plays most of the instruments himself, although for this new album he is joined by legendary drummer Simon Phillips (Toto/Mike Oldfield/The Who) while the original 'Tubular Bells' production team of Tom Newman and Simon Heyworth have once again made important contributions to the sound of the album.
U2 Tribe Added To Wrinklystock V! 26/4/16
The WRC are delighted to announce that U2 Tribe will be Limehouse Lizzy's special guests at this year's 'Monsters Of Irish Rock' Wrinklystock V at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, on Saturday 26th November. Based in the South East of England, U2 Tribe have not only been entertaining audiences all over the UK and Europe since 2010, but the band members are also passionate U2 fans who pour their hearts and souls into capturing the sounds, sights, energy and love that is U2! Make sure you order your tickets now priced £22 here in order that you don't miss out!
Half Deaf Clatch At TNMC Tonite! 26/4/16
Today's Vid Of The Day of 'The Struggle Blues' is the first promo video for Half Deaf Clatch's new album 'Simple Songs For These Complicated Times' to be released on Wednesday 11th May. More good news is that HDF is playing The Tuesday Night Music Club c/o Comrades Club, 194 Brighton Road, Coulsdon, Greater London, CR5 2NF tonight! Get on down there!
Go On - Push The Button! 26/4/16
On Saturday night's WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge show, Bob & Jules very kindly dedicated a Wolfmother track to the WRC following our trip to see them at The Forum last Wednesday. And if you missed it - then the good news is that ROTR is today's Track Of The Day with tracks from Metallica, The Burning Crows, Muse, Dan Patlansky, The Blue Horizon, Chase The Ace, RockMasters, The Dead Daisies (pictured), Rainbow, Audrey Horne, Sons of Huns, Avatar, Disturbed, Bedwyr Morgan and more.
Ten Years After! 25/4/16
"Was it really just over ten years ago, whilst thumbing through the much missed 'News Of The World', that I came across a review of Aussie Rockers Wolfmother's first album, describing their Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and AC/DC influences? Upon investigation - my very first play of 'Woman' on Youtube is still vivid to this day - as is when I first played the self-titled album all the way through. Ten years down the line and just four albums later - it's fair to say that their path has been chequered although the Wolfmother constant driving force is still there - namely vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale. Following the release of their latest knock-out album 'Victorious' - the three piece - now with Ian Peres on bass & keyboards and Alex Carapetis on drums were on the last leg of their UK tour at the Forum, London - switched from The Shepherds Bush Empire because of on-going roof repair work."
Read the rest of AJ's Wolfmother review here plus check out our photo gallery here.
Fight Another Day! 25/4/16
Last week, Dan Reed Network launched the official music video (today's Vid Of The Day) for their new single 'Divided'; the first single taken from the bands new studio album, 'Fight Another Day' - due to be released by Frontiers Music Srl on Friday 3rd June. Originally formed in Portland, Oregon, Dan Reed Network packed out local clubs from late 1984 through 1986 with their infectious mixture of hard rock, funk and soul - and it's been 25 years since 'The Heat', their last studio album, was released! The album will be supported by a European tour in June, including a performance at the Sweden Rock Festival on Friday 10th June and an album release show at London's 100 Club on Wednesday 15th June.
Cruising With The Blues Women! 25/4/16
This week's Black On Blues Track Of The Day is another Blues women special, this time featuring Kate Lush, Shari Puorto, Zoe Schwarz & Blue Commotion, Slinky Williams, Eliza Neals, Lisa Biales and Dena Taylor!
Lucky 13! 24/4/16
So after a year of writing, rehearsing and gigging, Kris Barras Band's Lucky 13 album is finally released today. Check out today's brilliant Vid Of The Day - but if you love contemporary Blues-Rock, foot stomping riffs and screaming solos - then these are the guys for you! KBB consist of Kris Barras - vocals/guitar, Ricky Mitchell - bass, Will Beavis - drums, and Matt Vowels - keys, and they have really mixed it up on this album with the soulful vocal sounds of Phoebe Ions and the energetic Simon Lane on Harmonica adding a a fresh sound to the tracks. Watch out for our considered review shortly!
Aaron Keylock Supporting The Answer 24/4/16
Teenage guitar sensation Aaron Keylock has announced upcoming main support tours with The Answer on their 'Rise 10th Anniversary' shows on May 24th/25th. Every now and then an artist comes along that blows you away and Aaron has fast been cementing his reputation as one of the most exciting and brightest young talent’s in the UK. A mesmerising live performer with over 200 shows to his name; he has already played with Blackberry Smoke, The Cadillac Three, The Graveltones, Dan Patlansky as well as blistering sets at Bloodstock in 2014 plus Ramblin’ Man Fair, Dot to Dot and Download Festivals last year. Aaron is currently writing his debut album for the Mascot Label Group, home to Black Stone Cherry, Joe Bonamassa, Monster Truck, SIMO, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Beth Hart and Walter Trout.
It's A Cracker! 24/4/16
A veritable feast awaits your delicate ears on today's Blues On The Marsh Track Of The Day! The Marshman plays some rather wonderful new releases from Moreland and Arbuckle, In Layman Terms, Lisa Biales, Little George Sueref, Jeff Jensen, Levi Lowrey, Shaun Murphy, Tensheds and Villiers and The Villians along with some real good golden oldies from Chris Barber, Alexis Korner, Ottillie Patterson, Louisiana Red, Lucky Lopez, Clarence Gatemouth Brown and Carey Bell. Add that to the fact that Kev has the extremely talented Richard Studholme live in the studio - so you can guarantee a cracker of a show!!!
The Treatment UK Tour Starts Wednesday 23/4/16
The Treatment; the critically acclaimed Cambridgeshire Hard Rock band start their 14-date 'Generation Me' UK tour on Wednesday 27th April at The Waterfront in Norwich. The tour which includes special guests The Amorettes, will also see The Treatment play shows in Birmingham, Cardiff, Oxford, Portsmouth, Leeds, Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Nottingham and Leeds - ending at London's O2 Academy Islington on Friday 13th May. We first caught the guys at High Voltage in 2011 and the tour dovetails the recent release of The Treatment’s third studio album 'Generation Me' (Vid Of The Day) which is the first to feature new lead singer Mitchel Emms and new guitarist Tao Grey.
Lady In Gold 23/4/16
Multi-national newcomer sensation Blues Pills have announced the title of their eagerly awaited second album. 'Lady In Gold' is expected to be released during the Summer and will contain 10 brand new tracks. We first saw the band opening brilliantly on the Ramblin' Man main stage last year. Just like its highly successful predecessor Blues Pills' self-titled debut, 'Lady In Gold' was once again produced by Don Alsterberg. More info to be revealed soon!
New Moon Rising! 23/4/16
The suave Hillbilly Moon Explosion release their new album ‘With Monsters and Gods’ on Friday 13th May. THME’s last single 'My Love For Evermore' (today's Track Of The Day) has become a phenomena with dozens of fans comparing tattoos on the band’s Facebook page with the songs inspiring at least 30 cover-versions and nearly seven million of views on Youtube! A half-English 4-piece hidden away in the unlikely habitat of Switzerland, they’ve honed their craft without distraction for many years. Searching for the right sound, they’ve previously recorded in San Diego, Camden and Tooting, but for this album they went back to the local Swiss studio where they made their early Rockabilly albums, allowing more time to get it spot on!
Wolfmother Photo Gallery 22/4/16
Well it took just two songs for the mosh pit to erupt at The Forum on Wednesday night - hence an honourable retreat to the bar towards the side and the resultant photos in today's Wolfmother/Electric Citizen Photo Gallery here! With a review still to come and possibly some ELO stuff from the their O2 Arena gig as well - watch this space!
'Til The Dawn 22/4/16
We first saw Born Healer at the 100 Club in November last year supporting Corky Laing Plays Mountain. We were so blown away by the guys that we asked them to play BluesRockFest this year at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend, on Saturday 24th September. Anyway we were delighted to hear from lead singer Helen Turner the other day with news of their new album 'Til The Dawn' of which 'Pressure Valve' here was going to be our Vid Of The Day until Prince's untimely death yesterday. Watch out for a review of 'TTD' soon, but in the meantime don't forget that there are still a few remaining Earlybird Tickets on sale here for £15 (instead of £20).
Friday Blues Club 22/4/16
The Blues Club Podcast is back as our Track Of The Day as usual on a Friday with another two hours of Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat. New releases, UK IBBA Presenters' Picks, Blues, Rock, Acoustic, classic tracks and more this week includes tracks from King King, Janiva Magness, Robin Trower, Giles Robson, Malaya Blue, Paul Lamb, Dan Patlansky, Stevie Nimmo (pictured), Wille and the Bandits, Luther Dickinson, Slinky & P'tit Loup, Bonita & The Blues Shacks, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Ben Poole, Ina Forsman with Helge Tallqvist Band, Mat Walklate & Paolo Fuschii, Peter Karp, Toronzo Cannon, Mike Pachelli, 3times7, The James Hunter Six, Carlos Santana, King Size Slim, Golden State-Lone Star Revue, Guy King, Curtis Salgado and much more.
Going Down To The Crossroads! 21/4/16
The WRC had its own version of crossroads last night as we had both a gathering going to see Jeff Lynne's ELO at London's O2 Arena plus another taking in Wolfmother at The Forum in Kentish Town! With both ELO and Wolfmother bringing out new CD's 'Alone In The Universe' and 'Victorious' respectively recently - check out our Wolfmother Vid Of The Day plus watch out for reviews, pics and further vids over the coming days!
Cox On The Radio! 21/4/16
Paul Cox visited Richard Dunning's Blues On The Radio studio ahead of his showcase performance at The Tuesday Night Music Club this week. Today's Track Of The Day sees the guys discuss Paul's 'Best of...' album, play some his favourite tracks and chat about what the present and future holds for the man that Paul Jones has said has one of the best voices in Europe. Of course Rich also found time for the IBBA picks of the month for April, some great new releases and a few classics including Salvation Jayne, The Troy Redfern Band (pictured) and Kaz Hawkins!
Oxford At Twickenham! 21/4/16
Doña Oxford - 'Goddess of Soul and Boogie' will be appearing with her 5 piece band at Twickenham's famous Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road TW1 3SZ tonight. Just three days after the release of her new single 'Step Up', and following her amazing recent success on the road with the Grammy winning guitarist, Albert Lee - a keyboard whirlwind, Doña's outstanding piano skills prompted none other than Keith Richards to shout "You're a bitch, baby" as they jammed together on stage. She's also recorded with the likes of Van Morrison, Roger Daltrey and Cream's Ginger Baker! Doors open at 8.30pm with Doña on stage at 9pm and WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted £13 admission.
Concerto For A Sunny Day! 20/4/16
"But, generally this 14th ELO album is a pleasing album showcasing some of Lynne’s best work as a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter since the 80’s. ‘Alone in the Universe’ is a nostalgic romp and a quality album by an exceedingly talented musician with ample ELO qualities but don't expect another ‘Out of the Blue’. While ‘Alone In The Universe’ exists well within Lynne’s comfort zone, it’s never less than enjoyable and, at barely half an hour, doesn’t outstay its welcome. And the really good news is that it has provided the impetus for Lynne to take a band and ELO’s wonderful back catalogue on tour next year, so roll on the 02 Arena in April. And of course, the WRC will be there!!!" That was Wrinkly The Silver's take last year here on 'AITU' and with sunny weather forecast today and true to his word - WTS plus a strong WRC contingent will be at ELO's (Vid Of The Day) London O2 Arena gig tonight!
Joker & The Thief & The Forum! 20/4/16
"The static frizzy hair of the frontman, mixed with the energetic chemistry of his band is phenomenal when seen and heard live, and the Indigo 02 becomes an impressive musical playground as an over-excited Peres balances his entire body on the keyboard at one point. Fans gasp at the band as the place goes wild during the encore for the ever-famous riff of ‘Joker and the Thief’, which ends the night in style. This Indigo stage is made for the Australians and it is exactly where they belong. After all, Wolfmother’s sound is best complimented and seemingly made especially to suit live performances. I for one cannot wait to see them again!!!" Unfortunately, WTS will be otherwise engaged at ELO tonight following his review above from July 2012 (pictured)! However, another WRC contingent will be at The Forum, Kentish Town, tonight to take in the mighty Wolfmother!
IntroVertigo Route 66 20/4/16
South African guitar slinger Dan Patlansky is host Rory Auskerry's guest this week on today's Route 66 Track Of The Day as they chat about DP's new album ‘IntroVertigo’ and his forthcoming tour with King King. Rory also plays two new tracks from the new album by former Procol Harum guitarist Robin Trower plus he also spins new tunes from the Kris Barras Band, Jane Lee Hooker and the Henrik Freischlader Trio. In addition to that, he also takes a look at this week’s music news so expect some Guns N' Roses and AC/DC!!
Confirmed: Axl Rose To Stand In For Brian Johnson! 19/4/16
"After waiting an eternity for King Axl he finally strutted on about 10.45. Now don’t get me wrong once on stage you cannot fault GNR for value for money as they worked their way through 30 songs which took us through to 1.30pm, it just seems amazing that we have to wait until they are ready. Anyway this was a gig I had on my bucket list – I have never seen them before and I had to tick them off the list. I have to say that is the way I left the gig thinking done that move on." Given Wrinkly's review of the infamous GNR O2 Arena gig in May 2012 - not surprisingly we have one spare ticket for AC/DC on Saturday 4th June at the Olympic Park, London. And talking of Wrinklies - check out both Wrinkly The Junior and Wrinkly The Younger at 5.41 in our Vid Of The Day - you couldn't make it up!
Tremor: Halfway To New York! 19/4/16
Just under two months after the GNR gig in 2012 at Hard Rock Calling under a pagoda in Hyde Park we saw Halfway To New York for the first time - supporting Bruce Springsteen! So the WRC were delighted to hear recently from vocalist Sam Burkey following the release of their very first album 'Tremor' last week. Not only that but the guys are playing the O2 Islington Academy on Thursday 5th May. Anyway, watch out for a review of their new CD shortly.
Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends! 19/4/16
Guns N' Roses also feature on today's Track Of The Day despite Axl recently being in the wars with a broken foot - sort of a la Dave Grohl and JD Simo. Anyway the WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge show originally broadcast last Saturday night by Bob & Jules (pictured) includes tracks from Emerson Lake & Palmer, Mount Holly, Iron Maiden, Black Stone Cherry, Free, Cage The Gods and loads more!
Proud Transatlantic Blues! 18/4/16
It’s time for a second round of British Blues Exhibition showcases at The Proud Camden on Thursday 12th May following the success of the first one headlined by Pete Brown on St. Patrick's Day! On this occasion, special guests from the U.S. join top British acts to celebrate the lasting heritage of the Blues - so hop on board the Transatlantic Blues with Union Jack and Uncle Sam to see The Laura Holland Band, Sister Cookie and The Right Reverend Swifty Lezarre - plus Swing Patrol London who will be returning to make sure everybody's dancing! Doors open at 6.30pm and tickets priced £5 are available in advance here.
The Dead Daisies Added To Ramblin' Man! 18/4/16
Influenced by 70’s and early 80’s hard rock, The Dead Daisies sound (our Vid Of The Day) is soulful and accessible – equal parts of The Faces, Bad Company and Foreigner: muscular vocals, Bluesy riffs, big choruses, powerful melodies and strong hooks. With stellar musicianship and pulverizing live shows and a line up featuring recently announced Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) as their new lead guitar player along with John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream), Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Foreigner) and David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink) - fans across the globe are discovering the band that is bringing back Rock & Roll! We first caught TDD at The Underworld, Camden, in November 2013 and can't wait to see them again on Saturday 23rd July on the Planet Rock Main Stage at Ramblin' Man.
The Mailman Brings Me The Blues! 18/4/16
This week's Black On Blues Track Of The Day features another set of tracks from new albums sent to the blackonblues studios! Today's playlist includes Robin Trower (pictured), Waydown Wailers, Mark Cameron,
Jon Spear Band, Guy King, Dennis Jones and Matthew J Ritchie.
Camden Rocks Deadline Today! 17/4/16
Every year, Camden Rocks Festival opens up its gates for band submissions, no matter how small or big the band, you can submit them! However, the deadline for submission is today! You can submit a band here - the more a band is submitted, the bigger the chance of grabbing a slot on the festival so bands, fans & everyone around, jump on it! By submitting a band, you're also entering in to win a pair of tickets. Among the bands taking part on Saturday 4th June are Dirty Thrills, The Fallen State (pictured + our Vid Of The Day) and Counting Days - who announced on Friday that former and original Bring Me The Horizon guitarist Curtis Ward will be joining the band on a full time basis.
Dan Patlansky Interview On Route 66 Tonight! 17/4/16
Route 66 host Rory Auskerry will be chatting to Dan Patlansky about his new album 'Intro Vertigo' on his show here from 6pm tonight. And if you just happen to miss the show then you can catch up with Rory again this Wednesday as it will also be our Track Of The Day!
Hook, Line & Sinker! 17/4/16
Today's Blues On The Marsh Track Of The Day - originally broadcast on Friday night - includes a couple of tracks from BluesRockfest's Catfish! Don't forget there are still a few remaining Earlybird Tickets on sale here for £15 (instead of £20) which takes place at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend, on Saturday 24th September. The Marshman's playlist also includes: They Call Me The Chief, Gerry Jablonski Band, The Blues Bones, Lenny Lawrence, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Kyla Brox, Rebecca Downes, Queen Delphine and the Crown Jewels, Kentucky Headhunters featuring Johnnie Johnson, Chuck Berry, Half Deaf Clatch, Guy King, King Size Slim, Katie Bradley/JetTricks, Kaz Hawkins Band, Mighty Sam McClain, Tommy Castro and Andres Roots.
SIMO Backstage Interview TOTD! 16/4/16
We're still buzzing at Wrinkly Towers even though it's over a week after SIMO's awesome Barfly gig. We also managed to catch JD, Adam and Elad for a backstage interview before they went on stage. In fact the audio was so good that we canned the idea of a written interview and instead produced a 17 minute Wrinklycast which is today's Track Of The Day! We hope that you like it and don't forget to also check out our review here and photo gallery here. And make sure that you catch SIMO at Ramblin' Man on Sunday 24th July!
Billy Cobham Master Class Webcast! 16/4/16
Billy Cobham (founding member of The Mahavishnu Orchestra) will be conducting a live streamed drums master class webcast here from the Evans Drum Heads studio in New York City on Saturday 30th April at 7pm UK time. During this Pay Per View event, you will be able to ask questions via real-time chat. Billy will also be discussing the attributes of group collaboration, what happens on a jam session, and how you can get the most out of that playing experience. He'll also be sharing his thoughts about playing the drums in constructive ways, whether on your own or within a rhythm section.
It's Record Store Day Today! 16/4/16
Record Store Day is the one day of the year when over 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion. Thousands more shops celebrate the day around the globe in what’s become one of the biggest annual events on the music calendar. The first Record Store Day was officially kicked off by Metallica in San Francisco in 2008 and is now held every third Saturday in April. For more information go here plus check out our cool GT's Boos Band Vid Of The Day from Record Store Day in 2014
Jelly Jam Today - Profit Tomorrow! 15/4/16
The Jelly Jam (today's Vid Of The Day) will release their epic new album 'Profit' on Friday 27th May via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group. The Jelly Jam feature Dream Theater’s John Myung, Winger’s Rod Morgenstein and King's X Ty Tabor - and return not only with a new album but also their first ever world tour (dates to be announced)! 'Profit' is a glorious and affecting cinematic experience; full of suspense, the record follows the heroic yet daunting journey of The Prophet who, inspired by a deep sense of responsibility, embarks on a mission to try and save the world, to open the eyes of those who will not see!
Richard Townend At The Blues Club! 15/4/16
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns after a short break with another 2 hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and a little more Chat as Richard Townend joins Jim & Richard in the studio for some live music and a chat about his influences, career, songwriting and future projects. Also on this week's show are new releases, classic tracks, UK IBBA Presenters' Picks, Blues, Rock, Acoustic, Americana and more including tracks from Malaya Blue, Chris Rea, Keb' Mo', JW-Jones, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carlos Santana, Connie Lush, Mike Brookfield, Ben Poole, Layla Zoe, Dire Straits, Wily Bo Walker, Mat Walklate & Paolo Fuschi, Rebecca Downes, The Mighty Bosscats, Johnnie Johnson, King Size Slim, The Laura Holland Band, Anthony Geracii and B. B. & The Blues Shacks.
Robin Trower On Tour! 15/4/16
Legendary Blues Rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, Robin Trower, best known for his 1974 milestone album 'Bridge of Sighs', has confirmed a 13-date October UK Tour that starts at The Waterfront in Norwich on Friday 30th September and we also will be at RT's Isington Assembly Halls gig on Tuesday 18th October! The UK tour follows news of Robin’s highly anticipated new studio album, 'Where You Are Going To', due to be released in the UK by Manhaton Records on Friday 6th May.
A Load Of Old Bull? 14/4/16
The jury will literally be out in Los Angeles next month when Led Zeppelin’s lead singer Robert Plant and guitarist Jimmy Page face trial over whether they stole the opening chords for their 1971 classic 'Stairway to Heaven'! The trial begins on Tuesday 10th May following a decision last Friday by US district judge Gary Klausner that the song and the 1967 instrumental 'Taurus' by the band Spirit were similar enough to be considered liable for copyright infringement. The lawsuit was brought by Michael Skidmore, a trustee for the late Randy Wolfe, also known as Randy California, who was Spirit’s guitarist and the composer of 'Taurus'. Anyway, check out our Vid Of The Day and see what you think!
Aidan Connell At BATW Tonight! 14/4/16
'Blues at The Woodlands' at the Woodlands Academy, Woodlands Road, Gillingham ME7 2DU returns tonight with Aidan Connell. Aidan is a 21st century Bluesman and singer songwriter who has been hailed as the saviour of contemporary British Blues. His live performances have been praised by music legends including Jeff Beck, Gary Clark Jr. and Seasick Steve. Connell is influenced by Blues icons such as Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, combining Blues swagger with well crafted songwriting and guitar virtuosity which reinterprets the well worn Blues genre with a fresh approach and much needed urgency. Tickets are £10 and doors open at 7pm. For more information call 0300 065 8210 or e-mail email@example.com and don't forget that WRC members get £2 off the normal admission on production of a valid WRC members card.
Same Time Same Canal! 14/4/16
According to Route 66 host Rory Auskerry - it would appear that Van Halen knew about the Panama tax haven back in the mid-1980’s when they were writing material for their 1984 album! Consequently today's Track Of The Day starts with the rockin' hit 'Panama' plus there are new tracks from Steve Hill, SIMO (pictured), Robert Hill and Broken Witt Rebels plus classic tunes from Deep Purple, ZZ Top and Little Feat. Rory also take a look through this week’s music news and celebrate the birthdays this week of Marc Ford (Black Crowes) and Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple).
Make Up Your Mind! 13/4/16
We introduced you to The Simon Kennedy Band (Video Of The Day) in August last year - a Scottish Blues gospel trio who play their own brand of funked up rawking Blues! 2016 will see them release the follow up to their debut album 'Make Up Your Mind' (pictured) and they are looking for people to be part of it. By following this link here you can pre-order the CD or find other goodies that will help the band produce and market the album professionally. This crowd funding campaign will run until the end of April so make sure you grab yourself some great items and support the band at the same time!
Your Ears Will Love This! 13/4/16
Yes today's Track Of The Day is the WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge show originally broadcast last Saturday night. Sit back and listen to Bob & Jules play tracks from Twisted Sister, BlackWolf, Thundermother, Alter Bridge, The Answer, The Brew and more! in fact more music than your ears can shake a stick at!
JST Goes 'Wild' 13/4/16
Blues-Rocker Joanne Shaw Taylor will release a new album this September before touring the UK in October/November. 'Wild' is set for release on Friday 30th September and the tour kicks off two week later when JST is supported by Aaron Keylock (pictured) who the WRC also saw at Ramblin' Man last year. We also saw Joanne at the Jazz Cafe last October and she is also supporting Joe Bonamassa in Greenwich in July.
Bosscats At TNMC Tonight! 12/4/16
Touring in support of their new abum 'Bossman' - The Mighty Bosscats are playing The Tuesday Night Music Club c/o Comrades Club, 194 Brighton Road, Coulsdon, Greater London, CR5 2NF tonight! A contemporary British Blues band led by songwriter and guitarist Richard Townend, this is their eighth album release during the last four years, but the first to be released by Trapeze. Richard has been nominated no less than three times for his songs in the British Blues Awards, his writing being compared to J.J. Cale, Chris Rea and Dire Straits.
Nowhere To Hide! 12/4/16
Pennsylvania's supernatural riffers Crobot (our Vid Of The Day) are heading back to Europe this summer to mesmerise fans with their dirty groove rock. The WRC saw the guys blow the roof off The Underworld in November and will be up for more of the same when they play the Islington Academy, London on Thursday 23rd June! Frontman Brandon Yeagley said: "We can't think of a better way to start the summer than with a mini European/UK tour! We're excited to take the new tunes across the pond and give our international fans an early look of what's to come." Crobot are due to release the follow up to their Nuclear Blast debut 'Something Supernatural' later this year. More details to be announced soon!
Blues On The Marsh! 12/4/16
Today's Track Of The Day was originally broadcast by The Marshman on Friday night. This week's music includes Harper and the Midwest Kind, Reef, Jeff Healey, Warren Haynes Band, Deke McGee, Evelyn Rubio and the Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra, Guy King, Gary Moore, Waydown Wailers, Shari Puorto, Steven Troch, Andrew Alli, Walkllate and Fuschi, King Size Slim, Andres Roots, Sugarman Sam & The Voodoo Men (pictured), Cara Being Blue, David Burgin, The Blues Rebels, Mark Cameron and Muddy Waters.
Long May You Sail! 11/4/16
"The crutch lying next to JD Simo on the Barfly dressing room floor was a mighty shock as we learnt during our pre-gig interview that JD had a "Dave Grohl moment" when he dislocated his knee on stage on the first leg (no pun intended) of SIMO's European tour in Paris three days earlier. The stock question of "how's the tour going so far?" met on this occasion with an incredulous answer! Anyway, White Hot Nashville Blues trio SIMO returned to London following their critically acclaimed St. Moritz Club showcase gig plus their Walter Trout support at The Forum last November."
Read the rest of AJ's SIMO, Fred Abbott and The Second Echo review here, check out our photo gallery here plus our Video Vault here.