South African Blues Rock guitarist Dan Patlansky's UK tour stopped off at London's O2 Academy Islington 1 last night with support from Gorilla Riot. In an explosive fourteen song set, Dan not included his recently released new single 'Too Far Gone' taken from his new EP 'Live 2018', but also premiered his new band line up. With a review and more photos to come, please check out today's Video Of The Day.
ULU Jon Roth Live Tonight 30/11/18
Uli Jon Roth is one of the last greats who is still around to present his magical style of playing which he already forged in the late Sixties when he was still in his teens. Uli played his first ever show in December 1968 - at the age of 13 - and to celebrate his upcoming 50th Stage Anniversary, he plays the second of his six very special UK concerts at London's ULU Live tonight. The former Scorpions guitarist, widely regarded as one of the greatest guitar players ever, is also joined by British newcomer Kaleb McKane as his special guest, who recently released his first EP 'Universe in Reverse', and in 2019 will release his debut album. Meanwhile, also in London's Camden tonight, Smoking Martha play The Black Heart, whilst just up the road, The David Sinclair Four play The Dublin Castle.
Blues Club Is King 30/11/18
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 and much more. Music this week Includes tracks from Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Kentucky Headhunters, Steven Tyler & Nuno Bettencourt, Steve West Weston, Jim Allchin, Sam Lewis, King King (Pictured), Dan Patlansky, Larkin Poe, Gina Sicilia, Robben Ford, Van Morrison, Doyle Bramhall II, Wily Bo Walker, Mike Sponza, Kareña K, Jamie Williams & the Roots Collective, Colin James, Greig Taylor, Chris Rea, Buddy Guy, Peter V Blues Train, Kandace Springs, The Rippingtons, Gary Moore, Kat Riggins, JP Williams Blues Band, Markey Blue Ric Latina Project, The Storyville Mob, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
The Music Of Cream Review 29/11/18
"Probably the best story of the night was Kofi's revelation that Lewisham's finest wrote 'Pressed Rat and Warthog' whilst on acid. Anyway Kofi's thusly spoken vocals did Ginger proud, not only complemented by Will's neat bit of wah pedal and Mal's bass solo, but also the projection of some sentimental Baker family photos plus one of the loveable, but manic, gap-toothed Ginger with three fags sticking out of his gob. Very funny. To round off a mesmerising first set, the guys extended the Cream family even further to Mal's daughter Maya on vocals, who dispatched 'SWLABR' (She Walks Like A Bearded Rainbow) with natural verve."
Read the whole of AJ's The Music Of Cream London Forum Kentish Town gig review from last Sunday here plus check out our photo gallery here.
Patlansky At O2 Academy Islington Tonight 29/11/18
South African Blues Rock guitarist Dan Patlansky's UK tour stops off at London's O2 Academy Islington 1 tonight with support from Gorilla Riot. Dan recently released his new single 'Too Far Gone' which was taken from his new EP 'Live 2018'. We also had the pleasure of interviewing Dan here in London before the start of his tour, which is today's Track Of The Day.
Brink Witt Roses In London Tonight 29/11/18
Broken Witt Rebels (pictured) begin a three night residency at Nells Jazz and Blues in London tonight supporting Reef. Hailing from Birmingham, the rocking, rebel foursome deliver an intoxicating blend of Soulful Americana, Blues, and wailing Rock guitar, fronted by powerful, feeling-filled vocals. Meanwhile, Germany’s hottest Rock band The New Roses continue their 11-date UK Headline Tour supported by The Brink (Video Of The Day) at London's Underworld in Camden.
Jawbone CD Review 28/11/18
"Despite not being among the band’s listed influences, I can hear a little of Steely Dan in ‘Family Man’, while the horns added on ‘Bet On Yesterday’ give it the feel of one of the better tunes from a spaghetti western. Humour is back in evidence on ‘Rolling On The Underground’, an older composition which Milner and Bonfanti revisited for this album; in it they tried to drop in the names of as many London tube stations as possible (readers of a certain vintage may recall a classic Two Ronnies sketch which did the same)!"
Today read Gary Smith's complete take here on Jawbone''s latest CD plus check out today's Video Of The Day.
Ben Poole At Beaverwood Tonight 28/11/18
International Blues/Rock/Soul guitarist, singer and songwriter Ben Poole's UK Tour continues at The Beaverwood Club in Chislehurst, Kent, tonight. The tour follows the release of Ben’s new studio album 'Anytime You Need Me', released in mid-September via Manhaton Records. The new album follows Ben’s critically acclaimed albums 'Time Has Come' (2016) and 'Live At The Royal Albert Hall' (recorded by the BBC in 2014). 'Anytime You Need Me' was recorded at Superfly Studios in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, and was produced by Wayne Proctor, who will be Ben’s drummer during the tour, with Beau Barnard on bass and Joe Mac on keyboards.
Valley Queen's Supergiant 28/11/18
Valley Queen (Track Of The Day) will see their highly anticipated debut album, 'Supergiant' released in early 2019. Valley Queen formed in 2011 and after a series of singles, released their first EP in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim and toured so much to support it that two members quit citing exhaustion. Forging ahead with session players in tow, frontwoman Natalie Carol and bassist Neil Wogensen continued but when it came time to record what was to become 'Supergiant', the chemistry required simply wasn’t there. The blood sweat and tears that solidified the band in those formative years needed to be captured on record and after some soul searching, original guitarist Shawn Morones was back in the fold. New drummer Mike DeLuccia cemented the line up and the band hit the studio almost immediately. With their feet firmly planted in the Country and Southern Rock that Natalie has ingrained in her DNA from growing up in Arkansas and a healthy does of Indie Rock that ranges from Sonic Youth to Florence and The Machine, Valley Queen appeal to a very diverse range of fans. Valley Queen are preparing for a major US tour in February 2019 with plans to visit the UK and Europe by mid year.
The Music Of Cream Photo Gallery 27/11/18
Ginger Baker's son Kofi (drums), Jack Bruce's son Malcolm (bass, vocals) and Eric Clapton's nephew Will Johns (guitar, vocals) came together at London's O2 Forum in Kentish Town on Sunday night to pay homage to the band's extraordinary legacy with The Music Of Cream 50th Anniversary World Tour. Celebrating 50 years since the original line-up's farewell UK concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 26th November 1968, we heard personal stories and songs such as 'Sunshine of Your Love', 'Crossroads', 'Spoonful' and 'White Room' performed across a comprehensive set, which also saw the guys interplay with footage of their fathers and mentors on the big screen, along with never-before-seen footage and photos. With a review to come, check out our amazing Photo Gallery here courtesy of Bruce Biege plus our new Video Of The Day following technical gremlins yesterday.
Kyla Brox 100 Up Tonight 27/11/18
Just a heads up that Kyla Brox, The Mojo Preachers and Deep Blue Sea are playing London's iconic 100 Club tonight. It's Kyla's album launch and a bit of a party to celebrate that she's off to play Memphis as the UK winner of the International Blues Challenge. Deep Blues Sea will also be playing their album 'Live It Up' live tonight.
Click Play And Turn Up The Volume 27/11/18
On today's Blues On The Radio Podcast Track Of The Day the hour is filled with music from Benjamin Bassford, Larkin Poe, Split Whiskers, Helen Rose, Doyle Bramhall II, Snakewood, Ben Rice, Zoe Green Band, Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra, Catfish (pictured), Rebecca Downes, Trevor Babajack Steger and Elles Bailey.
Thanks to all twelve of you who bid for your favourite songs from the following covers listed here which raised a fantastic £240 for our nominated charities. Yes, Wrinklystock heroes The Replicants will be playing that setlist at Wrinklystock VII at The Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, on Friday 7th December! With very few tickets left to hear their setlist and to see headliner's The Kast Off Kinks in eleven days time, don't leave it too late, so purchase your tickets here for a bargain £23 or from the MJC Box Office on 01322 291100.
The Music Of Cream Rises To The Top 26/11/18
Ginger Baker's son Kofi (drums), Jack Bruce's son Malcolm (bass, vocals) and Eric Clapton's nephew Will Johns (guitar, vocals) came together at London's O2 Forum in Kentish Town last night to pay homage to the band's extraordinary legacy with The Music Of Cream 50th Anniversary World Tour. Celebrating 50 years since the original line-up's farewell UK concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 26th November 1968, we heard personal stories and songs such as 'Sunshine of Your Love', 'Crossroads', 'Spoonful' and 'White Room' performed across a comprehensive set, which also saw the guys interplay with footage of their fathers and mentors on the big screen, along with never-before-seen footage and photos. With a review and more photos to come, please check out today's Video Of The Day.
Single Blues 26/11/18
Today we catch up with the latest Black On Blues Podcast Track Of The Day featuring Electro Blues Society, Tomislav Goluban, Anthony Gomes, Ariel Posen, Ben Poole, Ben Rice, Big Boy Bloater (pictured), Bobby Harden, Cedric Burnside, Jawbone and Tom Forst.
Cream Served Up In Kentish Town Tonight 25/11/18
Following their successful inaugural tour across Australia and New Zealand in 2017, the pedigree of hallowed 60's trio Cream plus Ginger Baker's son Kofi (drums), Jack Bruce's son Malcolm (bass, vocals) and Eric Clapton's nephew Will Johns (guitar, vocals) have come together for the first time in the UK to pay homage to the bands extraordinary legacy with The Music Of Cream 50th Anniversary World Tour. The third gig of a four-date UK tour, takes place at London's O2 Forum in Kentish Town tonight, celebrating 50 years since the original line-up's farewell UK concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 26th November 1968. Be prepared to hear personal stories and songs such as 'Sunshine of Your Love', 'Crossroads', 'Spoonful' and 'White Room' performed across a comprehensive set, which will also see the guys interplay with footage of their fathers and mentors on the big screen, along with never-before-seen footage and photos. Meanwhile, Geoff Carne & The Hatz (today's Video Of The Day) are also playing tonight at The Red Lion in Stevenage.
Dan Reed Network Photo Gallery 25/11/18
With a review and more photos to come, check out today here our initial Photo Gallery from the Dan Reed Network, Mason Hill and Hollowstar (pictured) gig at The 229 Venue in London's Great Portland Street on Friday night. On a night of great Rock music, not only was it DRN's official launch gig for their new album 'Origins', but we also managed to present both Dan (Best Acoustic Performance) and Mason Hill (Best Support Band) with their 2017 WRC Awards!
The ABC Of The Blues 25/11/18
A bit later than usual, today's Black On Blues Podcast Track Of The Day is another popular Blues women special featuring Ally Venable, Angel Forrest (pictured), Annie 2Cu, Beth Reid, Brigitte Purdy and Casey Hensely.
Dead Daisies O2 Islington Academy Review 24/11/18
"It was time for John to take a breather and grab his acoustic guitar as Marco took over on lead vocals on 'Lock N' Load. Co-written by and featuring Slash, David loved every second of this, given he's the only current common denominator in the band when the single was originally written five years ago. 'She Always Gets Her Way (All The Same)' - another from 'Make Some Noise' saw the perspiring Mendoza finish up in the bemused crowd, followed by their very first cover of the evening, Creedence Clearwater Revival's 'Fortunate Son' which was also recently covered by Laurence Jones. Lowy and Aldridge duly teased the audience that they're accompanying clapping "could have been better" before Corabi rounded off the electric set by asking Castronovo for "Three Big One's!" Cue - and to our delight - an acoustic interlude which saw all five sitting on stalls with Corabi, Lowy and Alridge on guitars, Mendoza on bass and Castronovo on bongos/tambourine. Kicking off with 'Something I Said' from their 2015 'Revolucion' album, Corabi kept up the relentless banter by asking how many had bought the latest album plus a very funny gag about touring and his pool boy!"
Read the whole of AJ's The Dead Daisies and Massive Wagons O2 Academy Islington gig review from last Monday here plus check out our photo gallery here and our Deen Castronovo interview here. Don't forget that The Dead Daisies are at the Winterstorm Festival in Troon today.
Award Winning Night At 229 24/11/18
The last time we caught the Dan Reed Network was when they supported Extreme last December at The Brixton Academy. Well it was well worth the wait as DRN returned to London last night to headline the 229 Venue in Great Portland Street, for the official launch of their new album 'Origins' as part of their November UK tour. This was also the first opportunity we had of presenting Dan with his 2017 WRC 'Best Acoustic Performance' award following his St. Pancras Church gig in September last year - and unbelievably we had the honour of presenting Dan with said award on stage during his set! Hollowstar and 2017 WRC 'Best Support Band' Mason Hill were also supporting DRN so we also took the opportunity of presenting Mason Hill with their award back stage. Anyway, with a review and more photos to come, check out today's Video Of The Day.
"The band return to the UK for a headlining tour to support the launch of the ‘Origins’ album in November 2018. I was lucky enough to catch them at the Islington O2 Academy last time round and their live show is much more than merely reciting their classic tracks. Not surprisingly, there is much audience engagement and quite often on-stage experiments with their music, guest musicians to jam with and general top notch entertainment. So, on the back of this new album offering, will I be going along to London’s 229 Venue in Great Portland Street on Friday 23rd November for more? Well, yes of course! How could I miss it?" That was part of our recent review of Dan Reed Network's new CD 'Origins', and indeed we will be at the 229 tonight to see Dan, fellow WRC Award winners Mason Hill (Video Of The Day) plus Hollowstar.
JoanOvArc In Arms Tonight 23/11/18
Following the release of the first single from their forthcoming new album – 'Girls Wanna Rock' – JoanOvArc continue their 'Girls Wanna Rock' UK Tour at London's New Cross Amersham Arms tonight. Indeed the band will release their new passionate, soulful and powerful self-titled album ‘JoanOvArc' through Pledge Music/ Holier Than Thou Records on Friday 15th February 2019. The new album follows their critically acclaimed debut album 'Ride of Your Life' (2016) produced by Grammy award winning producer Gil Norton (Foo Fighters). Recorded at Rockfield Studio, Norton dubbed the band as "The new Queens of Rock". All profits from the sales of the single will go towards the Pink Ribbon Foundation (Reg. Charity No. 1080839).
Classic Tracks And Much More 23/11/18
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 and much more. Music this week includes tracks from Joe Bonamassa (pictured), Cash Box Kings, Brian Setzer, The Blues Disciples, Sean Chambers, Walker Katz Robson, The Ragtime Rumours, Chris Bevington, Anthony Gomes, Billy F Gibbons, Jo Harman, Russ Green, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Billy Hector, Jim Allchin, Saverio Maccne, Judie Tzuke, Fred's House, Ariel Posen, Mr. Shingles, Henry Mancini, Dominic Schoemaker, Hamish Anderson, RHR Redfern, Hutchinson & Ross, Dave Keller, Bridget Kelly Band, Dr Bob and the Bluesmakers, Ron Spencer Band, Detonics, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Deen Castronovo Interview 22/11/18
With a review of The Dead Daisies second London show at Islington's O2 Academy on Monday night in the pipeline, today's Track Of The Day is our interview here with drummer and all round nice guy Deen Castronovo. Currently in the middle of their "Welcome To Daisyland" tour and recorded in between the band's intimate, private “Daisyland” acoustic set and their awesome two hour main set, we not only got a feel of happenings back stage but Deen also discusses from his 'dungeon', touring, their latest album, his favourite drummer, cruising, the weather, the muppets, British musical influences, Journey, radio airplay, the management and being a "Rock star". Also listen out for a classic guitar snippet from Doug Aldridge! Don't forget that The Daisies play Belfast's Limelight tonight.
Sydney Rococo Out Tomorrow 22/11/18
Steve Kilbey, one of Australia’s most loved artists, will release his new solo album, 'Sydney Rococo', tomorrow worldwide via Golden Robot Records. Kilbey is Australian contemporary music royalty. A prolific artist who has written, performed and produced 21 solo albums, as well as 30 with Rock legends The Church. Indeed 'Sydney Rococo's release date coincides with the beginning of the Australian leg of The Church’s Starfish 30th Anniversary worldwide tour. 'Sydney Rococo' is a collection of songs Kilbey has written over the last 5 years. The songs sing of Sydney and her ocean pools, her underground seedy hangouts and treachery. The picture is painted in every song about life in this fast growing and evolving Australian city, famed for her beaches and landmarks.
Introducing ..... Sweet Crisis 22/11/18
Sweet Crisis are a contemporary Rock band from Cambridge, and best describe their music as "Soulful and Catchy Rock”! Their musical influences are vast and include artists such as The Rolling Stones, Kings of Leon, Free, Stereophonics, Radiohead and Arcade Fire, to name a few! Sweet Crisis consists of Leo Robarts, lead vocals and guitar, Piers Mortimer, lead guitar, piano and vocals and Dave Cullen on drums. They have been writing, recording and performing music together now for over a decade, and their new single 'Treading In Deep Water' (Video Of The Day) released last week was also Classic Rock Magazine's Track Of The Week praising “A class tune. A catchy, sophisticated mix of piano-led Soul, 70's Southern vibes and Classic Rock & Roll.” Explosive and energetic live, this band are not to be missed.
Dan Patlansky Interview 21/11/18
We had the pleasure once again last week of interviewing South African Blues Rock guitarist Dan Patlansky whose UK tour kicks off tonight at Nottingham's Rescue Rooms with support from Gorilla Riot. Dan's new single 'Too Far Gone' taken from his new EP 'Live 2018' was released last week. We will also be reviewing Dan's gig at London's O2 Academy Islington 1 on Thursday 29th November, but in the meantime check out our interview with Dan here which is also today's Track Of The Day.
Dead Daisies Photo Gallery 21/11/18
The Dead Daisies played the second of their London shows at Islington's O2 Academy on Monday night. Currently in the middle of their "Welcome To Daisyland" tour, the guys opened the doors early to the first 50 in-line with the band playing an intimate, private “Daisyland” acoustic set which included fans favourite 'Lock 'n' Load' plus covers of The Faces 'Stay With Me' and Led Zeppelin's 'Ramble On'. And before support band Massive Wagons storming set, we also managed to get a few words from drummer and all round nice guy Deen Castronovo (pictured). The Daisies then duly plugged in their guitars for an awesome two hour set, finishing with an astonishing cover of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band's 'Midnight Moses'. Anyway with Deen's interview and a review to come, check out today's Photo Gallery here courtesy of John Bull's Rockrpix plus our Video Of The Day.
The Virginmarys Hit London Tonite 21/11/18
In support of their recently released album 'Northern Sun Sessions', The Virginmarys are playing London's Hoxton Bar & Kitchen tonight. Hailing from Macclesfield, the band have been hard at it in the studio since the start of the year self producing and creating fresh new works alongside piecing together previously unfinished material, all of which follow the intensity, honesty and urgency that has become a trademark to The Virginmarys sound. After the success of their debut album ‘King Of Conflict’ and follow up sophomore ‘Divides’ produced and mixed by Gil Norton (Foo Fighters, Pixies), singer/guitarist Ally Dickaty says this third album is his favourite work to date. The Virginmarys have always endeavoured to remain deeply rooted in their own sound, organically turning away from fads, scenes or indeed anything that steers them away from their own playing styles. Amongst the intensity and danger in The Virginmarys sound, there remains a strong sense of vulnerability and social conscience running through the songs that often lyrically express painful and uncomfortable honesty like a rhetoric of dark journey.