Danny Bryant has announced the release of his highly anticipated new studio album 'Blood Money' which will be released by Jazzhaus Records on Friday 29th January 2016. His third album to be produced by Richard Hammerton, following in the footsteps of 2014's 'Temperature Rising' and 2013's 'Hurricane', the new album features Danny collaborating with the iconic guitarists Walter Trout and Bernie Marsden on two tracks! Not only that, but Danny, who we saw at Ramblin' Man this year (our Vid Of The Day), will be touring in the UK in February 2016 and his itinerary includes a WRC Promotions gig at Leos Red Lion, Gravesend, on Sunday 28th February! More info to come but in the meantime you can book your tickets here.
Despite the fact that we were seated right up in the Gods and that it was the first time we had seen them - last night's U2 O2 Arena gig was epic! With a review to come tomorrow - please check out our new Photo Gallery here and our Video Vault here!
Standing To Attention! 31/10/15
Our Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day features predominantly Blues with Rock, Soul, Jazz, Acoustic, a classic track or two and music from some newcomers who have caught Jim and Malcolm's attention recently! On the playlist this week: Red Butler, Walter Trout, King King, Jo Harman, Tommy Castro, Buddy Guy, Vintage Trouble (pictured at Hyde Park in June), Richard Townend & The Mighty Boss Cats, The Bob Lanza Blues Band, Anthony Geraci, The Knickerbocker All-Stars, Blue Largo, Kelly's Lot, The Andy Layfield Sound, Dudley Taft, Peter Green and Friends, Kareña K, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, John Mayall Blues, Steve Young, Phily K, Paul Cox, Ray Charles, Diana Krall, Lara and The Bluz Dawgz, Wily Bo Walker, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more!
Innocence And Experience! 30/10/15
Given U2 were formed way back in 1976 and have since released 13 studio albums plus are one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 170 million records worldwide - we thought it about time that the WRC checked out what all the fuss is about. So four WRC U2 virgins were present at the O2 Arena, London, last night to witness their 'Rattle and Hum' in 'the round' from these guys from Dublin in the latest leg of their innocence and experience tour. A review and more pics to follow - but in the meantime take a look at our Vid Of The Day.
Borderline Bandit Territory! 30/10/15
Good friend of the WRC and Rockrpix photographer John Bull was out yet again with his camera on Wednesday night taking in Texan/English country quintet Jess and the Bandits at the Borderline. Having soared up the UK Official Country Charts with their debut album 'Here We Go Again', John's verdict on a decently attended gig was "Very good - Jess was great!" He also praised young support Liv Austen - "Really liked her too - check her out!" Plus you can also check out John's brilliant pics in our photo gallery here.
Melbourne, Australia’s Progressive Metal ensemble, Teramaze, first release for The Mascot Label Group - ‘Her Halo’ hits music stores today! Teramaze was originally formed during lead guitarist/producer Dean Wells teenage years. The band put out a couple albums in the early years, but it wasn’t until the release of ‘Anhedonia’ in 2012 that Wells felt the modern version of Teramaze actually began. That third album was met with critical acclaim, as was the follow up of 2014’s ‘Esoteric Symbolism’, which saw the quartet making a bolder statement and taking no prisoners to flex their musical muscle even further. Now with new vocalist Nathan Peachey, Teramaze have arrived with their cinematic ‘Her Halo’ - a new beginning that not only brings about more potential, but promise as well. The vid for the first single off ‘Her Halo’ - ‘Out of Subconscious’ - is today's Track Of The Day!
U2 @ O2 Tonight! 29/10/15
The pace doesn't slacken as the WRC are heading to the O2 Arena, London, tonight to see Irish Rockers U2 on the latest leg of their innocence and experience tour. To be fair - a band not always on the WRC radar - but a 'bucket list' band that we feel we need to witness once. Formed back in 1976 in Dublin they have since released 13 studio albums and are one of the world's best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 170 million records worldwide. And the good news is that the guys are playing in 'the round' tonight plus the possibility of another special guest following Noel Gallagher's appearance via the Jubilee Line on Monday night (see our Vid Of The Day). Anyway, we hope to meet some of you in the Sky Backstage lounge beforehand!
Joanne Shaw Taylor Photo Gallery 29/10/15
As expected Joanne Shaw Taylor was on top form at a packed Jazz Cafe in London on Tuesday night. With a review of the gig on its way - take a look at our photo gallery here which also includes pics of excellent support band Federal Charm (pictured and our Track Of The Day) who completed a memorable evening!
You Really Got Me! 29/10/15
The Kast-Off Kinks are appearing tonight at The Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Not a Tribute Band - The Kast-Off Kinks actually contains three members of The Kinks, namely original drummer, Mick Avory, who joined them in 1964 and is still regarded to this day as the backbone of the original Kinks, John Dalton, bassist with The Kinks from 1969 until the late 70's and keyboard player, Ian Gibbons who was with The Kinks for 17 years and still plays and tours with Ray Davies. Indeed, the only only non-Kink is Dave Clarke (ex Noel Redding Band), taking the place of the Davies brothers! Tickets are £13 on the door and doors open at 8.30pm with the band due on stage at 9.15pm.
Cafe Culture! 28/10/15
The first time we saw Joanne Shaw Taylor was supporting Black Country Communion at the Shepherds Bush Empire at the end of 2010. Unlike BCC Joanne has obviously gone from strength to strength since! In May 2011 we saw her headline for the first time at the O2 Islington in May 2011 but admittedly missed her set at Ramblin' Man - hence our visit to the Jazz Cafe, Camden, last night for the second gig of her two night residency. Watch this space for a review and more pics - but in the meantime have a look at today's Vid Of The Day - taken live last night!
Bandits At The Borderline Tonight! 28/10/15
One band John Bull of Rockrpix did come across on the Saturday at Ramblin' Man was Jess and the Bandits (pictured). Well October has been an exciting month for the Texan/English country quintet, who embarked on their first ever UK headline tour and are heading to the Borderline in London tonight! Having soared up the UK Official Country Charts with their debut album 'Here We Go Again', the band have been excited to take the record on the road following their sold out London shows earlier this year. As fans of the burgeoning British country scene, the band are excited to have a wealth of homegrown talent to share the stage with as they make their way across the country!
Jukin' Jenn Returns! 28/10/15
It's been a while - but today we welcome back Jukin Jenn's latest Bucket Of Blues as our Track Of The Day! The playlist this week includes: Bnois King and Smokin Joe Kubek (RIP) - Baby Your the One,
Bob Malone (who played the 100 Club, London, last night with our friends Loose Moorings) -Don't Threaten Me with a Good Time, Ronnie Earl - I Need You So Bad, Jelly Roll Kings - Have Mercy Baby, JJ Appleton and Jason Ricci - Jason's Solo, Hamat Modine - Up & Rise, Martin Harley and Daniel Kimbro - Chocolate Jesus, The Jimmy's - Freight Train, Shemekia Copeland - Isn't That So, Paul Cox - I Can Take You to Heaven Tonight, Steve Goodman - A Dying Cub Fans Last Request and Go Cubs Go.
... And All That Jazz! 27/10/15
"The set continued in similar fashion with punters jaws dropping open at some of the solos. In the end Joanne could not resist indulging herself by playing 'Manic Depression' from one of her childhood influences Jimi Hendrix. My personal favourite though was 'Blackest Day' which sums up emotions that so many of us have experienced and certainly is the case for JST. The complete set showcases all the skills she has developed from her idols - hard stuff like SRV - the bite a la Albert Collins and the riffs from the Jimi Hendrix book." That was Wrinkly's take on the first time the WRC saw Joanne Shaw Taylor (pictured by John Bull at Ramblin' Man this year) headline at the O2 Islington in May 2011. Four and half years down the line we are heading to the Jazz Cafe, Camden, tonight for the second gig of her two night residency. Watch this space for a review, pics and vids!
That's right - all the bids are now in and The Replicants Wrinklystock IV Classic Covers setlist has now been finalised here - raising a stonking £265 in aid of our nominated charities! Also as expected the gig headlined by T.Rextasy at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, on Saturday 21st November has now sold out! Further good news is that The Replicants will be rounding off their set with Billy Idol's (pictured at the Royal Albert Hall in July) Rebel Yell which is today's Vid Of The Day!
Rock Legend Interviewed On Track Of The Day! 27/10/15
Rock legend Glenn Hughes, whose 40 year career as a singer and bass player has seen him form an integral part in bands including Deep Purple, Trapeze, Black Country Communion and California Breed joins Rory Auskerry for an interview on today's Track Of The Day! On the latest Route 66 podcast, Glenn talks openly about his musical differences with Joe Bonamassa, advice for the next generation and his love of playing live. Also on the show are new tracks from Jared James Nichols (pictured), Buddy Guy, Walter Trout, Don Henley, Gary Clark Jr., Rod Stewart and Joe Satriani.
Chantel's Message From America! 26/10/15
As you know just two weeks ago the WRC were delighted to hear from Dave Riley from the Chantel McGregor US Fans Facebook page. Well tune in to today's Track Of The Day as the guys at WMFO 91.5FM feature songs from Chantel's new album and celebrate the one-year anniversary of her first ever US interview! As David says: "Hope you can join Mike on the mic and myself for our NEW interview with the wonderful and gracious Chantel McGregor."
Rebels Underbelly! 26/10/15
The WRC introduced you to Broken Witt Rebels just over a month ago - a four-piece band from Birmingham who combine the power and intensity of Classic Rock with the finesse and delicacy of soulful blues. Putting their own original stamp on the Birmingham music scene, their latest EP, ‘Howlin’, was released in the Summer of 2014 and they are definitely on the rise. Previously supporting The View and playing up and down the country, the Rebels played the Zigfrid Von Underbelly in London on Saturday night and the whole gig (check it out at around 2 hours 38 minutes) is our Vid Of The Day!
Ryan Bingham Photo Gallery Available 26/10/15
"They finally let the handbrake off the engine for the encore with a cover of the Stones' 'Rip This Joint', the slide of the awesome Dead Horses 'Sunshine' and finally the stand out acoustic Horses number from his Borderline gig 'Bread and Water'. To be fair the appreciative audience lapped it up but for mine, unexpectedly, it didn't hit the heights of the intimacy and touching personal anecdotes of The Borderline in February nor the first time we saw Ryan and The Dead Horses rock out at Hyde Park over four years ago. Still a great night though."
Go to the Ryan Bingham Photo Gallery here and read the rest of AJ's review here!
Glenn Hughes Interview Tonight 25/10/15
Vocal & bass guitar legend Glenn Hughes (see our Vid Of The Day) will be on the Route 66 show tonight chatting to Rory Auskerry about his love of playing live, his time working with Joe Bonamassa (pictured with Hughes with Black Country Communion at High Voltage in 2011), California Breed, Deep Purple and Trapeze plus his advice for young musicians. All that plus some great music from across his 40+ year career on Route 66 here from 6pm!
Lucky 13! 25/10/15
A thirteenth video has now been added to our BluesRockFest DVD/CD - namely 'Ferrari' by The Chris Walker Band (pictured). Today's Rainbreakers Track Of The Day was also recorded on that great day at the The Red Lion, Gravesend, Kent, on Saturday 4th July 2015 - and is an exclusive as it is not on the live CD that accompanies the DVD. And it's still not too late to pre-order your copy for a bargain £10 + p&p here to see what all the fuss is about! Don't forget that WRC Members can also get 10% off by simply entering their coupon code!
Walter's Battle Scars 25/10/15
Joyful, energized guitar-and-vocal performances frame the dozen original songs that narrate his hard-won, life-or-death struggle waiting for, and ultimately receiving, a life-saving liver transplant. With bristling energy, unflagging virtuosity and lyrics that cut to the core of human hope and willpower, Walter Trout’s new album, ‘Battle Scars’, chronicles his horrific battle with liver failure. But the 12-song set, which was released worldwide by Mascot Label Group’s Provogue Records last Friday, also captures the international guitar hero, on a new high - playing and singing at the peak of his abilities, infusing even his darkest numbers with creative joy that sweeps like a beacon. Trout's UK 'I'm Back Tour 2015' coincides with the album's release which includes a gig at The Forum in London on Saturday 21st November.
Awaking The Dead! 24/10/15
"BlueBird took me back to Hyde Park 2011 when the Dead Horses packed a punch with their electric guitars and keys - suffice to say this rocked and went down well with the WRC beside me! Ryan's harmonica heralded Junky Star's beautiful 'The Poet' - the audience hanging on tightly on this emotional roller coaster of a set. Bingham's voice to die for - was again perfectly illustrated on 'Hallelujah' - yet another stand out track from 'Junky Star' - which understandably charted in the US in 2010. FASN's 'Adventures Of You and Me', 'My Diamond Is Too Rough' and the "Dylanesque" 'Broken Heart Tatoos' were a microcosm of the contrasting Americana Roots Rock genres in the set although the delicious 'Southside Of Heaven' managed to combine all these musical elements culminating in a wonderful jam with Bingham, Sproul and Bowden stepping up to the railway plate."
Read the rest of AJ's review here plus see our Vid Of The Day!
Rock That Bell! 24/10/15
After their excursion into Sussex last week The Replicants are back on home ground this Saturday when they play The Lower Bell in Aylesford for the first time. The guys are of course gearing up for Wrinklystock IV where they will support the amazing T.Rextasy at our annual charity gig at The Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford on Saturday 21st November. Watch out for news on their final setlist which has been auctioned off for charity shortly. And why are they the support? Why not find out by turning off the X Factor and get down to the Bell for a rocking evening - entry is free with The Reps due on stage at 9pm!
Award Winning Blooze! 24/10/15
A wonderful array of Blooze music awaits you on today's Track Of The Day from the Award winning Blues on the Marsh. Included in Kevin Beale's playlist this week you will find tracks from The Andy Taylor Group, Per & The Ouagadougou Blues Quartet, Albert Cummings, Angela Lewis Brown, Anthony Geraci & Boston All-Stars Band, Elvin Bishop, Hans Theesink and Terry Evans, Holly Benton, Jackie Payne, The Keith Thompson Band, Lewis Hamilton, Lucy Malheur, Mark Pocket Goldberg, Robert Lucas, Mick Clarke, The Mighty Boss Cats, Nine Below Zero, Regina Bonelli, Solomon Hicks, Southbound (pictured), Stacey Jones, The Mojo Slide, and Willy Porter.
Resurrecting His Dead Horses! 23/10/15
It was certainly a case of apprehension as we approached the sold out London Borderline in February. We obviously had reservations about Academy award winner Ryan Bingham performing a solo acoustic set without his dearly departed 'Dead Horses' - who we salivated over when first saw them at Hard Rock Calling in June 2011. We needn't have worried - an easy early contender for our 2015 WRC 'Best Acoustic' award. And the cherry on the cake was that Ryan was returning to London in October with - wait for it - his band! And talking of Hollywood - as we said at the time - "we're gonna need a bigger boat" - hence our trip to the Koko, Camden last night! Anyway, more pics, vids and review to come - in the meantime enjoy today's Vid Of The Day taken last night!
A Little Bit Of What You Fancy! 23/10/15
This week's two hour Blues Club Podcast is predominantly New Blues but also Rock, Soul, Jazz, Acoustic and whatever else takes Jim and Malcolm's fancy! Our Track Of The Day features the UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks for October including Bob Malone, Trevor Sewell, Angela Lewis Brown, Half Deaf Clatch and Jesse Davey plus also tracks from Buddy Guy, Tommy Castro, Joe Bonamassa (pictured), Nathaniel Rateliff, The Chris O'Leary Band, King King, Bobby Rush, Mick Kolassa, Dr. John, Danielle Nicole Band, Phily K, The Beat Daddys, King Solomon, Little Boys Blue, Taj Mahal, Crooked Eye Tommy, Jo Harman, Tanya Piche Blues Band, Blinddog Smokin', Maggie Bell, Heritage Blues Orchestra, Richard Townend & The Mighty Boss Cats, Paul Cox, Nine Below Zero, Niecie Blues and B. B. & The Blues Shacks!
Pylon Unleashed Today! 23/10/15
Killing Joke are on a mission to take their music of resistance to a whole new level with their latest and 16th studio album Pylon, released today via Spinefarm Records. Pylon was produced in the UK and Prague by the band and Tom Dalgety, whose credits include the hugely successful Royal Blood album, and isn’t designed to accompany a quiet night at home in front of the fire; Pylon is very much music as ritual – raw, uncompromising and precisely-targeted lyrically, with the artwork put together by regular band associate Mike Coles, the designer behind the very first Killing Joke album. With the original line-up of Jaz Coleman, Geordie, Youth and Big Paul continuing to hold firm, the band will be playing a 10 date headline UK tour to coincide with Pylon’s release, starting in Cardiff on October 25th and finishing at the Roundhouse in London on November 6th. This will be the start of an extensive period of touring that will see this most legendary and infamous band taking their own particular message to audiences around the world!
You Should Koko! 22/10/15
"Fresh from his previous night's gig at King Tuts in Glasgow - the Americana singer/songwriter launched into 'The Poet' - the first track of off 'Junky Star' - it's intimacy immediately palpable - the scene was set for a memorable evening. Another Dead Horses and 'Junky Star' classic followed - 'Depression' and the gig just flowed with the Hollywood in Bingham clearly evident in not only his looks but also his touching personal anecdotes that included his Grandfather and hitchhiking! But at the end of the day it was all about his delivery of a guitar and a voice to die for - perfectly illustrated on 'Hallelujah' - yet another stand out track from 'Junky Star' - which understandably charted in the US in 2010."
That was our take on 'acoustic' Ryan Bingham in February and as promised he's back with his band tonight at the Koko in London. Watch out for a review, pics a vid over the coming days!
Liam Flies Out Of The Traps! 22/10/15
All roads led to Sussex last Saturday as The Replicants left the comfort of their back yard for Crawley! Why you may ask - well they had agreed to let fourteen year-old Liam O’Kane play drums on a couple of their numbers and that’s where he lives – simples! The Greyhound kindly offered to host the gig (many thanks Caz) and a source close to the WRC said that Liam was so nervous he hadn’t eaten all day! So after The Replicants had suitably more than warmed up the crowd it was all eyes on Liam! And if he was nervous then he certainly didn’t show it as he ripped into 'Smoke On The Water', 'Ace Of Spades' – (our Vid Of The Day that provoked a "f**k yeah" from one punter), 'Lil Devil' and unbelievably The Replicants signature finale 'Rebel Yell' which we understand he hadn’t rehearsed! There was no stopping him now as the crowd called for more and Liam insisted on 'Tush'!!! A great night and many thanks to the guys as usual for entering into the spirit of things!
TOTD Taken To The Levee! 22/10/15
Richard Dunning's recent Blues On The Radio guest - ahead of his solo show at The Tuesday Night Music Club - was Rosco Levee (pictured). As well as Rosco having a chat and playing some of his favourite music, our Track Of The Day includes tracks from Cream, Half Deaf Clatch, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones!
Wrinklystock IV One Month Away! 21/10/15
With Wrinklystock IV exactly one month away plus news that it is virtually sold out (some returns may be available here) - midnight tonight is also the final deadline to bid in our Replicants Wrinklystock IV charity auction setlist here. Yes you can still actually bid for your favourite song from the following classic covers (see our Vid Of The Day) listed here as the band have agreed to play the top twelve song bids in aid of our nominated charities! Meanwhile the guys are pictured following last Saturday's gig at The Greyhound, Crawley, with young guest drummer Liam O'Kane in the middle!
Grabbed By 'The Short & Curlies'! 21/10/15
The Short and Curlies Band are a four piece mainly covers band playing pubs, clubs and functions around South London and North Kent. Originally a duo - Colin on guitar/vocals (Short) and Paul on guitar/harmonica (Curly) - joined up last year with former members of '3AM' - Nathan (bass/vocals) and Mike (drums) to create both a bigger sound and a wider repertoire of songs - resulting in an upbeat style and a wide variety of material from 50's rock and roll right up to current hits plus original material. Not just a tribute band, nor just a covers band - but a group of dedicated musicians offering their own treatment of a wide range of music plus the songwriting of John and Colin!
Route 66 On The Road Again! 21/10/15
Today's Track Of The Day is last Sunday night's Route 66 broadcast with host Rory Auskerry spinning brand new tracks from Billy Gibbons (pictured at Wembley in June) and The BFG's, Buddy Guy and Joe Louis Walker. This week's listener submission track comes from guitarist Richard Lawson and there are birthday celebrations for Chuck Berry, Bill Wyman, Leslie West, Elvin Bishop, Steve Cropper and Tom Petty!
Introducing ....... GT's Boos Band 20/10/15
GT’s Boos Band is a no-holds barred electric Blues Rock band from central Scotland led by frontman Greig Taylor and lead guitarist John Boos. Hooking up after a jam in late 2010 the duo embarked upon building the GT’s Boos Band electric Blues project, whilst also performing an acoustic show throughout Scotland. The duo added experienced bassist David Atkinson and drummer Stephen Coetzee to complete the line-up and provide the driving groove behind the Boos Band electric sound. The band is also joined by harmonica ace Jim Harcus from Wang Dang Delta on many of the song's on their critically acclaimed debut album 'Steak House'. Check out today's amazing Video Of The Day of the guys performing live at Record Store Day 2014 in Stirling!
For Vinnie The Rock Dog ... RIP 20/10/15
Saturday's Rock On The Ridge tweet said it all: "On the show tonight @Crobotband @TheRainbreakers @rivalsons @Stryper a track for Vinnie who's left us Monday RIP" Yes sadly Bob and Jules' Staffie Vinny - who occassionally joined them live in the studio on Saturday night's - passed away last Monday. Therefore today's Track Of The Day not includes great music from The Rainbreakers, Whitesnake, Joe Bonamassa, Wolfmother plus dedications to AJ (Crobot) and Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd's guitarist who suffered a heart attack last week) - but there's also a special track for Vinnie the Rock Dog (RIP) - Led Zeppelin's 'Black Dog' of course!
Rosco Levee In The Building Tonight! 20/10/15
Richard Dunning's Blues On The Radio guest, live in the Croydon Radio studio here at 5pm tonight is Rosco Levee. Rosco will be having a chat and playing some of his favourite music ahead of his solo show at The Tuesday Night Music Club, at the Hooley Village Club, St. Margaret's Road, Hooley Village, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 3RB. Rich will also be playing his usual mix of the best of the new, the IBBA albums of the month and a few familiar favourites.
Special WRC Offer For 100 Club Tickets! 19/10/15
Further to our news that London Blues Rock outfit Born Healer are not only supporting Mountain's legendary drummer Corky Laing plus BluesRockfest's The Rainbreakers at the iconic 100 Club on Sunday 15th November at 7.30pm - the WRC are pleased to announce that we have discounted tickets available to members only! Yes - advance tickets priced £10 (compared to £14 on the door) to this not to be missed gig are available by e-mailing email@example.com by Sunday 8th November. And it's still not too late to become a member - simply fill out the form here and become a WRC member for life for FREE and we'll consequently send you a WRC members card which you can use to benefit from all the current members offers which we also hope to add to in the future.
Gentlemans Pistols Underworld Tonight! 19/10/15
Gentlemens Pistols (our Vid Of The Day) have been causing a stir on the underground for a while now with their debauched lyrics, killer melodies and general Northern rock 'n' roll bravado! And they are literally going 'Underground' tonight as they are playing the iconic Camden venue following the release of their latest groove-laden album 'Hustler's Row' last Friday!
Marshman Lays Down The Tracks Again! 19/10/15
Today's Track Of The Day is Kevin Beale's latest Blues On The Marsh show from Friday night. This week the Marshman features tracks from Blues Evolution, Smokin' Joe Kubek, Eddie Martin's Big Red Radio, Down Home Percolators, Andy Santana & The West Coast Playboys and more!
BluesRockFest DVD/CD Update! 18/10/15
Wow! We've been lucky enough to see the draft BluesRockFest DVD/CD here at Wrinkly Towers and boy does it Rock! Our thanks to all of you that have already pre-ordered the official 2015 BluesRockFest DVD/CD here featuring both two video and two audio tracks from each of the six artists that appeared at the The Red Lion, Gravesend, Kent, on Saturday 4th July 2015. And just as a reminder today's Vid Of The Day is taken from that fantastic day. And it's still not too late to pre-order your copy for a bargain £10 + p&p to see what all the fuss is about! Don't forget that WRC Members can also get 10% off by simply entering their coupon code!
Double Bubble Part 2! 18/10/15
Not only does Rory Auskerry present two hours of the very best in Rock & Blues music on Stockport’s Pure 107.8 FM here at 6pm tonight but last week's show is also today's Track Of The Day! Featured on the latest Route 66 podcast are Paul Rose, Rob Berry, Erja Lyytinen, Ricky Warwick, Paul McCartney and Wings, Guns N' Roses, Joe Satriani, Europe, Heather Crosse and a new 'Country Show Stopper' from Don Henley!
Dying To Live! 18/10/15
Joel Hoekstra released on Friday his new melodic hard rock studio album 'Dying To Live' from his electrifying new side project 'Joel Hoekstra's 13'. Hoekstra is best known to rock fans as the current guitarist for Whitesnake and also known for his work with Night Ranger, Trans Siberian Orchestra and the show 'Rock of Ages'. 'Dying To Live' features an all-star cast of rockers including Jeff Scott Soto (vocals), Russell Allen (vocals), Tony Franklin (bass), Vinny Appice (drums) and Derek Sherinian (keyboards) and can be purchased here. Watch out for a review coming shortly.
Replicants Let Out Of The Traps Tonite! 17/10/15
The Replicants will not only be rocking a new venue tonight but they will also have a surprise in store in the form of a young local drummer who will be joining them on a few numbers. So why not get yourself down to The Greyhound in Crawley to see a great rocking band and a star of the future - all for free! There's also still time to bid in our Replicants Wrinklystock IV charity auction setlist here. Yes you can actually bid for your favourite song from the following covers listed here as the band have agreed to play the top twelve song bids in aid of our nominated charities!
Your Ears Will Be So Happy With Music This Good They Will Jump Off Your Head And Have A Party In Front Of You! 17/10/15
It's double bubble from our friends at Rock On The Ridge today. Bob and Jules' tweet last Saturday "On show tonight @clutchofficial @theanswerrocks @underabanner @cloverhill_rock @soundgarden @NickCasterMusic and more 8-10pm @RidgeradioUk" gives you an idea of what you can expect from today's Track Of The Day! Meanwhile the guys return tonight here at 8pm which will include the brilliant Crobot (Vid Of The Day) who the WRC are seeing at The Underworld on Friday 6th November. Let us know if you are going as well!
British Blues Awards Bash Today! 17/10/15
Just a reminder about the 2015 British Blues Awards Event that is taking place at The Navigation Inn, Nottingham from 3pm today. It's an informal event, combining the presentation of the awards, remembering Barry Middleton and simply an opportunity for a meet and greet for everyone. There will also be The Navigation Blues Corporation playing plus an open mic for anyone who wants to play! So if you have a trophy or certificate to collect, if you are a Blues fan looking for an afternoon/night out with a difference and a supporter of the British Blues Awards then you are most welcome to attend!
Albany Down At Countdown Cafe! 16/10/15
We suppose it should have been our Track Of The Day but Albany Down's awesome live performance of 'South Of The City' on Radio Veronica's Countdown Cafe at the end of August was actually filmed - hence today's Vid Of The Day. And don't forget that the guys are also appearing at our WRC Xmas Bash at The Horn Reborn in St Albans on Wednesday 2nd December. Supported by the excellent Southbound - you have two quality bands for just £7 in advance (including admin fees) here - £9 on the door and only £5 for WRC Members - just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your members ticket.
Best In Blues TOTD 16/10/15
The very latest Blues Club Podcast is today's Track Of The Day with another two hours of non-stop "Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat". Featuring UK IBBA Presenters Picks for October 2015, many new and pre-releases plus a couple of classic Rock tracks - the music this week includes Katie Bradley, Blues Evolution, Mark Pontin Group, Phily K, Southbound (pictured), Bob Malone, Trevor Sewell, Brad Wilson, Hazmat Modine, The Dove and Boweevil Band, Guy Davis, Booga Red and many more.
Moore Blues On The Marsh! 16/10/15
For your delectation this week not only does the Marshman have Timmy and Junior Moore live in the studio but also tons of other goodies! So tune into Kevin Beale's Blues On The Marsh here at 7pm tonight for Andy Santana & The West Coast Playboys, Blues Evolution, No Blues, Lucy Zirins, Lily Martin, Kai Strauss, Half Deaf Clatch, Eddie Martin's Big Red Radio, Down Home Percolators, Fantastic Negrito, Fiona Boyes, Kaz Hawkins (pictured), Debbie Davis, Bob Malone, and Eddie Cotton!
Introducing ..... Matt Edwards Band 15/10/15
Matt Edwards (pic courtesy of Vanessa Champion), is an independent songwriter/vocalist/guitarist playing original Blues Rock. He released his second album ‘Four Berry Jam’ on digital and physical formats in May of this year and is regularly gigging with his live trio the ‘Matt Edwards Band’ (our Vid Of The Day). The band is powerful, passionate, full of groove and has had a track featured on the cover CD of The Blues Magazine and have received a host of radio plays and some very humbling and kind reviews! The band played the Tuesday Blues at The 100 Club in April, Reivers Rock and Blues Festival in May and have supported some great artists recently such as Ryan McGarvey, Buddy Whittington, RavenEye, Ron Sayer, Erja Lyytinen plus former BluesFest headliner Aynsley Lister. To check out the band's forthcoming live dates including their return to the iconic 100 Club - go to Matt's website here.
Under Sniper Fire! 15/10/15
We were deighted to hear from former WRC Award winner Clare Free (pictured at the Colour House Theatre, Merton, in 2011) who is expecting a baby just before Christmas! Of course this means time off from the road for Clare and gives her the time to work on some new music! Anyway, her new single 'Sniper Fire' here is now out now and available from all major download sites. It blends samples, loops, hip hop drum beats and programed sounds with live guitars and vocals. Clare added "I have wanted to make music like this for a long time and now I have had the chance to do so and personally I love it." For any feedback or to contact Clare, please visit her website here.
Blues On The Marsh Catch Up! 15/10/15
We promised you some of the most eclectic Bloooze out there and the award winning Marshman duly delivered last Friday night! So today's Blues On The Marsh Track Of The Day includes tracks from Dove and Boweevil, Jessey Davey & Friends, Anthony Geraci & Boston All-Stars Band, The Texas Horns, Dennis Herrera, Bert Deivert and Copperhead Run, Blues Element, Clarence Turner, Diane Durrett, D'Mar and Gill, Joe Louis Walker, Les Copeland, Tommy McCoy, Dan Burnett, The Stolen Hearts and Tanya Piche & Robert Lucas!
Out Of This World! 14/10/15
Today's Video Of The Day is a recently released video from our friend Keith - one half of of the Strawkites! This is the first joint project between 'Half a Kite' and American singer songwriter Georgia Paris and it's about a new planet recently discovered by the Kepler Telescope that seems very similar to the earth! Apparently they will be working on many more tracks together in the future and 'Kepler 186f' is currently available to download for free here.
Buckets Rebel Heart! 14/10/15
Any friend of Shooter is a friend of ours - so step forward guitarist Dave ‘Bucket’ Colwell, formerly of Bad Company and Humble Pie! Dave has recently announced his new band 'Buckets Rebel Heart', featuring of course Dave, lead vocalist Adam Barron (a finalist on TV show The Voice), Ross McEwen on second guitar, Tom Swann on Bass and new album co-writer Paul 'Taff' Edwards on drums. The new album ‘20 Good Summers’ is a collection of cohesive songs co-produced by Grammy-nominated rock legend Chris Tsangarides! And you too can get involved with 'Bucket's' new venture by pledging here and really be a part of launching an exciting new Rock ’n ’Roll band!
Blues Club Podcast Is Back! 14/10/15
Given last week's gremlins - last Thursday's Blues Club Podcast is today's Track of The Day with another two hours of non-stop "Best In Blues with More Music and Less Chat". Tracks featured this week include Angela Lewis Brown, Trevor Sewell, Bob Malone, Jesse Davey, MonkeyJunk, The Band, Boz Scaggs, Billy Hector, Lilly Martin, Rebecca Downes, Nick Fishman Blues Band, Joe Walsh, The Chris O'Leary Band, The Royal Southern Brotherhood, Todd Wolfe Band, Half Deaf Clatch, Wily Bo Walker, Deb Callahan Band, The Blueflies, The Jimmys, Eddie Martin, Rory Gallagher, Grainne Duffy (pictured at the 100 Club in June 2014), Tedeschi Trucks Band, Hazmat Modine and more!
Corky Laing Plays Mountain! 13/10/15
The WRC were delighted to hear from Helen, lead singer of Born Healer who were showcased in our 'Introducing ....' feature here in June. The London Blues Rock outfit founded in January 2015 are not only supporting BluesRockfest's The Rainbreakers at the iconic 100 Club on Sunday 15th November at 7.30pm, but the headliner is Mountain's legendary drummer Corky Laing playing ..... Mountain! Tickets priced £12 are available here - but in the meantime let's remind you of what Mountain are all about with today's Vid Of The Day!
Rocked Into Submission! 13/10/15
Finnish slide guitarist, Erja Lyytinen - currently on tour in the UK in support of her latest release 'Live in London' - joins Rory Auskerry on today's Track Of The Day. Erja talks about recording at London's famous 100 Club, who she would love to collaborate with, touring away from her young family and more. Also on the Route 66 show from Sunday 4th October are new tracks from Walter Trout, Keith Richards, Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown, Chantel McGregor, Dan Patlansky, Dave Hunt, Johnny Winter featuring Derek Trucks, Slash and more. This week's 'Rocked Into Submission' track comes from the USA - sent in by The Forrest McDonald Band - Rory plays 'Cross My Heart'.
Big River Has The Blues! 13/10/15
Big River is the idea of Gravesend Guitarist Damo Fawsett, after playing a last minute gig with his old cohorts in The Chosen Few, his passion for Blues music resurfaced. Then upon seeing Vintage Trouble on TV, he realised that the Blues is well and truly alive and reaching a whole new generation of fans! No stranger to the WRC, having played at Bluesfest 2014, Damo began his search for like minded people and after a Dartford rehearsal studio session, Big River was born! Joining Fawsett in the band is Adam Bartholomew on vocals, who Damo tells us can out-soul Paul Rodgers and scream like Glenn Hughes in the next breath! Luke Calvert is on Drums, praised by Damo as "technically brilliant and all the while lays down a flawless groove" plus Ant Wellman on bass who was previously with the Reagan Browne Band and currently tours all over the UK and Europe with The Lambrettas - "a style of Jaco Pastorius and Andy Fraser - he was the perfect choice to lay down the bottom end" adds Damo. Big River has a seriously powerful sound all of their own and cover Blues tracks from all eras from Hendrix and Free through to modern bands like Rival Sons and Vintage Trouble - with the image to match. Big River will be one to watch and they hit the road from December 2015.
Chantel 'Loses Control!' 12/10/15
You couldn't make it up. Just three days after AJ was in Boston, Massachusetts, the WRC received our latest pre-order for our 2015 BluesRockfest DVD/CD from just 11 miles up the road in Dedham! Yes we were delighted to hear from David Riley from the Chantel McGregor US Fans Facebook page here which also coincided with the guitarist-singer-songwriter's release of her new album, 'Lose Control', last Friday on Chantel's' independent boutique label Tis Rock Music! Indeed, her first single from the album, 'Take The Power', is our Vid Of The Day filmed on location in Edinburgh, produced by Sine Wave Media and directed by Richard Weston. Also watch out shortly for an album review from Wrinkly The Silver.
Catch Up With Blues On The Radio! 12/10/15
Take the UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association albums of the month, add some new releases and top it up with artists that are playing at The Tuesday Night Music Club in the coming months and you end up with last Tuesday's Blues On The Radio show Track Of The Day that includes music from Chad Strentz (who played the TNMC last Tuesday), Eddie Martin's Big Red Radio, Tabitha, Thorbjorn Risager, Backwater Roll, Trevor Sewell, Karena K (pictured), Malaya Blue, Jesse Davey, Rosco Levee & The Southern Slide, Matt Woosey, Angela Lewis Brown, Fran McGillivray Band, Bob Malone, Riotous Brothers, Stolen Hearts, Half Deaf Clatch, Hazmat Modine, Catfish, Lily Martin and Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown.
The Who - Live In Hyde Park! 12/10/15
We were there (pictured) as one of the greatest rock bands of all time, The Who celebrated 50 years of classic songs live in London’s Hyde Park in June. And now we have '‘The Who Live in Hyde Park’ - an electrifying cinematic event not to be missed! Recorded in front of a sell-out crowd of 65,000 fans, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend deliver a definitive set list of all the greatest hits as The Who take their audience on an ʻAmazing Journeyʼ through their entire career from classic albums such as 'Who’s Next', 'Tommy', 'Quadrophenia', 'My Generation' and 'Live At Leeds' up to the present day. Featuring ‘My Generation’, ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘Baba O’Riley’, ‘Who Are You’ and many more, plus exclusive interviews with Roger Daltrey, Pete Townsend, Robert Plant, Iggy Pop and others - go here to find your nearest screening!
American Roadtrip Ends On Route 66! 11/10/15
Given that our American roadtrip has now ended it should be a case of normal service resumed on Monday (even our Vid/Track Of The Day from Tuesday is now working)! It's appropriate therefore that every Sunday evening at 6pm, Rory Auskerry presents Route 66 - two hours of the very best in rock & blues music on Stockport’s Pure 107.8 FM here. As well as great tunes, there are exclusive interviews, new releases, gig info and music trivia!
Saturday Night's Alright For Rockin'! 10/10/15
It's Saturday so if you just want a night in listening to great Rock music then tune in to the The Rock On The Ridge show here between 8pm and 10pm! We're sure that Bob & Jules (pictured) will make you more than welcome!
Tune Into The Marshman Tonight! 9/10/15
This weeks offering from the award winning Blues On The Marsh includes some of the most eclectic Bloooze out there! Steppin' up to the oche here at 7pm tonight will be Dove and Boweevil, Jessey Davey & Friends, Anthony Geraci & Boston All-Stars Band, The Texas Horns, Dennis Herrera, Bert Deivert and Copperhead Run, Blues Element, Clarence Turner, Diane Durrett, D'Mar and Gill, Joe Louis Walker, Les Copeland, Tommy McCoy, Dan Burnett, The Stolen Hearts and Tanya Piche & Robert Lucas!
Bish Bash Bosh! 8/10/15
Don't forget that BluesRockfest'sAlbany Down are appearing at our WRC Xmas Bash at The Horn Reborn in St Albans on Wednesday 2nd December. Supported by the excellent Southbound - we have two quality bands for just £7 in advance (including admin fees) here - £9 on the door and only £5 for WRC Members - just e-mail email@example.com to reserve your members ticket.
Message From America! 7/10/15
The bad news is that the Youtube/Soundcloud gremlins continue in Canada but talking of North America the WRC were delighted to hear from fully paid-up member Rick Menitti (pictured) yesterday! Rick took in the Foo Fighters in Atlanta and passed on this review here. Rick added "Show was phenomenal, Jan (pictured alongside Rick) even gave it a good review despite standing for over 4 hours in the drizzle! Be sure to see them if they are at a city near you!"
Charity Setlist Bids Still Wanted! 6/10/15
Don't panic - but you now have just over two weeks to bid in our Replicants Wrinklystock IV charity auction setlist here. Yes you can actually bid for your favourite song from the following covers listed here as the band have agreed to play the top twelve song bids in aid of our nominated charities. And to get you into the flavour today's Vid Of The Day is one of the classic's up for grabs! In the meantime our Track Of The Day is Saturday's Rock On The Ridge!
Our thanks to all of you that have already pre-ordered the official 2015 BluesRockFest DVD/CD here featuring both two video and two audio tracks from each of the six artists that appeared at the The Red Lion, Gravesend, Kent, on Saturday 4th July 2015. The good news is that production is nearing completion so just as a reminder, both our Vid and Track Of The Day are taken from that fantastic day. And it's still not too late to pre-order your copy - and if you were'nt there on the day (why not?) - then why not buy it for a bargain £10 + p&p to see what all the fuss is about! Don't forget that WRC Members can also get 10% off by simply entering their coupon code!
Real Rock Radio! 4/10/15
Not only did AJ find out that the Statue Of Liberty rocked on Friday - but he already knew a long time ago that one Stockport radio station with an American connection also rocks as well. Yes every Sunday evening at 6pm, Rory Auskerry presents Route 66 - two hours of the very best in rock & blues music here on Pure 107.8 FM. Tonight, as well his usual "Rockin Jockin" mix, Rory will have an interview and music from the superb Finnish slide guitarist Erja Lyytinen who is our Vid Of The Day!
Strawberry Fields Forever! 3/10/15
Following a visit to the iconic Radio City on Thursday - there was no let up in AJ's New York itinerary as he took in the very moving memorial to John Lennon in Central Park. Consequently Strawberry Fields is our Vid Of The Day whilst our Track Of The Day is Friday night's Blues On The Marsh show!
Live At Radio City Music Hall! 2/10/15
To mark the release today of Joe Bonamassa's 'Live At Radio City Music Hall' - AJ was last night at the the very same iconic music theatre in a very wet New York City. Anyway today's Vid Of The Day is JB in action plus our Track Of The Day is the very latest Blues Club Podcast.
WRC. Video. Erased. 1/10/2015
Fingers crossed that our Steven Wilson Royal Albert Hall Photo Gallery doesn't go the same way as yesterday's Video Of The Day! Suffice to say the WRC were sent a legal notice about the copyrighted content in our video. As a result, the video was removed from YouTube! Not the first time this has happened either - hence our 'stewards permitting' comment re: our coverage before the gig! Such a shame, as at the end of the day, our only intention is to share our love of music through our website and certainly was not for any financial gain! Needless to say we don't hold any grudges but in protest we will not only be cancelling our planned review of a truly memorable night of Wilson/Porcupine Tree but will also continue today with yesterday's Vid Of The Day even though it has been removed!
Blues At The Woodlands Returns Tonight! 1/10/2015
Monday's BATW tweet said it all: "This Thursday at the woodlands, we have Steve Morrison performing. Please show your support for live music!!" Yes the third 'Blues at The Woodlands' at the Woodlands Art Centre, Gillingham ME6 2DU takes place tonight with Steve Morrisons Blues Abuse (pictured). Tickets are £10 and doors open at 7.30pm. For more information call 0300 065 8210 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and don't forget that WRC members get £2 off the normal admission on production of a valid WRC members card. Why not support this new Blues/roots club offering first class live music every month? And just to give you a taste of what's in store - listen to our Track Of The Day - a live recording from soundman Vic Wintergreen of Joel Fisk and John Amor at last month's Woodlands gig!