Marcus King Band Islington Assembly Hall Photo Gallery 31/10/18
With a review to come, the fast-rising Marcus King Band played the second night of their Carolina Confessions UK headline tour in support of their new album of the very same name at the Islington Assembly Hall last Friday night. The six-piece band were fronted by the multi-talented, 22-year-old Marcus King, whose expressive guitar playing, soulful singing and emotive song-writing make it clear that this gifted young musician is a true talent to be reckoned with; a genuine force of nature. Check out today's Photo Gallery here including special guest Mollie Marriott, courtesy of Tim Russell.
Devilskin + Born Healer Play London Halloween 31/10/18
"And if you like your singalong tracks, 'Until You Bleed' is none too shabby. The set was rounded off with the superb 'Little Pills' - I am sure I will be reaching for mine to stop the pounding in my head. Although if it removes the smile from my face, I might just give them a miss. Devilskin are a class act and, for one night at least, Camden's Underworld was a little piece of Aotearoa. Can we have it back please?" That was part of our take when we saw Devilskin (pictured and Video Of The Day) last year at Camden's The Underworld in March and, appropriately for Halloween, the guys return to London tonight at the Boston Music Rooms, whilst just up the road, at The Underbelly, Hoxton, Born Healer are also on stage at 9.45pm.
"This set is pretty faultless, obviously due to the experience of this collection of musicians with the Paul Rodgers/Eric Martin style vocals of Chris Ousey (Heartland), Neil Murray on bass (Whitesnake etc.), Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash) guitar, Harry James (Thunder etc.) drums, Simon McBride (Own Band) and tonight, replacing usual keyboard man Adam Wakeman, we had Rob Lindrop who pulled the Jon Lord sound back to life."
Today we have the whole of Geoff C.'s review of Snakecharmer's recent London ULU Live gig here plus check out today's Video Of The Day.
Ana Popovic May 2019 UK Tour 30/10/18
Following the release of her album 'Like It On Top' last month, guitarist and singer songwriter Ana Popovic has announced a nationwide UK Tour in May next year! Recorded in Nashville and produced by four-time Grammy winner Keb’ Mo’, the Blues influenced album features guest appearances from Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robben Ford and of course Keb’ Mo’. 'Like It On Top' focuses on empowered, successful, inspiring female role models. A trending theme in today’s world is women overcoming obstacles and breaking through the glass ceilings to reach the top. 'Like It On Top' celebrates those that take initiative, develop, inspire and motivate. But it also credits the men who are motivated and enlightened enough to support women in their quest to be their best versions of themselves.
All New Blues On The Radio 30/10/18
This week's Blues On The Radio Podcast Track Of The Day features music from Zoe Green Band, Ariel Posen, Sari Schorr (pictured), Ian Siegal, Beki Brindle Band, Dominic Schoemaker, The Riotous Brothers, Sandy Carroll, DC Blues, Starlite Campbell Band, Steve West Weston and Joe Louis Walker, Bruce Katz & Giles Robson.
Red Dragon Cartel 29/10/18
After a self-imposed exile from the music industry and the public eye, heralded guitarist Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne, Badlands) returned with a fresh new band, Red Dragon Cartel in 2014. The band’s debut album included participation from a number of special guests, including Maria Brink from In This Moment, Jeremy Spencer from Five Finger Death Punch and Robin Zander from Cheap Trick, but the plan was always to create a proper new artistic vehicle for Jake to bring back his own style of music and playing that has earned him so many admirers around the globe. Jake’s comeback was greeted with much enthusiasm from the fans and media alike and the virtuoso guitarist is back once again to grace the Rock world with his unbridled skill! With an extremely talented band featuring Anthony Esposito on bass (ex-Lynch Mob), Phil Varone (ex-Saigon Kick, Skid Row) on drums and singer Darren Smith (Harem Scarem) backing him up, Jake has delivered the album fans have been eager to hear since Badlands dissolved years ago. 'Patina', the new album (see today's Track Of The Day), due to be released on Friday 9th November, is a definitive statement of Jake’s unbelievable skills. The record returns to the Bluesy, fierce Hard Rock sound of the Badlands days, updated with a monster production from Esposito and a perfect mix, courtesy of Max Norman whose relationship with Jake dates back to his days with Ozzy Osbourne.
The Nature Of The Beast 28/10/18
With so many great Metal bands fading away, Impellitteri (today's Video Of The Day) continue to carry the torch for guitar driven Heavy Metal that features powerful operatic vocals, anthemic choruses and brilliant musicianship. Chris Impellitteri’s guitar playing is majestic and his fretboard wizardry astonishing and fierce, not to mention influential. Meanwhile, Rob Rock’s vocal performances are sensational and prove that he is one of the most versatile vocalists in Metal today. The rhythm section featuring the monstrous bass playing of James Pulli and the mind boggling drumming and percussion of Jon Dette create an addictive groove. The band’s recently released album 'The Nature Of The Beast' features ten new songs and two covers (including a speed Metal version of ‘Phantom Of The Opera’), and was recorded in LA with legendary engineer/producer Mike Plotnikoff and Greg Reely.
Speed Between The Lines 27/10/18
In a landscape of identikit Thrash bands, Gama Bomb have always stood out. Unapologetically Irish, with lyrics mixing humour and social commentary and a reputation for legendary beer-soaked stage shows, they’ve never made a secret of enjoying what they do. Formed in 2002, bonding over a shared love of retro comics, movies and old Thrash Metal cassettes, Thrash Metal’s arch-geeks are now in their sixteenth year, recently releasing their sixth studio album 'Speed Between The Lines' on AFM Records. Indeed, the album’s cover (pictured) is inspired by sci-fi and horror paperback novels of the 70's and 80's, while the tracks boast a rich, rounded production that brings to mind classic late 80's Thrash!
Beth Hart At O2 Tonight 27/10/18
Beth Hart makes one hell of an entrance, as London's O2 Arena will no doubt find out at BluesFest tonight, as Zac Brown Band's special guest steps out on stage alongside The Robert Cray Band. Go back this year to May 4th and the Royal Albert Hall is in blackout. As a sell-out crowd holds its breath in the darkness, a lone figure appears from the shadows, and the opening line of 'As Long As I Have A Song' in that unmistakable voice is heard. For the next two hours, Beth held the audience spellbound, as she played over 20 songs spanning her entire career. Well the good news is that her 'Live At The Royal Albert Hall' 2CD, 3LP, DVD and Blu-Ray will be out on Friday 30th November - so check out today's Video Of The Day which gives you an awesome taster of what to expect!
Skunk Anansie 25LIVE@25 27/10/18
To celebrate 25 years of unparalleled influence, the iconic Skunk Anansie have announced the release of a new live album, '25LIVE@25', showcasing their incomparable live presence over a career-spanning collection, to be released next year on Friday 25th January via Republic Of Music. Featuring recordings of the band’s incendiary live sets over the years, and sequenced as one unique concert set by Jeremy Wheatley, a long-time collaborator with the band, '25LIVE@25' is both a celebration of Skunk’s unmatchable career and their importance as a musical and cultural force. Their exhilarating live shows are a hurricane of energy, noise and personality, an exhortation to become part of something much bigger that’s impossible to resist. Along with the announcement, the band have shared a brand new video for their 1996 hit single ‘Weak’ - today's Track Of The Day. In theme with the album, it features a collage of live footage from various stadiums, arenas, festivals and clubs they have performed at during their remarkable career, capturing the extraordinary spirit of Skunk Anansie’s live shows.
Snakecharmer To Hypnotise ULU Tonight 26/10/18
"Step forward the gem of the evening – OK it was a cover of Whitesnake’s ‘Crying In The Rain’ - but it was just under ten minutes of quality British Hard Rock at its very best – showcasing Ousey's vocal style, which is soulful and smooth before he left the stage and handed it over to McBride and Wisefield to do the honours – before they duly handed the baton over to Wakeman. Awesome. It was then back to ‘Second Skin’ with a nod to the late 70’s AOR and ‘That Kind Of Love’ – a Snakecharmer microcosm – great vocals, harmonies, catchy chorus and riff. James’ pounding drum on ‘Guilty As Charged’ from their first album, nearly saw the giant Murray emerge from the back of the stage, but Neil thought better of it given the tambourine wielding Ousey and both Wisefield and McBride stealing the limelight again with some great guitar work." That was part of our take when we saw Snakecharmer at Islington's O2 Academy in May last year and the guys return to London tonight at ULU Live.
King + Sinclair In London Tonight 26/10/18
The fast-rising Marcus King Band (Video Of The Day) play the second night of their Carolina Confessions UK headline tour in support of their new album of the very same name at the Islington Assembly Hall tonight. The six-piece band are fronted by the multi-talented, 22-year-old Marcus King, whose expressive guitar playing, soulful singing and emotive song-writing make it clear that this gifted young musician is a true talent to be reckoned with; a genuine force of nature. Meanwhile, The David Sinclair Four return to the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond tonight, scene of legendary gigs in the 1960's by the Stones, the Yardbirds and many others, with a show which The Morning Star described as “a Bluesy Rock masterclass.” Their new album 'Sweet Georgina' marks the latest chapter in David's stellar career as a bandleader, songwriter and music journalist, alongside lead guitarist and backing vocalist, Geoff Peel, together with the hand-in-glove rhythm section of the Mendoza brothers Jos (bass/BVs) and Rory (drums). Also joining the band as a special guest for the show will be master Blues-harmonica man Laurie Garman.
Blues Club Open Today 26/10/18
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 Billy F Gibbons, Brother Strut, RHR Redfern, Hutchinson & Ross, Giles Robson, Jools Holland, Sandy Carroll, David Lumsden, Jim Allchin, Dean Newton Trio, Dennis Herrera Blues, Khalif Wailin Walter, Keb' Mo', Kirk Fletcher, Eric Clapton, Tape Five, Stevie Van Zandt, Dave Keller, Paul Rodgers, Diane Durrett, Peter V Blues Train, PJ Morton, JP Williams Blues Band, Frankie Miller's Fullhouse, Lawrence Lebo, Connor Selby (pictured), Erja Lyytinen, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Jo Harman To Open BluesFest Tonight 25/10/18
Jo Harman will open BluesFest 2018 tonight with an acoustic set at London's O2 Arena supporting John Fogerty (Creedence Clear Water Revival) with special guest Steve Miller Band. Noted journalist, author and BBC London's presenter Robert Elms, will be introducing Jo the stage at 6.30pm prompt. It looks like being an exciting few months for Jo. She'll be releasing a special limited edition 'acoustic' version of her noted 'People We Become' album (with additional bonus tracks) in the New Year. Moreover, apart from her own headline shows throughout 2019, Jo will also be special guest support for noted US artist Lamont Dozier in February, appearing at a number of prestigious venues including the Union Chapel in London. Also tonight at London's The Troubadour, The Second Sons continue their residency supported by Eat This.
None For One 25/10/18
Flat Earth evolved after Niclas Etelavuori (bass) fell out with the manager of Amorphis and left the band. Consequently, Niclas and ex-HIM guitarist Mikko Lindstrom, started working on ideas for new songs. Getting vocalist Anttoni "Anthony" Pikkarainen on board provided additional inspiration and when their old band mate Mika Karppinen (aka Gas Lipstick, ex-HIM) finally joined on drums, the band's line-up was complete. All songs on their debut album 'None For One' due to be released on Friday 9th November (see today's Track Of the Day) point to the heydays of Alternative Rock, take a nonchalant bow to the forefathers of all things heavy with a pinch of wistful Psychedelia. Gas and Niclas robust, yet subtle rhythmic dynamic work, pave the perfect runway for Linde's guitar solos to freewheel and Anthony's maudlin yet contemplative singing, that gives the band's sound a tint of mawkish desperation that sets them apart from any other band you've heard. Magnetically melodic, playful, exhilaratingly unconstrained and thoroughly permeated by vocalist Anthony's passionately melancholic overtones, Flat Earth delivers in the same parcel both – the beauty and the beast!
Soapgirls Fest Camden Tonight 25/10/18
Fancy a night of total Rock ’n’ Roll abandon? Sassy Road warriors The SoapGirls are on tour with seven more UK shows, including their last two Camden, London, gigs of the year at Fest tonight (on stage at 9.15pm with The Fascinators, Scarlet and Mongrel Dogs) and on Tuesday 13th November at The Monarch (on stage 9.30pm). The SoapGirls latest album 'Society's Rejects' features the singles 'Johnny Rotten' (today's Video Of The Day), 'Bad Bitch' and 'Rather Be Dead', with thirteen more songs of Revolt Rock. The perfect balance of attitude, swagger and raw rasping vocals, 'Society's Rejects', is full of straight up Rock ’n' Roll songs - tons of energy, flashes of anger and serrated guitar-driven angst. Nothing can stop The SoapGirls inevitable rise to the top!
Virgin Territory 24/10/18
American New Wave Of Heavy Metal legends Virgin Steele have confirmed the release of a very special 5CD box set, ‘Seven Devils Moonshine’, containing two ‘Best Of’ CD’s and three CD’s crammed with new music alongside a 24 page booklet, plus sticker (of the album cover), on Steamhammer/SPV on Friday 23rd November. Vocalist David DeFeis, who founded Virgin Steele in 1981, elucidates: "I wish to stress the fact that what we have done here with our Box Set is include 3 brand new albums, not bundle in merely a collection of old bonus tracks we had hanging around for ages and ages… These 3 new discs contain either brand new original songs written and recorded within just these past few months, or brand new re-written covers of songs that we enjoy and felt could be re-cast in the VS style, or…new recordings of classic VS material done either in a special orchestral type setting or stripped way down and re-imagined in vastly different form. I don’t know if anyone has ever done this kind of thing before, but we felt that for us it was absolutely necessary to do this, and it makes perfect sense for where we are…at this moment."
Soak It Up 24/10/18
Up-and-coming, five-piece London Rockers At The Sun will release their rip-roaring debut album ‘Leave Before the Light’ on Friday 8th March next year. To herald this, the band have just released ‘Soak It Up’ as a single along with a video which is today's Video Of The Day. The band are five, talented, music-loving London guys, committed to mixing up heavy dirty guitars, pounding rhythms, soaring vocals and ripping solos. At The Sun was formed by rhythm guitarist Kieron Heavens and bass player Alex Matthews, who set out to bring together the finest musicians they could find to make music with lasting substance. After a long (and often frustrating!) search for the right line-up, Harry Dale (vocals), Chet Jogia (lead guitar) and Craig Steen (drums) joined Kieron and Alex, releasing their debut 4-track EP ‘Breathe’ in 2017, gaining radio play on the likes of Ridge Radio, Planet Rock, Hard Rock Hell and Total Rock. The release of ‘Leave Before the Light’ will be followed by a headline tour, which will be the band’s biggest tour yet, although you can catch them before then, headlining London's Fiddler's Elbow in Chalk Farm on Sunday 2nd December.
Just another polite reminder that Wrinklystock heroes The Replicants will once again be doing their song setlist charity auction at Wrinklystock VII at The Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, on Friday 7th December! 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. So be quick and contact us using the contacts box below as all bids must be in by Sunday 25th November. With very few tickets left to see headliner's The Kast Off Kinks, don't leave it too late, so purchase your tickets here for a bargain £23 or from the MJC Box Office on 01322 291100.
Wille & The Bands UK Tour 23/10/18
Wille & The Bandits will release their new album 'Paths' on Friday 1st February next year, encapsulating the excitement and gusto of Rock ’n’ Roll. The album is a breath of fresh air challenging the listener while embracing technology and instrumental possibilities that are afforded to musicians in current times. To support its release, the band will also tour the UK in March 2019. Wille & The Bandits adopts the musical essence, nostalgia and discovery of the late 60's and 70's and mix Rock and Roll with a more modern approach, combining elements of world music, dance music and Hip-Hop creating something truly unique.
RHR Sold Out At TNMC Tonite 23/10/18
Today's Blues On The Radio Podcast Track Of The Day features music from Sam Kelly's Station House, Kyla Brox (pictured), Maria Muldaur, Chris Youlden & The Slammers, Wille & The Bandits, Dave Ferra, Peter V Blues Train, Travelling' Blue Kings, The Riotous Brothers, Erja Lyytinen, ElectroBluesSociety and RC & The Moonpie Band plus tracks from RHR - Redfern, Hutchinson & Ross ahead of their sold out show at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF tonight.
Carpenter Brut Forum Tonight 22/10/18
French synthwave icon Carpenter Brut is playing London's Forum in Kentish Town tonight, hot on the heels of the release of his critically acclaimed new album 'Leather Teeth' - the soundtrack of a dark coming-of-age film, pulling together dirty synthesizers, stomping rave beats and big Rock riffs. The album follows the story of Bret Halford, an introverted science student. Support is from US electronic Metallers GosT plus Carpenter Brut also play Bristol (tomorrow) and Manchester (Wednesday).
Introducing ..... 3Sixty 22/10/18
Today's Video Of The Day is 3Sixty, a new, Classic-Rock style band, who released their debut album '#truestories' earlier this year, based on the songwriting partnership of vocalist Mark Grimmett and lead guitarist Nick Singleton. The band, also featuring Russell Simon (guitar), Mat Gill (bass) and Mark Simon (drums), spent most of last year recording the album in-between live shows. It was recorded not only by Dave Draper in Tower Studios, but also by Grimmett in his own studio, and was mixed by Simon Jewel. Following a performance at the Wychwood Festival on the BBC Introducing stage they were offered a live recording and broadcasting BBC session. Presenter, Andrew Marston, described 3Sixty as “Memorable cutting edge Rock, delivered with real soul and passion.”
The Global Blues 22/10/18
Today's Black On Blues Podcast Track Of The Day features some of the finest international Blues women talent out there including Erja Lyytinen (pictured), Zoe Schwarz & Blue Commotion, Vanja Sky, Pam Taylor, Lindsay Beaver, Heidi Blasmo and Guliande.
Hello Goodbye June 21/10/18
Not only have Goodbye June announced that their EP 'Secrets In The Sunset' comes out this Friday 26th October, but they have also revealed that they’ll playing Camden's Black Heart on Tuesday 13th November following their three nights just up the road at London's The Forum supporting longterm friends Greta Van Fleet throughout their forthcoming UK tour. The Nashville trio of cousins Landon Milbourn (vocals), Brandon Qualkenbush (rhythm guitar, backing vocals) and Tyler Baker (lead guitar), have quietly emerged at the forefront of the 21st century Rock vanguard. In the wake of their 2017 full-length debut 'Magic Valley', the boys earned the endorsement of Rolling Stone, contributed 'Liberty Mother' to a high-profile Budweiser campaign, packed shows across the US and racked up 30 million-plus cumulative Spotify streams. An avalanche of rip-roaring Rock ‘n’ Roll, Southern-fried Blues, and Gospel Soul, the group traverse their own lane at full speed, etching out a place ahead of the pack.
Victim Of Illusion Interview 21/10/18
Martin of MLivePro - Music caught up with Italian Prog Rockers Victim Of Illusion ahead of their recent headline appearance at Bridgehouse 2 in London's Canning Town. You can read the whole of his interview with Michele on drums, Luca on bass, Peter on guitar and Paolo on vocals here, but in the meantime you can also check out live footage of the gig which is today's Video Of The Day.
How Long Ariel 21/10/18
Ariel Posen of Bros. Landreth fame will be releasing his much anticipated debut album, 'How Long', early next year, and he will also be undertaking his first major headline tour of the UK in February. Canadian Posen's long-awaited solo debut, showcases not only his chops as an instrumentalist, but his talents as a diverse songwriter, too. The record casts a wide net, moving from rootsy Blues to R&B to Melodic Rock & Roll. A co-writer and producer for artists of all genres, Posen shows the full range of his talents on these 10 tracks including today's Track Of The Day 'Fade', nodding to his influences - including The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Mayer and more - along the way. 'How Long' is not a guitar record, although there's certainly plenty of guitar to be heard here. Instead, it's a song record, filled with hooks, autobiographical lyrics and Posen's compelling voice.
Procol Harum London Palladium Review 20/10/18
"The first set concluded with the monumental Psychedelic Prog Rock masterpiece that is ‘In Held 'Twas in I’, their magnum opus from the 1968 album ’Shine On Brightly’, also featured on the Edmonton album. This piece is constructed of five separate parts, ‘Glimpses of Nirvana’, ‘'Twas Teatime at the Circus’, ‘In the Autumn of My Madness’, ‘Look to Your Soul’ and ‘Grand Finale’. In a nutshell the nineteen minute piece is basically about the meaning of life and the journey through it. “And the Dalai Lama smiled and said, Well my son, life is like a beanstalk, isn't it?” So there you are! Well it was written in 1968! The atmosphere in the Palladium was electric and there was much love in the room. The standing ovation was much deserved."
Today we have the whole of Steven C. Gilbert's review of Procol Harum's recent London Palladium gig here plus check out today's Video Of The Day.
Frontiers Rockingham This Weekend 20/10/18
Creye, who released their eponymous debut album last Friday, was put together by Grand Design guitarist Andreas Gullstrand in 2015. His vision was to start a new Swedish Pop/Rock sensation that would take listeners on a journey back to the glory days of the 80's, settling on what can be described as a slick Melodic Rock sound with a retro touch. Having debuted in 2016 with the well received single ‘Never Too Late’, a three song EP ‘Straight To The Top’ was released the following Spring that showcased a mature and evolved sound that serves as the blueprint for their self-titled first album. While Creye’s music is clearly influenced by the sound of the 80’s, Andreas is no stranger to more modern production techniques. Anyone into bands such as Work of Art, Art Nation, One Desire and early H.E.A.T will appreciate Creye and they are more than ready to live up to the hype generated by their initial single releases. Creye (today's Track Of The Day) play Nottingham's Rockingham Festival this Sunday alongside Frontiers stablemates Find Me, Pretty Maids and Warrant, with Bigfoot, Ammunition, Tokyo Motor Fist and Nelson also appearing today.
My Merry Machine Ignite 20/10/18
My Merry Machine are Rock 'n' Roll riffs and melodies between modern and alternative Metal – honest - emotional - straight in your face! The eleven songs on their new album 'Ignition', released at the beginning of this month, turn out to be varied and surprisingly mature compositions, full of power, soul and atmosphere, all the way to melancholic, covering all facets of a modern Metal band. Drummer Tim, guitarist Markus and singer Kirsten (all founding members of the Bloodflowerz) have been creatively connected again for a good year, together with bass player Georg, creating My Merry Machine: a vision, a sound and just a new and extraordinary band. Shaped, matured and grown together, the four have extensive live experience at home and abroad with numerous well-known bands on tour and on festival stages such as Mera Luna, Summerbreeze, WGT, Taubertal and Rock am Ring.
Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Review 19/10/18
"Despite still feeling "damn hot" Hughes "Could still feel the love in the room" as Bo Hansen's awesome keyboard solo including a snippet of Mikis Theodorakis 'Zorba The Greek' plus inevitable shouts of "Oi" saw Glenn demand "Let's take this home" before the hand-clapping led us to the brilliant 'You Fool No One' which included a guitar solo, Blues outro, the first bars to 'High Ball Shooter' and a drum solo from Escobedo! Hughes's sermon from the heart that "Rock music is not dead' was well appreciated by his troops, particularly as he added that he intends in future to concentrate more on gigs than album work. Although just to ram the message well and truly home, Anderson's meandering intro eventually resulted in perhaps the most famous Rock riff of all time, that took us to that Lake Geneva shoreline and the classic 'Smoke On The Water'."
Today we have AJ's take on Monday's Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple gig here at Camden's Electric Ballroom in London plus our Photo Gallery here.
Take Your Pick Tonight 19/10/18
It's fair to say that there are a number of quality gigs taking place across England's capital city tonight and that the WRC will be out in force! Saxon, FM and Wayward Sons (pictured) are playing Chalk Farm's Roundhouse, whilst just around the corner Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts are playing The Camden Assembly and further up the road Doomsday Outlaw are playing at The Black Heart. Elsewhere, Glass Tiger are playing The Boston Music Rooms whilst JoanOvArc (Video Of The Day) are playing at The Big Red. Wherever you end up - enjoy!
New Releases, Classic Tracks & Much More 19/10/18
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 RHR Redfern, Hutchinson & Ross, Ana Popovic, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Buddy Guy, Anthony Geraci, Stevie Van Zandt, Maria Muldaur, Sean Chambers, Roxy Roca, Graham Parker, Seager & Carter, Niall Kelly, Fiona Boyes, Beaux Gris Gris, Sari Schorr, Joe Bonamassa (pictured), O.W. Houlston & The Red 8, Mike Farris, Delta Moon, Big Apple Blues, Nick Steed Five, Reloaded Norway, Jawbone, Detonics, Pulsator, The Magpie Salute, Colin James, Kirk Fletcher, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Livin' Thing 18/10/18
Jeff Lynne's ELO triumphantly returned to London's O2 Arena last night after a two and half year absence. With a set containing most of the ELO classics including 'Livin' Thing', '10538 Overture', 'Roll Over Beethoven' and of course 'Mr. Blue Sky', Jeff also threw in for good measure 'Do Ya' (Video Of The Day) and 'Handle With Care' respectively from his time with The Move and The Travelling Wilburys. With excellent support also from Billy Lockett, Lynne plays two further dates at The O2 today and Saturday before completing his UK tour at Liverpool's Echo Arena next Tuesday. Do not miss him!
Wishbone/Rabin Academy Tonight 18/10/18
"Their trademark duelling guitar harmonies on 'Eyes Wide Open' belied the fact that this rocking instrumental featuring Powell on his V guitar was taken from an even later album - Clan Destiny in 2006 - real testament to Ash's historical musical influences on bands such as Thin Lizzy, as was the even more recent 'Way Down South' showcasing both Abrahams and Skeat solos on this tune with its Dire Straits feel from 2014's 'Blue Horizon'. Time now for the big hitters as Powell introduced the "A" word, namely the aforementioned 'Argus'. Spontaneous hand clapping complemented Powell's opening guitar on 'The King Will Come', with Abrahams wah guitar solo getting deserved applause before Skeats bass lead into its duelling guitar/vocals finale, before the smiling James Whale lookalike Powell and Abrahams both launched into guitar solos on another 'Argus' classic 'Warrior'." That was part of our take on Wishbone Ash last October at London's O2 Academy Islington, and almost exactly a year ago to the day they return to the same venue tonight supported by the superb Felix Rabin (pictured).
Glenn Hughes brought a bit of Californian Sun to Camden's Electric Ballroom on a miserable evening in good old London town on Monday night. With a review to come, the final gig of his nine date Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live UK tour, saw the former bassist and singer, known to millions as the Voice of Rock, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and the current front man for Rock super group Black Country Communion, polish off classics including 'Stormbringer', 'Smoke On The Water' (today's Video Of The Day) and 'Burn', as well as being joined on 'Mistreated' and 'Highway Star' by his BCC "brother" Joe Bonamassa. With excellent support from Laurence Jones (pictured), check out our Photo Gallery from the gig here.
Venues Day 2018 Today 17/10/18
The Music Venue Trust’s national networking event Venues Day 2018 returns today to explore the theme The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: Sharing Good Practice, Strategies for Overcoming Bad Practice and How to Deal with the Ugly Side of Operating a GMV. Over 500 delegates will gather at a sold out Islington Assembly Hall for the 5th edition of Venues Day, the only music industry event designed for the people who run the UK’s grassroots music venues. Previous attendees will be delighted to learn that MVT patron Steve Lamacq will return to Venues Day this year to host The Magnificent Seven: Anniversaries, Celebrations & Survival Stories. Steve will interview the managers of a selection of grassroots music venues who have survived to celebrate a notable birthday, including London’s 100 Club (75 years), Southampton Joiners (50 years) and Portsmouth’s Wedgewood Rooms (25 years). Suffice to say that we will also be attending a gig of course tonight - Jeff Lynne's ELO at London's O2 Arena.
Click Play And Turn It Up! 17/10/18
Today's latest Blues On The Radio Podcast Track Of The Day includes music from RHR Redfern, Hutchinson & Ross, Eric Bibb, Zoe Green Band, Ron Spencer Band, Lee Ainley's Blues Storm, Steve West Weston, DC Blues, The Marcus King Band (pictured), Sandy Carroll, Eliana Cargnelutti, Beki Brindle Band and (following last night's show at The Tuesday Night Music Club) Guy Tortora!