"Working with The Supersonic Blues Machine has definitely influenced Kris Barras’ writing style; his songs already contained strong hooks, particularly displayed on previous album ‘The Divine & The Dirty’, but this new set of exuberantly played numbers have a collective anthemic quality with big powerful choruses boosted on record by the presence of female backing vocalists. KB’s trademark riffing is still present but this time there are more rhythmic power chords propelling the numbers, topped off naturally by his increasingly fluid soloing, which flows throughout the 13 new numbers."
Today read the whole of Simon Green's review of Kris Barras Band's 'Light It Up' CD here, which was released last month, plus check out our Video Of The Day.
Yes To The Moment 31/10/19
Legendary Prog Rock band Yes, has returned to the recordings made in late 2010 to mix four completed tracks as new content for a miniature five piece box set of recordings from that era here, including 'To The Moment', today's Track Of The Day. The box features two booklets and three discs containing the four studio tracks and 'Live From Lyon 2009', all of which were recorded by the line-up of Chris Squire, Steve Howe, Alan White, Benoit David and Oliver Wakeman. Oliver has personally overseen the preparation of the previously unreleased recordings which were mixed by Karl Groom and mastered by Mike Pietrini. The box and one of the booklets features new artwork by Roger Dean, and the graphic design was undertaken by Wakeman, plus the set also includes his newly written liner notes about his time in the band.
Supernatural Eel Pie Tonight 31/10/19
Supernatural - Tribute to Peter Green is making its debut performance on Halloween at The Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ, tonight, not only featuring Tim Hain & his Band, but also Robin Bibi (pictured) and Alan Glen on guitars, plus rhythm section. Expect a selection of Peter Green classics, such as ‘Albatross’, ‘Need Your Love So Bad’, ‘Stop Messin’ Round’, ‘Looking for Somebody’, ‘Man of The World’ ‘Oh Well!’ ‘Black Magic Woman’, ‘Long Grey Mare’, ‘Love That Burns’, and, of course, the instrumental, ‘Supernatural’… and more…. together with songs that were directly inspired or influenced by him – plus a few stories. This will be an evocative night, capturing the mood of this incredible musician. Doors open at 8.15pm with music from 9-11pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted admission.
The Cult Subterania Gig Review 30/10/19
"The soon sweaty and 600 strong-crowd were jumping at the front on the Cult’s arrival to stage, taking us back in time. A few numbers outside the ‘Sonic Temple’ list were introduced as a break from their current routine, while the main songs such as ‘Fire Woman’, ’Edie’ and ‘New York City’ were included. A short speech by Ian Astbury at reaching his lowest ebb after being hospitalised in New York back in 2009, gave credit to his long-time music partner Billy Duffy as one of those who pulled him through and to the crowd he never expected to be playing to at this time, on a good as sold out UK tour."
Today read the whole of Geoff C's The Cult gig review here from London's Subterania W10 on Saturday night, plus check out today's Video Of The Day.
Monroe UK Tour Kicks Off Tonight 30/10/19
Following both his European mainland tour and the release of his new album, 'One Man Gang', which has been getting rave reviews, Michael Monroe kicks off his ten date UK tour tonight at London's O2 Islington Academy. A genuine Rock star since birth, the former Hanoi Rocks man innately knows exactly how to sing, swagger and walk the most glamorous and colourful of walks. With Monroe - vocals, sax and harmonica, Rich Jones - guitar and vocals, Steve Conte - guitar and vocals, Sami Yaffa - bass and Karl Rockfist - drums, the brand new offering on Silver Lining Music is all about the fun of Friday nights, seven days a week, letting your hair down (or up!) for a dirty, dangerous, damn good time, and embracing a total escape into the Rock ‘n’ Roll dream.
Mason Hill's Black Heart Fireworks 30/10/19
WRC 2017 Best Support Band award winners Mason Hill have announced plans for the release of their debut album, 'Against The Wall' (today's Track Of The Day) in 2020, plus the band are also playing four gigs in October/November across the UK, including Camden's The Black Heart in London on Fireworks Night, when they will showcase their new material alongside some old favourites. The album will be recorded next month at Riverside Studios near Glasgow, with much of 2019 spent writing, rehearsing and refining material. The plan is for the album to be self released, with the Glaswegian modern Rock band consisting of Scott Taylor - lead vocals, James Bird - guitar, Marc Montgomery - guitar, Matthew Ward - bass and Craig McFetridge - drums, keen to move forward and give the fans what they have been waiting for. In order to fund recording, mixing, promotion, merch and all the other costs of getting the album out, the band is also running a Kickstarter campaign here.
Hollis Brown London Review 29/10/19
"Song after song followed, none outstaying their welcome; each an exercise in concise, skilful song writing and arranging. Stand out songs for me were the Bo Diddley beat of ‘Rain Dance’, the swampy Blues of ‘Hey Baby’, the classic 70’s Rock swagger of aptly titled ‘Rock & Roll’ and the funky groove of ‘Go For It’ with its infectious chorus of “If you want it all, you’ve got to go for it”. I definitely wanted it all, and more. The last encore was another minor classic from this superb band’s back catalogue, ‘John Wayne’ which started slowly before going crazy on the huge middle section, and again to close the song. Great dynamics from a band that you should make sure you catch next time they come over, which hopefully will be very soon."
Today read the whole of Simon Green's Hollis Brown + Fukushima Dolphin gig review here from London's O2 Academy 2 Islington on Monday 30th September, plus check out our Photo Gallery here and today's Video Of The Day.
Goodbye John Tonight 29/10/19
Nashville trio, Goodbye June released their new album, 'Community Inn' via Earache Records last Friday, and the band are also playing London's Colours in Hoxton tonight. Consisting of cousins Landon Milbourn (vocals), Brandon Qualkenbush (rhythm guitar, backing vocals) and Tyler Baker (lead guitar), it's the bands second album, following on from their 2017 full-length debut 'Magic Valley'. 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. Meanwhile, also in London tonight, Tuesday Blues returns at the 100 Club in London's Oxford Street featuring headliners John Verity Band with special guests Felix Rabin (pictured) and the Lol Goodman Band.
Ross & Redfern At TNMC Tonight 29/10/19
With a slant towards artists that are on tour and/or playing at The TNMC, plus a couple of IBBA albums of the month and one or two new releases, today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day includes music from Connie Lush, Oli Brown, Black Market III, The Cinelli Brothers, Dom Martin, Katy Hurt, Sayer & Joyce, When Rivers Meet, Kevin Brown, Porch Swing Blues, 24Pesos, Giles Robson, Laura Holland and, of course, both Mike Ross and Troy Redfern (pictured), as they're both at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF tonight!
It's Only Rock And Roll ..... 28/10/19
We're indebted to our American correspondent Rick Menniti for this picture of The Revivalists, taken back stage in Jacksonville, Florida, when they recently supported The Rolling Stones, no less, on tour. Since they released their very first album 'Vital Signs' in 2010, we had been waiting for these guys to head on over the pond - and, as expected, it was worth the wait, at a sold out London 100 Club in February! After finally breaking through in 2017 with their platinum hit 'Wish I Knew You', the band kept the momentum going with another successful single 'All My Friends', taken from their last album 'Take Good Care', hence their 'Take Good Care' European tour earlier this year.
Joe & Sydney 28/10/19
Last Friday, Joe Bonamassa released 'Live At The Sydney Opera House', his brand new live album featuring recordings from his 2016 performance at one of the world’s most legendary venues, and 'The Valley Runs Low', taken from the album, is today's Track Of The Day. The album includes previously unreleased versions of tracks from his coveted No. 1 album 'Blues Of Desparation' and it' Joe's newest live album, following the 2018 release of 'British Blues Explosion Live', and preceded his latest studio album 'Redemption'. Next year, Joe’s April/May UK tour will feature him performing alongside a hand-picked group of world-class musicians taking in the Brighton Centre (25th April), Edinburgh Playhouse (27th), Liverpool M&S Bank Arena (28th), Gateshead Sage (30th), Leeds First Direct Arena (1st May) and Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (2nd May).
Exhibits Work Of Art 28/10/19
Due to be released on Friday 8th November, ‘Exhibits’ is the first album in five years from Melodic Rock masters Work Of Art, led by guitarist and producer Robert Säll, and their single 'Be The Believer' is today's Video Of The Day. The group debuted in 2008 with ‘Artwork’, a record that arrived out of the blue and immediately struck a chord with genre afficionados worldwide. With a sound inspired by greats such as Toto, Giant and Journey, WOA soon established themselves as one of the most promising newcomers in the genre. Expectations for the follow-up album, ‘In Progress’, were sky high, but WOA lived up to the hype and the record was a hit in their home territory of Sweden. Their third album, ‘Framework’, followed in 2014 and kept the momentum going. ‘Exhibits’ is the logical next step for WOA and encompasses all the qualities they have displayed to date. Their most uptempo and straight ahead album thus far, it nevertheless features softer moments, with notable highlights including legendary keyboard player Vince DiCola (writer of the ‘Training Montage’ piece on the Rocky IV soundtrack) as a special guest on ‘This Isn’t Love’. ‘Exhibits' is an album that no AOR fan can afford to miss.
Flight Brigade Photo Gallery 27/10/19
"Infectious . . . A Gem . . . Unique . . . Masterful Storytellers . . . Excellent Songwriting . . . Artists . . . Musically Brilliant . . . Emotionally Stirring . . . Lovely Harmonies . . ." just a few words we used to describe Indie Rock band Flight Brigade's new studio album 'Chased by Wolves' released last month on Rebel Cinema Records via Wixen Music Publishing. So check out our Photo Gallery here (courtesy of Bruce Biege) of the Hampshire based seven-piece band of family members who played London's O2 Academy Islington last Thursday night as part of their UK October tour. The new album follows their debut album 'Our Friends Our Enemies' (2016) and a number of singles.
Make The Kut Tonight 27/10/19
Infused with the fuzz of 90's Grunge and Alt Rock, The Kut (Track Of The Day) bring their ten date Rock Decadium UK tour to a close tonight at Camden's The Lounge 666 in London. Celebrating their top 10 Rock album and 10 years of independent music, The Kut is the alter-ego of multi-instrumentalist and PhD Graduate, Princess Maha, but live, they're a trio.
Top Hatz 27/10/19
Today's Video Of The Day of Geoff Carne & The Hatz was recorded live by Andy Banfield at the Superfly Studios, Nottinghamshire, as part of their Superfly Sessions. A live recording of the new song, 'Caught On The Outside', with it's Tom Petty vibe, will be released on Friday 8th November, with a studio production version due to be released in January 2020. On the road, Geoff is armed with vocals and guitar while Mick provides the beats with drums/percussion, giving a fresh direction to the Blues based British Rock genre, lying somewhere between the Classic Rock/Blues of Bad Company, the alternative Blues of The White Stripes plus the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - hence the Indie Rock/Blues tag they've acquired.
HRH Prog 8 Kicks Off Today 26/10/19
HRH Prog 8 kicks off today over this weekend from 1pm to 11pm at the iconic and sold out Shepherd's Bush Empire in London. In fact, demand has been so high, that HRH are also staging a second Prog 8 weekend simultaneously at its HRH base, the O2 Academy in Sheffield, with exactly the same line up on opposite days. Wherever you are, its going to be awesome, featuring The Pineapple Thief (Track Of The Day), Gong, Uriah Heep, Caravan, Soft Machine, Hawklords, Krankschaft and many many more.
Other Gigs Today 26/10/19
Today Camden Rocks presents another Rock-n-Roll bonanza featuring Torchbearer + The Broken Bones Gentleman’s Club + Maziac + Two Pound Tea - all live at The Monarch between 4pm and 9pm. Meanwhile, also today, The Milk Men (Video Of The Day) will be taking to the Blues At Barleylands stage at 2pm at Barleylands Social Club, Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UF. Finally, later tonight, 5-piece Berkshire and Hampshire based Classic Rock covers band Thickcut are live at The Lion Brewery Pub in Ash, Surrey, with a 9.30pm start and it's free!
JFK Tuesday Blues Bonus 26/10/19
Tuesday Blues returns this Tuesday 29th October at the 100 Club in London's Oxford Street featuring headliners John Verity Band with special guests Felix Rabin and the Lol Goodman Band. Further down the line, on 26th November, Pat McManus headlines, with support from JFK Blue and When Rivers Meet. The bad news is that if you want to buy, stream or download one of only 100 individually numbered new albums signed by JFK Blue - then you can't! However, the good news is that you can get one absolutely free by simply buying a ticket here to see them at the aforementioned 100 Club gig!
Focus On Under The Bridge Tonight 25/10/19
"By definition, a fifty minute set of Prog means five or six songs at most! So imagine my delight as we sat down in the afternoon sun towards the back of a packed Prog In The Park Stage as Menno Gootjes launched into, in my opinion, one of the great guitar solos of all time on 'Eruption' from 'Focus II/Moving Waves' - absolutely bliss. A bit like Trigger's broom, the part's have changed over the year's but the original heartbeat of Thijs van Leer on organ/flute and Pierre van der Linden on drums is still alive and kicking as evidenced on their classics 'Sylvia' and 'Hocus Pocus' but now with Udo Pannekeet on bass guitar replacing Van Leer's stepson Bobby Jacobs." That was our take on Focus when we last saw them at Maidstone's Ramblin' Man in July 2017, however, the last time we saw them in London was Camden's Underworld in March 2016 (pictured), and tonight the Dutch Proggers return to our capital city at Chelsea's Under The Bridge with special guest Chantel McGregor.
Marillion With Friends From Estonia 25/10/19
Marillion have released an album entitled 'With Friends from the Orchestra' to accompany their forthcoming thirteen-date UK tour, that begins at Liverpool Philharmonic on Friday 1st November, and concludes at London's Royal Albert Hall on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th, and a track from the new album, 'Estonia', is today's Video Of The Day. With an extended line up of musicians joining Steve Rothery – electric/acoustic guitars, Pete Trewavas – bass guitar, backing vocals, Mark Kelly – keyboards, samples and effects, backing vocals, programming and Ian Mosley – drums, percussion, they will be playing songs spanning their 14 album-career with Steve Hogarth, lead vocals, lyrics, keyboards, guitars, percussion - who we recently had the pleasure of interviewing here - this year celebrating 30 years since joining Marillion. The shows will also feature the In Praise of Folly String Quartet plus Sam Morris on French horn and Emma Halnan on flute, featured on select numbers.
Blues Club Jazz 25/10/19
The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The returns today with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK IBBA Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week comes from Mike Zito, Coco Montoya, Beth Hart, The Reverend Shawn Amos, Dawn Tyler Watson, Reese Wynans, Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps, Delbert McClinton, Wille and the Bandits, Connie Lush, Arthur Adams, Miss Bix & The Blues Fix, Luther Keith, Blind Lemon Jazz, Laura Holland (pictured), Martin Harley, Ghost Town Blues Band, Dr. John, Doug Duffey, Grace Potter, Junior Watson, Larry McCray, Shaun Murphy, Jon Cleary, Charlie Wood & His Smokin' Section Band, Ronnie Earl, Dom Martin, Robert Cray, 24Pesos and more.
JD Simo Underworld Review 24/10/19
"Simo then changed his guitar, exclaiming "we love it, yeah, baby Blues" - cue more grimacing from JD and more boots jumpin' from Andraleia on 'Temptation', another from 'Off At 11', before the brilliant, new, riff ridden fire of 'Higher Plane', with another great vocal from Simo, simultaneously putting his pedal to the metal and making his cry bay squeal on its manic outro. And talking of fire, proceedings were literally getting hotter, as the sweat from JD was dripping on to the stage, so why not turn up the heat with a brilliant take on Isaac Hayes' funky 'Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic', with the remarkable Simo managing to sweep the guitar spectrum with sounds ranging from Jan Akkerman to The Who. Amazing."
Today read the whole of AJ's JD Simo gig review here from London's The Underworld in Camden on Tuesday 15th October, plus check out our Photo Gallery here and our interview here.
Flight Brigade Academy Tonight 24/10/19
"The only problem I had reviewing this album, and it was a serious problem, is that I couldn't stop from repeating each song multiple, multiple times. It took a long time to get through the album, but thankfully to the excellent narratives (read the narrative for the song 'Sirens') of each song on this album(www.flightbrigade.com), and very late nights, I heard each song . . . multiple times! It really is my favourite album in years, it is excellent. I know we all have different perspectives; we hear differently but I would encourage you to listen to this album; you won't be disappointed." That was part of our take on Flight Brigade's 'Chased By Wolves' album released last month, and the Hampshire based seven-piece band of family members are playing London's O2 Academy Islington tonight as part of their current UK October tour.
Rock On The Ridge Blinders 24/10/19
Today's latest Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day features music from Goodbye June (pictured and Video Of The Day), Junkyard Drive, The Cold Stares, The Blue Stones, We Three Kings, Hollowstar, Palace Of The King, The Fallen State, Sons Of Apollo, Take The Day, Alter Bridge, Hammer Down Hard, Soundgarden, Thin Lizzy, Jack J Hutchinson, Revival Black, The Wicked Jackals, The Nile Deltas, The Black Hands, Blacktop Mojo, Trident Waters, Black Coffee, and on their Introducing Stage, two in a row from The Blinders.
JD Simo Interview 23/10/19
With a review to come, Chicago's JD Simo stopped off at London's The Underworld in Camden last Tuesday night, the penultimate night of his current European tour, and we had the pleasure of interviewing JD before the gig, which is today's Track Of The Day. Anyway, listen to our interview here recorded before the gig, where amongst other things we discussed former band Simo, JD's knee, his European and forthcoming US tour, being away from home, recording 'Off At 11' and his next album, his band, pipe smoking, Duck Dunn, Tommy Emmanuel, The Royal Festival Hall, Cindy Walker, The Grateful Dead, Holiday's and Guitar Clinics.
K.Flay In Heaven Tonight 23/10/19
Following the release of her third full-length album 'Solutions', which dropped in July on Night Street/Interscope Records, GRAMMY Award-nominated artist K.Flay completes her UK leg of her The Solutions Tour tonight at London's Heaven before heading off to Europe, including Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, Berlin and more. 'Solutions' arrived as a breath of fresh air in this somewhat bleak climate, as K.Flay found catharsis in these arduous times, with the acclaimed album consequently being highly praised internationally.
The Jailbirds Black Madonna 23/10/19
Recently signed to a worldwide deal with Golden Robot Records, today's Video Of The Day of Canadian Rockers The Jailbirds is their huge, fuzzed up, classic rocker 'Black Madonna’, taken from their recently released 'The Black River' EP. Featuring Grunge and glamour and a Southern tinge collide with Classic Rock roots, the power trio – consisting of the intricate guitar work and powerful vocals from Myke Penney, the sludgy bass lines of Liam Hills, and the pounding drums of Eric Parent – have over the last three years performed extensively across Ontario demonstrating, both in the studio and on the stage; they’re a band you simply must hear! Through the course of only four songs, The Jailbirds have established themselves as one of the most promising up and coming independent bands Canada has to offer with a sound that is equally rooted in the Rock and Roll of today as it is in that of the 70's and 80's.
Big Boy Bloater Photo Gallery 22/10/19
Check out today our Photo Gallery here (courtesy of Bruce Biege) of Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs London Black Heart Camden gig from Saturday night, with great support from The Bitter Pills. The fourth of a seven show tour, they played songs from their latest album ‘Pills’, which not only was voted #2 Blues Album of 2018 by Classic Rock Magazine, but also received rave reviews upon its release, as well as foot-stomping live favourites. Don't forget that you can still catch Big Boy Bloater (vocals/guitar), Matt Cowley (drums) and Steven Oates (bass) on the remainder of their tour this Thursday 25th October at The Black Bull, Gateshead, the following night at The Ice Box, Glasgow, and then finally this Saturday 27th October at The Continental, Preston.