Yes today we finally squeeze in and showcase two remaining categories in our 2016 WRC Awards before voting closes tonight at midnight! Best Acoustic nominees include Russ Ballard, Peter Hammerton and Amor & Fisk whilst in our in our Best Prog Performance the nominees are Steven Wilson, Focus and Procol Harum (pictured). Remember this is your last chance to cast your vote for all eleven categories by simply going here! The winners of our first category will be announced tomorrow!
Kaz Clinches IBBA Album Of 2016! 31/12/16
And on the subject of awards - we first introduced you to Kaz Hawkins in April 2015. Last month the Kaz Hawkins Band won the 3rd UK Blues Challenge and will represent the UK at the 7th European Blues Challenge which takes place in Housens, Denmark on 6th, 7th & 8th April 2017 and the 33rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, which runs from 31st January to 4th February 2017! Not only that but Kaz and the guys have now added 2016 IBBA Album Of The Year for 'Feelin Good' to their trophy cabinet - thus making it an unforgettable year! For the, ahem, record - in second place was Joe Bonamassa's 'Blues Of Desperation', joint third was Aynsley Lister's 'Eyes Wide Open' and eighth was Stevie Nimmo's 'Sky Won't Fall'.
No Rhyme No Reason 31/12/16
Founded in 2008, the Austrian rock trio Mother’s Cake (Yves Krismer - vocals and guitar, Benedikt Trenkwalder - bass and Jan Haussels - drums) are set to unleash their third studio album, ‘No Rhyme No Reason’, on Friday 27th January on the Membran label. Those new to the band will be blown away by its quality. Songs such as first single ‘The Killer’ (Vid Of The Day), ‘The Sun’ and album opener ‘No Rhyme Or Reason’ create an immediate impact via an explosive alliance of Indie, Psych and Blues Rock, while lengthier sonic excursions such as ‘Streetja Man’, ‘Enemy’ and ‘H8’ delve deeper with elements of Psychedelic, Progressive and Space Rock mixed into compelling sound palettes.
Two Days Left To Vote In Our 2016 WRC Awards 30/12/16
It's New Year's Eve Eve so time is running out to vote in our One's To Watch category in our 2016 WRC Awards! Nominees include Broken Witt Rebels who we first introduced you to last year and subsequently played Camden's Proud in October this year. The next two nominees are bands that we saw, appropriately, on the Rising Stage at Ramblin' Man Fair in July this year - namely Wicked Stone and Will Wilde! So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for any one of these 'One's To Watch' then simply go here!
The Bottom Line 30/12/16
If you like energy, fun and plenty of Punk riffs then you will enjoy new Pop-Punk band The Bottom Line. You can check out today's Vid Of The Day for ‘Pull Me Out’ a montage of footage from their 7-week UK & European tour with Simple Plan earlier this year. It has everything you need, crowd surfing on inflatables, naked wrestlers, stage invasions, backstage antics, and the Simple Plan guys also making an appearance! 'Pull Me Out' is taken from their upcoming EP 'I Still Hate You' which is due to be released on Thursday 12th January and follows the previously released ‘Insecure’. The guys have been touring relentlessly across the UK, Europe and beyond and have made quite a name for themselves on the live circuit, building a very loyal fanbase. They have supported the likes of Gerard Way, Don Broco, Bowling For Soup, Mallory Knox and Zebrahead to name a few and are back on a UK headline tour in January including their EP launch show at Camden Assembly on Thursday 12th January.
Blues Club Says Goodbye To 2016! 30/12/16
Today's Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day returns with another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week Includes tracks from King King, Altered Five Blues Band, Catfish, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Kelly's Lot, Shemekia Copeland, Keb' Mo', Cry Baby and The Hoochie Coochie Boys, Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats, The Smoke Wagon Blues Band, The BluesBones, Jack J Hutchinson (pictured), Isaiah B Brunt, Rag’n’Bone Man, Rhythm Zoo, Ana Popovic, Stevie Nimmo, JW Jones, Mississippi MacDonald, Beth Hart, Starlite Campbell Band, Tommy Castro, Sammy Eubanks, Jon Gindick, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Colin James, Albany Down, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Three Days Left To Vote In Our 2016 WRC Awards 29/12/16
With just 2% of votes separating the top two bands - today we focus on the Best Blues Rock Performance in our 2016 WRC Awards. In May we caught Big Boy Bloater & The Limits (pictured) awesome gig at London's iconic 100 Club. Fast forward four months later and we were at the Half Moon, Putney, to see Sari Schorr & The Engine Room lift its roof off! Finally, Born Healer had the honour of kicking off BluesRockFest at the end of September - their memorable set the perfect start on a brilliant day! So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these awesome bands then simply go here!
Introducing .... Nik Barrell 29/12/16
Nik Barrell (Vid Of The Day) grew up in West London with Blues, Rock ’n’ Roll and R&B, and is now a Blues artist based in Brighton working in the Blues/Country genre and although Nik does perform Classic Blues, he also writes original music. Indeed his education manifests itself in his latest album 'Growing Peaches In Oxfordshire' with clear strains of Buddy Holly, the Beach Boys, and the chirpy New Orleans Blues tradition. The band uses a simple, stripped-back instrument combination, without drums or amplification, along with smooth melodies and sprightly rhythms. Barrell’s sincere, troubadour-like crooning and guitar are accompanied by James Fiddes Smith’s chiming mandolin and backing vocals. Mark Strains provides the spine on double bass, Alan Grice plays wondrous piano and Tim Cotterell adds a touch of melancholy on violin. It’s all finished off with the beautiful tones of Sharon Lewis, Anjuli Hararah and Vanessa Thomas on backing vocals. Nik is also planning to play festivals over the Summer.
ROTR Christmas Special 29/12/16
Today's Track Of The Day is a very special Rock On The Ridge Christmas show with The Darkness, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, E.L.O., Queen, The Stone Roses, Wizzard, The Mentulls (pictured), Will Wilde, Deep Purple, Oasis, Status Quo, Paul McCartney, Greg Lake, The Who, Genesis, Black Label Society, Iron Maiden, Black Stone Cherry, Black Country Communion, Big Train, Micki Free and Sean Taylor.
Four Days Left To Vote In Our 2016 WRC Awards 28/12/16
With the two top bands currently in a percentage dead-heat - our Best Rock Performance category is still up for grabs in our 2016 WRC Awards. Nominees are Jeff Lynne's ELO who we caught over two night's at London's O2 Arena in April, plus Pottsville's very own Crobot who we saw headlining Islington's O2 Academy in June, with the final nominees being Inglorious (pictured) who we saw rock the Ramblin' Man Fair main stage in late July! So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these outstanding Rock bands then simply go here!
Re-Introducing ....... Swampgrass! 28/12/16
We first introduced you to Swampgrass (Vid Of The Day) in March 2015 - so we were delighted to get an update recently from guitarist Brad Lister. Reviews of their debut CD 'One Eye Open' released in March this year were very favourable and they have now slimmed down to a four piece, losing the harmonica to focus on a broader space and raw sound. The guys are also touring at least twice next year (late March/early April and late August/early September) as well as a few shorter long weekend style jaunts around the country!
Bob's Christmas Show 28/12/16
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day is their Christmas Special featuring tracks from Val Starr & The Blues Rocket, Katie Webster, Koko Taylor, Lil Ed & The Blues Imperials, Little Charlie & The Nightcats, Marcia Ball, A Roomful Of Blues, Shemekia Copeland, The Holmes Brothers, Tinsley Ellis, Sonny Boy Williamson, Clifton Chewier and Laura Beadle.
George Michael 27/12/16
Just when you thought that things could not got get any worse re: music icons we have loved and lost during 2016 - wrong! Firstly, we hold our hands up and admit that Wham! have not featured a lot on our WRC website over the years but there is no doubt that the duo's '80's success followed by George Michael's outstanding solo career - particularly his stand-out album 'Faith' - made George a musical legend - as testified by everyone's utter devastation to the news of his death aged just 53 on Christmas Day. Today's Vid Of The Day is therefore dedicated to George - concrete evidence of his versatility, star quality plus an amazing voice. RIP George Michael.
Five Days Left To Vote In Our 2016 WRC Awards 27/12/16
It was a new venue for the WRC - but what a great night we had at the beginning of December at The Dome in Tufnell Park - principally for Bad Touch's album launch of 'Truth Be Told'. Supporting headliners Whiskey Myers they completed a storming 45 minute set which included all but one track from the new album namely: 'Heartbreaker Soulshaker', 'My Mother Told Me', 'Waiting For This', 'Under My Skin', 'Wise Water' (from debut album 'Half Way Home'), '99%' and 'The Mountain'. Indeed Bad Touch are one of three bands nominated in our Best Support category in our 2016 WRC Awards. The others being Dirty Thrills who we saw supporting Crobot at Islington's O2 Academy in June and Monster Truck who we saw support Nickelback at London's O2 Arena in October. So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these awesome support bands then simply go here!
Erase You 27/12/16
Canadian Alt-Rock outfit Bleeker, have announced their brand new album, 'Erase You' (Track Of The Day), is due for UK release on Friday 10th February via Five Seven Music. 'Erase You' is Rock ‘n Roll to its core, highlighted by catchy lyrics and hip-quaking beats. The album captures the same fun-spirited attitude as Bleeker’s acclaimed self-titled EP, released earlier this year, which includes the tracks ‘Highway’, 'Free' and ‘Where’s Your Money’. Based just outside of Toronto, Bleeker – comprised of brothers Taylor Perkins (vocals) and Cole Perkins (guitars), with childhood friend Mike Van Dyk (bass) – have been captivating their native country with high-profile TV and radio appearances. The band are now planning to leave their imprint on the rest of the world with relentless touring and future singles to be released!
SIMO Interview 26/12/16
The last time we interviewed Nashville's SIMO was at Camden's Barfly eight month's ago - shortly after JD dislocated his knee at a gig in Paris! So we were delighted to catch up once again with JD, Adam and Elad recently before their Planet Rock Roadstars tour gig with Federal Charm and Aaron Keylock at Islington's O2 Academy. Rest assured there were no chairs in sight this time as SIMO grasped the venue by the throat and treated us to virtually a fresh set of new songs from their forthcoming album. Anyway check out our brand new Wrinklycast here which is also today's Track Of The Day!
Six Days Left To Vote In Our 2016 WRC Awards 26/12/16
Today in our 2016 WRC Awards, we turn our attention back to the nominees in our Best Tribute category. Firstly, we go back to late October and 'An Evening For Jack' at the newly reopened Shepherd's Bush Empire, which marked the two year anniversary of the late Cream bassist Jack Bruce's passing in 2014, aged 71. Created and produced by Queen’s Roger Taylor, we saw the Queen Extravaganza (pictured) at the Hammersmith Apollo towards the end of November, ending a special UK tour celebrating the 40th anniversary of Queen’s iconic album, ‘A Night At The Opera’. Six days later at Wrinklystock V at Dartford's Mick Jagger Centre we saw headliners Limehouse Lizzy well and truly keeping the spirit of Thin Lizzy alive. So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these outstanding Tribute's then simply go here!
Introducing .... Zoe Green Band 26/12/16
Today we introduce the Zoe Green Band (Vid Of The Day) who stormed the Blues Rock scene in 2014 and quickly became known for their explosive performances and creative covers. Since then, the band has grown and become an originals outfit, currently writing their first EP due to be launched in early January 2017 - just in time for their performance at The Great British Blues and Rock Festival. Zoe has a super tight band behind her punching out their Blues-Funk songs such as 'Rise Up', 'Going To The Grave', 'Catch A Fall' and 'Double Truth Woman'. The members are a formidable mix of musicians: Drums - Ian Haughton (Steel Pulse, Ruby Turner, Bitty McLean, B'spoke) Bass - Derek Lawrence (B'spoke) and Guitar - James Stanley (DC Fontana, Little Boy Blue, B'spoke). And with Zoe delivering her own unique blend of powerful yet sultry vocal, her energetic and expressive performance is guaranteed to leave you wanting more....
A Merry Christmas From The WRC! 25/12/16
Well the big day has finally arrived and all of us at the WRC would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas 2016. Today's Track Of The Day - although having the same sentiment as the much missed Greg Lake's 'I Believe In Father Christmas' - it's also about battling against adversity. Musician and new WRC member Paul Needs returned to making music in 2013 after months in hospital recovering from paralysis which led to him having to learn to walk again. Since then, he has been working from his home using a computer-based studio recording software and instruments to continue making music - hence today's TOTD 'It's Christmas?'
Rick Parfitt 25/12/16
At the junction of Westmount Road, Eltham, South East London - was the Welcome Inn, where, as I teenager in the '70's I attended the infamous Sunday night disco's doing that silly dance to Status Quo! The Inn burnt down in 2006 and is now a block of flats - but it was also the place where a certain Status Quo first performed with Rick Parfitt in 1967. Consequently a Music Heritage Plaque from the Performing Rights Society was unveiled at the former venue in 2010. Both Francis Rossi and Parfitt attended the ceremony (pictured) with Rossi revealing that at that gig they supported the band which eventually became Deep Purple! I suppose it goes with the territory being a Wrinkly Rocker - but 2016 has been a real shocker for those in music we have loved and lost - the latest addition yesterday being Rick. We therefore dedicate today's Vid Of The Day to Parfitt - the very last time we saw them five year's ago - strangely enough just up the road at London's North Greenwich O2 Arena. R.I.P. Rick.
Seven Days Left To Vote In Our 2016 WRC Awards 25/12/16
With just 7% currently separating the votes for the top band from the bottom band - today in our 2016 WRC Awards, we focus on our nominees in the Best International category. So we go back to one amazing Summer's weekend in early June where we not only saw the first gig ever at London's Olympic Park with AC/DC featuring Axl Rose on vocals, but also the next day where we took in the amazing Bruce Springsteen at Wembley Stadium. Throw in for good measure Black Stone Cherry's recent London Shepherd's Bush gig (pictured), and understandably the voting is very tight at the moment. So if you want to cast your vote for one of these awesome bands then simply go here!
Aaron Keylock Interview 24/12/16
Today's Track Of The Day is our recent interview with teenage guitar sensation Aaron Keylock who we caught at Islington's O2 Academy recently, as part of the Planet Rock Roadstars tour. Aaron's 'Cut Against The Grain' album is due to be released on 20th January next year and in a storming set sandwiched in between Federal Charm and SIMO - Keylock dipped in to old and new. For the record his setlist was: Falling Again, Sun's Gonna Shine, Medicine Man, Spin The Bottle, That's Not Me, All The Right Moves, Down and Against The Grain.
With a SIMO interview also waiting in the wings - as well as our latest Wrinklycast here, please also check out our photo gallery here with WRC thanks to Laurence Harvey!
Eight Days Left To Vote In Our 2016 WRC Awards 24/12/16
Bob & Jules are back on parade tonight on Rock On The Ridge here between 8pm and 10pm - but will they win again this year our WRC Award for Best Radio Show? So step forward their respected challengers: Kevin Beale's Blues On The Marsh, Rory Auskerry's Route 66 (pictured) and Jim McNeill's Blues Club Podcast! So if you want to vote for one of these excellent radio shows then simply go here!
Locket Picture 24/12/16
Today's Vid Of The Day is Blank Parody's latest single ‘Locket Picture’, which premiered over at Kerrang recently. The track was produced by Jim Pinder who has worked with the likes of Fightstar and Bullet For My Valentine and mastered by Geoff Pesche (Pulp) at Abbey Road. The West Midlands 4-piece consist of Joby Fitzgerald (vocals) previously from the band Cytota, Freddie Shaw (bass) and stepbrothers Liam Howard (guitars) and Connor Hodgkiss (drums). ‘Locket Picture’ showcases exactly what they’re all about: plenty of hard hitting riffs and really strong choruses. The track was written by Joby and Liam during a difficult time where both of them were dealing with various personal issues surrounding loss and suffering. Their debut single ‘Dark Pretenders’ came out earlier this year and reached #1 in the Unsigned Top Charts and was played by Kerrang! Radio’s Johnny Doom after they featured on his TV show Amp’d.
The Long Road Home 23/12/16
Danny Worsnop, has signed a worldwide record deal with U.K. based independent label Earache Records for his upcoming debut solo album ‘The Long Road Home’. It's Danny's first solo release and sees a musical departure from his previous work and is due to be released on 17th February 2017, with the album's first single, 'Mexico' (Vid Of The Day) already at number 10 on the iTunes Hot Songs list. The album forges a deeper and often darker path through the British-born, Nashville-based musician's mind. Longtime fans will see a much more personal and reflective side to Worsnop, with brutally honest lyrical themes ranging from loss and heartache to his (often public) struggles with drugs and alcohol. Worsnop has also just announced a one-off special album launch show on Tuesday 14th February 2017 at London’s Lexington.
Nine Days Left To Vote In 2016 WRC Awards 23/12/16
Next in our 2016 WRC Awards countdown, we again focus on our nominees in the Best Festival category. Firstly, we look back to a wonderful sunny weekend at the end of July when we took in Maidstone's Ramblin' Man Fair (pictured). The weather was also kind for our BluesRockFest at the end of September (later than usual) which was headlined this year by Stevie Nimmo. However, the weather had changed by the time Hard Rock Hell X came around at the beginning of November - but the music was still red hot! So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these awesome festival's then simply go here!
Blues Club Returns On A Friday 23/12/16
Today's Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day has another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat, featuring New Releases, Classic Tracks, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week Includes tracks from The Rolling Stones, Kat Kings, Wily Bo Walker, Buddy Guy, RootBone, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, John Doe Trio, Frankie Miller, Kathleen Pearson, Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats, Muddy Waters, Melissa Etheridge, The James Hunter Six, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, Fats Domino, Kaz Hawkins, Jon Gindick, William Bell, Little Steve & the Big Beat, The Joey Gilmore Band, Tom Walker, Sari Schorr (pictured), Haymarket Riot, Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro, R.D. Olson, Howlin' Wolf, Rebecca Downes, Mike Zito, Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
The Rebirth Of Eric Gales 22/12/16
Blues master and 'one of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world' (said Joe Bonamassa), the amazing Mr. Eric Gales (Vid Of The Day) returns to Provogue/Mascot Label Group with a new album! 'Middle of the Road' is set to be released on 24th February 2017 in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, and on 24th March 2017 in the USA and Canada. 'Middle of the Road' is Eric Gales' fourth album on Provogue/Mascot Label Group and his most expressive album yet. The deeply personal and reflective record echoes where Eric is in his life right now, allowing him to open himself up and to really flourish.
Ten Days Left To Vote In 2016 WRC Awards 22/12/16
With Tuesday's Special e-mail bulletin creating a surge in voting in our 2016 WRC Awards - today we turn our attention back to our nominees in the Best Guitar Solo category. We saw Robin Trower at Islington Assembly Halls in October whilst we caught Innes Sibun (pictured) at Sari Schorr & The Engine Room's album launch at The Half Moon in Putney in September. Finally, we caught JD Simo at Islington's O2 Academy recently - watch our for an audio interview with SIMO coming soon. In the meantime if you want to vote for one of these brilliant guitarists then simply go here!
Route 66 Is A Cracker 22/12/16
Today's Route 66 Track Of The Day was their last live show before Christmas so they've pulled a cracker out of the hat for you. Host Rory Auskerry has new tracks from Deep Purple, Scotty Bratcher and Robert Jon & The Wreck. Rory also takes a look at a busy week for music news and drop some classic rock hits from AC/DC (pictured), The Black Crowes, Queen, T. Rex and Jerry Lee Lewis plus a few classy Christmas tunes as well!
Bad Touch Interview 21/12/16
As promised - today we have a brand new Wrinklycast featuring an interview with 2016 WRC Award Best Support nominees Bad Touch. It was a new venue for the WRC - but what a great night we had at the beginning of December at The Dome in Tufnell Park - principally for Bad Touch's album launch of 'Truth Be Told'. Despite being a freezing cold evening - the guys kindly agreed to a last minute outside interview with the WRC before they went on stage for an explosive 45 minute set before headliners Whiskey Myers rounded off a brilliant gig. So check out our Track Of The Day here plus take a gander here at our photo gallery from the night plus our CD review here.
Get Well Soon Ginger! 21/12/16
Apparently Ginger wasn't at all well during his Wildheart's birthday bash at London's Forum last Saturday and in
Manchester the following night, Ginger played on most of Hey! Hello!'s very impressive set - but again finished unwell. Fifteen minutes later he came back on stage (pictured) to apologise for not being up to the Wildhearts set, which has now been re-arranged for Thursday 26th January 2017.
Camden Rocks - First Announcement! 21/12/16
Camden Rocks Festival have announced the first wave of bands for the 2017 lineup on Saturday 3rd June, including punk legends The Damned, Stoner Rock giants Orange Goblin, Ruts/Ruts DC and many more. The first 40 out of 250 bands are up, with the legendary Camden venue KOKO London on board this year, a total of a whopping 25 venues involved for 2017! The first announcement also features: Hey!Hello!., The Urban Voodoo Machine, Young Kato, Stone Broken, Moses, Big Boy Bloater And The Limits, Screaming Eagles, Imperial Leisure, Habitats, The Main Grains, Courage My Love, MassMatiks, Black Orchid Empire (Vid of The Day), Hands Off Gretel, Aaron Buchanan & The Cult Classics, Fizzy Blood, Broken Witt Rebels, Forte, Stereo Juggernaut, Black Sixteen, The Au Revoirs, The Franklys, Halflives, Weirds, Frauds, Oxygen Thief, HVMM, Cute Cute Death, Heel, The Kut, Secret Cameras and Alana Bondi with over 200 more acts to come!
2016 WRC Awards Bulletin Out Today! 20/12/16
With just under 1,000 votes already cast in our 2016 WRC Awards here - we are upping the ante today with a special Awards e-mail bulletin that is going out to all our WRC friends who are currently on our circulation list. And if you are not currently on our e-mail circulation list then please send us your details in the contact box below!
Homage To Scott Weiland 20/12/16
Aaron Buchanan And The Cult Classics recently toured with InMe and released their debut single 'All The Things You've Said And Done', taken from their forthcoming debut album 'The Man With Stars On His Knees'. After leaving Heaven’s Basement, Aaron formed The Cult Classics with his sister Laurie Buchanan on guitar, Tom McCarthy (guitar) Chris Guyatt (bass) and Kev Hickman (drums). With huge influences on the record coming from '90's Rock such as Alice In Chains, The Foo Fighters, Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins and Pearl Jam amongst others - they all played their part in influencing this record alongside another band that had killer grooves and some top-class songs; namely Stone Temple Pilots. Today's Vid Of The Day is a tip of the hat in their direction also remembering the legacy of Scott Weilland (1967 - 2015). Recorded at Plus 11 Recording Studio - it's 'Creep' from the 1992 'Core' album.
ROTR Review Of The Year 20/12/16
Today's Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day was originally broadcast on Saturday night and is a review of all the great music the 2015 WRC Award winning team have played this year. Music includes The Treatment, Monster Magnet, Birds of the Sun, Scorpion Child, The Black Jackals, The Broken Ravens, Desert Dragon, Zodiac, Monster Truck, I Kept The Wolves Away, The Temperance Movement, Order Of The Emperor, Valley of the Sun, Tax The Heat, Mason Hill, Palace Of The King, The Irontown Diehards, Mindriotmt, Mount Holly, Stone Broken, Ulysses, Whoopee Cat and one of Bob's fav's GT's Boos Band!
Rival Sons European Headline Tour 19/12/16
Long Beach, California's Rival Sons have announced dates for a European headline tour which is due to kick off in January 2017. After spending much of this year supporting the legendary Black Sabbath on "The End" tour, Rival Sons will once again be joining the retiring rockers across Europe and the UK as they play their final ever shows. The band will also be playing a few headlining gigs in between their shows with Black Sabbath, before kicking their headlining tour into full swing in February. The band will also be releasing the single ‘Thundering Voices’ (Vid Of The Day) to coincide with the tour.
Broken Teeth Announce January Tour 19/12/16
Manchester based hardcore youngbloods Broken Teeth have announced a European Tour, kicking off in Cologne on 5th January. The tour will also include two UK dates: Plymouth and Cheltenham. The band also have one last show scheduled for 2016 in Leeds, so for everyone seeking to see in the New Year in the pit, tickets to Leed's Snugglefest can still be purchased. Broken Teeth released their debut album 'At Peace Amongst Chaos' via Nuclear Blast earlier this year to great praise.
A Peach Of A Show 19/12/16
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day includes tracks from Kat and Co, Peach, Ally Venable Band, Rinel van Venrooij, Shaun Murphy, Liz Mandeville, Annee 2Cu Blues Band and Jo Harman.
British Lion Added To Ramblin' Man! 18/12/16
Ramblin' Man Fair have announced that the inestimable Steve Harris' British Lion will be playing the Main Stage next year. The official side project of the legendary Iron Maiden bassist, British Lion introduces much more of a melodic Hard Rock dynamism to this most enduring of the icon’s musical repertoire and showcases the sublime vocal talents of Richard Taylor to the rocking masses. Other new additions to the bill include Blues Pills and The Vintage Caravan who join 2016 WRC Award nominees Big Boy Bloater and Monster Truck plus Magnum (Vid Of The Day) who we last saw at London's O2 Academy, Islington, four years ago, as our picture with lead singer Bob Catley testifies!
Happy Birthday Ginger! 18/12/16
Tonight at The Manchester Ritz, The Wildhearts complete a run of shows which included Ginger’s Birthday Bash at London's O2 Forum last night. Ginger Wildheart has also released a single for Suicide Prevention at Christmas to promote Mental Health Awareness and the proceeds will go to The Samaritans. The Wildhearts, with the line up of Ginger and CJ on guitars and vocals, bassist Jon Poole and Ritch Battersby on drums, continuing to hold firm, are supported by Danny McCormack’s band The Main Grains and Hey! Hello!
Christmas On The Marsh 18/12/16
Today's Track Of The Day is Kevin Beale's Blues On The Marsh show originally broadcast on Friday night!
Vote Now - One's To Watch 17/12/16
The final category in our 2016 WRC Awards is One's To Watch. Nominees include Broken Witt Rebels (pictured) who we first introduced you to last year and subsequently played Camden's Proud in October this year. The next two nominees are bands that we saw, appropriately, on the Rising Stage at Ramblin' Man Fair in July this year - namely Wicked Stone and Will Wilde! So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for any one of these 'One's To Watch' then simply go here!
He's Behind You! 17/12/16
Following last Saturday's Celebration Theatrical Group ABBA Christmas party - funded by Wrinklystock V - our other nominated charity also benefiitted yesterday from our fundraising exploits! A large group from Carlton Road, Sidcup, Kent, went to see Jack & The Beanstalk at the Woodville Halls, Gravesend and we duly paid for all the ice creams! Don't forget next year's Wrinklystock VI featuring Magic and the music of Queen and ELO at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford on Saturday 18th November!
Saturday's Blues Club 17/12/16
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, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Presenters' Picks and much more. Music this week Includes tracks from The Rolling Stones, Frankie Miller, Doyle Bramhall II, The Jimmys, Kat & Co., Frank Bang and The Cook County Kings, Elles Bailey, Bonnie Raitt, Glenn Hughes (pictured), Steve Summers Band, Haymarket Riot, Deb Ryder, Martin Harley & Daniel Kimbro, Mississippi Heat, David Bromberg Quintet & Band, Tony Vega Band, Kenny Neal, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, Fiona Boyes, Colin James, Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats, James 'Buddy' Rogers, Rebecca Downes, Jon Gindick, Mike Zito, Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado, Billy T Band, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Crobot Interview In The Can! 16/12/16
Camden's Electric Ballroom crowd were well and truly warmed up for Airbourne recently, following an awesome set from Pottsville's very own Crobot - who we had the pleasure of interviewing before the gig - which is today's Track Of The Day! Our thanks to Brandon, Jake and Paul for our brand new Wrinklycast here which not only gives you insights into life on the road but also Yuengling beer, chilli sauce and the World Series!
Vote Now - Best Acoustic 16/12/16
The penultimate category in our 2016 WRC Awards is Best Acoustic. Nominees include Russ Ballard who we saw perform with Brian May, no less, at London's Leicester Square Theatre in January. Next nominee is Peter Hammerton (pictured) who we caught supporting former 2014 Acoustic winners Slim Chance at The Eel Pie Club in August. Amor & Fisk are our final nominees - following their gig at the Inamo in Covent Garden at the end of October. So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for any one of these three great acoustic performances then simply go here!
Avenged Sevenfold Surprise Album Release 16/12/16
Avenged Sevenfold are set to return to the UK for their biggest tour yet. Their previously announced 10 date UK tour in January 2017 includes 2 nights at London’s 02 Arena. The band’s last visit was in 2013 for a sold out arena tour plus an awe inspiring headline slot at Download Festival in June 2014 which cemented their unshakable reputation for breath-taking live performances. They recently played a groundbreaking live 360 Virtual Reality gig on the roof of Capitol Records in LA after which they surprised fans with the announcement that their new album ‘The Stage’ – their first for Capitol Records - would be available that night. Previously they had made headlines with the release of the title track, co-produced by the band and Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool) and a companion video directed by Chris Hopewell ( Radiohead, The Killers).
Vote Now - Best Prog Performance 15/12/16
Just three categories to go now as we turn our attention to the nominees in our Best Prog Performance in our 2016 WRC Awards. In January we saw Steven Wilson perform at the Hammersmith Apollo, closely followed byFocus (Vid Of The Day) towards the end of March at Camden's Underword. Finally, on a beautiful Summer's Sunday evening we watched Procol Harum (pictured) at the Ramblin' Man Fair at the end of July! So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these three superb Prog bands then simply go here!
I Believe In Father Christmas 15/12/16
Today's Route 66 Track Of The Day - originally broadcast on Sunday night - pays tribute to Greg Lake who died last week aged 69. Host Rory Auskerry also has new music from Thunder (pictured) and Status Quo. The show also features tracks from Motley Crue, Guitar Shorty, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and of course Emerson Lake And Palmer plus there are the birthdays in rock and other music news.
HRH NWOBHM II - Xmas Rocks! 15/12/16
HRH have announced further great acts added to the line-up of HRH NWOBHM II - The Xmas Rocka at the O2 Academy Sheffield over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd December 2017. HRH smash open The Vault to bring in another tranche of NWOBHM Legends including Satan, Rogue Male, White Lightning, Jameson Raid and more. Remember, 2017’s HRH NWOBHM's Xmas Rocka has almost sold out! Day passes have been released, but be warned: as this goes to press, they are down to the last 28 rooms. To reserve one of these precious few remaining tickets, either book online here or ring Harri on 0203 287 4994.
Vote Now - Best Blues Rock Performance 14/12/16
Today we focus on the Best Blues Rock Performance in our 2016 WRC Awards. In May we caught Big Boy Bloater & The Limits (vid Of The Day) awesome gig at London's iconic 100 Club. Fast forward four months later and we were at the Half Moon, Putney, to see Sari Schorr & The Engine Room lift its roof off! Finally, Born Healer (pictured) had the honour of kicking off BluesRockFest at the end of September - their memorable set the perfect start on a brilliant day! So there you have it - if you want to cast your vote for one of these awesome bands then simply go here!