"'Love Me Like A Man' sees the stage reduced to four as Lethbridge Owen launch into a traditional Blues number with just bass and drums. It's a chance for Lethbridge to launch into her strong vocal range above a slow Blues groove whilst Jimmy noodles the Blues scale underneath. And closing track 'Axis Bold As Love' allows Owen to show off his full Hendrix, including behind head guitar playing, whilst the band builds to a final crescendo, topped by Kelly's immaculate vocals and crowd interaction. Finishing with a flourish I would say."
Read the whole of Mother's Lethbridge Owen + Katy Hurt + The Great Flud gig review from London's Under The Bridge last Friday here (pictures courtesy of John Bull).
Storm Warning At 100 Club Tonight 30/4/19
Storm Warning – lauded by the UK Blues press as a classy, contemporary Blues band, that play superbly crafted original Blues Rock songs and breathe new life into Blues standards, are headlining the latest Tuesday Blues gig at London's iconic 100 Club tonight. With support from Felix Rabin, who we first saw supporting Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado at the same venue in March last year, plus the Snake Oil Band, it's going to be another great night of Blues!
Giles Robson At TNMC Tonight 30/4/19
Today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day features three IBBA albums of the month from Broken Levee, Li'l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine and Kyla Brox (pictured), seven new releases from Cash Box Kings, Mike Ross, R.K.Turner, Catfish, John Primer, Railroad Band and Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, plus a couple of tracks from Giles Robson ahead of his show tonight at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF.
Joe Bonamassa RAH Review 29/4/19
"Celebrated Blues-Rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa returned to the legendary Royal Albert Hall in London for the first time since April 2017 for three concerts last week following his October 2018 UK Arena Tour. Once again, the mouthwatering prospect of Joe performing alongside a hand-picked group of world-class musicians playing material from his latest studio album 'Redemption', and his 2016 milestone album 'Blues of Desperation', plus, of course, classic Bonamassa fan favourites, was too good to miss. In fact we were there the first time Joe made his debut at the RAH in May 2009 and indeed some amongst us were there when Bonamassa first visited these shores in 2006, where JB memorably threw his guitar up in to the air at Sutton's Boom Boom which went straight through a polystyrene ceiling tile! No danger of that happening tonight, at the cavernous RAH, as the Bonamassa virgins and veterans assembled on the Thursday night to witness the recording and touring phenomenon's juggernaut rock and roll on."
Read the whole of AJ's Joe Bonamassa gig review from The Royal Albert Hall, London, from last Thursday here (pictures courtesy of John Hayhurst) plus check out our Video Of The Day.
Rockin' The Blues 2019 29/4/19
Following a hugely successful 2018 tour, the Mascot Label Group/Provogue Rockin’ The Blues tour returns in 2019 with an incredible line-up featuring Blues-Rock royalty Walter Trout, the platinum selling international star Jonny Lang and the fast-rising Blues-Rock hero Kris Barras. The tour will be calling through Germany, France, The Netherlands and finally in the UK at The O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, on Tuesday 4th June. Every gig will also see them all come together for a final jam at the end of each night.
Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys 29/4/19
Country music’s most amped and raucous trio bring their cheers, beers and hallelujah motto from the road to the airwaves with today’s Track Of The Day of ‘Crackin’ Cold Ones With The Boys’. The Cadillac Three are back on the top of playlists with their aptly-title new single and live music video, out now on Big Machine Records. The Music City natives – Jaren Johnston (guitar and lead vocals), Kelby Ray (lap steel guitar) and Neil Mason (drums, percussion and vocals) – enlisted their road crew Jefferson Brown, Benjamin Dunn, Chris Grainger and Brandon Wootten to complete the boozy party anthem while out on the road for their Country Fuzz Tour, one of many headline treks taking TC3’s tunes across the globe.
Finnish Leverage 28/4/19
Preceded by ’The Devil’s Turn’ EP in the Summer of 2018, Finnish Heavy Rockers Leverage (Track Of The Day) unleashed 'DeterminUs' on Friday, their first full length album in a decade. Defying easy categorisation, they are neither a Power Metal or AOR band, nor an 80’s throwback, and for them it is all about making and playing music with heart and soul while having a blast doing so. With a unique blend of Symphonic and Melodic Hard Rock and a twist of Progressive Metal, their 2006 debut album ‘Tides’ created a buzz and the band signed to Frontiers for the 2008 follow-up, ‘Blind Fire’. They were then picked up by Spinefarm/Universal for ‘Circus Colossus’ the following year, but became inactive shortly after. Now they are back, with new singer Kimmo Blom and guitarist Mikko Salovaara among their ranks. ‘DeterminUs’ promises to be a highlight of the Melodic Metal scene in 2019.
The Secret Is Out 28/4/19
Eleven-time Grammy winner Alan Parsons released his new studio album 'The Secret' on Friday through Frontiers Music and today's Video Of The Day 'As Lights Fall' is taken from the album. 'The Secret' sees Parsons return to Pop Rock with Symphonic and Progressive interludes which marks the definite return of the Alan Parsons Project sounds. The album features several guests including Steve Hackett, Lou Gramm and Vinnie Colaiuta. 'As Lights Fall' follows on from the first video of the album, 'Miracle', featuring Jason Mraz on vocals.
Kinder Surprise 28/4/19
German band Stahlmann, known for their spectacular stage presence and for their hard German-speaking Rock Music, are also famous for constantly developing their uncompromising sound. Thus their latest album 'Kinder Der Sehnsucht', released last month, breaks open some traditional genre borders. The band consisting of Martin ”Mart” Soer (vocals & programming), Mario Sobotka (guitars), Eugene "Gene“ Getman (bass) and Dimitrios “Tacki“ Gatsios (drums), sees stoic guitars, chilling electro-parts and brute lyrics mix perfectly with light Punk Rock and Deutsch Rock elements. Consequently 'Kinder Der Sehnsucht' is made of musical and textual depth and stands for a rousing atmosphere of departure. All that the hard German music scene is representing today - all of this is part of this record.
Borderline Photo Gallery 27/4/19
Critically acclaimed The King’s Parade had already played four countries in Europe on their current headline tour before coming to the UK to play three dates across the country in Leeds, Brighton and London's The Borderline last Thursday night. The band recently released both their new single, ‘Mistakes’, plus the EP it is taken from - 'Mad' - which weaves between touching, soulful moments and passionate outbursts of sonic energy amid graceful melodies, captivating harmonies and enthralling songwriting. The London four-piece have also built up a fervent live fanbase having already completed a number of sold out headline tours across the UK and Europe. Anyway, with a review still to come, check out today's initial Photo Gallery here including support band Imogen.
Wily Bo Walker & E D Brayshaw CD Review 27/4/19
"Wily’s vocal is the first thing that strikes out, the gravel tone voice that could be described as a cross between Chris Rea and Mark Knopfler gives the songs a British feel against an Americana sound that they’ve produced. E D Brayshaw's guitar work instantly reminded me of Thin Lizzy style guitar players’ a la Gary Moore and Brian Robertson and the classy female backing vocals from Karena K complements the material perfectly."
Read the whole of Geoff C's Wily Bo Walker & E D Bradshaw 'The Roads We Ride' CD review here plus check out our Video Of The Day.
Gigs Today 27/4/19
With doors opening at 12.45pm till 9pm today, Camden Rocks Festival presents another all-day Rock-n-Roll bonanza featuring Calico Jack + Laulia + The Dark Light + Plåstic + Glossii + Lara Smiles + David Stevens And The Beguiled + Liars Teeth + Miceberg + Khartoum - all live at The Monarch. Meanwhile, at 2pm today 2015 WRC One's To Watch Award winners Southbound take to the stage at Blues At Barleylands, Barleylands Social Club, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UF. And later tonight, 2016 WRC Best Support Award winners Monster Truck (pictured) are headlining at Camden's Electric Ballroom, whilst also in London, Jawbreaker (Track Of The Day) are playing Brixton's O2 Academy.
Blues Club Shuffle 26/4/19
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, including music from Catfish, Benny Turner, Jesse Davey, Jeff Beck, Shuffle Express, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Mighty Mike Schermer, Jumping Matt and his Combo, George Benson, New York Horns, Bonita & The Blues Shacks, Bob Corritore, Matt Pearce & The Mutiny, Wily Bo Walker (pictured), Big Wolf Band, Frankie Miller, Buddy Guy, Susan Santos, Stephen Dale Petit, Dove and Boweevil, Richard Townend & The Mighty Bosscats, Kelly's Lot, Beth Hart, Stef Paglia, Frim-Fram, Meg Williams, Marcus Lazarus Band, Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Imelda May, Steve Howell & Jason Weinheimer and more.
Lethbridge Owen Album Launch Tonight 26/4/19
Lethbridge Owen’s official album launch of 'Mind Over Matter' takes place at London's Under The Bridge tonight. Described as a 70’s Fleetwood Mac with Eric Johnson on guitar, the male/female fronted outfit offer an intoxicating mix of Rock, Roots, with acoustic flavours, all underpinned by excellent songwriting and some truly fine, understated but no less impressive, musicianship. Doors open at 6.30pm, with support from The Great Flud at 7pm, Katy Hurt at 8pm and headliner's Lethbridge Owen on at 9.15pm. Meanwhile, also tonight, down at Leo's Red Lion in Gravesend, Kent, there's an awesome line up of three young talented Rock bands for your delectation - namely Gorilla Riot, 2018 WRC One's To Watch Award winners Collateral and headliner's Bad Touch.
New Axenstar Album Out Today 26/4/19
Swedish Power Metal veterans Axenstar are an integral part of the European scene given that they have released six studio albums since their debut ‘Perpetual Twilight’ in 2002. plus their last album ‘Where Dreams Are Forgotten’ in 2014. Today's Video Of The Day is 'The Unholy', taken from their new album 'End Of All Hope', released digitally today. Following their two previous singles 'King Of Fools' and 'Honor And Victory', 'The Unholy' marks another hint of what to expect from the Swedes' great new album.
On To The Next 25/4/19
Today's Video Of The Day is Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown's brand new song 'On to the Next'. The riff-roaring track is the first taste of new music from the band's next album, tentatively due this Summer, both recorded with Joel Hamilton (Highly Suspect, Pretty Lights). Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown are also touring with Black Stone Cherry on a US co-headline run this Spring.
JB At RAH Tonight 25/4/19
"An initially shy young Blues guitarist, Kirk Fletcher, was invited onto stage and challenged in a guitar ‘gunfire stand-off’ with Bonamassa, which raged between the two of them in a display of matched musical fury and attack that built to a thunderous crescendo. “Too loud, too many notes!” joked Bonamassa. ‘Slow Train’ was an excellent follow-up to this with all instruments beating a tempo that conjured visions of the approaching freight train chugging along lonely dusty tracks with calming light play on the backdrop of the stage and rhythm leading into an incredible guitar finish." That was part of our take the last time we saw Joe Bonamassa at the Hampton Court Palace Festival in June last year (pictured) and JB returns to his more familiar stomping ground of London's Royal Albert Hall at 7.30pm tonight.
Look To The Skys 25/4/19
Lithuanian Prog legends The Skys have released their second single 'Singing Tree' taken from their sixth studio album 'Automatic Minds', due to be released this Spring which is today's Track Of The Day. The Skys are no strangers to the UK Prog scene, having visited these shores before including a performance at HRH Prog III back in 2015. The follow-up to first single 'Communication', 'Singing Tree' features exquisite sax work from renowned LA musician Justin Klunk and sees the band in fine form. The band, consisting of Jonas Čiurlionis– vocals and lead guitar, Božena Buinicka – keyboards and vocals, Justinas Tamaševičius – bass and Ilja Molodcov - drums, have shared the stage with Rick Wakeman, The Blues Brothers, The Exploited, Delirium, John Young Band and Arena among others, and have many international awards including “Best International Band“ at the New York International Music Festival 2004. The band have released five previous albums: 'Civilized' (1997), 'Dreams' (1999), 'Postmodern Game' (2004), 'Colours of the Desert' (2011) and 'Journey Through the Skies' (2015).
Erja Lyytinen CD Review 24/4/19
"Listening to the new album from the formidable Finn you probably won’t be mentally filing it under Blues Rock, if you indeed felt the need to categorise it, which is what you might be expecting from the exciting guitar player and singer. ‘Another World’ sticks out from the seeming plethora of albums by players grounded in the Blues by its wide sonic landscape, flowing out from the narrower confines of the Delta into an ocean of musical ideas, really well recorded, each track bursting out of the speakers electrically charged with engineering and production skills on display."
Read the whole of Simon Green's Erja Lyytinen 'Another World' CD review here which is due to be released this Friday 26th April plus check out our Video Of The Day.
Rock On The Ridge Vampires 24/4/19
On today's WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day there's music from GoldWater, The Hollywood Vampires, Beasto Blanco, Threering, Black Tree Vultures, Empyre, Locust Grove, Black Whiskey, UFO, Novatines, Electric Mary, their "Blast From The Past" Scorpions, Wolf Jaw, Slydigs, Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts, Tom Morello, Saving Abel, Federal Charm (pictured), Hollowstar, The Black Hands, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Old Glory & The Black Riviera and on their introducing stage, two in a row from Red Iron Crow.
Borderline King's Tonight 24/4/19
Critically acclaimed The King’s Parade have already played four countries in Europe on their current headline tour before coming to the UK to play three dates across the country in Leeds, Brighton and London's The Borderline tonight. The band recently released both their new single, ‘Mistakes’, plus the EP it is taken from - 'Mad' - which weaves between touching, soulful moments and passionate outbursts of sonic energy amid graceful melodies, captivating harmonies and enthralling songwriting. The London four-piece have also built up a fervent live fanbase having already completed a number of sold out headline tours across the UK and Europe.
Cinelli Brothers Play TNMC Tonight 23/4/19
Today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day is an hour filled with music from Mike Farris, Broken Levee, AG Weinberger, Bear & Robert, Kyla Brox, Li'l Chuck The One Man Skiffle Machine, Shuffle Express, Ben Hemming, Kelly's Lot, Steve Howell & Jason Weinheimer, The Reverend Shawn Amos, Meg Williams and, of course (ahead of their show tonight at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF) The Cinelli Brothers (pictured).
Disneyland After Dark 23/4/19
Disneyland After Dark (D-A-D) break a long eight year draught with the release of their fab new single 'Burning Star', out now on AFM Records. Denmark’s foremost Rockers are finally ready to reveal their new material and old fans are bound to rejoice when the gang strikes a chord on today's Video Of The Day. The studio might have been idle for a few years, but the tour schedule hasn’t and the demanding life on the road has likely helped lead the band back to the straightforward setup of guitar, bass, drums and vocals. This is a fast-paced bolt of raw energy – no detours. And when the four of them fill venues across Denmark this Spring, fans can expect both this and other samples from the upcoming and long-awaited album, pledging more of the quartet’s distinct brand of action Rock. While waiting for the album, let 'Burning Star' get the house rocking.
Magnum June Headline Tour 23/4/19
Magnificent Classic Hard Rockers Magnum have confirmed a handful of UK headline concerts in June, amidst prestigious appearances at The Sweden Rock Festival, The German Rock Hard Festival and Spain’s Rock The Coast Festival. The British icons released their brand new album, ‘Live At The Symphony Hall’, in January this year on Steamhammer/SPV. Recorded last year on 19th April at the exhilarating final concert of their two month long ‘Road To Eternity Tour’ in Birmingham, ‘Live At The Symphony Hall’ contains an impeccable mix of Magnum classics and cracking new songs from 2018’s studio album, ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’, which was universally acclaimed as one of, if not the best album of the group’s entire career to date when released at the end of January last year.
Enter The Darkness 22/4/19
Rock-stalwarts, The Darkness (Video Of The Day) were recently added as special guests to Toto's only UK show this year on Thursday 13th June at London's Live At Chelsea Concert Series. With their forthcoming album 'Easter Is Cancelled' also due to be released on Friday 4th October via Cooking Vinyl, The Darkness have announced they will also be spreading their message across the land on a full UK and Ireland 18 date headline tour this winter, starting in November and ending at London's Roundhouse on Friday 20th December. The joyous warriors, who are here to prick the pompous and kick the arses of those who seek to destroy us, also sandwich in a headline festival spot at Ramblin' Man Fair on Friday 19th July. 'Easter Is Cancelled' sees the four maestros embark upon their most ambitious quest to date with their musical opus soon to be thrust into the ear canals of Rock fans around the globe, and a tour that will quite literally resurrect the souls of all who attend.
Kinch London Express Gig 22/4/19
Jesse Kinch captured the Rock and Roll soul of America when he was voted the winner of ABC's Rising Star, and he's playing London's Pizza Express Live on Wednesday 22nd May. Today's Track Of The Day is his current single 'How Do I Reach You (The Last Veil)', taken from his debut album, 'I'm Not Like Everybody Else', released last year. The 23 year old singer, songwriter, guitarist and lyricist has been playing the N.Y.C./Long Island club scene since the age of 8 and is a part of a new generation of young talent who want to bring Rock 'n’ Roll back to its glory days! Influenced heavily by the great Rock bands and guitarists of the 60’s, 70’s and the Seattle scene of the 90’s, Jesse delivers high energy performances and writes songs that capture the times with his own unique original style.
Airrace Borderline Review 22/4/19
"Down below in the Borderline tonight the band is playing a well-crafted set from both the first and last albums. Kicking off with ‘I Don’t Care’ and ‘Eyes Like Ice’ setting the pace for the songs to come. The feel-good factor is in abundance here backed up by the continuous smile on keyboard player Linda Kelsey-Foster’s face. ’New Skin’ is track of the night for me excellently executed with vocalist Adam Payne in fine form."
Read the whole of Geoff C's Airrace gig review at The Borderline, London, from Good Friday here plus check out our Photo Gallery here.
Flight Brigade Half Moon Review 21/4/19
"Flight Brigade resemble not so much a Rock-group, but more of an ensemble: they have an electric-violin player as well a bass player, lead guitarist drummer and two keyboardists, but they manage not to over-egg the pudding. They certainly have pop sensibilities, and their brand of chart-friendly Blues/Heavy Rock backing, takes in all manner of influences from A-ha to Radiohead. The collective doesn't seem to have a dominant member which works to their credit as the emphasis is totally shifted to their tunes."
Read the whole of Ivan De Mello's Flight Brigade + Port Erin (Video Of The Day), The Half Moon, Putney, London, gig review from last Thursday night here plus check out our Photo Gallery here.
Borderline Photo Gallery 21/4/19
Airrace touched down at London's Borderline on Friday night, with great support from Tytan (pictured and today's Track Of The Day), and with a review to come, check out today's Photo Gallery here. Their latest album ‘Untold Stories’ was released in August last year and was praised for its songwriting and wide-ranging stylistic approach. Founded by Laurie Mansworth, Airrace is recognised as one of the UK’s pioneering AOR acts. Following the acclaimed 1984 release of their debut album, ’Shaft Of Light’, the band supported rock titans such as Queen, AC/DC and Meat Loaf, but they had crash-landed by the Summer of 1985. It took a 25th anniversary reissue of the record to reunite the group, and they eventually issued a second album, ‘Back To The Start’, via Frontiers in 2011.