Thanks to more great photos from Bruce Biege, we have updated our Photo Gallery here following last Friday night's awesome night of Blues at London's Under The Bridge featuring The Connor Selby Band (pictured), 2015 WRC 'One's To Watch' award winners Southbound and headliner Henrik Freischlader. What a great gig!
Today we play catch up again as we bring you the Captain's Video Rock Show which is today's Track Of The Day. His mission: to get Rock music back into mainstream music again with wall to wall Rock videos from new and established bands. Episode 3 includes CoreLeoni, Inglorious (pictured), Journey, Jake E Lee's Red Dragon Cartel, Doomsday Outlaw and Pefect Plan.
Islington Bandit Territory Tonight 30/3/19
"It's now 'Retribution' time - the final track on the album - the band signing off with the message of how governments have sold out our planet and it is now payback time. More like 'Retro-bution', given Edwards soaring Skynyrd like lap slide solo, once again consolidated by Brooks and Naumann's solid foundations plus some awesome keys. A real cracker to round off an album that has everything musically: attitude, experimentation, energy, diversity and thought provoking messages, whilst at the same time having the beauty of the manoeuvrability of another dimension in a raw, live, environment. This is real Rock 'n' Roll as we know it, personified. On this evidence, Wille & The Bandits are certainly heading down the right path." That was part of our take on Wille & The Bandits recently released CD 'Paths', and the guys complete their current UK tour at London's O2 Academy 2 Islington tonight supported by Rainbreakers.
100 Club Photo Gallery 30/3/19
European Blues Award winner Erja Lyytinen stopped off at London's iconic 100 Club last Tuesday as part of her 12-date UK tour in advance of the release of her brand-new studio album 'Another World' on Friday 26th April via Tuohi Records. Drawing on seventeen years of heart-and-guts songs that have shaken the Blues-Rock scene, the Finnish slide-guitarist finishes her tour in Bromsgrove tonight. Excellently supported by Cheri Lyn and Blues Engine (pictured), and with a review to come, check out today's Photo Gallery here courtesy of Bruce Biege.
Spoilt For Choice 30/3/19
The Chelsea Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival takes place at London's Under The Bridge today between 3pm and 11pm with headliner's Martin Barre's Jethro Tull, special guest Chantel McGregor, The Stevie Nimmo Trio, Bourbon Street Revival, Deep Blue Sea (Video Of The Day) and JFK Blue. Meanwhile at 2pm today the Chris Corcoran Band take to the stage at Blues At Barleylands, Barleylands Social Club, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UF, whilst staying in Essex, Geoff Carne & The Hatz (Track Of The Day) play The Bell in Walthamstow E17 between 9pm and 11pm tonight as part of their Big Town Tour.
Southbound Blues Club 29/3/19
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 Frankie Miller, Southbound (pictured), Blues Arcadia, Kenny Parker Band, Rosie Flores, Lefty Slim, Keith Howe, The Simon Kennedy Band, Nick Schnebelen Band, Reese Wynans (Video Of The Day), Rebecca Downes, John Primer, Slim Butler, Reloaded, Elles Bailey, Alexis Evans, Kyla Brox, Glen Clark, Kelly's Lot, Albert Collins, Cara Being Blue, Andy Knight & The Remedy, Lachy Doley, Donald Fagen, Larry Griffith, Black Cat Biscuit, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Zombies Boisdale Review/Photo Gallery 29/3/19
"Two of Colin’s solo hits from the 70’s kept the momentum going, the gorgeous ‘Say You Don’t Mind’ (a personal favourite) and ‘I Don’t Believe in Miracles’. There were cries of disappointment from the audience as they announced that the duo would only be playing four numbers from their classic (misspelt) album ‘Odessey and Oracle’ following a description of it being Paul Weller’s favourite album. ‘Care of Cell 44’, ‘A Rose for Emily’, ‘This Will Be Our Year’ and ‘Time of The Season’ were rattled off in quick succession, as some in the audience no doubt became misty eyed at hearing these ultra-melodic gems from the past. There were more good natured stories and other songs, including of course ‘She’s Not There’, all of which left the feeling that this was one of those special occasions when it was a real privilege as well as a total pleasure to share the experience of listening to two such talented and likeable musicians, displaying all the skills gained over a life-time of performing."
Read the whole of Simon Green's Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, Boisdale, London, gig review from last Thursday here plus check out Simon's Photo Gallery here.
Rock And Roll 29/3/19
Last night we were lucky enough to witness a unique musical meeting of three of the most inventive performers of our time – for perhaps the only time – all to benefit Resonance FM! As co-founder and legendary multi-instrumentalist with Led Zeppelin, John Paul Jones needed no introduction. A restless and radical musical innovator for over half a century - as composer, arranger and producer across genres ranging from Pop to Opera to Electronica – he was joined for this intimate performance at London's iconic 100 Club by like minds in the form of Thurston Moore and Steve Noble. Thurston’s ground-breaking use of extended techniques as guitarist in Sonic Youth, the most enduring of America’s experimental Rock bands, was matched by the extraordinary dexterity of improvising drummer Steve Noble, collaborator of choice of free Jazz iconoclasts including Derek Bailey, Joe McPhee and Matthew Shipp.
Raven Age Underworld Tonight 28/3/19
Following a very busy 2018 of touring, writing, recording and also a change in lineup, The Raven Age released their brand new album 'Conspiracy' (see today's Video Of The Day) earlier this month, and to support its release they are currently on their biggest UK/European headline tour to date throughout March and April, including London's The Underworld in Camden tonight, with support from Defences. Not only that, but they will then continue the year as support to Iron Maiden on their North and South American leg of the ‘Legacy Of The Beast’ tour from July to October!
Circu5 Comes To Fiddler's Elbow Tonight 28/3/19
Today's Track Of The Day is Circu5 – the project of multi-instrumentalist Steve Tilling (TC&I) – which is now a full band and hitting the road in a series of shows, including The Fiddler's Elbow in London tonight with IT and Tom Slatter. Joining Circu5 are Mark Kilminster (ex-Tin Spirits) on bass and vocals, drummer Greg Pringle (Roger Daltrey band) and Matt Backer (Julian Lennon) on guitar and vocals. Circu5 (pronounced 'circa five') also playThe Water Rats in London on Friday 14th June (with Mellotronanism) and The Cellar Bar in Devizes on Sunday 16th June. Their globally acclaimed debut Circu5 album was released in September 2017 with Steve performing almost all instrumental and vocal duties, with guest spots from musicians including Dave Gregory (Big Big Train, XTC) and Johnny Warman.
Hands Off Gretel Tonight 28/3/19
South Yorkshire Melodic Grunge/Punk band Hands Off Gretel release their new album ‘I Want The World’ this Friday 29th March on their own label Puke Pop Records and their London Album Launch is at the Nambucca tonight, with the band on stage at 9.30pm. Fronted by the whirlwind of style, creativity and attitude that is Lauren Tate on vocals/guitar, they are an explosion of colour and sound, much needed in 2019! Inspired by the volatile and liberating melody fueled noise of bands such as Hole, The Distillers, Nirvana and PJ Harvey, the album features twelve-tracks hugely addictive, and sometimes vindictive, Melodic Rock that is unafraid to blend the heavy screeching distortion of Grunge Rock with the catchy hooks of Bubblegum Pop, whilst keeping true to their original roots in Punk Rock. Also featuring Sean Bon on guitar, Sam Hobbins on drums and Becky Baldwin on bass, watch out for when they return to London at Camden Rocks on Sunday 2nd June.
Royal Festival Hall Review 27/3/19
"Well there's only so much you can do with an acoustic guitar right? Wrong! Tommy further demonstrated his versatility with a drum solo! No mass exodus to the washrooms here, as we looked on in disbelief given Tommy's snare drum percussion shenanigans using his mic'd guitar. Time for Emmanuel to take a deep breath as he finished with his poignant 'Rachel's Lullaby', written for his baby daughter - in Tommy's own words - his 'Blackbird'. "It was in tune when I bought it" Emmanuel joked as he tuned his guitar, whilst again saying how lucky he was to do what he does, as he invited JD back on to the stage for a jam and a joint vocal. Tommy and JD finished with '(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay', Otis Redding's classic that they both recorded on 'Accomplice One', leaving us with one last duelling guitar salvo. There was one more from Emmanuel, 'Sail On', movingly dedicated to his late brother Phil, albeit with his amusing heaven anecdote, before Tommy returned for a very short instrumental encore. Emmanuel proved that he's a breathtaking live artist as much as he is on record, and his performance was one of irresistible showmanship, exhilarating finger picking and outstanding musicianship. A performance not to have been missed."
Read the whole of AJ's Tommy Emmanuel and JD Simo Royal Festival Hall, London, gig review from last Wednesday here plus check out John Bull's Photo Gallery here.
European Blues Award winner Erja Lyytinen stopped off at London's iconic 100 Club last night as part of her 12-date UK tour in advance of the release of her brand-new studio album 'Another World' on Friday 26th April via Tuohi Records. Drawing on seventeen years of heart-and-guts songs that have shaken the Blues-Rock scene, the Finnish slide-guitarist finishes her tour in Bromsgrove this Saturday. Excellently supported by Cheri Lyn and Blues Engine, and with a review and Photo Gallery to come, check out today's Video Of The Day.
Erja 100 Up Tonight 26/3/19
European Blues Award winner Erja Lyytinen will release her brand-new studio album 'Another World' on Friday 26th April via Tuohi Records, and to coincide with this, the Finnish slide-guitarist is currently on a 12-date UK tour that stops off at London's iconic 100 Club tonight which finishes in Bromsgrove this Saturday. For seventeen years, we’ve known her as the award-winning slide goddess whose heart-and-guts songs have shaken the Blues-Rock scene. This is an artist capable of flowing from the primal Blues of international debut 'Pilgrimage' (2005), to the orchestration of 'Voracious Love' (2010) and the soulful Elmore James tributes of 'The Sky Is Crying' (2014). But following the shattering breakup that fuelled 'Stolen Hearts' (2017), Lyytinen found herself tearing out the page and writing a brand new chapter.
Elles Bailey CD Review 26/3/19
"Elles maturity as a songwriter is displayed on the final track ‘Light In the Distance’, a beautiful song, all her own, inspired by the final days of a friend: “these are weary bones I carry, all I once was, gone before, time to sleep in, endless dreaming, a light aboard from distant shores, but for now hold my hand as I leave for the promised land, because there’s a light in the distance, calling me home, I’m not afraid, this broken body is ready for its soul to roam.” Accompanied only by solo piano, played by Jimmy Nichols, this is a moving piece and shows that the singer is not afraid to move away from the Blues/Country territory she is associated with. There are no duff tracks on this collection, which bears repeated listening and is highly recommended. Is it too soon to ask when the next album is coming? I can’t wait."
Read the whole of Simon Green's Elles Bailey 'Road I Call Home' CD review here plus check out our Video Of The Day.
Storm Warning At TNMC Tonight 26/3/19
Today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day includes music from Sean Taylor, Blues Arcadia, John Primer, Larry Griffith, Jimmie Vaughan, Glen Wright, Wily Bo Walker & ED Brayshaw (pictured), Erja Lyytinen, Elles Bailey, The Jake Leg Jug Band and Ruth Wyand, plus of course a couple of tracks from Storm Warning, ahead of their showcase tonight at The Tuesday Night Music Club, The Comrades Club, Coulsdon CR5 2NF.
Flight Brigade Photo Gallery 25/3/19
Alternative Indie-Rock band Flight Brigade kicked off a four-week run of shows starting with Dingwalls, Camden, last Thursday and you can check out our Photo Gallery here from the gig courtesy of Bruce Biege. The band recently released their new single ‘Fury Road’, taken from the band’s new studio album ‘Chased By Wolves’ which is due to be released on Friday 6th September via Wixen Music Publishing. And if you missed them at Dingwalls, then the good news is that they finish off their tour back in London at The Half Moon, Putney, on Thursday 18th April.
Under The Bridge Update 25/3/19
Not only have we updated our Photo Gallery here courtesy of Bruce Biege following Friday night's awesome night of Blues at London's Under The Bridge featuring The Connor Selby Band, 2015 WRC 'One's To Watch' award winners Southbound and headliner Henrik Freischlader, but we also have a bonus Video Of The Day of Connor joining Henrik for an incredible jam. What a gig!
Hands On The Wheel 25/3/19
Armed with their expansive and mind-melting new debut album 'Moving Backwards', Progressive Metallers Wheel are currently accompanying Swedish Art-Rockers Soen (Track Of The Day) on their European tour throughout March and April, which includes London’s Islington Assembly Hall tonight. Following the release of two EP's, 'The Path' (2017) and 'The Divide' (2018), their new CD sees the band showcasing their distinctive and time-defying collage of Progressive Rock, Grunge and film score that twists and turns into Tool-esque masterpieces.
Vinnie Paul Abbott - Hellyeah 24/3/19
Hard Rock stalwarts Hellyeah have released the first track ‘333’ (today's Video Of The Day) from their eagerly anticipated new album which is due to be released this Summer featuring the late Vinnie Paul Abbott’s final recordings via Eleven Seven Music Group. Fittingly, the band will perform a one-night-only special concert celebrating the life and legacy of Vinnie Paul, at the House of Blues in Las Vegas on Saturday 11th May. The band and Live Nation will also donate a portion of each ticket to the American Heart Association, in honour of Vinnie Paul. Hellyeah was formed in 2006 by Pantera founder/drummer Vinnie Paul, singer Chad Gray (Mudvayne) and guitarist Tom Maxwell (Nothingface) with bassist Kyle Sanders (Bloodsimple) and guitarist Christian Brady who joined in 2014. The band has released five albums, culminating in the #2 Hard Rock album release 'Undeniable' in June 2016.
Under The Bridge Photo Gallery 24/3/19
As promised, today we have our Photo Gallery here from a wonderful night of Blues at London's Under The Bridge from Friday night. All three bands were awesome, with The Connor Selby Band opening, with the meat in the sandwich being 2015 WRC 'One's To Watch' award winners Southbound, followed by headliner Henrik Freischlader (pictured). What a gig!
Captain Catch Up 24/3/19
Today we play catch up as we bring you the Captain's Video Rock Show which is today's Track Of The Day. His mission: to get Rock music back into mainstream music again with wall to wall Rock videos from new and established bands. Episode 5 includes Trillium, Mr Big, Kee Of Hearts, Two Of A Kind, Toby Hitchcock (pictured) and Dream Child.
Connie At Barleylands Today 23/3/19
The last time we saw Connie Lush was at London's Under The Bridge in March last year at Ladies Of The Blues (pictured) alongside Kyla Brox and Erja Lyytinen. Well at 2pm today Connie and her band are taking to the stage at Blues At Barleylands, Barleylands Social Club Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UF. Meanwhile, following last night's London Soundscreen Festival screening of 'Something Quite Peculiar: The Life & Times Of Steve Kilbey', the frontman of Oz Rock pioneers The Church is also playing a show at London's The Islington tonight and at Brighton's The Brunswick tomorrow.
Bridge Of Sighs 23/3/19
Well it doesn't get much better than the Blues line-up we witnessed at London's Under The Bridge last night. First up was The Connor Selby Band (pictured) who we last saw on a beautiful Summer's Day at Ramblin Man in July last year, with the meat in the sandwich being 2015 WRC 'One's To Watch' award winners Southbound, who we last saw at The100 Club in May 2017. Both young bands were awesome, as was headliner Henrik Freischlader, who we last caught at London's Borderline in September 2017, before the release of his latest album 'Hands On The Puzzle' . With a Photo Gallery to come, in the meantime check out today's Video Of The Day.
Royal Festival Hall Photo Gallery 23/3/19
With a review in the pipeline, as promised please check out today's Photo Gallery here (courtesy of John Bull) plus our Track Of The Day, of esteemed Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer and guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel, who stopped off at London's Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday night as part of his March 2019 UK Tour, with special guest J.D. Simo (pictured) also performing a solo set. On the night, Emmanuel proved that he's a breathtaking live artist as much as he is on record and his performance was one of irresistible showmanship, exhilarating finger picking and outstanding musicianship – a performance not to have been missed.
Southbound Under The Bridge Tonight 22/3/19
"Tom Ford’s vocals on ‘First Time Love’ proved what a charismatic frontman he is – again ably backed up with solos from Carter plus what could only be described as an ‘All Along The Watchtower’ moment from Stout. Very cool. The guys rounded off their set – as they did at The Horn in December with 'Lonely Blues', 'Rock Bottom' and the rockin' 'The Desert' - with Tom kindly thanking the WRC for their deserved award. No ‘Lover Boy Blues', no 'Book On A Shelf' nor 'Georgia Peach' but just thankful that this was not their farewell gig!" That was our take the last time we reviewed 2015 WRC 'One's To Watch' award winners Southbound supporting Shooter at Putney's Half Moon in March 2016 and the guys are back in London tonight playing just down the road at Under The Bridge with Henrik Freischlader (pictured) and The Connor Selby Band (Video Of The Day).
Colt48 Hope & Anchor Review 22/3/19
"They smash straight into the single 'Disconnected' with high energy riffs coming from Adam's semi-hollow guitar and Matt’s powerful drum beat getting the crowd going. It's not long before the expense of energy gives Matt a rather 'wild' look behind the drums and Adam's racing between microphones at either end of the stage creates a similar look for him too!"
Read the whole of Chris Bourlet's Colt48, Black Orchid Empire and Stand Alone, London's Hope & Anchor, Islington, gig review from last Friday here.
New Releases, Classic Tracks Plus More 22/3/19
On Today's Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day there's another two hours of non-stop Best in Blues and beyond with More Music and Less Chat featuring New Releases and Classic Tracks including songs from Joanne Shaw Taylor, Mike Ross, Lethbridge Owen (pictured), Josh Smith, Eric Gales, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes and many more.
Hammer Falls On Prestatyn Tonight 21/3/19
The eleventh chapter of Hammerfest, the sold out Hard Rock and Metal Winter Festival kicks off today, as HRH get ready to take over the town of Prestatyn. The final line-up sees six new bands added to the roster that includes Fire Red Empress, Mastercharger, Bearfist, Bloodyard, Hanowar and Cellar Darling. Day split highlights include Paradise Lost tonight, Flotsam And Jetsam (Track Of The Day) tomorrow and Kamelot on Sunday. For the full line-up schedule, grab the HRH Bible app for free on iOS and Android and check the events section. All times are now loaded on the app.
Brigade Touch Down In Camden Tonight 21/3/19
Alternative Indie-Rock band Flight Brigade release their new single ‘Fury Road’ this Friday 22nd March, and to support this, the band kick off a four-week run of shows starting with Dingwalls Camden tonight, finishing off back in London at The Half Moon, Putney, on Thursday 18th April. The single is taken from the band’s new studio album ‘Chased By Wolves’ which is due to be released on Friday 6th September via Wixen Music Publishing. Touring extensively and playing the major UK festivals including Glastonbury, Bestival and The Great Escape, Flight Brigade have garnered a reputation from fans and critics alike for exceptional and explosive live performances. Their sound is as distinctive as it is unique. Infectious melodies and hooks flow through songs that at times exude fierce energy and at others gentle poignancy. With grand orchestral sweeps, crunching anthemic guitars, strings and synths, their explosive performances feel like it’s their last day on earth!
Finger Picking Good! 21/3/19
Following the release of 2018's ‘Accomplice One’, a hugely successful UK tour and his first ever European Guitar Camp in Scotland, esteemed Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer and guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel stopped off at London's Royal Festival Hall last night as part of his March 2019 UK Tour with special guest J.D. Simo also performing a solo set. Emmanuel proved that he's a breathtaking live artist as much as he is on record and his performance was one of irresistible showmanship, exhilarating finger picking and outstanding musicianship – a performance not to have been missed. With a review and Photo Gallery to come, please check out today's Video Of The Day.
Bernie Tormé 20/3/19
Irish Rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, record label and recording studio owner Bernie Tormé died on Sunday, the day before his 67th birthday. Inspired by England's burgeoning mid-1970's Punk Rock scene, Tormé formed the Bernie Tormé Band in 1976. With this group, Tormé toured with successful groups of that period such as The Boomtown Rats and Billy Idol's Generation X, among many others. However, Tormé is best known for his work with Gillan, as well as his brief stints with Ozzy Osbourne's backing band and Atomic Rooster. Today's Video Of The Day is dedicated in Bernie's memory.
Royal Emmanuel Tonight 20/3/19
Following the release of 2018's ‘Accomplice One’, a hugely successful UK tour and his first ever European Guitar Camp in Scotland, esteemed Grammy-nominated guitarist, composer and guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel stops off at London's Royal Festival Hall tonight as part of his March 2019 UK Tour. 'Accomplice One’, is a 16-track collaborative album and was released in January last year via The Players Club/ Mascot Label Group. Produced by Emmanuel - whom is distinguished as one of only five musicians handpicked by his mentor, Chet Atkins, as a Certified Guitar Player (CGP) - the album features guests including Jason Isbell, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires, Ricky Skaggs, David Grisman and J.D. Simo - who will also be performing a solo set tonight as special guest. Emmanuel is a breathtaking live artist as much as he is on record and his performances are ones of irresistible showmanship, exhilarating finger picking and outstanding musicianship – this will be a performance not to be missed.
Diamond Geezers 20/3/19
On today's Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day there's music from Diamond Head (pictured), Matt Mitchell & The Coldhearts, Vulture Vibe, Black Mountain, Scars on Broadway, Royal Republic, The Black Keys, The Gun, Whitesnake/David Coverdale, The Raven Age, Mark Morton, Kiss, Robert Jon & the Wreck, Animal Drive, From The Ashes, The Ivory Elephant, Pop Evil, Reignwolf, The Temperance Movement, Duff McKagan, Bob Dylan, Alter Bridge, and on their Introducing Stage, two in a row from Wild Heat.
Well Worn Friend 19/3/19
Today's Video Of The Day is the pre-new album release of the track 'Well Worn Friend' from The Mojo Preachers forthcoming album, due to be released in June. Recently recorded at Rooks Yard, it's the follow up to their last album 'Confessions'. Despite new guitar, bass and drums on the new CD, the essence is the same, although a bit more Proggy but with a groove. The Mojo Preachers play the Walnut Tree Shades in Norwich on Saturday 25th May plus they are also appearing at The Bude Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival on Sunday 10th November.