The WRC took in Steven Wilson's second consecutive night at the iconic Royal Albert Hall last night. Despite Wilson's new album 'Hand. Cannot. Erase.' being the highest-charting album of his career so far - would he meet his fans halfway and give them what some of them still really want - a piece of Porcupine Tree? Anyway, watch this space for a review and pics - but in the meantime check out our Vid Of The Day!
CWB BluesRockFest Track Of The Day! 30 September 2015
Our thanks to all of you that have already pre-ordered the official BluesRockFest DVD/CD here featuring both two video and two audio tracks from each of the six artists that appeared at the The Red Lion, Gravesend, Kent, on Saturday 4th July 2015. Today's Track Of The Day is the Chris Walker Band and it's still not too late to pre-order your copy for a bargain £10 + p&p to see what all the fuss is about! Don't forget that WRC Members can also get 10% off by simply entering their coupon code!
Early Xmas Present From The WRC! 30 September 2015
And talking of WRC Promotions - don't forget that BluesRockfest's Albany Down are appearing at our WRC Xmas Bash at The Horn Reborn in St Albans on Wednesday 2nd December. Supported by the excellent Southbound - we have two quality bands for just £7 in advance (including admin fees) here - £9 on the door and only £5 for WRC Members - just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your members ticket.
Recycled Teenagers! 29 September 2015
Any reservations about the guys kicking off with a song entitled 'Bad Experience' melted away as soon as the first chords were played. With it's uncomplicated foot tapping rhythm, it took us straight back to a time when music seemed always to be so much fun. By the time the opening notes of the album's title track 'Recycled Teenagers' sounded, the feel good factor had cranked into top gear, with a great deal of exuberant audience participation.
Read the rest of Jules' excellent Shooter review here plus see our Vid Of The Day!
Two Hours Of The Best Rock & Blues Tunes! 29 September 2015
Today's Track Of The Day is the latest Route 66 podcast , originally broadcast on Sunday night featuring Walter Trout, The Robert Cray Band, Gun, Joe Louis Walker and ...... Shooter! Two hours of the best Rock and Blues tunes courtesy of host Rory Auskerry also includes listener submissions from Neil Warden and the Kris Barras Band plus classic tracks from AC/DC, Eddie Cochran, Jimmy Barnes featuring Steven Van Zandt, T. Rex and Marc Bolan!
Royal. Albert. Hall. Steven. Wilson. 29 September 2015
All road leads to the Royal Albert Hall tonight for Steven Wilson's second consecutive night at this iconic venue. Wilson's new album 'Hand. Cannot. Erase.' (pictured) is the highest-charting album of his career so far and has continued to receive overwhelmingly positive comments in the media. Anyway, watch this space over the next few days for a review plus pics and vids (stewards permitting) - but in the meantime check out the vid below showcasing the amazing Guthrie Govan on guitar.
The Book Of Souls 28 September 2015
With ‘The Book of Souls’, Iron Maiden has further cemented its iconic status among the rock and metal community. This record is but another grand and fulfilling chapter in a legendary career that is distinguished by deft musicianship, intelligent lyrics and masterful songwriting. Kevin Shirley‘s production is understated yet flawlessly brilliant. Whether ‘The Book of Souls’ is the final chapter in Iron Maiden‘s impressive and historic catalogue of music remains to be seen, but it is certainly among its most memorable offerings since the band’s seminal 80’s works such as ‘Number of the Beast’ and ‘Powerslave’.
For the rest of Wrinkly The Silver's excellent Iron Maiden review go here plus see our Vid Of The Day!
Still #MentalAsAnything 28 September 2015
Yesterday's WRC coverage of Friday's Wildhearts (pictured) Shepherd's Bush Empire gig was kindly retweeted by Ginger himself! Anyway, you can find more of John Bull's pics in our Wildhearts Photo Gallery here plus further individual band galleries featuring The Wildhearts, Baby Chaos and Hey!Hello here.
So Good Your Ears Will Scream & Shout With Delight! 28 September 2015
Today's Rock On The Ridge Track Of The Day obviously reflects back on last Tuesday's awesome Shooter (pictured) and Southbound Half Moon, Putney gig of which a review will be available tomorrow! Indeed Saturday night's broadcast not only saw a number of corresponding tweets flying about, but also Jools and Bob managed to fit in tracks from Guns N' Roses, Leslie West, Golden Earring, Deep Purple and Saxon. Listen to it - you know you want too!
#MentalAsAnything 27 September 2015
John Bull's retort to Shepherd Bush Empire's tweet "Describe last night's @TheWildhearts show in 3 words!" nicely summed the evening up apparently. Yes Mr. Rockrpix was snapping away on behalf of the WRC on Friday - and you can see his usual excellent pics here as The Wildhearts (our Vid Of The Day) played their classic 'P.H.U.Q.' album in its entirety! Support was from the recently reformed Baby Chaos plus Ginger’s new band and side-project, the impressive (according to John ) Hey!Hello who are also pictured here.
Get Your Kicks! 27 September 2015
Every Sunday evening at 6pm, Rory Auskerry presents Route 66 - two hours of the very best in rock & blues music on Stockport’s Pure 107.8 FM here. As well as great tunes, there are exclusive interviews, new releases, gig info and music trivia. You can also Join the show on Facebook here or tweet the studio @rockinjockin using the hashtag #pureroute66
Kev's A Winner! 27 September 2015
Blues Matters Best Blues Radio Station/Show award winner Kevin Beale promised that this week's Blues On The Marsh would be a tad different from most weeks - but as always packed to the gunnels with top toonage! Anyway, the Marshman's Track Of The Day includes new offerings from Andrea Marr, Bad News Barnes and The Bretheren of Blues Band, Black Magic Johnson, Johnny Marvel's Blues Groove, Dave and Phil Alvin, Keef, Mike Gilderdale and The Bluesflies, Lenny Henry, Mitch Laddie Band, Sean Taylor, Son Little, The Blues Bones, Trickbag, Willy Porter, Chris James and Martin Fletcher, Loose Moorings (pictured) and The Worry Dolls plus there's also the birthday/rememberance corner with tracks from Ray Charles, The Bar Kays, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Duster Bennett and Leonard Cohen!
Welcome To The Weekend Part 2! 26 September 2015
The weekend continues tonight with Chris Jagger's Atcha at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford DA1 2JZ at 8pm with his five piece band including drummer Malcolm Mortimore (Gentle Giant, Ian Dury), our mate and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Hart (Slim Chance, Eric Clapton) plus also Jagger's ‘trio’ members Elliet Mackrell on the fiddle, bassist Dave Hatfield and of course Chris himself on guitar and vocals. And talking of mate's - Keith Howe's Blacktop Deluxe (pictured) are playing the The Old Ale House, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2HD tonight. And again on the subject of friends - the Rock On The Ridge Radio show tweeted yesterday: "Morning all hope you have a rocking Friday! Jules has done Saturday's show, reflects the fun we had with @SHOOTERtheBand on Tuesday". Enough said - so tune into tonight here at 8pm!
69 Shopping Days To WRC Xmas Bash! 26 September 2015
And still with Shooter's awesome album launch party still fresh in our minds (review and pics to come) - time to remind you all that the equally awesome support band Southbound will be supporting BluesRockfest's Albany Down (our Vid Of The Day) at the WRC Xmas Party at The Horn Reborn in St Albans on Wednesday 2nd December. Yes - once again - two quality bands for just £7 in advance (including admin fees) here - £9 on the door and only £5 for WRC Members - just e-mail email@example.com to reserve your members ticket.
Non-Stop Best In Blues! 26 September 2015
Jim and Malcolm's latest Blues Club Podcast includes lots of brand new releases, UK IBBA Presenters Picks for September, Blues, Rock, Soul, Funk, Jazz, Acoustic and Classic tracks! Today's Track Of The Day as usual features two hours of non-stop Best in Blues with "More Music and Less Chat" including The Chris O'Leary Band, Rusty Jacks, Kris Barras Band, Mick Kalossa, David Gogo, Todd Wolfe Band (pictured), Rusty Wright Band, Karena K, Average White Band, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, Jon Cleary, Buddy Guy and many more!
Welcome To The Weekend Part 1! 25 September 2015
The weekend kicks off tonight with Voodoo Room (see below), an exciting classic power trio, paying tribute to both Hendrix and Cream at The Red Lion, Gravesend. Alternatively you can join Mr.Rockrpix John Bull at the Shepherds Bush Empire tonight for The Wildhearts who will be playing the classic 'P.H.U.Q.' album in its entirety - and we still have a spare ticket if anyone wants to write a brief review to complement John's pics? Finally, if it's been a hard week then just sit back and listen to Blues On The Marsh here at 7pm tonight following Kevin Beale's well deserved 'Best Blues Radio Station/Show' award from Blues Matters! Nice one Marshman!
Introducing .... Broken Witt Rebels 25 September 2015
Broken Witt Rebels first appeared on the WRC radar thanks to airplay by Bob and Jules at Rock On The Ridge. The four-piece band from Birmingham combines the power and intensity of Classic Rock with the finesse and delicacy of soulful blues. Previously supporting The View and playing up and down the country, the Rebels are putting their own original stamp on the Birmingham music scene and are definitely on the rise. Their latest EP, ‘Howlin’, was released in the Summer of 2014 and is available for worldwide digital download. The official video for single ‘Cloud My Day’ was released this week and is our Video Of The Day!
Swinging Track Of The Day! 25 September 2015
As well as having The Sepia Swing Show Twins live in Richard Dunning's Croydon Radio studio before last Tuesday's TNMC gig - today's Blues On The Radio Track Of The Day also includes Junior Wells, Freddie King, Paul Butterfield, Kirk Fletcher, The Katie Bradley Band, Fran McGillivray Band, Bad Influence, Bex Marshall, Jo Ann Kelly, Half Deaf Clatch, Trevor Sewell, The Howlin' Volts, Jon Clear, Bruce "Mississippi" Johnson , Rebecca Downes and Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee. Enjoy!
"It Was Fantastic!" 24 September 2015
It didn't take long for the social media fallout to get underway following an awesome night at The Half Moon, Putney, on Tuesday which saw the excellent Blues Rock of young support band Southbound (pictured and our Vid Of The Day) complemented by the loud, dirty, fun and raunchy Classic Rock of headliners Shooter at their 'Recycled Teenagers' launch party. What a great night - two excellent bands for the price of one! Southbound tweeted "Wonderful gig last night at @HalfmoonPutney with @SHOOTERtheBand @WRINKLYCLUB @RockontheRidge Great Venue too #gig" whilst Shooter not only tweeted "@HalfmoonPutney you were awesome thx @RockontheRidge @WRINKLYCLUB and thx to an awesome support band @bandsouthbound" but also made a Facebook posting "Thanks to AJ and the Wrinkly Rockers Club - check out their website for vids and reviews!" Anyway watch this space for a review and pics from Jules and Bob respectively from the Rock On The Ridge team - Bob summing up the evening in three simple words: "It was fantastic!".
Everyone's A Winner! 24 September 2015
The lead singer and frontman of Scottish Rock band Gun Dante Gizzi joined Rory Auskerry for an interview on his Route 66 show last Sunday. Listen to our Track Of The Day as they discuss the band's new album 'Frantic', as well as the forthcoming tour - plus a new bonus single, their rockin' cover of the Hot Chocolate hit, 'Everyone's A Winner'. Also this week there are tracks from some of this year's British Blues Award winners and plenty of classic rock gold as well including tracks from Jimi Hendrix, The Jeff Healey Band, Travis Tritt, Bernie Marsden (pictured) and more.
Pretty Things In Twickenham Tonight! 24 September 2015
Tonight the legendary Pretty Things - with two original Members - will be performing their acoustic set at Twickenham's famous Eel Pie Club at The Patch, 67 London Road TW1 3SZ. This special event is part of the Richmond Music & Drama Festival and takes place in Twickenham during the Rugby World Cup. The Pretty Things are at the heart of Richmond & Twickenham Rhythm & Blues. These legendary 'bad boys of rock' created some of the most exciting and innovative records of the late 60's and early 70's. The band are due on stage at 9.15pm (doors open at 8.30pm) and WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted £11 admission. They have just released a brand new CD 'Sweet Pretty Things' and tonight original Pretty Thing, Phil May is on lead vocals, guitar and blues harp, Dick Taylor (original Pretty Things and also an original Rolling Stone) is on acoustic, slide and lead guitar and Frank Holland is on acoustic, slide guitar, backing vocals and harp.
Shoot-Out At The Half Moon! 23 September 2015
The eagerly anticipated shoot-out on the banks of The Thames had nothing to do with the Fulham v. Stoke Cup tie being played at The Cottage last night! No, the real deal was at The Half Moon, Putney, as the Blues Rock of support band Southbound took on the Classic Rock of Shooter at their 'Recycled Teenagers' launch party - very appropriate for the WRC! Anyway, were Shooter loud, dirty, fun and raunchy and did Southbound live up to their reputation as an extremely talented up and coming band? Well for starters take a gander at today's Vid Of The Day with more pics, vids and a review to come over the next few days!
Wildhearts Ticket Up For Grabs! 23 September 2015
The Wildhearts are playing the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, this Friday playing the classic 'P.H.U.Q.' album in its entirety! 'Mr. Rockrpix' John Bull will be snapping away on the night on behalf of the WRC but we have a spare ticket if anyone wants to write a brief review to complement John's pics. ‘P.H.U.Q.’ was released in May 1995 and crashed into the UK Top Ten Album Chart at number 6. The album spawned two Top 40 hit singles, 'I Wanna Go Where The People Go' and' Just In Lust', which reached numbers 16 and 28 respectively! Support will be from the recently reformed Baby Chaos plus Ginger’s brilliant new band and side-project Hey!Hello - so if you are a budding reviewer and want to go along for FREE then simply contact us through the message box below!
Bernie At The Stables Tonight! 23 September 2015
Following his stand-out performance at 'Ramblin Man' (pictured), guitar legend Bernie Marsden (our Track Of The Day) is currently on a UK Tour to promote his latest solo album ‘Shine’ as well as playing some of his greatest hits. Tonight Bernie will be calling in at The Stables, Milton Keynes and although he was right to be wary of flooding the credits with too many special guests, ‘Shine’ does feature some extremely well-known names, from Joe Bonamassa to Whitesnake mucker and singer David Coverdale plus the Deep Purple duo of Ian Paice (drums) and Don Airey (keyboards)!
Shooter In Bad Company! 22 September 2015
And we're not talking about support band Southbound (our Vid Of The Day) either! Yes all rivers lead tonight to Shooter's album launch at The Half Moon, Putney by The Thames. If you like Classic Rock as it should be i.e. loud, dirty, fun and raunchy - then this is a no-brainer. From the ashes of 70's rock legends Straightshooter - a bit like the WRC - they are slightly older, slightly greyer, but still 'Recycled Teenagers ... hence the title of the album! The WRC also understand that ex-Bad Company and Samson guitarist Dave 'Bucket' Colwell will also be at the gig! Tickets are £10 on the door and you also get a FREE copy of the album on entry. See you there!
Saturday's Show Will Make Your Ears Smile! 22 September 2015
And talking of 'Bad Company' (only joking) - the Rock On The Ridge team will also be in attendance at The Shooter gig this evening to give the WRC their considered review on proceedings! Meanwhile Bob and Jules' Saturday night broadcast is in the can and is today's Track Of The Day. And as they added: "If you missed it it's here, our ears will thank you" - so sit back and enjoy a playlist that includes Hollywood Vampires, Broken Witt Rebels, Avenged Sevenfold, Chris Cornell, The Dead Weather, Loosehounds and Chickenfoot (pictured at Brixton Academy in January 2012).
Swinging Coulsdon! 22 September 2015
Join Richard Dunning here live in the Croydon Radio studio at 5pm tonight for his Blues On The Radio Show! Rich will be joined by Nick Hyde and David Raphael prior to the Sepia Swing Show Twins gig at The Tuesday Night Music Club, at the Hooley Village Club, St. Margaret's Road, Hooley Village, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 3RB. They'll be playing some of their favourite music and may even get out their guitar and harp! Along with that Mr. Dunning will be previewing the Women In Blues Show happening in Sevenoaks next weekend and slotting in some of the choicest new music around. As usual two hours of great music and news of what's happening in Blues.
Get Your Wrinklystock Auction Song Bids In Now! 21 September 2015
Following their storming set at the Iron Horse, Sidcup, on Saturday night - The Replicants not only have a new WRC website page here but they have also announced their Wrinklystock IV charity auction setlist here. Yes you can actually bid for your favourite song from the following covers listed here as the band have agreed to play the top twelve song bids in aid of our nominated charities. And to get the ball rolling The WRC have bid £15 for Jet's 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl' which is today's Vid Of The Day! Anyway, good luck and thanks for your support!
Wrinklystock 4 Virtually Sold Out! 21 September 2015
Yes it's great news for the WRC - but is it bad news for you? As at close of business last Friday the Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford told us that they had only 35 tickets left out of 296 for Wrinklystock IV featuring headliners T.Rextasy plus support The Replicants. With exactly just two months to go to our Charity gig on Saturday 21st November - go here to book your £21 tickets for Wrinklystock IV as we would hate it if you missed out on this brilliant occasion!
Flying Colors Second Flight! 21 September 2015
2014 WRC Award WinnersFlying Colors (our Track Of The Day) will be releasing the electrifying ‘Second Flight: Live At The Z7’ on 13th November via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group on multiple formats. On only the eighth show of their 2014 fall tour, they took to the stage at Switzerland’s storied Z7 venue and captured on film a breathtaking live performance. With their critically acclaimed second album album 'Second Nature' out for only a week, the concert recorded an exceptional rarity: band and audience, together, discovering an album for the first time. That freshness is palpable in every frame of this Ultra-HD/Blu-ray/DVD release!
Introducing ..... Dani Dorchin 20 September 2015
If you wanted proof that the WRC has truly become international - then look no further than when we were contacted recently from Germany in respect of an Israeli version of Andy Twyman! Yes our 'Introducing ...' feature returns with Dani Dorchin (our Vid Of The Day) a songwriter who masters the guitar, harmonica and drums all at the same time as a powerful Blues and Rock One Man Band act. Dorchin is a well experienced musician who played both the Fusion Festival and also warmed up for Patti Smith at the Hohentwiel Festival (pictured) this year. Dorchin's blend of Blues, Garage Rock and Groove is both fresh and raw, combining original lyrics with dirty guitar riffs and simple yet effective rhythm's, leaving the crowd asking for more!
Red Lion's Voodoo Room! 20 September 2015
Similarly to Dani Dorchin - Voodoo Room were showcased in our 'Introducing ....' feature in March. An exciting classic power trio, paying tribute to both Hendrix and Cream, they perform a kicking, world class show in total appreciation of these two massive pioneers of classic Blues/Rock!! Featuring Pete Orr on guitar and vocals, John Tonks on drums and Andy Tolman on bass - we're delighted that Voodoo Room (our Track Of The Day) are our next WRC Promotion at The Red Lion, Gravesend this Friday 25th September!
Son Of A Gun! 20 September 2015
Last week's 'Route 66' show was both 10th and 16th in the Classic Rock and Blues Mixcloud charts respectively. So don't forget to tune in to Rory Auskery's broadcast here at 6pm tonight - which will include an interview with Dante Gizzi, bass guitarist from Gun plus their new single.
Guitars Across The Atlantic! 19 September 2015
Yes the WRC will be represented on both sides of the pond at gigs this evening. Indeed James Corden was not very complimentary about Sidcup, Kent, on his American TV show recently saying "It's not the armpit (of England) but it's close". No doubt The Replicants (our Vid Of The Day) will show that Sidcup 'Rocks' when they play the Iron Horse tonight at 9pm (see poster below). Meanwhile Wrinkly will be taking in The Maine at the House Of Blues in Orlando. Expect a review from him shortly plus a flying visit to Los Angeles to put Corden straight!
So Much Great Music Your Ears Won't Believe It! 19 September 2015
If you can't make The Replicants gig or join Wrinkly at the House Of Blues then the good news is that you can simply tune in to the The Rock On The Ridge show here tonight between 8pm and 10pm! And just to tantalise your taste buds - Bob & Jules tweeted on Friday: "On the show Saturday @glenn_hughes @alterbridge @rivalsons @Samantha_Fish @TheOfficialA7X @chickenfoot & more join us 8-10pm @RidgeradioUk" Watch out also for the ROTR team at Shooter/Southbound's Half Moon gig (pictured) on Tuesday where the guys will be kindly reviewing the gig on behalf of the WRC!
Kevin The Third! 19 September 2015
A highly commended and well deserved third place in this year's Independent Blues Broadcaster category in the British Blues Awards - Kevin Beale was back delivering the goods on his Channel Radio show last night. Anyway, The Marshman's latest Blues On The Marsh broadcast is today's Track Of The Day!
British Blues Awards Fallout Continues! 18 September 2015
Today's Video Of The Day not only features the winning 'Young Artist' in this year's British Blues Awards, but also another guitarist who came a highly commended third in the 'Bass' category! Yes we turn the clock back to the iconic 100 Club last year when we saw Laurence Jones and Roger Inniss (both pictured) - the vid testament to why these guys are held in such regard by their voting public. And talking of a well deserved third place in this year's Independent Blues Broadcaster category - tune in to The Marshman from 7pm BST here tonight for Blues On The Marsh.
That Friday Feeling! 18 September 2015
It's Friday so that must mean The Blues Club Podcast Track Of The Day - bringing you another two hours of non-stop Best In Blues with "More Music and Less Chat". This week the show includes music from Albert Cummings, Andy T - Nick Nixon Band, Angela Lewis Brown, The Royal Southern Brotherhood, Robert Cray, Dave Alvin, Robbie McIntosh, Crooked Eye Tommy, Bruce "Mississippi" Johnson, John Ginty, Jo Harman, Fran McGillivray Burke, Slinky & P'tit Loup, Jon Cleary, Joe Moss Band, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, The Chris O'Leary Band, Christian Collin Band, John Mayall Blues, Dove and Boweevil, Shemekia Copeland, Wily Bo Walker, Long Tall Deb featuring Colin John, Zac Harmon, Chris James and Patrick Rynn, Freedonia and the Gerry Jablonski Band!
Slim Chance To Win Jagger Tickets! 18 September 2015
Today is the last day to enter our Jagger competition! Yes Chris Jagger's Atcha will be returning to the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford DA1 2JZ next Saturday 26th September at 8pm with his five piece band including drummer Malcolm Mortimore (Gentle Giant, Ian Dury), our mate and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Hart (Slim Chance, Eric Clapton) plus also Jagger's ‘trio’ members Elliet Mackrell on the fiddle, bassist Dave Hatfield and of course Chris himself on guitar and vocals. To win a pair of tickets simply e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org the name of Chris’ brother. Editor’s decision is final and alternatively tickets can be purchased for £17.50 (Concessions £15.50) from the MJC Box Office on 01322 291100.
"Still In Shock" 17 September 2015
Today's Track Of The Day of course has to be Tuesday night's highly anticipated Blues On The Radio show exclusively revealing the winners in this year's British Blues Awards. And who better to do it than Mr. Dunning as Rich takes you through all twenty-one categories accompanying each winner with an appropriate track so you can listen to what all the fuss is about! The WRC were also delighted to receive the following tweet from 'Emerging Artist' winner Kaz Hawkins (pictured) after we congratulated all the winners yesterday: "Thanx guys - still in shock lol". No worries Kaz - it's well deserved!
Here Comes Trouble! 17 September 2015
Keith Richards will release his eagerly anticipated 'Crosseyed Heart', his third solo album and his first in over twenty years tomorow! 'Crosseyed Heart' is a fifteen track masterclass encompassing everything that makes Richards one of the twentieth century's most celebrated talents - a musical journey that takes in Reggae, Rock, Country and the Blues. Consequently 'Trouble' - the fifth track on the album - is our Vid Of The Day!
French Return To Twickenham Again! 17 September 2015
On the eve of The Rugby World Cup in Twickenham, The Eel Pie Club at The Patch, 67 London Road TW1 3SZ will tonight be featuring the legendary cult rock band Leaf Hound, led by original vocalist Pete French of Atomic Rooster and Cactus fame. The band are due on stage at 9.15pm (doors open at 8.30pm) and WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted £10 admission. Leaf Hound was a product of the South-West London rock scene of the late sixties, which spawned the likes of Free and other Blues-rock acts. The current line-up of Leaf Hound is Pete on vocals, Luke Rayner on guitar, Pete Herbert on bass and Dominic French on drums.
Alan Nimmo Wins Male Vocals British Blues Award! 16 September 2015
As promised the 2015 British Blues Award category winners were exclusively revealed by Richard Dunning on a very special Blues On The Radio show on Croydon Radio last night. Amongst the winners in the twenty-one categories were Alan Nimmo of King King (pictured and our Track Of The Day) plus our 2014 BluesFest headliner Aynsley Lister (our Vid Of The Day). Congratulations to everyone from the WRC and for a full list of category winners go here. Also please watch out for the BOTR Podcast which will be our Track Of The Day tomorrow!
British Blues Awards Celebration! 16 September 2015
All the British Blues Awards winners and runners-up have been invited to a celebration event on Saturday 17th October at the Navigation Inn in Nottingham. Awards and certificates will duly be presented - its aim for both musicians and the fans who voted, attended gigs and bought albums, to socialise with each other and to generally have a fun day and evening! It is a free to attend event with an open mic and the organiser's hope that artists and fans alike will show their support for the BBA's! Everyone is welcome - further details here. Hope to see you there!
Ghostlights & Helloween! 16 September 2015
Further to our Bob Catley/Magnum story yesterday - we brought to your attention in early February news on German based band Avantasia a metal opera project put together by 'Edguy' singer/songwriter Tobias Sammet. The Avantasia show is usually three hours long and Tobias manages to bring in some amazing guest vocalists from all over the World, one of which in the past has been - you've guessed it - Bob Catley from Magnum! Anyway on January 29th next year, Avantsia's new album 'Ghostlights' will hit the stores via Nuclear Blast! After Jorn Lande and Geoff Tate, a third very special guest can be announced - former Helloween and current Unisonic vocalist Michael Kiske - who will not only appear on the album, but will also join them on the 'Ghostlights' World Tour stopping off at The Forum in London on Tuesday 8th March - ticket info here.
And The Winner Is ............. 15 September 2015
Yes all the 2015 British Blues Award public votes have now been counted and the category winners will be exclusively revealed on a very special Blues On The Radio show here tonight on Croydon Radio at 5pm. Expect host Richard Dunning to play music by all the winners and with some twenty-odd categories - that's a lot to fit in! So get that champagne on ice and listen out!
"I Jock - You Rock!" 15 September 2015
Our Route 66 Track Of The Day features two new tracks submitted by artists who listen to the show! First up is Matt Steady, a singer/songwriter from Leicester plus there is also a track from Brain, a Swedish rock & blues group based in Stockholm! Rory "I Jock - You Rock" Auskerry's show not only includes as promised tracks from Chantel McGregor's new album but also classics from Thin Lizzy, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Van Halen, The Faces, B.B. King, Gun and Airbourne. However, the pièce de résistance is Wrinkly The Silver's request for some Magnum as it was lead singer and WTS's mate Bob Catley (pictured with WTS and Wrinkly The Biker) 68th birthday last Friday! Happy Birthday Bob!
The Maine Event! 15 September 2015
For a professional touring musician, it sounds like a recipe for disaster. You and your bandmates pile into a bus for a nationwide tour, but almost everywhere you go, nobody pays a dime to get into your shows. You have no corporate sponsor. No record label picking up the tab. Most nights, you don't sell a single ticket. Instead of theatres or clubs, The Maine, a rock band from Arizona and our Vid Of The Day will play non-traditional venues such as shopping malls and parking lots. And to save money, they'll sleep on their tour bus! But that's exactly what the guys have signed up for by launching a free, 26-city tour that stops off at the House of Blues in Orlando this Saturday and our very own Wrinkly (Colin) will be there! And not content with getting a freebie he intends pestering the guys for an interview to see how the tour is going – who knows this could be the way forward for bands in the UK as well? If anyone has any questions they would like Colin to ask them just e-mail us at email@example.com Keep Music Live – and free it would seem!!
Free Joe Bonamassa Download! 14 September 2015
Our recently featured Joe Bonamassa 'One Less Cross To Bear' Vid Of The Day is now available for free MP3 download here! In January 2015, JB took to the iconic Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall for the first time for a sold-out, two-night run that allowed him to fulfill his lifelong dream of performing in one of the world’s most legendary venues. Bonamassa shared this experience with fans and music lovers around the world when he released at the beginning of October 'Joe Bonamassa – Live At Radio City Music Hall' (see our new Video Of The Day) as a CD/DVD set and CD/Blu-ray set.
Your Ears Will Faint With Delight ... 14 September 2015
... with the great music on the show! Yes today's Track Of The Day has to be Saturday night's Rock On The Ridge broadcast! Suffice to say Bob & Jules' pre-show tweet went out "On the show tonight AC/DC @SHOOTERtheBand @alterbridge @RealAliceCooper @black_spiders and more join us 8-10pm @RidgeradioUk" and as usual they duly delivered!
Loud, Dirty, Fun & Raunchy! 14 September 2015
Just eight days to go to Shooter's album launch at The Half Moon, Putney on Tuesday 22nd September at 8pm. If you like Classic Rock as it should be i.e. loud, dirty, fun and raunchy - then this is a no-brainer. From the ashes of 70's rock legends Straightshooter - a bit like the WRC - they are slightly older, slightly greyer, but still 'Recycled Teenagers ... hence the title of the album! Tickets are £8 in advance here and £10 on the door and not only do you get a FREE copy of the album on entry but you also get to see the extemely talented support band Southbound who will also be supporting Albany Down at the WRC Xmas Party at The Horn Reborn in St Albans on Wednesday 2nd December.
Chantel McGregor On Route 66 Tonight! 13 September 2015
"Great album @chantelmcgregor! I'll be playing a couple more tracks this Sunday on @pure1078 Route 66 from 6pm" was the response from DJ Rory Auskerry on Friday to a tweet from our very own Wrinkly The Silver! Consequently our Track Of The Day is another live BluesRockfest track featuring 'Your Fever' from Chantel's new album 'Lose Control'. So don't forget to tune in here every Sunday - two hours of the very best in rock & blues music!
BluesRockFest Memories! 13 September 2015
And talking of 2015 BluesRockfest headliner Chantel McGregor - our DVD/CD cover artwork has now been signed off as pictured. Our thanks to all of you that have already pre-ordered the official DVD/CD here featuring both two video and two audio tracks from each of the six artists that appeared at the The Red Lion, Gravesend, Kent, on Saturday 4th July 2015. It's still not too late to pre-order your copy - and if you were'nt there on the day (why not?) - then why not buy it for a bargain £10 + p&p to see what all the fuss is about! Don't forget that WRC Members can also get 10% off by simply entering their coupon code!
Jagger Competition Closes Friday ... 13 September 2015
... so there's still time to enter! Yes Chris Jagger's Atcha will be returning to the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford DA1 2JZ, on Saturday 26th September at 8pm with his five piece band including drummer Malcolm Mortimore (Gentle Giant, Ian Dury), our mate and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Hart (Slim Chance, Eric Clapton) plus also Jagger's ‘trio’ members Elliet Mackrell on the fiddle, bassist Dave Hatfield and of course Chris himself on guitar and vocals. To win a pair of tickets simply e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org the name of Chris’ brother (today's Vid Of The Day is yet another clue!) by Friday 18th September. Editor’s decision is final and alternatively tickets can be purchased for £17.50 (Concessions £15.50) from the MJC Box Office on 01322 291100.
JV's Zep It Up! 12 September 2015
Nice to hear from our old mucker ex-Argent frontman John Verity who has recently remastered 'Zep It Up' which encaptures a couple of days spent recording these classics some twenty years ago! If you'd like to get hold of the new CD with JV having some fun with John Clark (drums), Dave Kinley (bass), ably assisted by Neil Gowland on acoustic and twelve string guitars then simply go here. Meanwhile JV's Band (see Our Vid Of The Day of their recent appearance at the Mold Blues & Soul Festival) are playing The Bear Club in Luton tonight at 8.30pm - expect plenty of Blues and even a bit of Argent and Zep maybe?
Rock Out Tonight! 12 September 2015
If you can't make JV's gig tonight then the good news is that if you just want a night in listening to great Rock music then tune in to the The Rock On The Ridge show here between 8pm and 10pm! We're sure that Bob & Jules will make you more than welcome!
Marshman Laying On The Tracks As Usual! 12 September 2015
Today's Track Of The Day is last night's Blues On The Marsh with the amazing Paul Cox live in the studio talking about and playing tracks from his brand new album 'Man Out Of Time'. Also on Kevin Beale's broadcast are Little Milton, Gary Clarke Jnr., Blinddog Smokin', Bert Deivert and Copperhead Run, Guitar Shorty, Harmonica Fats, Long John Baldry, Pete Gage, some early Rod Stewart, Steve Marriott, Professor Bottleneck and The Juke Kings and Otis Redding.
The Empire Strikes Back! 11 September 2015
"I could only sit there and marvel at the dexterity and marvellous interplay between the drummers, overseen like some sort of musical bank manager by Robert Fripp. If you closed your eyes you’d never know there were three players such is their cohesion. With Rieflin also playing the mellotron, the trio was frequently given a chance to shine with extended percussion-only interludes Not one word was spoken to the audience all evening by any band member by the way. This felt like some sort of classic orchestral performance. The ‘congregation’ (as this was clearly a religious experience for many attending) were totally entranced for the most part as the music demanded."
Best In Blues With More Music & Less Chat! 11 September 2015
The Blues Club Podcast is our latest Track Of The Day bringing you two more hours of non-stop "Best in Blues with More Music and Less Chat." This week there are new and pre-releases, UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association (UK IBBA) Presenters Picks for September, Blues, Rock, Soul, Jazz, Acoustic and tracks from some artists who appeared recently at the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne. Tracks include Angela Lewis Brown, Buddy Guy, Bob Malone, Robert Cray, Muddy Waters, Jack Hutchinson, John Mayall Blues, Richard Townend & The Mighty Boss Cats, Mick Kolassa, Katie Bradley, The Simon Kennedy Band, Trevor Sewell, Rebecca Downes, Dove and Boweevil, Jo Harman (pictured), Kyla Brox, Jon Cleary, Half Deaf Clatch, Reverend Raven, Slinky & P'tit Loup, Blue Swamp Band, Big Gus and Swampadelic, The Chris O'Leary Band, Todd Wolfe Band, Charles Wilson, Andy Broad, Lara and The Bluz Dawgz and B. B. & The Blues Shacks!
Marshman - Man Out Of Time! 11 September 2015
Tune in from 7pm BST here tonight on Blues On The Marsh and grab a load of the amazing Paul Cox (pictured) live in the studio talking about and playing tracks from his brand new album 'Man Out Of Time'. Accompanying Paul will be Little Milton, Gary Clarke Jnr., Blinddog Smokin', Bert Deivert and Copperhead Run, Guitar Shorty, Harmonica Fats, Long John Baldry, Pete Gage, some early Rod Stewart, Steve Marriott, Professor Bottleneck and The Juke Kings and Otis Redding to name but a few!
DS4 Supporting Gunslinger Tonight! 10 September 2015
Their new album '4' has enjoyed high approval ratings - indeed Cashbox magazine called it "an album absolutely jam-packed full of catchy music, subtle lyrics and sheer pleasure." Yes 2014 BluesFest heroes the David Sinclair Four are supporting Warren E. Hodges at The Borderline, London W1, tonight. The world-renowned six-string pioneer, Hodges, continues to blaze trails with his signature brand of guitar driven rock. His latest offering, Gunslinger, features 10 new songs that bend, squeeze, and breathe fire into the wood and wire he wields. Doors open at 7pm with DS4 on stage at 8.05pm precisely with Hodges on at 8.50pm. Admission is £12.
Blues On The Radio On Track! 10 September 2015
As well as the four UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association's albums of the month (from John Primer & Friends, Jon Cleary, Dove and Boweevil and Martin Harley) today's Track Of The Day also includes tracks from the finalists in the UK Blues Challenge (Malaya Blue, Katie Bradley Band, Brothers Groove and Red Butler). Yes Richard Dunning's latest two hour Blues On The Radio podcast has three tracks from the brand new Half Deaf Clatch album plus some other new releases from the likes of John Mayall Blues, Trevor Sewell, Andre Bisson, Mitch Laddie Band, Joe Bonamassa (pictured), Bob Malone, Wily Bo Walker, Slinky & P'tit Loup, The Reverend Shawn Amos, Angela Lewis Brown, BabaJack, The Howlin' Volts and Kirk Fletcher!
Cox CD Eel Pie Launch Tonight! 10 September 2015
Paul Cox sings Soul and Blues like no other and his power and charisma have seen him perform with some of the best talent in the world. Tonight Paul and his band will be launching their 'Best of' CD at The Eel Pie Club, The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ. Cox has an impressive track record, playing with great guitar players including Snowy White, Ray Minhinnett, Henry McCullock, the late John Slaughter, French guitarist, Charlie Fabert and has opened for some of the greatest artists in the world, including Ray Charles and Eric Clapton, and has sung with Paul Rogers, Bonnie Tyler, Sam Brown, Ruby Turner and Debbie Bonham. A regular at venues and festivals across the UK and Europe, including Montreux, Ronnie Scott's, The London Palladium and the Royal Festival Hall - why not get along tonight? Doors open at 8.30pm and the music starts at 9.15pm. WRC members are reminded that they can use their cards to get discounted £9 admission.
Introducing ..... Idlewar 9 September 2015
The WRC were recently delighted to hear from Idlewar drummer Pete Pagonis, a three piece rock band in the best tradition of a power trio - hailing from Orange County, California! Formed in 2014 the band including James Blake (Bass & Vocals) and Rick Graham (Guitar) has been working hard writing and recording. The result of that hard work is the 5 song EP 'Dig In',which is already receiving great early reviews of which 'Eleventeen' is our Track Of The Day. Driving rhythms, riffs to remember and vocals of impassioned grit. There’s no extra fat on these songs and they leave you wanting to hit play again. Carrying on in the hard rock tradition of bands like the Foo Fighters, AC/DC & Aerosmith, Idlewar also merges elements of bands like Clutch, Royal Blood and Queens of the Stone Age to carry the torch of rock into the modern era and are a welcome addition to our 'Introducing ..' feature here.
Wildhearts' Down The Bush! 9 September 2015
The Wildhearts are set to tour later this month, including the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London, on Friday 25th September playing the classic 'P.H.U.Q.' album in its entirety! ‘P.H.U.Q.’ was released in May 1995 and crashed into the UK Top Ten Album Chart at number 6. The album spawned two Top 40 hit singles, 'I Wanna Go Where The People Go' (today's Vid Of The Day) and' Just In Lust', which reached numbers 16 and 28 respectively! Support will be from the recently reformed Baby Chaos plus Ginger’s brilliant new band and side-project (pictured) Hey!Hello!
2015 BluesRockFest DVD/CD Pre-Order 9 September 2015
Thanks to all of you that have already pre-ordered the official 3rd Annual Gravesend BluesRockfest DVD/CD here featuring both two video and two audio tracks from each of the six artists that appeared at the The Red Lion, Gravesend, Kent, on Saturday 4th July 2015. It's still not too late to pre-order your copy - and if you were'nt there on the day (why not?) - then why not buy it for a bargain £10 + p&p to see what all the fuss is about! Don't forget that WRC Members can also get 10% off by simply entering their coupon code!