Rock legends Iron Maiden continue their hugely successful 'The Book of Souls' World Tour into 2017 with a series of European arena shows opening in Antwerp, Belgium on Saturday 22nd April, before heading into the UK and Ireland for an extensive series of concerts in May including The O2 Arena London on Saturday 27th May - and we will be there. 'The Book Of Souls' World Tour opened in Florida, U.S.A. in February 2016 visiting 36 countries using their new 747 jumbo jet Ed Force One (pictured here at Download) piloted by frontman Bruce Dickinson which flew band, crew and 22 tonnes of equipment over 61,500 miles across six continents during the 72 date leg playing to around 1.5 million fans. 'The Book Of Souls' is Maiden’s first ever double studio album and their most successful chart-wise to date, debuting at the #1 spot in over 40 countries around the globe.
Black Market On The Marsh 30/9/16
Not only does The Marshman have the amazing Black Market III live in the studio here on Blues On The Marsh at 7pm tonight, but there are also tracks from The Rev. Marc Falconberry, Kenny Neal, Janice Harrington and The Ken Landings Band, Deb Ryder, Big Head Blues Club, Red Butler (pictured), Mighty Sam McClain, Liz Mandeville, Felicia Collins, Blackberry Smoke and a Blues track from Belarus!!!!!
Chelmsford City Blues 30/9/16
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 tracks from some artists and bands appearing at the Chelmsford Blues in the City Festival this weekend including King King, Red Butler, Kaz Hawkins Band, RootBone, Catfish (pictured), Eric Clapton, Sari Schorr, Trev Turley & Friends, Deb Ryder, The Ken Tucker Band, Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch, Southern Culture on the Skids, Lew Jetton, Northsyde, New Orleans Suspects, Enrico Jerimiah Marques, Vaneese Thomas, Jamie Williams & the Roots Collective, Bobby Rush, Elles Bailey, Tommy Castro, Dove and Boweevil, Bruce Katz, Mark Harrison, Fabulous Thunderbirds, GT's Boos Band, Kat Kings, Pete Harris Blues Band & Jon Vaughan, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
The WRC introduced you to Idlewar, a three piece Rock band in the best tradition of a power trio - formed in 2014 hailing from Orange County, California! So were recently delighted to hear from our mate and Idlewar drummer Pete Pagonis about their new video from their debut LP 'Impulse' (Vid Of The Day) which will be released this Friday 30th September. Not only that, but the band including James Blake (bass and vocals) and Rick Graham (guitar) are touring the UK in late November/early December!
Movers & Shakers 29/9/16
The fallout from BluesRockFest continues with more brilliant pics here from John Bull in addition to our photo gallery here - plus praise from Jack J Hutchinson (pictured) for our Vid of 'Get It Back' - "Thanks for the footage dude." It was also good to hear from Gary Seager from LastMinuteBandzBad Pennies - "Congratulations you guys - looks like yesterday's blues rock fest was a huge success with a great line up and a fantastic turn out. I'm glad all the hard work paid off." We also had cheeky best wishes from the Cornish Delta from Tim Chapple of The Movers enquiring about next year's line up - consequently they are our Track Of The Day!
Fat Man Blues On The Move 29/9/16
"The blues? Yo' mean Sat'day night music played by no-good folks who don' wan' work in the fields? Preachers, they calls it the devil's music." Those words are spoken by a character in Fat Man Blues, a new novel by Richard Wall, and are typical of Richard's attempt to get under the skin of the Blues. He uses a lot of colloquial language like this in doing so, and pretty successfully. Since a review copy came in, which is also being curated into what is becoming the British Blues Exhibition, the book has been around, getting itself seen on the British Blues scene. To read more - go to Blog Of The Blues here.
He Ain't Heavy! 28/9/16
Today's Vid Of The Day is 'Heavy' - the hot new single from Glenn Hughes - the first radio single taken from Glenn's forthcoming album 'Resonate' - released by Frontiers Music Srl on Friday 4th November. The single features Hughes on lead vocals and bass guitar, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Chad Smith (drums), plus Lachy Doley (keyboards) and Soren Anderson (guitar). Hughes and Anderson also produced the album at Medley Studios in Copenhagen. Glenn will also tour the UK in November with special guests Living Colour.
King Wayne On Route 66 28/9/16
King King drummer and music producer Wayne Proctor (pictured) was host Rory Auskerry's guest on the Route 66 Radio Show last Sunday night. On today's Track Of The Day they chat about the King King Live release due out in October 2016, Proctor's path to becoming a drummer, how he approaches production projects and the magic ingredients that make a great live album. There's also new music from Glenn Hughes, Jamie Porter and The Marcus King Band plus tracks from The Allman Brothers Band, Steven Tyler, The Rolling Stones and more.
Raveneye Track Of The Day 28/9/16
UK Rock trio RavenEye have unleashed a new video for the song 'Madeline' - which is the third track they’ve made available from their debut album NOVA released last Friday via Frontiers srl. By the time he was 25 singer/guitarist Oli Brown had been hailed by Mojo as “the hottest young pistol in British Blues”, released four solo albums and toured the world for 10 years with legends such as Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy. Two years ago he gave all that up for the love of Rock and RavenEye was born! Now boasting Aaron Spiers on bass and with a new drummer in place – 21 year old Adam Breeze - the band are set to take 2016 by storm. The band also embark on a UK tour next month including Leos Red Lion, Gravesend on Friday 18th November.
Born To Be Blues 27/9/16
"No pressure then as they kicked off our fourth BluesRockFest at 3pm at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend, with already a sizeable crowd in attendance. As expected their forty minute setlist would draw completely on their new album as they opened with the tifter wearing Funkas' cool bassline on
'River' and immediately the Red Lion punters were, ahem, hooked. 'Trust Yourself' with Turner's 'Joplinesque' groovy, gravelly voice and tangible stage presence, was a great foot stomping romp with a great riff from Black. Taj Mahal's 'Leaving Trunk' grooved and rocked in true 60's/70's style whilst 'Brand New Day' emphasised the tightness of a band excelling in all the right places. Black's intro on the album title track took things down tempo with some intricate guitar work combined with Turner's hypnotic captivating voice that saw the appreciative crowd hanging of off every word. Classy."
Read the rest of AJ's Born Healer BluesRockFest review here plus check out our photo gallery here.
Happy 60th Birthday Wrinkly 27/9/16
Although typically charging people to come to his 60th birthday celebration at BluesRockFest - today is actually WRC legend Col's (aka Wrinkly) official birthday. Pictured second from left on Leo's Red Lion stage on Saturday presenting The Mentulls with their 2015 WRC Best Blues Performance award, Colin received a big card signed by all those present, a '60 Years On Tour' WRC t-shirt and a cake with the WRC logo on it! Meanwhile today's Red Butler Vid Of The Day was taken by Mr. Rockrpix (John Bull), our Track Of The Day is courtesy of one of our valued sponsors Radio Seagull and we understand that thanks to our live streaming - we even had someone watching BluesRockFest in Ontario!
Black Market In Coulsdon 27/9/16
And talking of presentation's - Mr. Tuesday Night Music Club Richard Dunning was also duly on the Red Lion stage presenting Matt and Paul Long from Catfish with their well deserved 2016 British Blues Awards after their storming BluesRockFest set. Meanwhile it's back to the bread and butter stuff tonight for Rich as Black Market III take to the stage at the TNMC at the Comrades Club, 194 Brighton Road, Coulsdon, Greater London, CR5 2NF.
Early BluesRockfest Photo Gallery 26/9/16
"Thanks for a great day yesterday and for including us in such a great line up! We had a blast and enjoyed meeting u all properly! Hope to see u soon!! ☺ love from all at Born Healer xx","(The Mentulls) Beautiful & mesmerising", "#kentbluesrockfest was awesome yesterday. Well done @WRINKLYCLUB for a great event and thanks for having me aboard John Doe Blues Band" and "Had a great time at Kent Blues Rock Fest. Thanks for having us @WRINKLYCLUB :) Gareth Bartlett Blacktop Deluxe". These were just some of the great messages we received following our awesome BluesRockFest on Saturday. Anyway check out our initial photo gallery here and our Stevie Nimmo Band Vid Of The Day which we hope gives you a flavour of a brilliant day!
Just Two Months To Wrinklystock V 26/9/16
With BluesRockFest sadly over, we now turn our attention to Wrinklystock V taking place at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford on Saturday 26th November. Our 'Monsters Of Irish Rock' gig sees headliners Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Thin Lizzy alive, with special guests U2 Tribe. With over half the tickets gone already - make sure you order your tickets now priced £22 here in order that you don't miss out!
Homelands Of The Blues 26/9/16
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day is another popular Blues women special including 55 Rose Street, Laura Cheadle, Kaz Hawkins (pictured), Katie Bradley, Joyann Parker & Sweet Tea, IReed Man & Ms Mont and Fiona Boyes.
Day To Remember 25/9/16
Well the weather was unbelievable for late September, Leo's Red Lion was packed out and the music was awesome. Yes BluesRockfest finally took place in Gravesend yesterday and what a day to remember it turned out to be. The WRC would like to thank everyone who contributed to the day - whether that was the bands themselves, both the WRC & Red Lion crews, the punters who turned up and supported our event plus of course our sponsors - thank you one and all. Anyway take a gander at our Vid Of The Day with more vids, pics and a review to come.
And There's More .............. 25/9/16
If you missed BluesRockFest yesterday (how come?) - or if you want more of the same - do not overlook the fact that WRC Promotions has a bonus gig today at The Horn in St. Albans. The line-up includes two bands as they travel home after BluesRockFest - namely 2015 WRC Award winners The Mentulls and Blacktop Deluxe - the added bonus being the superb Rainbreakers (pictured) who graced BluesRockfest last year. We hope to see as many of you there tonight!
BluesRockFest Reprise 25/9/16
Well the The Marshman was duly in attendance yesterday and the night before he was kindly broadcasting a rundown of all our BluesRockFest bands on his Blues On The Marsh show. So if you either missed BluesRockFest or indeed want to listen again to the great band bands that performed yesterday - then listen to today's Track Of The Day which also includes tracks from Katie Bradley, Charlotte Marshall and The 45s, 55 Rose Street, Bobby Rush, Lurrie Bell , Phil Bee's Freedom ,Elles Bailey, Lucy Hammond, Stevie Smith' s Sin House and a birthday celebration of 82 years for Larfin' Len!
BluesRockFest Live Streaming 24/9/16
Well the big day has finally arrived - BluesRockFest at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend - with doors opening at 2.30pm and Born Healer live on stage at 3pm. And if unfortunately you cannot make it today - we are hoping to bring you live streaming here of all seven bands on the main stage plus possibly the acoustic stage as well. For those going - a final reminder about our free FestiTool app which you download to your phone accessing the stage timings using code kbr16. It's going to be a brilliant day so watch out for our usual coverage of proceedings over the coming days!
Blues Club BluesRockFest Preview 24/9/16
The Blues Club Podcast are not only kindly sponsoring BluesRockFest headliner Stevie Nimmo's set today but they have also produced a preview playing tracks from all the artists appearing at the festival which is today's Track Of The Day. There's also new tracks from Trev Turley & Friends, Seth Walker, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Stevie Wonder, Ronnie Earl, Kandace Springs, Connie Lush, Devon Allman, Kelly's Lot, Tanya Piche Blues Band, Will Wilde, Rebecca Downes, Duke Robillard, B. B. & The Blues Shacks and more.
Down By The Riverside 24/9/16
And on the subject of festivals, it was great to be included in a recent tweet from Chris Antonik including some video footage of his band on the Riverside Stage at the Upton Blues Festival in mid-July which is today's Vid Of The Day. Three days later the WRC had the pleasure of catching Chris's set at The Bulls Head in Barnes and interviewing the man himself here.
BOTM BluesRockFest Special Tonight 23/9/16
With just one day to go to BluesRockFest at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend, this Saturday 24th September - The Marshman will be doing a rundown of all the bands on his Blues On The Marsh show here tonight at 7pm. Also being aired for the first time on the show are tracks from Katie Bradley, Charlotte Marshall and The 45s, 55 Rose Street, Bobby Rush, Lurrie Bell , Phil Bee's Freedom ,Elles Bailey, Lucy Hammond, Stevie Smith' s Sin House and a birthday celebration of 82 years for Larfin' Len! And if you're looking for a gig to go to tonight then the Fran McGillivray Band are playing for free at 9pm at The Pelton Arms, Greenwich or if you want to catch some hard driving Joe Bonamassa/Fleetwood Mac/John Mayall Blues Rock - then the Sloe Train Blues Band are playing at the White Horse in Banbury from 9pm.
Hold On For Dear Life! 23/9/16
Pennsylvania US rockers and WRC favourites Crobot release their new album 'Welcome To Fat City' - via Nuclear Blast Entertainment in the UK and Europe today. They also have announced they will be bringing their funkadelic riffs back to UK shores this Autumn - supporting Australian rockers Airbourne (who we saw at Ramblin' Man) on all UK dates including London's Electric Ballroom on Tuesday 29th November which we will be attending. Anyway check out today's Vid Of The Day - in our opinion the stand-out track from the new album - a live version of 'Hold On For Dear Life'.
A Girl Like You 23/9/16
If there was a better Summer track released this year than 'Sound Of The Summer' then we've yet to hear it. Anyway we introduced you to Jamie Porter in August - a musician living in North Wales, writing and playing original Blues Rock influenced songs and taking them out live with his band - with a view to releasing an album either later in the year or early 2017. So we were recently delighted to get a tweet from Jamie re: his latest track 'A Girl Like You' - which is today's Track Of The Day!
Art For Art's Sake 22/9/16
"Just how would four music acts and the seven ladies of burlesque combine? There was already a theoretical affinity between the separate artforms, rooted in the music having heavy innuendo in its roots (and ever since) and burlesque being an assertive celebration of femininity any of the gutsy early Blues ladies would have admired. A third artform - literature - was also represented in the shape of a copy of Richard Wall's entertaining new Blues-soaked novel, Fat Man Blues, which spent the night on the stage, close to the action."
Read the rest of Darren Weale's take here on last Thursday's Burlesque and Blues Revue at Camden's Proud plus check out our photo gallery here.
Blind Ego 22/9/16
We first came across RPWL following a brilliant cover of Steve Hillage's (not Hackett - that's another story) 'Sea Nature'. Anyway RPWL guitarist Kalle Wallner (aka Blind Ego) has taken seven years to complete his third solo effort 'Liquid' - which is today's Vid Of The Day. While 2007’s debut 'Mirror' sounded smooth and almost melancholic, the Freising-native Bavarian utilized the figurative steam hammer on 2009’s 'Numb' and served the audience with a tough as nails monster of Hard Rock heavily influenced by Metal. 'Liquid' now fuses the two earlier approaches without merely being a thrown together sum of its parts. In fact the elements were organically merged – and the result contains nine pieces of music that offer everything: from mighty Hard Rock melodies to brutal Heavy Metal riffing action all the way to emotionally charged passages.
Lifetime Achievement 22/9/16
Today's Track Of The Day is all the more fitting given Lifetime Achievement award winner Pete Feenstra (sponsored by the WRC) recounts the recent Newark Blues Festival and of course the British Blues Awards. In this two hour special Pete plays tracks from both artists appearing at the event and in the honours list including Willie & The Bandits, Geoff Carne & The Hatz (pictured), Ian Siegal, Jack J Hutchinson's Boom Boom Brotherhood and Nine Below Zero.
BluesRockFest Countdown Continues 21/9/16
With just 3 days to go to BluesRockFest at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend, this Saturday 24th September and its running order here - just a reminder that we have our own BluesRockFest Festitool app. Simply download the app 'Festitool' to your phone and use the code kbr16 to locate stage timings etc. for all the bands.
Blues Power 21/9/16
And talking of BluesRockFest - Absolution who appeared at BluesFest in 2013 and 2014 have released a teaser for their new album 'Blues Power' which will be available worldwide on CD and Digital Download via Target Records from next Friday 30th September. Their first single 'Nothing But A Broken Heart' is today's Video Of The Day and you can order your own copy of the album direct from the band here for £13 (plus postage) with every copy pre-ordered before this coming Sunday being personalised and signed by the band!
Route 66 BBA Special 21/9/16
On this week's Route 66 Track Of The Day host Rory Auskerry is celebrating the winners at this years British Blues Awards as Rory runs through all the categories playing a track from each of the winners. Also on the show is new music from David Grissom, Led Zeppelin, Aaron Keylock and ZZ Top (pictured) plus Rory also takes a look at the music news and marks the birthdays in Rock & Blues.
Rocking Robin 2 20/9/16
The WRC first brought Big Wolf Band - an exciting powerful 5 piece Blues band from Birmingham - to your attention in June this year. Well the guys were rocking the Robin 2 in Bilston on Sunday night (Vid Of The Day) with Jonathan Earp on guitar & vocals, Tim Jones on Drums, Mick Jeynes on Bass and Paul Brambini (out of shot) on Hammond keys. The guys perform a mixture of originals as well as their take on a few classics and their recent single 'Stop Right Now', was reworked, remixed and mastered by industry legend Jon Astley who has produced, recorded and mastered some the greats of our time like Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, The Who and many more!
Rock On The Ridge At BluesRockFest 20/9/16
With just 4 days to go to BluesRockFest at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend, this Saturday 24th September - the bad news is that there will be no WRC Award winning Rock On The Ridge broadcast this Saturday - although the good news is that hosts Bob & Jules will be interviewing all the BluesRockFest bands in the 'Blues Room'. Anyway last Saturday's show is today's Track Of The Day featuring KilliT, RavenEye, Crobot, Royal Blood, Massive Wagons, Bad House, Mason Hill, Bleeker, Highly Suspect, Greenleaf, Preacher Stone, John Verity, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Andrew Stockdale, Vanilla Women, Mount Holly, Bridge To Mars, The Mission, King King (pictured), Massive plus on their 'Introducing Stage' Pot Kettle Black!
Inglorious Last In Line 20/9/16
Having just started a mainland European tour with Steel Panther, WRC favourites Inglorious (who we caught at both Ramblin' Man and Download) have announced a co-headlining run of UK shows with label mates Last In Line including London's O2 Islington Academy on Friday 25th November. Inglorious will also play Planet Rockstock 2016 in Porthcawl on Sunday 4th December.
Amor & Fisk Live and Unplugged at The Inamo Onyx Bar 19/9/16
Following the success of our recent WRC John Verity Inamo gig - another gig has been arranged at The Onyx Bar, Covent Garden on Thursday 27th October featuring Amor & Fisk (Vid Of The Day). As with the first event it will be free for WRC members, there will be 20% off food in the restaurant and there is a happy hour from 5pm - 8pm. The guest list will be limited to 70 so if you want to join us and bring a guest then message us asap in the contact box below. The Joel Fisk & Jon Amor Electro Acoustic Duo originally came together as an experiment in the Summer of 2014, when the pair embarked on a short tour of the UK. The chemistry hasn’t gone unnoticed, as they’ve been nominated in the Acoustic Act of the Year category in the British Blues Awards two years running, leading them to be one of the most in-demand duos on the British Blues Scene.
John Doe Trio Added To BluesRockFest Roster 19/9/16
With just 5 days to go to BluesRockFest at Leo's Red Lion, Gravesend, on Saturday 24th September - we bring you news of another welcome addition to the days roster. The John Doe Trio, who were incidentally WRC guests at our recent JV Inamo gig, recently tweeted "Excited to be doing some short acoustic slots throughout the day next Sat for #kentbluesrockfest . Thanks to @WRINKLYCLUB for inviting me." Remember if you become a WRC member here for FREE - you not only get all the associated privileges of being a member - but you can also still buy your BluesRockFest ticket for £15 instead of £20.
Blues Buddies 19/9/16
Today's Black On Blues Track Of The Day features tracks from AK James, James Buddy Rogers, Ma Polaine’s Great Decline, Laurence Jones (pictured), Roadhouse, AG Weinberger and Andy Gunn.
Against The Grain 18/9/16
Teenage guitar sensation Aaron Keylock will release his highly anticipated debut single 'Against The Grain' (Vid Of The Day) on Thursday 6th October. Already a road warrior, he has been gigging heavily since the age of 11, playing over 200 shows including the Jazz Café, Alexandra Palace and Shepherds Bush Empire and he has supported Blackberry Smoke, The Answer, The Graveltones and The Cadillac Three. The last time we caught Aaron was at Ramblin' Man last year (pictured) and he is on tour from October to December with Wilko Johnson, Joanne Shaw Taylor and for the Planet Rock Roadstars tour with SIMO and Federal Charm - which we will be attending!