Doyle Bramhall II – New album Shades

Doyle Bramhall II will be releasing his brand new album ‘Shades’ on 5th October via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.  The album features appearances by Eric Clapton, Norah Jones, Greyhounds and Tedeschi Trucks Band.


Bramhall has spent over a decade as Eric Clapton’s musical right-hand man, collaborating both in the studio and on stage as well working with Norah Jones for a number of years. He played guitar and sang both lead and backup vocals during Roger Waters’ 1999-2000 In the Flesh world tour (On CD/DVD In the Flesh – Live). He has worked with a number of artists including T-Bone Burnett, Elton John, Gregg Allman, Allen Toussaint, Billy Preston, Dr. John, Erykah Badu, Questlove and has produced albums and written songs for Sheryl Crow and the Tedeschi Trucks Band.


You can watch the lyric video for ‘Everything You Need’ ft Eric Clapton here: 


Watch up for this space for updates of the interview I did with Doyle about his new alum and all things music!!!

Jawbone – Jawbone

Jawbone are a new and exciting London-based four-piece band. They self-release their eponymous debut album on Friday 9th November 2018.


Beginning as a collaboration between established solo artists Paddy Milner (keyboards, vocals) and Marcus Bonfanti (guitar, vocals), the band was soon joined by the renowned rhythm section of Rex Horan (bass, vocals) and Evan Jenkins (drums, percussion), Jawbone has quickly become a band with a unique sound focused on delivering strong songs.


Each member of Jawbone is a respected musician in the industry.  They have played with everyone from Tom Jones, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Ten Years After, Van Morrison Robert Plant, Dave Gilmour, Seth Lakeman, Cliff Richard, Ginger Baker, Ronnie Wood, Shuggie Otis, Laura Marling, James Hunter, Phil Manzanera, Garth Hudson, Jimmy Carl Black and many more.


In January 2018, Jawbone were chosen to back Eric Clapton, Van Morrison & Tom Jones at Paul Jones’ legendary charity show at G-Live in Guildford, gaining rave reviews from the artists involved and the sell-out audience alike.


Jawbone pride themselves in their lack of compromise, from the writing and recording processes, through to album artwork. The initial writing sessions between Bonfanti and Milner took place at Paddy’s house in North London where the two forged the songs that would eventually make up this debut album.


Named after a song taken from The Band’s self-titled 1969 second album, Jawbone tracked all the songs live as a four piece with minimal overdubs at London’s State of The Ark Studio using the famous EMI desk originally installed in the Pathé Marconi studios in Paris. Final touches were added at Marcus’ brothers North London studio where his collection of vintage synthesisers and micro-phones helped the band finalise their ideas.


The record was mixed in New Zealand by Nick Portman and mastered in Devon by Star Delta with a final bounce to tape to add that warmth that is missing from so many records today. The album was additionally mastered for vinyl to ensure both the digital and analog versions sounded as good as possible.


The distinctive voices of Paddy Milner and Marcus Bonfanti compliment and contrast throughout the songs as they share lead vocal duties on the album. Rex Horan’s searing falsetto vocals create the three-part harmony that has become a hallmark of the Jawbone sound.


Milton Keynes, The Stables                                         Thursday 6 September

Derby, Flowerpot                                                            Friday 7 September

Millport Country Music Festival, Scotland            Sunday 9 September

London, O2 Academy 2 Islington                              Wednesday 12 September

Newbury, Arlington                                                        Thursday 13 September

Chichester, Chichester Inn                                           Saturday 14 September

Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo – Beyond The Blue Horizon

Mike has produced albums for some of the most famous artists in British Rock and Blues history including John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (with Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor); David Bowie; Ten Years After; Savoy Brown; Fleetwood Mac (with Peter Green, Danny Kirwan and Christine McVie); Chicken Shack; Focus; Freddie King; Climax Blues Band; Level 42 and Roachford, and in 2013 was awarded the BASCA Gold Badge Award, in recognition of his unique contribution to music.

Mike is probably best known as the founder of the Blues record label BLUE HORIZON (Peter Green, Rory Gallagher, Paul Kossoff, Christone McVie) – a major ‘ground breaker’ in its time and still revered to this very day.

Maybe not quite so well-known is Mike’s ‘other’ job – that of vocalist. In the 1970s and early 1980s Mike was not only a member of The Olympic Runners but also the baritone singer with Rocky Sharpe & The Replays 

Mike says… 

“To be fronting my own Rhythm & Blues outfit has always been a dream but the right moment to make that transition never appeared until now. 

Fast forward sixty-one years to 2018 and the ‘with my own band’ debut album ‘BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON’ features tough, energising and tuneful rocking slabs of Rhythm & Blues in the vein of Fats Domino, Wynonie Harris, Little Richard and Louis Jordan et al. Twelve titles in all – 9 new self- penned originals and 3 ‘covers’ from the catalogues of Brook Benton, Mose Allison and Clarence Henry” 

Alongside this release there will be a full-scale European Tour where MIKE VERNON & THE MIGHTY COMBO will have the audiences dancing in the aisles and probably in the street! Full-on 100% good time music guaranteed to put smiles on faces! 

THE MIGHTY COMBO features Kid Carlos – an outstanding young guitar player from Spain (is this the new Peter Green?); Ian Jennings on upright bass; Matt Little on keyboards; Paul Tasker on saxophone and Mike Hellier on drums.


Friday, 07/09/2018, Venue 77, 77 Fore Hamlet, Ipswich
Saturday, 08/09/2018, Market Lavington, Music & Comedy Club, Wiltshire
Friday, 14/09/2018, The Borderline, Soho, London (double header with Sari Schorr)
Saturday, 15/09/2018, Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, Hampshire
Friday, 28/09/2018, Keighley Live, Octagon, Keighley
Saturday, 29/09/2018, Carlisle Blues Rock Festival, Cumbria
Wednesday, 03/10/2018, Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester
Friday, 05/10/2018, Blues des deux rivieres, Brittany
Saturday, 06/10/2018, Blues de Cerdanyola Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Friday, 11/01/2019,  Darlington Rhythm & Blues Club
Sunday, 20/01/2019, Great British Rock & Blues Festival, Skegness

DeWolff Announce London Show Tuesday 15th May 2018 The Black Heart, London

Psychedelic trio DeWolff will be releasing their new album ‘THRUST’ on 4th May via Mascot Records and to celebrate this they will be playing a special show at The Black Heart, London on Tuesday 15th May, support comes from London rockers The Dust Coda. Ahead of this they have revealed the new video for ‘Big Talk’.


Talking about the new video for ‘Big Talk’ the band say; “Every second you live there is a fork in the river where you can just follow the stream, do what other people expect you to do, think what other people tell you to think… or you can take control and live the best life you can live,” say the band. “For yourself, for other people, for the world. Don’t let anger control you and don’t let lies corrupt the kindness and innocence with which we’re all born. Don’t let the Big Talk kill ya, like the guy in the video.”

“We came up with the idea of a man who swallows everything that’s being put in front of him,” they continue. “Director / DOP Christiaan Kanis took our idea to the next level and using a RED camera (Stranger Things was shot with this camera) he created an intense and beautiful yet horrifying cinematic experience. The actor you see is our friend Mitch Rivers, an amazing songwriter and musician himself. The result is definitely the most incredible music video we’ve ever released.”

We will be chatting with the band closer to the gig. (more…)

Beth Hart Announces First Solo Live Release In 13 Years, ‘Live From New York – Front And Center’

On March 7th, 2017, the GRAMMY nominated “powerhouse vocalist” (Rolling Stone) Beth Hart performed a very special, intimate concert at NYC’s Iridium Jazz Club, which featured songs from her latest album ‘Fire on the Floor’ and from throughout her career. Now, 13 years after the release of her incredibly successful live release, ‘Live at Paradiso,’ Hart is treating fans to a DVD/CD release of this standout performance with ‘Live From New York – Front & Center,’ out April 13th via Provogue Records/Mascot Label Group. The performance is also featured on the Season 8 premiere episode of Public Television’s critically acclaimed concert series, Front and Center (airing now, check local listings).


Known for her visceral, soul-baring vocals and dynamic range, Hart is riding a creative tidal wave following the release of her critically acclaimed 2016 studio album, ‘Fire On The Floor,’ as well as her just-released studio collaboration with guitarist Joe Bonamassa, ‘Black Coffee.’ Levelling audiences with her incredible power and celebrated burnt-honey vocals for 20 years, Hart has just launched a 16-date coast-to-coast US tour, which will be followed by a European tour in April-May 2018.




Hart has had an incredible career, beginning with the release of a fistful of hit albums through the ’90s, then reigniting in the post-millennium as both a solo artist and the head-turning vocalist for guitar heroes like Joe Bonamassa, Slash and long-time collaborator Jeff Beck. But it’s in recent times that Beth has truly blossomed, selling out ever-larger venues in cities around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen. She is recognized as one of the great live vocalists of our time, with a voice “reminiscent of Etta James and Janis Joplin” (Music Connection), topping Billboard’s Blues Album Chart and receiving numerous GRAMMY and Blues Music Awards nominations. Dubbed “the ultimate female rock star” by The Blues Magazine, the Guardian has praised her “daring, brooding performances” and The Times has called her “Extraordinary.”

Malone Sibun Band World Premier !!

This Thursday 22nd March 2018 saw the world premier of the Malone Sibun Band at the Beaverwood Club.

The UK based, Detroit soulful blues-rock star Marcus Malone teams up with explosive British blues rock guitarist Innes Sibun, Roger Innes on bass, Chris Nugent on drums and Stevie Watts on keys.

As Innes Sibun explains: “When the chance comes along to play with a great musician who is travelling down the same musical road as you, then you jump at it.
Listening to Marcus Malone I hear echo’s of two of my favourite singers, Paul Rodgers, Otis Redding and early David Coverdale, but above all it’s Marcus’s own unmistakable style & delivery.”

Innes Sibun tearing up the stage at the Beaverwood Club

Marcus further adds: “To say we are moving in the same direction musically is an understatement. Not only does Innis have shades of my favourite guitar players – Jimmy Page, Hendrix and Paul Kossoff – but he also has the soulful approach and the dynamics of BB and Albert King. Put all those influences together and you get the unique style of Innes Sibun.”

Marcus works the audience

The set lent heavily on Marcus’s large catelogue of work and the evening was video for a potential album or EP

The Malone Sibun Band join us live on this weeks show

Detroit born UK bluesman Marcus Malone and the explosive British blues rock guitarist Innes Sibun  joined me live on this Wednesday’s (21/3/2018) to chat about their new venture the Malone Sibun Band!

Click here to listen to the full show


L-R Winston Blissett, Mark Hughes, Marcus Malone, Innes Sibun



Marcus and Winston in deep discussion


Kris Barras Band on Tour and New Album

As a former Mixed Martial Artist, the singer and guitarist has fought in front of 8000 people, lived it up in Las Vegas, dealt with bankruptcy, suffered a deep and personal loss, unleashed southern-fried blues fury on stages across Europe and been voted one of the best 13 Blues Guitarists in the World Right Now in 2017.


Show 103 with my interview with Danny Bryant is now available on listen again!

Happy weekend everyone.

How’s the snow in your part of the UK?

For some strange reason we seemed to have escaped the worst of it here in Caterham on the Hill.

Today what snow we did have is beginning to melt! So why don’t we  skip Spring and go straight to Summer!


So here’s the link to this week’s Rock n Blues Show, which features a part interview with Danny Bryant.


Just click here!