Walter Trout New Album

Walter Trout will be releasing his new album ‘Survivor Blues’ on 25th January 2019 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. The first single to be released from the album is the brilliant rendition of Sunnyland Slim’s Be Careful How You Vote, which is a rollicking barnburner that stresses the importance of choosing carefully at the ballot box, without taking sides.

No ordinary artist. No ordinary covers album. From the day he conceived the project to the moment he counted off the first song in the studio, Walter Trout had a bolder plan for ‘Survivor Blues’. “I’m riding in my car sometimes,” says the US blues titan. “I’ve got a blues station on – and here’s another band doing ‘Got My Mojo Workin’. And there’s a little voice in me that says, ‘Does the world need another version of that song?’ So I came up with an idea. I didn’t want to do ‘Stormy Monday’ or ‘Messin’ With The Kid’. I didn’t want to do the blues greatest hits. I wanted to do old, obscure songs that have hardly been covered. And that’s how Survivor Blues started…”

All they needed was a title. And as Trout surveyed his bloodied-but-unbowed cohorts – and reflected on a collection of blues songs whose raw power remained undimmed – he knew the suggestion of his wife and manager, Marie, couldn’t be topped. “We started thinking about these enduring songs and the guys playing on the album,” he reflects. “Mike is in recovery. Johnny almost didn’t make it. Skip has had a triple bypass. And I almost didn’t make it after my liver disease in 2014. So Marie said to me, ‘You’re a group of survivors. You’ve all been through hell and you’ve come back. These songs are survivors. This album needs to be called Survivor Blues’. I just looked at her and said: ‘You got it’.”

Catch Walter Trout live for Rockin The Blues with Johnny Lang and Kris Barras at The Forum in London on Tuesday June 4th 2019

Eric Gales New Release

Eric Gales returns with this brand new single Whatcha Gon’ Do?, taken from his brand new album The Bookends. The album is out on 8th February 2019 on Provogue/Mascot Label Group and it features collaborations with B. Slade, Doyle Bramhall II and Beth Hart.

The challenge for making ‘The Bookends’ was for Gales to challenge himself. “As a guitar player it’s been established that I can play a little bit, just a little bit,” he smiles. But for this album he not only wanted to push himself as a musician, but also as a vocalist, to build up his vocal discography. “What spearheaded that was the artists that I have on the record,” he says.

Written over a nine month period, the album was recorded at Recorded at Studio Delux, Van Nuys (CA), The Dog House, Woodland Hills (CA), Blakeslee Recording, North Hollywood (CA) and the day before he was due to fly to LA for pre-production the original producer David Bianco tragically died. It was Bianco’s management who then suggested Matt Wallace. “I heard his work and the kind of people he has produced such as Maroon 5, Faith No More and all these sorta cats. When we met up together it was just perfect. I just trusted the guy and it ended up being great, I love Matt Wallace,” says Gales.

Talking about being in the studio he elaborates; “The whole vocal thing was something I consciously wanted to push and Matt was on the same page, saying, ‘there’s gonna be sometimes you might not like me because I’m gonna push you because I feel that I know what you can do, and its more than just guitar playing’. It was just really powerful and moving.”

Gales’ story is an incredible one, he was a child prodigy and released his debut album The Eric Gales Band in 1991 as a 16 year old on Elektra Records. It was the first of 10 albums on a major label through a blistering career. He has released 15 studio albums in total ahead of ‘The Bookends’ and a host of other collaborations. He has battled drink and drug issues and spent time in jail in 2009 for possession of drugs and a weapon.

Eric Gales band is: Eric Gales (Guitar, Vocals), Mono Neon (Bass), Aaron Haggerty (Drums), LaDonna Gales (Backing vocals, Percussion) and Dylan Wiggins (Organ).

King King Tour

King King kick off their January/February 2019 UK Tour at the Nottingham Rock City on Thursday 31st January. Special guest will be American blues rock singer Sari Schorr. The 10-date tour will include shows at London Koko (February 7) and Glasgow O2 Academy (February 17). Don’t miss the chance to see this incredible band live and beat the winter blues with some amazing blues rock.

 

2018 has been a great year for the best blues rock band in the world – they won the awards for Blues Band of the Year, Blues Songwriter of the Year (Alan Nimmo) and Blues Album of the Year (Exile & Grace) at the UK Blues Awards, toured with Europe and played the iconic Royal Albert Hall in London – to name just a few highlights. Now the band are ready for 2019 and celebrated the new year with some amazing news – King King have signed with Siren Artist Management for a world-wide management deal. Siren also represents Europe, Saxon, Uriah Heep and Black Star Riders amongst others.

 

King King are the band to beat. Glasgow’s favourite sons have released four stunning studio albums – Take My Hand (2011), Standing In The Shadows (2013), Reaching For The Light (2015) and Exile & Grace (2017) – as well as an incredible live album – King King: Live (2016) – and they are not stopping. 2019 will be another exciting year for the band and their fans.

Collateral gig at Camden’s Black Heart 7th February 2019

What sets Collateral apart from the rest of the new bands is their combination of electric and acoustic guitar set against a big drum sound and throbbing bass guitar. They are loud, rockin’ and melodic. You can’t take your eyes off them.

 

Ever since Collateral burst on to the music scene earlier this year, they have attracted attention from venues, festivals, press, and of course, rock music lovers everywhere. Collateral fit neatly into the current NWOCR with their ‘Rock Anthems’ reminiscent of early Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Little Angels, Thunder, Skid Row and Tyketto.

 

The band’s debut EP ‘4 Shots!’ was released on Friday 23rd November via Roulette Records. The E.P. features the new single ‘Midnight Queen’ plus three other tracks.

 

This year they played Hard Rock Hell’s private VIP party and the reaction was off the hook.

 

The 4 Shots! E.P. was recorded and mixed by Sean Kenny at Ten 21 Studios and mastered by Grammy nominee Robin Shmittz of 24-96 mastering in Germany.

 

Ripped jeans, cowboy boots, long hair and plenty of eye-liner, Collateral are a new generation stadium-driven rock’n’roll. When they first started out, they were known as the Angelo Tristan Band, with frontman Angelo and bass player Jack forming the nucleus of the band. Since then, almost 5 years ago, they have worked tirelessly to grow their music, fanbase and their profile.

 

In true rock and roll style, it’s been a long ride, but their sheer grit and determination have seen them overcome obstacles and go from strength to strength. With the recent addition of new members Todd Winger (guitar) and Ben Atkinson (drums) and with the release of their debut single ‘Midnight Queen’ and ‘4 Shots!’ E.P., the boys have stepped up their game and are now attracting the attention they deserve.

King King announce American Blues Rock vocalist Sari Schorr will be special guest

King King are pleased to announce that American Blues Rock vocalist Sari Schorr will be special guest on their January/February 2019 UK Tour. The 10-date tour will take in amongst others, Nottingham Rock City (January 31), London Koko (February 7) and Glasgow O2 Academy (February 17). Tickets are available via www.kingking.co.uk/tour

 

Having played over 20 festivals this summer, last week the band finished the UK leg of their special guest slot on Europe’s Tour The Earth European 2018 tour and are currently touring the mainland leg of the tour.

 

On 19th May 2018, King King won three prestigious awards at the UK Blues Awards including Blues Band of the Year, Blues Songwriter of the Year (Alan Nimmo) and Blues Album of the Year (Exile & Grace).

 

King King took their pedigree to a next level with the release of their fourth studio album “Exile & Grace”. Released in October 2017 via Manhaton Records, the album featured the singles (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’, Long Time Running and Broken which became popular on Planet Rock and other rock radio stations.  The album scored a Top 40 hit in the Official UK Album Charts.

Ben Poole announces a second leg of his “Anytime You Need Me” Tour

Following the release of his latest studio album Anytime You Need Me and the following tour, international Blues/Rock/Soul guitarist, singer and songwriter Ben Poole is happy to announce a second leg of his Anytime You Need Me Tour in February 2019. The tour kicks off on Thursday 31st January at The Maltings in Farnham and finishes on Saturday 16th February at The Leopard in Doncaster. Tickets for all concerts can be booked from http://benpooleband.com/live.

 

Anytime You Need Me was recorded at Superfly Studios in Ollerton, Nottinghamshire produced by Wayne Proctor. “It was an absolute joy to work again with Wayne,” says Ben. “He has a great ear and knows me well as an artist, and the result is amazing.”

 

The new studio album marks a point in Ben’s career where he feels he’s really found himself as an all-round guitarist, singer and song-writer. The best representation on a studio record so far of the attitude, energy and excitement that he brings to his live shows. The album is a melting pot of rock, blues and soul but with a pop sensibility in the songwriting allowing it to feel accessible throughout. The overall sound showcases a lot of grit and a swagger, with special emphasis on guitar tones and instrumental performances from everyone who played on the album.

 

On Anytime You Need Me, Ben was ready to do something harder hitting and more guitar based than his previous album, Time Has Come. The main focus was still on writing great songs but with far more focus on Ben as an artist. He kept the team small and avoided having too much outside influence on the direction of the music. Ben co-wrote the album with his two writing partners, Wayne Proctor and Steve Wright.

Ben Poole, live at the Beaverwood copyright Mark Hughes

The Maltings, Farnham Thursday 31 January
The Robin 2, Bilston Wednesday 6 February
The Flowerpot, Derby Thursday 7 February
New Crawdaddy Blues Club, Basildon Friday 8 February
The Haven Club, Oxford Wednesday 13 February
Bootleggers, Kendal Thursday 14 February
Moon On The Water, Cleethorpes Friday 15 February
The Leopard Club, Doncaster Saturday 16 February

Samantha Fish – May 2019 UK Tour

Multi-Award-winning American Blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Samantha Fish After announces her May 2019 UK Tour.

 

The tour coincides with Samantha’s new studio album to be released in early 2019 which is the follow-up to her critically acclaimed 2017 albums Belle of the West and Chills & Fever.

 

After launching her recording career in 2009, Samantha quickly established herself as a rising star in the contemporary blues world. Since then, the charismatic young singer-guitarist-songwriter has earned a reputation as a rising guitar hero and powerful live performer, while releasing a series of acclaimed albums that have shown her restless creative spirit consistently taking her in new and exciting musical directions.

 

The New York Times called Fish “an impressive blues guitarist who sings with sweet power” and “one of the genre’s most promising young talents.” Her hometown paper The Kansas City Star noted, “Samantha Fish has kicked down the door of the patriarchal blues club” and observed that the young artist “displays more imagination and creativity than some blues veterans exhibit over the course of their careers.”

 

As far as Samantha is concerned, her musical future is an open road. “I’m never gonna be a traditional blues artist, because that’s not who I am,” she asserts. “But it’s all the blues for me. When Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf came out, what they were doing didn’t sound like anything that had been done in blues before. You’ve gotta keep that kind of fire and spirit. I’m never gonna do Muddy Waters better than Muddy Waters, so I have to be who I am and find my best voice.”

 

Sage 2, Gateshead Tuesday 7 May
The Stables, Milton Keynes Wednesday 8 May
Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh Thursday 9 May
Oran Mor, Glasgow Friday 10 May
O2 Academy 2, Birmingham Saturday 11 May
Thekla, Bristol Sunday 12 May
Junction, Cambridge Monday 13 May
Band on the Wall, Manchester Tuesday 14 May
The Garage, London Thursday 16 May
The Haunt, Brighton Friday 17 May
O2 Academy 2, Oxford Saturday 18 May
The Brook, Southampton Sunday 19 May

SARI SCHORR PLAYS LONDON’S 100 CLUB DURING BLUES WEEK IN JANUARY 2019

Following the release of her latest album Never Say Never, New York born Sari Schorr is thrilled to announce that she will be playing London’s 100 Club as part of its London Blues Week on Friday 18th January with Sharrie Williams – The Princess of Rockin’ Gospel Blues.

Sari will be closing the co-headline show at the Central London club.

 

Sari Schorr has a voice like no other, hyper powerful, husky, muscular, with an incredible texture and range. She delivers sentences as a boxer would throw an uppercut to his opponent.

 

In 2016, Sari first burst onto the Blues-Rock scene with her critically acclaimed debut album, A Force of Nature, produced by iconic British Blues pioneer Mike Vernon (David Bowie, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green).  Now, two years later, Sari is breaking new ground with her sophomore album, Never Say Never. Sari insisted that the album be recorded live to capture the raw energy of her music.  She has ventured deeper into her personal life. In the process, Sari has revealed herself with a vulnerability and honesty that she admits was as painful as it was healing. Her songs are highly crafted with vibrant lyrics that highlight just how good Sari is at invoking passion, grit, and empathy.

 

Sari’s success comes after years trudging the rugged road of life of the hard-working Blues woman. From her humble beginnings, working the music scene in the legendary fierce South Bronx of New York and on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, to a performance at Carnegie Hall, the operatically trained tornado stood her ground as a phenomenal Blues-Rock singer who would not be denied.

 

Sari’s home is her suitcase and her path has always taken her on the road less traveled. Her life is a story of never giving up, being true to yourself and pursuing your passions against all odds. It’s a story that is incredibly inspirational and a reminder why we should Never Say Never!

ELECTRIC MARY ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘MOTHER’

Australian rock band Electric Mary announce the release their new studio album ‘Mother’ on Friday 15th February via Listenable Records. The album features the single ‘Woman’. They’ve been around for 10 years and their fourth studio album promises to be as ground-breaking as the band’s previous albums.

 

The five-piece have become globally renowned for their explosive brain-bending live performances and at home in Australia are regarded as one of, if not the best live bands in the country. At home in Melbourne, the band has held their own while sharing the world’s stages with some of the most revered names in hard rock. Whitesnake took them on the road, Judas Priest asked them to support, Deep Purple had them in stadiums. Kiss, Alice Cooper, Motorhead, Def Leppard all followed and even after 10 years on the road Electric Mary continue to impress rock music fans and media across the planet.

 

The new album follows the previous milestone album ‘III’, released in 2011, and deemed as “mandatory for every Classic Rock reader to own” by Classic Rock Magazine. Rocktopia concluded that “’III’ keeps up Electric Mary’s high standards and is an album that deserves to see them make the next step into the big boys’ playground.”

 

Frontman Rusty Brown about ‘Mother’: “Music has always had something to say when it comes to relationships. This is 2.30 minutes of rip-roaring rock that delivers the punchline.”

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: https://youtu.be/7KWkQEBovlQ 

 

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