Ash Wilson Played Broken Machine Live To Perfection

Ash Wilson Played Broken Machine Live To Perfection

Ash Wilson Played Broken Machine Live To Perfection

 

Ash Wilson played Broken Machine Live To Perfection at The Tunnels, Bristol. Grabbing the opportunity to thrill the audiences with live versions of the acclaimed debut album, Broken Machine.  Half of King King on Stage, Bob Fridzema, on his mighty Hammond enjoying playing live the music he recorded with Ash. Wayne Proctor of Drums who produced the album brings the power of his drumming and in-depth understanding o the structure and shape of the songs Ash wrote. Replacing Roger Inniss on bass we had the talents of Steve Amadeo completing the dream trio around Ash Wilson’s super blues guitar playing and crooning vocals.

Ash Wilson Played Broken Machine Live To Perfection

Ash’s guitar powered by his dexterous fingers, skillful use of his pedals and the amplification through his 633 Amp.

Ash has an innate understanding of the tonal shape and depth of blues. His blues are a mix of the calm before and after the storm and the wild full on fury and energy at its heart. It is his guitar that captures the excitement of an electric storm. Flashes of lightning a clap of thunderous sound and the cleansing of rain as he captures the blues ballad to perfection.

Opening, with Peace and Love, Ash came to The Tunnels offering a night rich with the power of lyrics and vocals wrapped up in stunning guitar skills. This trio of delights would have been left wanting something else and the bad he has surrounded himself with tonight did that with skill and clever twirls of Hammond chords, deep bass riffs and drumming the drove the number to the climax.

Everyone listening tonight knew that we were in for a musical treat making Tuesday in Bristol something rather special. Those that were there will tell friends and in future years everyone will wish they were in Bristol when Ash Wilson played Broken Machine. Live reinterpreting the tracks into full stage productions.  The title track of the album came alive. The extra lead breaks from Ash and Bob adding layers of texture and tonal interest that definitely got the attention of the ears.

The set was strong as there were no fillers on the ten strong tracks of Broken Machine. The Ash Wilson Tuesday machine drove on interspersing the set list with a couple of covers. The rendition of Howlin’ Wolf’s Killing Floor, he would have been delighted to have joined in the jamming take on this classic.

Ash Wilson Played Broken Machine Live To Perfection

No Ash Wilson set is complete without the powerful number Words of a Woman.  A great re-arrangement, adding a live sense of drama to this cracking number – it was a number you just didn’t want to end. Closing the first half we were treated to a Steve Amadeo bass solo and we were not Out of Time, there was a second helping of this intoxicating music.

Dividing the evening into two sets worked. A short interval gave everyone time to draw breath, and reflect on the music they have just heard live.  The conclusion was phenomenal, wow! Brilliant your ears must have been burning.

The second set kept the tempo and vibe electric. Opening with Hold On Now, we were we didn’t want to miss a single note being played.  The Hitcher has to be one of the stand-out tracks, epitomizes British Blues taking us on a road trip we all understand and can relate to. Like all the music tonight. The songs have a story personal with ghostly memories of hurts, frustrations, and joys from the past.

Holding Hands, gave Bob and Ash another opportunity to play a duet tonight they were relaxed as the evening was drawing to a close, having fun and entertaining.  What a night of live music, hints of Rolling Stones, oozing with haunting memories of bluesmen from the past and the electric draw of Hendrix. All wrapped up by Ash creating his own distinctive British sound. His voice has the power, can then be gentle, beguiling crooning just for you. On another number tempestuous with the guitar working overtime to reflect the song being sung. This was a Tuesday that will shine brightly in everyone’s musical memory box. The night Ash Wilson came to Bristol and played for us. In a personal way as he connects with the whole audience.  The only disappointments were the venue should have been packed with fans of quality live music and the music had to stop.

If you have an influence on festival lineups or venues, I recommend that you demand Ash Wilson before he becomes a British blues phenomenon that will be expensive to hire.

 

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Ash Wilson Played Broken Machine Live To PerfectionRead Bluesdoodles review of Broken Machine. Vocals and Lyrics are the winning combination.  Added to this is the production which is crisp and the focused intent to take you on a musical journey of blues, contemporary and reflecting styles and textures through the Ash Wilson guitar. Another gem from Superfly Studios. READ MORE…

What  did Ash & Liz over at Bluesdoodles talk about when they had a chat early in 2017 READ HERE

 

Ash Wilson Played Broken Machine Live To Perfection

Jared James Nichols Announces New Album Black Magic

Jared James Nichols Announces New Album Black Magic

Jared James Nichols Announces New Album Black Magic

Jared James Nichols Announces New Album Black Magic

 

Jared James Nichols Announces New Album Black Magic. The band bring rocking Blues magic
features Dennis Holm (drums), Jared James Nichols (guitar, vocals), and Erik Sandin (drums).

 

ALBUM TRACKS BY TRACK 
1. Last Chance (2:48) 
2. The Gun (3:22) 
3. Don’t Be Scared (3:27) 
4. Honey Forgive Me (2:22) 
5. Home (2:57) 
6. Got To Have You (2:50) 
7. End Of Time (2:46) 
8. Run (2:54) 
9. Keep Your Light on Mama (2:54) 
10. What Love (2:51) 

Listen to the opening track Last Chance and get the feel. described in Jared James Nichols own words as: “Last Chance is easily the hardest-hitting song I’ve ever wrote,” says Jared. “I completely let it all hang out and went wild. Even the guitar solo is off the wall, blazing fast, and absolutely crazy. I needed to set the bar high for the new record and come out with a bang.”

The single, produced by Tony Perry (Joe’s Son) and Jared James Nichols, features drummer Aquiles Priester (Angra, WASP, Tony McAlpine), and is mixed by Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax).

 

Download the new single “Last Chance”
Available from Amazon UK 
Listen on Spotify

Bluesdoodles has listened to the whole album, review coming soon it is an exciting ride crossing genres and alighting your ear with searing music that burns.

Jared James Nichols knows how to deliver as Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and guitarist, Jared James Nichols, returns with his new album “Black Magic” which is the follow-up to 2015’s debut album “Old Glory & The Wild Revival”.

“Black Magic” features 10 tracks and will be released by Listenable Records on Friday 27th October. All tracks on the new album were recorded at The Boneyard in Boston as well as Johnny Depp’s home studio in Los Angeles and produced and co-written by Tony Perry and Jared James Nichols.

 

Check out these links where Bluesdoodles have reviewed Jared live and recorded.

In conversation – Talking about Black Magic, Music and Touring. Read More HERE

Playing Live – Opening for Glenn Hughes at The Robin 2. Read More HERE

EP Review –  Highwayman

CD Review – Old Glory & The Wild Revival

 

Jared James Nichols Announces New Album Black Magic

ERIC GALES Returning for October/November 2017 Tour

ERIC GALES Returning for October/November 2017 Tour

ERIC GALES Returning for October/November 2017 Tour

What an opportunity to hear one of the finest guitarists once again as Eric returns to the UK and Ireland for tour October and November 2018

ERIC GALES Returning for October/November 2017 Tour

 

Bluesdoodles was delighted to have heard Eric delight the packed Robin 2 ” when he played earlier this year – “There is definitely nothing Middle of The Road or standard about any of the music played by Eric and the band tonight. This is excitement, hope and joy distilled into a night that was hot and will be a highlight of 2017 that is for sure.”  Read More….

 

 

 

Following his long-awaited first UK solo tour in May and an incredible guest slot with Supersonic Blues Machine at this year’s Ramblin’ Man Fair, world-renowned Blues guitarist Eric Gales will be returning to the UK and Ireland this October/November.

TUES 24 OCT – Whelans, Dublin – TICKETS
WED 25 OCT – Dolans Warehouse, Limerick – TICKETS
THUR 26 OCT – Cyprus Ave, Cork – TICKETS
FRI 27 OCT – Picturedrome, Holmfirth – TICKETS
SUN 29 OCT – Mr Kyps, Bournemouth – TICKETS
TUE 31 OCT – Boom, Boom Club, Sutton – TICKETS
THU 02 NOV – Robin 2, Bilston – TICKETS

 

“Scorching” Classic Rock
“One of the greatest guitarists on the planet”  Fireworks
“Rocket-fuelled”  Guitarist
“If you’re looking for the blues album of 2017. This is going to be very hard to beat”  Total Guitar 5/5
“The injection of danger and unpredicability that the blues-rock scene desperately needs…some of his best songs yet”  Guitar & Bass 8/10
“The more you listen to it the more the brilliance of Eric Gales becomes apparent”  Powerplay

Middle of the Road is Eric Gales fourth album on Provogue/Mascot label Group

Bluesdoodles loves the album one you return to –  “No doubting that Eric Gales is back producing the best music yet. Blues guitar with attitude, lyrics with a heartfelt understanding of the myriad emotions this album lays bare for the listener to explore and understand.” Read More …...

 

ERIC GALES Returning for October/November 2017 Tour

 

 

 

Re-Scheduled Dates King King Exile & Grace Tour 2018

KING KING – EXILE & GRACE October 2017 UK Tour

Re-Scheduled Dates King King Exile & Grace Tour 2018

EXILE & GRACE” – THE NEW ALBUM
RELEASED ON CD, VINYL AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ON FRIDAY 6TH OCTOBER 2017
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER FROM www.kingking.co.uk

RESCHEDULED JANUARY 2018 UK TOUR DATES

King King are pleased to announce the release of their fourth studio album “Exile & Grace” released by Manhaton Records on Friday 6th October 2017. The album features the band’s current single (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ which is currently a big hit on Planet Rock radio in the UK.

Due to a throat condition with lead singer and guitarist Alan Nimmo, the band’s October 2017 UK tour dates have been re-scheduled to January 2018.  All October 2017 tickets are valid for the rescheduled shows in January 2018.

The rescheduled dates include London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Wednesday 17 January), Birmingham Town Hall (Thursday 18 January), Bath Forum (Saturday 20 January), Edinburgh Queen’s Hall (Friday 26 January), and Sheffield Leadmill (Saturday 27 January).
Tickets are available via the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 and can be ordered from www.thegigcartel.com.

The new album “Exile & Grace” promises to deliver a bigger punch, with killer songs performed with true passion by a fist tight line-up. The album was recorded at Superfly Studios and mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder and Therapy).

 

KING KING – EXILE & GRACE October 2017 UK Tour

Tour Dates
TICKETS: Planet Rock or Gig Cartel

London Shepherd’s Bush Empire    Wednesday 17th January 2018
Birmingham, Town Hall    Thursday 18th January 2018
Bath, Forum   Saturday 20th January 2018
Edinburgh Queen’s Hall Friday 26th January 2018
Sheffield, Leadmill   Saturday 27th January 2018

 

KING KING – EXILE & GRACE October 2017 UK TourForthcoming Album Exile & Grace was recorded at Superfly Studios, the quartet’s first album of new material since 2015’s multi-award winning “Reaching For The Light features the upcoming single “(She Don’t) Give Me No Lovin’”.
The new single was mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder and Therapy) and was released on Friday 23rd June.

Says King King’s frontman and guitarist, Alan Nimmo, “Exile & Grace definitely has a rockier feel and sound to it. We are following our influences from the Classic Rock genre, Bad Company, Whitesnake and Thunder. We really set out to challenge ourselves with this album. We’ve stepped up the quality of songwriting and pushed ourselves physically in both performance and delivery!”

King King’s 2011 debut album “Take My Hand” was crowned Blues Album of the month in Classic Rock. Following this success, King King’s next album Standing in The Shadows was the highlight of Classic Rock Blues magazine’s Top 50 Albums of 2013. It’s no surprise then that King King won Best Album and Best Band at the 2012 and the 2014 British Blues Awards.

2015 saw the band fly even higher with the release of their “Reaching For The Light” album. King King were nominated for Best New Band at Classic Rock’s prestigious Roll of Honour and inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame for three consecutive Band wins.

King King have played in all corners of the globe. From the Mahindra Festival in Mumbai, India, to Ottawa Bluesfest in Canada, and numerous festivals throughout the whole of Europe. One of the highlights of 2016 was a UK arena tour with the mighty Thunder, which included playing to over 10,000 people at Wembley Arena and a sell-out headline show on home turf in Glasgow.

Their headlining tour in 2017 took them to mainland Europe and the UK. The band are back with a vengeance in October 2017 to perform songs from their new album “Exile & Grace.”
King King are widely recognised as the UK’s hottest rock blues band, the band continue to push the envelope by performing unforgettable live shows with first class musicianship.

 

King King live shows are a not to be missed event – this is what Bluesdoodles has said:- 

Artrix, Bromsgrove – Reaching For the Light, Bluesdoodles said ..album of platinum proportions…..  Tonight we heard tracks that prove a studio album sounds even better when the music is live and you can see, feel and hear up close and personal. King King the quartet that has a cascade of sounds with layers of tonal textures ……….with the sparkling vocals of Alan, he can whip up a frenzy, make you cry, laugh and definitely makes you want to get up and dance it is the infection that is King King live.

The Globe, Cardiff – Crazy, yes, the room went crazy with this perennial favourite. Then far too soon it was time for an encore Let Love In and another opportunity for Choir Globe to get involved.

City Hall, Salisbury – This is a night many will talk about do you remember when South African Dan Patlansky and then the mighty King King took Salisbury by a Blues storm. Yes, King King Reaching Spiraling Heights in Salisbury tonight.

 

Re-Scheduled Dates King King Exile & Grace Tour 2018

 

 

 

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones

 

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones

 

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones bringing double joy from the blues power that is JW Jones: New Album High Temperature released Friday 20th October 2017 plus touring the UK throughout November and December 2017.

“His evolution as a musician and vocalist shine through on this record like never before. Real songs, real playing by real people. JW is the real deal.” 
–  Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones)

JW Jones, the award-winning Canadian blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, will release his new album “High Temperature” on Solid Blues Records via Proper Distribution in the UK and Europe

“High Temperature”, produced by Nashville-based Colin Linden, recently won “Best Self-Released CD” at the 2017 ‘International Blues Challenge’ (via Blues Foundation in Memphis), and was also named the ‘Hot Shot Debut’ on the Billboard Top 10.

“High Temperature” is the follow-up to JW’s JUNO Award nominated 2014 album Belmont Boulevard”, which was nominated for a Maple Blues Award, and held the #1 position on Canadian roots radio stations for 13 weeks.

Bluesdoodles saw JW Jones live last year. Wow what  a show, thoroughly recommended  Do Not Miss Him This Time.  “Swansea heard and felt the sinews of blues emotional magic weave around the venue tonight. Come back soon JW Jones”Read what we said HERE.

Belmont Boulevard Review from Bluesdoodles HERE

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones

JW JONES
“HIGH TEMPERATURE”
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017 UK TOUR

BOOK TICKETS FROM  JW Jones Website 

Worthing Pavilion
Thursday 23rd November 2017
Book Tickets: SeeTickets.com
Book Tickets: 
www.worthingpier.co.uk
Venue Tel: 01903 366 017

Cellar Bar, Bear Hotel, Devizes

Friday 24th November 2017
Book Tickets: www.disorderlysounds.co.uk
Venue: 01380 722 444
S

The Thunderbolt, Bristol
Saturday 25th November 
2017
Book Tickets: www.bristolticketshop.co.uk
Venue Tel: 0117 373 8947

Mr Kyps, Poole
Sunday 26th November 
2017
Book Tickets: www.mrkyps.net
Venue Box Office: 01202 748 945

Marr’s Bar, Worcester
Monday 27th November 
2017
Book Tickets: www.marrsbar.co.uk
Venue Tel: 01905 613 336

Robin 2, Bilston

Tuesday 28th November 2017
Book Tickets: www.therobin.co.uk
Venue Box Office: 01902 401 211

Wednesday 29th November 
2017
Book Tickets: www.hullboxoffice.com
Venue Tel: 01482 317 941
Venue Email: 
Mal@kardomah94.com

The Musician, Leicester
Thursday 30th November 
2017
Book Tickets: www.wegottickets.com
Venue Tel: 0116 251 0080

Pizza Express, Maidstone
Friday 1st December 
2017
Book Tickets: www.pizzaexpresslive.com
Venue Tel: 
01622 683 548

Borderline, London
Saturday 2nd December 
2017
Book Tickets: www.seetickets.com
Book Tickets: www.ticketweb.co.uk
Ticket Hotline: 0844 847 1678

 Edinburgh Voodoo Rooms   – “Edinburgh Blues Club”
Sunday 3rd December 
2017
Book Tickets: www.ticketweb.co.uk
Book Tickets: 
https://tickets-scotland.com
Email contact: info@edinburgh-blues.co.uk 

Waterfront, Norwich
Tuesday 5th December 
2017
Book Tickets: http://thewaterfrontstudio.ticketabc.com
Venue Tel: 01603 508 050

Brighton Komedia

Wednesday 6th December 2017
Book Tickets: www.komedia.co.uk/brighton
Venue Box Office: 01273 647 100

Southampton Talking Heads

Thursday 7th December 2017
Book Tickets: www.thetalkingheads.co.uk
Venue Tel: 02380 361 970

Keighley Blues Live

Friday 8th December 2017
Book Tickets: www.list.co.uk
Venue Tel: 01274 562 252

Glasgow Sleazy’s
Saturday 9th December 
2017
Book Tickets: www.pmmusic.co.uk

Newcastle Cluny 2
Sunday 10th December 
2017
Book Tickets: www.seetickets.com
Venue Tel: 0191 221 2659

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones

High Temperature Tour and Album with JW Jones

Joe Bonamassa Back On UK Tour March 2018

Joe Bonamassa Back On UK Tour March 2018

Joe Bonamassa Back On UK Tour March 2018

72 HOUR PLANET ROCK TICKET PRE-SALE
STARTS TUESDAY 11 JULY 2017
www.planetrock.com

 Following Joe Bonamassa’s successful tour including two sold out concerts at London’s Royal Albert Hall in April 2017, the celebrated blues-rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, is pleased to announce that he will return to the UK in March 2018 to perform seven concerts.

Joe Bonamassa Back On UK Tour March 2018

Dates include Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (March 9), Manchester Arena (March 10), Carlisle Sands Centre (March 11), Aberdeen GE Oil & Gas Centre (March 13), Gateshead Sage (March 14), Birmingham Genting Arena (March 16) and Brighton Centre (March 17).

Tickets will then go on general sale at 9am on Friday 14th July from TICKET MASTERS and JOE BONAMASSA 

Joe Bonamassa Back On UK Tour March 2018

 

The March 2018 UK tour will feature Joe alongside a hand-picked group of world-class musicians playing material from Blues of Desperation, plus classic Bonamassa fan favourites.

Bluesdoodles loved the album “This is the first time Bluesdoodles has given Joe Bonamassa a 10 this is an inspired album that hit my blues-spot. This is a new approach more muted deeper tones, the result a powerful statement an album with direction and purpose.” READ what we said in Full HERE

Joe Bonamassa Back On UK Tour March 2018
24 HOUR TICKET HOTLINE: 0844 844 0444
BOOK ONLINE: TICKET MASTERS and JOE BONAMASSA 

Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena                          Friday 9 March

Manchester, Arena                                         Saturday 10 March

Carlisle, Sands Centre                                   Sunday 11 March

Aberdeen, GE Oil & Gas Centre                Tuesday 13 March

Gateshead, Sage                                              Wednesday 14 March

Birmingham, Genting Arena                       Friday 16 March

Brighton, Centre                                              Saturday 17 March

Joe Bonamassa Vintage Extravaganza Enthralls Colston Hall

“I just wish we were standing as this was not music to sit to, as the show drew to the last three numbers Joe, simply signed for the crowded auditorium to stand. We did and then the music became even more scintillating and the energy rose to another level.”
 – Bluesdoodles

“An excellent set, featuring mostly self-penned compositions, but some covers thrown in including Led Zep’s Boogie with Stu and rock classic Hummingbird, made for a fantastic evening’s entertainment.”
– Sheffield Star

“His soloing was, as you would expect,
immaculate and his vocals right on the money.”

– Music-News.com

“Bonamassa has to be heard and seen to be believed.” 
– 
Bristol Post

 “The best guitarist on the planet at the very top of his game.”
– Liverpool Echo

“Bonamassa’s recorded output has been nothing short of extraordinary – there doesn’t seem to be anything he can’t handle … Hugely impressive.”
– Acoustic Magazine

 

Joe Bonamassa Back On UK Tour March 2018

Simon McBride On Tour Across U.K. November 2017

Simon McBride On Tour Across U.K. November 2017

Simon McBride On Tour Across U.K. November 2017

 

 

Fast becoming the next Irish blues guitar hero in the footsteps of Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore, the Belfast-born guitarist has gained a pile of accolades. 

Here are the UK dates in November. You will find ticket links Simon McBride’s Website HERE

2 Nov WORCESTER: Huntingdon Hall  7.30pm  £16
Booking Office 01905 611427 – Online HERE

3 Nov ST HELENS: itadel 7.30pm  £15
Booking Office 01905 611427 – Online HERE

6 Nov BILSTON: Robin2  7.30pm  £14
Booking Office 01905 611427 – Online HERE

7 Nov HULL: Fruit 7.30pm  £15
Booking Office 01482 221113 – Online HERE

8 Nov LONDON: O2 Academy 7pm £16
0844 477 2000 – Online HERE

9 Nov SHEFFIELD: Greystones 7.30pm  £15
0114 266 5599 – Online HERE

11 Nov ILFRACOME BLUES FESTIVAL: Ilfracombe Holiday Park £119-£145
01472 349222  – Online HERE

13 Nov BRISTOL Tunnels 7.30pm  £15
0845 6050255  – Online HERE

 More news to follow about my European mainland tour in Sep/Oct Check out dates HERE

 

“The Holy Trinity of Belfast rock ‘n roll – Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher & Gary Moore – might just be on the verge of becoming a four-leaf clover.” PERFORMER MAGAZINE USA

Simon is a favourite of Bluesdoodles his live performances is a guitar workout full of entertainment and smoking blues rock. We saw him last at The Tunnels in Bristol and wrote; “Opening with Heartbreaker, from Crossing The Line Album we were off with the classy guitar we expect from the Irish guitar wizard.”  READ the review HERE

The end of 2016 saw McBride touring with Ian Gillan, filling the shoes of Ritchie Blackmore in a programme of Deep Purple songs that played across Europe. The first half of 2017 has him touring with uber-keyboardist Don Airey (another member of Deep Purple), followed by an outing with Whitesnake offshoot, Snakecharmer.

With his band of fellow Irishmen Marty McCloskey (drums) and Dave Marks (bass) Simon delivers his own distinctive songs (“Hugely accomplished” MOJO) along with crowd-pleasers from the likes of Hendrix and Free plus of course, explosive guitar playing!

Do not miss out on the opportunity to watch, listen and be mesmerised by the playing of Simon McBride and his Band  BOOK YOUR TICKET HERE NOW!

Simon McBride On Tour Across U.K. November 2017

July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad Touch

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July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad Touch

 

The anticipation had been growing day by day as June faded fueled by the release of (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ from the forthcoming King King album Exile & Grace. Having not seen the band we love to follow hear live, six months had past since we welcomed Alan Nimmo, Wayne Proctor, Lindsey Coulson and Bob Fridzema on stage. Before that moment Bad Touch had the task of warming an audience already hot with excitement.

July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchBad Touch filled the stage with charisma and the driving force of their Southern Rock, Rock n’ Roll energy and panache.  With Robert Glendinning back on lead guitar after a short sabbatical, adding his vibe to the quintet, and with the vivacious head of hair on vocals, Stevie Westwood; rhythm guitarist Daniel Seekings and a rhythm section drummer George Drewry & Michael Bailey on Bass they were on top form.  This was a set where they may have sung 99% but the energy was off the richter scale they wanted Bristol to have fun tonight. The slide guitar work from Glendinning cemented his role in the band and the interaction with Daniel Seekings had the guitars singing in a disorderly, melodic party of Rock n Roll mayhem.  Truth Be Told, the apt title of their latest album, the set was short, no time for small talk as they squeezed in every ounce of energy into the songs, we have heard on Planet Rock and Outlaw, every band should have a cowboy song.  The cheers were huge as Bob Fridzema joined in the last night party atmosphere at the Fleece to warm up before the main event. Bad Touch, turn every note into golden southern rock nuggets absolutely modern as they build on retro power; they are back on the road again very soon.

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Alan’s smile was broad and genuine, not a showman’s face; with his red kilt , guitar in hand including a blue plaster over a cut finger he made every one welcome to Saturday night at  The Fleece.

The set comprised nine numbers plus Let Love In the encore we have come to expect and gives the audience the opportunity to be the community choir led by the kilted wonder that is Alan Nimmo.  The mutual joy was definitely shared on stage and in the audience

With a mix of numbers from the live and studio albums saw the welcomed return of Heavy Load. Originally a Free number given the Nimmo treatment his guitar work was as ever magical and the slight slip of the stings replicated a rare Free outtake! Alan chortled at the end of the song.  Interspersed were crowd pleasers that have become the heart of the bands DNA You Stopped The Rain and Long History of Love. The opportunity for the band to get funky and the audience to dance, despite being curtailed by space clap our hands on All Your Life. What fun with Bob’s hands as ever throughout the evening caressing the Hammond making it sing in harmony with Alan’s vocals that were on top form tonight. Into the mix the muscle of the rhythm from bassist Lindsay whose strings gave a rich depth of funkiness and Wayne’s drumming hitting out a vibe that showered The Fleece with percussive force and energy.

Then there was the first opportunity to hear (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’. The cheers were rapturous before a note was played as Alan thanked everyone for buying the single so it was No.1 on UK Blues Chart.  The number is a perfect single, introducing us to the album Exile & Grace out later this year. The hooks are sharp, the lyric memorable and beat infectious. Rockier that many of their other numbers, the sound invokes sound of British Rock ‘n Roll with a definite hint of Thunder in the air. The single is 100% King King and will become a firm favourite as it is an ear worm of ticklish delight.

Having reviewed King King for many years two things always strike me after the show. Firstly; you are left euphoric the blues rock they deliver pleases the crowd, they always entertain. Secondly, King King connect to your soul, with a feeling of friendship, belonging to a fellowship cemented by this is why LIVE MUSIC has a special power every time.

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King King set List
More Than I Can Take (Standing In The Shadows)
Wait On Time (Live)
Rush Hour (Reaching For The Light)
You Stopped The Rain (Reaching For The Light)
Long History of Love (Standing In The Shadows)
Waking Up (Reaching For The Light)
Heavy Load (Standing In The Shadows)
Gimme No Lovin’ (Exile & Grace)
All Your Life (Take My Hand)
Stranger To Love (Reaching For The Light)

Encore
Let Love In

 

July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad Touch

Bristol – Trio of Bands, Women, Punk Revival and Politics

Bristol - Trio of Bands, Women, Punk Revival and Politics

Trio of Bands, Women, Punk Revival and Politics

Opening the proceedings of a night organised by Victoria Bourne of Husky Tones are a young band Drunken Butterfly. The trio is retro punk with modern lyrics. At times it was so retro it was nostalgic, bring back memories (well for the older members) of a diverse audience at The Louisiana tonight.

Tonight the trio bought energy as they performed their own numbers form current EP and a cover of PJ Harvey a big inspirational force on Darcie, bassist & vocalist, Alice guitarist & Katie on drums summing up the power behind them with the slogan Girls Unite. The band is raw and youthful as they open tonight’s proceedings; With Sister, Not all Men and Socialist in The City, title track of the EP with confidence they played a new number performing it live for the first time tonight,; Good Bye Union, reflecting on Brexit. Drunken Butterfly with hints of many bands from the past including Poly Styrene have the potential to make a noise that will be long appreciated on the music scene.

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Bristol Trio of Bands, Women , Punk Revival and PoliticsNext Husky Tones, a duo that re-defines what combining  vocals, guitar and drums can achieve. Tonight the music was loud, punk-blues fitting in with the evening. Victoria Bourne & Chris Harper have a wide catalogue, always shaping the music to the audience.  Opening with Round The Wrekin from the inspirational album Who Will I Turn To Now. The title track a salutary tale of the reality of the UK benefits system in 2017.  The music fell out of the speakers with spirited, raw attitude from the power of the sticks and the sublime edgy and raw licks of the guitar. . Momentum; one of the highlights live with the combination of Victoria’s drumming, vocals, strong lyrics and  deep chugging rhythm from Chris’ guitar.  The upbeat party vibe lifted the mood These Hips Are Made For You, fast furious and still angry hence ‘punk-blues. Short set, including to celebrating living in Bristol for six-years a Portishead cover, Glory Box they may have sung the lyric-‘ I’m so tired, of playing’, truth is we never tire of listening to the duo that is never afraid to stretch the blues with punk and fun.

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Bristol Trio of Bands, Women , Punk Revival and PoliticsClosing the night, the legendary Rita Lynch. Rita has sung punk since the days in London with her own band in the 1980’s. He fame rose as  bassist in Bristol band Blue Aeroplanes. Her music is always edgy politically motivated and so much more. Rita creates sonic imaginary as she explores social, philosophical thoughts and sexuality . Music with a clear message.  Closing with an authentic true Punk Rock sound with hefty chords, great rhythm guitar from Rita tonight augmented her voice as she stood on tip toes to deliver here recognizable sound.  The set was accomplished weaving in tones of Patti Smith, Pat Rook and The Kinks. A very infectious sound played by a top-notch performer.  The set list was full of numbers and we were left wanting to hear more; opening with Tied To You , with hope and losing included this was a set where the lyrics covered the hurt and never-ending cycle of life, at the heart Hope. We all say thank you Pandora for leaving that in the box.

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Tonight, we heard three bands united by feminist lead attitude. Led by three strong musicians who happen to be women and for once women on the stage outnumbered the men.  A great night of local music celebrating beliefs, hope and above all punk inspired entertaining sounds and lyrics that cut through to the heart of the issues. Long live music and welcome the day when fairness and equality is a reality not a hope.

KING KING – EXILE & GRACE October 2017 UK Tour

KING KING – EXILE & GRACE October 2017 UK Tour

KING KING – EXILE & GRACE OCTOBER 2017 UK TOUR

PLANET ROCK 48-HOUR TICKET PRE-SALE ON WEDNESDAY 14th JUNE
TICKETS ON SALE TO GENERAL PUBLIC ON FRIDAY 16th JUNE

King King are pleased to announce their biggest UK tour to date. The band will play a series of high-profile concerts, including London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Wednesday 18th October. The tour supports the release of King King’s eagerly anticipated fourth studio album “Exile & Grace”, released on Friday 6th OctoberPlanet Rock will start an exclusive 48 hour ticket pre-sale on Planet Rock  – Wednesday 14th June. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday 16th June via the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 and can be ordered online from  The Gig Cartel 

KING KING – EXILE & GRACE October 2017 UK Tour

Tour Dates
TICKETS: Planet Rock or Gig Cartel

Bath, Forum                                                       Saturday 14 October
Birmingham, Town Hall                                Tuesday 17 October
London Shepherd’s Bush Empire              Wednesday 18 October
Sheffield, Leadmill                                         Thursday 19 October
Edinburgh Queen’s Hall                               Friday 20 October

KING KING – EXILE & GRACE October 2017 UK TourForthcoming Album Exile & Grace was recorded at Superfly Studios, the quartet’s first album of new material since 2015’s multi-award winning “Reaching For The Light features the upcoming single “(She Don’t) Give Me No Lovin’”.
The new single was mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder and Therapy) and is released on Friday 23rd June.

Says King King’s frontman and guitarist, Alan Nimmo, “Exile & Grace definitely has a rockier feel and sound to it. We are following our influences from the Classic Rock genre, Bad Company, Whitesnake and Thunder. We really set out to challenge ourselves with this album. We’ve stepped up the quality of songwriting and pushed ourselves physically in both performance and delivery!”

King King’s 2011 debut album “Take My Hand” was crowned Blues Album of the month in Classic Rock. Following this success, King King’s next album Standing in The Shadows was the highlight of Classic Rock Blues magazine’s Top 50 Albums of 2013. It’s no surprise then that King King won Best Album and Best Band at the 2012 and the 2014 British Blues Awards.

2015 saw the band fly even higher with the release of their “Reaching For The Light” album. King King were nominated for Best New Band at Classic Rock’s prestigious Roll of Honour and inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame for three consecutive Band wins.

King King have played in all corners of the globe. From the Mahindra Festival in Mumbai, India, to Ottawa Bluesfest in Canada, and numerous festivals throughout the whole of Europe. One of the highlights of 2016 was a UK arena tour with the mighty Thunder, which included playing to over 10,000 people at Wembley Arena and a sell-out headline show on home turf in Glasgow.

Their headlining tour in 2017 took them to mainland Europe and the UK. The band are back with a vengeance in October 2017 to perform songs from their new album “Exile & Grace.”
King King are widely recognised as the UK’s hottest rock blues band, the band continue to push the envelope by performing unforgettable live shows with first class musicianship.

 

King King live shows are a not to be missed event – this is what Bluesdoodles has said:- 

Artrix, Bromsgrove – Reaching For the Light, Bluesdoodles said ..album of platinum proportions…..  Tonight we heard tracks that prove a studio album sounds even better when the music is live and you can see, feel and hear up close and personal. King King the quartet that has a cascade of sounds with layers of tonal textures ……….with the sparkling vocals of Alan, he can whip up a frenzy, make you cry, laugh and definitely makes you want to get up and dance it is the infection that is King King live.

The Globe, Cardiff – Crazy, yes, the room went crazy with this perennial favourite. Then far too soon it was time for an encore Let Love In and another opportunity for Choir Globe to get involved.

City Hall, Salisbury – This is a night many will talk about do you remember when South African Dan Patlansky and then the mighty King King took Salisbury by a Blues storm. Yes, King King Reaching Spiraling Heights in Salisbury tonight.

 

KING KING – EXILE & GRACE October 2017 UK Tour