King King taking a new direction on Exile & Grace Album

King King taking a new direction on Exile & Grace Album

King King taking a new direction on
Exile & Grace Album

 

 

King King taking a new direction on Exile & Grace Album. The mix is matured and has a vibe of intent to deliver the music the growing army of fans want to hear.  The music has the solidity of granite rock and definitely a new cadence to the vocals from our kilt wearing Alan Nimmo.  The honeyed vocals have sharpened with a soulful considered delivery that rocks with a bluesy haze.

Opening number Gimme No Lovin will be instantly recognised thanks to the considerable airplay the number has received. There is definitely a nod towards Thunder. Danny Bowes’ vocals have curled their way into Alan’s vocal lexicon. On first listen that is what dominates, get to know the number then the vintage King King sound simmers and boils to the top, thanks to the stunning keys from Bob Fridzema who just keeps adding spicy phrasing to every number.  Exile & Grace has a fullness of tone modern and retro as Alan nods his head towards influences of his youth.

Nine tracks that take you on a winding road of textures and tones. Heed the Warning opens with a sound that is infectious as Wayne Proctor’s drumming combines with the bass of Lyndsey Coulson. Pulling in guitar riffs and scrumptious chords from Bob’s fingers. Then the vocals from Alan Nimmo.  Heed The Warning take note this is King King with a clear direction and a story to tell. Classic King King that is going to get the fans smiling when played live. As the notes fade, then the crescendo opening of Broken. This is a track where the lyrics dominate. Reflecting on society and no escape to higher ground. This is about a broken world punctuated by the King King Trademark instrument notations.  Heavier and reminiscent of early Whitesnake. this is a band defining the album. As they grow in stature carving out their own distinctive, recognisable sound.

How to follow that, take it down a notch or two. Draw a breath and a Nimmo ballad helps you Find Your Way Home. The angst and anguish flow out of the speakers and across the room from the vocals and the instrumentation. Alan begs for you to Find Your Way Home.  Broken hearted and trying to make sense this is a ballad we can all relate to. Another number that will be the next mainstay of the live set.

Wayne’s drums, crisply open up Long Time Running, a classic King King sound. As they said cowbell would have neatly fitted in but they resisted and the number is all the better for it.  Closing out with I Don’t Wanna Lie, Stevie Wonder style keys punctuate the lyrics framed by juicy tones from Alan Nimmo, A fun number leaving you on a High, you may be in Exile but you will always have Grace delivered by a King King quartet who have never strayed down an alleyway distracted by a musical style on an album full of rock credentials.

The Album is King King the band are a unit with a distinctive tone and musical approach. This is not a scatter gun approach trying to please blues and rock fans at the same time. The result was albums that at times disappointed them as seen as to blues for rock and to rock for blues. This is classic rock dipping their toes in the British Blues Explosion sound and reforming as the sound of King King 2017. Full of melodic intent, the cohesive force of a band enjoying the music they are playing. It took a few listens.  I had to cleanse my ears of previous albums including 2015 Reaching For the Light, where the music was so accessible. Preconceptions had to be washed away with the new King King approach.  My verdict it is a winner! Despite it being very short only thirty-nine minutes. The cover of Whitesnake’s 1987 classic Give Me All Your Love does not grace the CD but is a bonus track on the vinyl version of the Exile & Grace.

King King on Exile & Grace has found a mature structured sound.  The challenge they set themselves as a band definitely works. The production is crisp. Exile & Grace will never be exiled to the dusty corner of your collection, It will be in a constants state of Grace as the music is played often and loud lifting your mood every time. Rock just got classic again thanks to Exile & Grace with blues roots are never exiled. The fourth studio album builds on the past and King King sound shines brightly as they explore Exile & Grace.

 

King King – Exile & Grace – Manhaton Records

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Track Listing

  1. (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’
  2. Heed The Warning
  3. Broken
  4. Find Your way Home
  5. Tear It All Up
  6. Betrayed Me
  7. Long Time Running
  8. Nobody Knows Your Name
  9. I Don’t Wanna Lie

 

King King taking a new direction on Exile & Grace Album

 

July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad Touch

July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad Touch

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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July Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchJuly Arrives with Live Music King King & Bad TouchA short break ensued allowing friends to catch up at The Fleece, and then King King stepped on stage the warmth flowed from the band and the crowded venue.  King King were back in Bristol and on fine form. We wanted to hear old favourites and be part of the lucky few to hear live the first single to have been released from Exile & Grace; (She Don’t) Gimme No Loving. Tonight they did not disappoint they gave us so much happiness, feeling of joy King King have the knack of pleasing the fans, leave us wanting more always something from the back catalogue we wished they had played.  Tonight they were happy to be on stage combined with a raw energy they wanted to play above the expectations of the fans and connect to those hearing the band the first time.

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

King King Single Launches Countdown To Exile & Grace

King King Single Launches Countdown To Exile & Grace

King King Single Launches Countdown To Exile & Grace

 

 

Get That Friday Feeling, open your ears King King today have released the first single from their highly anticipated album Exile & Grace. There fourth studio album will be released by Manhaton Records on Friday 6th October. The growing legions of King King fans will be counting down the days as this will be  probably highlight of 2017 on the blues-rock scene.

Listen and revel in the glorious sound, tone and textures on (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’

The new single was mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder and Therapy).   The single is redolent with the power that belongs to King King as they had a harder rockier edge with the drums pulling out the beat crisp and clear as the bass of Lindsay adding the rhythmic stride. With the guitar purring and like  a crouching tiger builds the energy as the six-strings pounce out of the speaker grabbing your attention. Three mighty tonal layers are pulled together as Bob Fridzema  magic fingers caress the Hammond and weaves his sound through and around the melody. The foundation is rocking ready for the vocals of Alan Nimmo, the lyrics curl an dare coated in honey, This is the promise delivered in a single that Exile & Grace is going to be a mighty impressive album.

King King Single Launches Countdown To Exile & GraceKing King promises to deliver even more of a punch from King King, with killer songs performed with true passion by a fist tight line-up.

“Exile & Grace definitely has a rockier feel and sound to it,” says King King’s frontman Alan Nimmo. “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 song writing and pushed ourselves physically in both performance and delivery!”

KING KING – “EXILE & GRACE” OCTOBER 2017 UK TOUR

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 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. Tickets are available from the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 and from www.thegigcartel.com.

Recorded at Superfly Studios, this is King King’s first album of new material since 2015’s multi-award winning “Reaching For The Light features the upcoming single “(She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’”.

 

King Single Launches Countdown To Exile & Grace

 

King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in Cardiff

King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in Cardiff

King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in Cardiff

 

Friday 13th bringing joy to The Globe Cardiff as Blues Rock drenches the packed audience with a medley of chords, lyrics and emotions. Special guest Broken Witt Rebels and the mighty King King turned up the Blues thermostat, the venue and the music was scorching.

Sold Out, music to the ears of bands, venues and promoters alike, as Cardiff gives a loud and enthusiastic shout out for the Blues Rock power that is King King with their special guests Broken Witt Rebels.

King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in CardiffOpening the night, getting Friday 13th of to a rocking good start are the young band from Birmingham receiving lots of attention for all the right reasons. Having seen them play a festival set at Planet Rockstock 2016,  my expectations were very high. So do not let Bluesdoodles down! Did they No they did NOT… why the set was full of rock and roll sparkle the glints of razor sharp sapphire blue fused into the rocking foundation of the Rebels sound.

TheyOpened with Low, from the critically acclaimed EP Georgia Pine. This is a number that raises the temperature as the band took us on a musical journey with tracks from this and previous release Howlin.  The musical journey was a road of interest full of hefty licks, and gentler curves. The vocals of Danny Core are immense as he introduces a new number into the mix Bang Bang.  finishing with Guns, this is a band that is blazing a trail that you want to get on board. Many bands have potential, many promise so much. There is no argument that Broken Witt Rebels are a tight unit. The timing is impeccable, the warmth with which they thank the crowd is heartfelt. The stagecraft is mature and they have the hunger to rise to their promised destiny.  The quartet collectively making a sound that entertains are James Tranter, Luke Davis, James Dudley and Danny Core. The band’s exciting melding of styles, smooth and raw, smoky and intense this is music refusing to be bent into a genre just to raise your pulse. Now it is down to  Broken Witt Rebels; it is in their hands they have the energy, talent and drive to make it all the way.

King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in Cardiff

There was an unplanned extended break due to technical gremlins. Well, it was Friday 13th, but thanks to the unsung heroes of a gig the sound man and King King’s roadie the troublesome lead was dispatched and the show was ready to start. Everyone in a packed Globe ready, waiting and eager to hear King King, and the voice of Alan Nimmo following the operation last year.

King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in CardiffOpening the night with Lose Control, the opening track of the Live album we play when the band are not in town. The set list captured the essence that is King King. The d combination of Wayne Proctor on Drums and Lindsay Coulson completing the rhythm section and to the left of Alan –  Bob Fridzema, with is Hammond C and Piano. In Alan’s own words as King King kick start of 2017 with their first show of the year “this is going to be some gig!”. The crowd of fans hung onto every word and note sung, and those who were hearing the band for the first time live were enthralled.  His voice is back, full of emotional cadences and tone every word he sang with pure delight the smile said it all. Rush Hour, from Reaching For The Light,  was stunning!! The addition of a 300 strong choir sending a tingle down the spine as Alan conducted hearing the lyrics being sung to him. A magical moment, only being there in that moment really explains the feeling, Being in the company of people loving the music, celebrating the moment. Live music is made up of thousands of these special moments. Bob Fidzema’s dancing King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in Cardiffhands brings Long History of Love to life, then More Than I Can Take, from Standing in The Shadows took the roof of the place. Then two songs played with a dedication. The first was recorded for Facebook live and was for Alan’s Mum who has not been well. Get Well soon shouted The Globe, hello Alan’s mum roared the capacity crowd and then You Stopped The Rain, what a song the emotional power hits everyone who listens to the number in a different way but always deeply personal. followed by Take A Look, not often played live and a favourite of Merch Man and Driver Mike. Alan as ever connects with the important things in a band’s journey. With the new remodelled voice giving Alan confidence and a vigour that spread across the room his excitement at King King playing on a stage again was infectious. 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.

King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in Cardiff

What a night of Live Music. Stupendous. As King King turned up the Blues thermostat Live in Cardiff helped by Broken Witt Rebels.

 

The Tour Continues check dates Here King KingBroken Witt Rebels

 

King King 2017 Tour with Special Guest across the UK

 

Danny Core Shouting Out Broken Witt Rebels Music Message

Allphots credit Liz Aiken @Bluesdoodles.com

King King 2017 Tour with Special Guest across the UK

King King 2017 Tour with Special Guest across the UK

King King 2017 Tour with Special Guest across the UK

Photo credit Laurence Harvey

APRIL/MAY 2017 UK TOUR
PLUS SPECIAL GUEST

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APRIL 2017

Thursday 20th April 2017 Corby, The Cube

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Friday 21st April Tavistock, Wharf

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Saturday 22nd April 2017 Wimborne, Tivoli

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Sunday 23rd April 2017 Bristol, Fleece

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Thursday 27th April 2017 Basingstoke, Haymarket

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Friday 28th April 2017 Bury St. Edmunds, The Apex

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Saturday 29th April 2017 Dartford, Mick Jagger Centre

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 Sunday 30th April 2017 Chinnerys, Southend

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MAY 2017

Thursday 4th May 2017 Kendal, Brewery

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Friday 5th May 2017 Glasgow, O2 ABC

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Saturday 6th May 2017 Holmfirth, Picturedrome

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Sunday 7th May 2017 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms

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Thursday 11th May 2017 Newcastle, Wylam Brewery

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Friday 12th May 2017 Glenrothes, Rothes Hall

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Saturday 13th May 2017 Inverness, Ironworks

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Sunday 14th May Aberdeen, Lemon Tree

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Thursday 18th May 2017 Leamington Spa, Assembly
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Friday 19th May 2017 Harpenden Public Halls

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Saturday 20th May 2017 Southport, Atkinson

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Sunday 21st May 2017 York, Fibbers

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King King are on the road early 2017 with Broken Witts Rebel 

Re-scheduled 2017 UK Tour Dates

Cardiff  The Globe Fri 13th January 2017
Frome Cheese & Grain – Sat 14th January 2017
Norwich Waterfront – Fri 3rd February 2017
Southampton 1865 – Sat 4th February 2017
Exeter Phoenix – Sat 18th February 2017th
Fri Brighton Old Market – Fri 3rd March 2017
Bilston Robin 2 – Sat 4th March 2017
Aberdeen Lemon Tree Sun 14th May 2017

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Rescheduled Tour Dates dictated by Alan Nimmo’s Vocals

Rescheduled Tour Dates dictated by Alan Nimmo's VocalsKING KING RE-SCHEDULE BULK OF NOVEMBER UK TOUR DATES TO 2017

Due to a recent vocal cord condition with lead singer and guitarist Alan Nimmo, the majority of King King’s November 2016 UK tour dates with special guests Broken Witt Rebels, have been re-scheduled to January, February, March and May 2017. The news follows the release of the band’s first ever live album ‘King King Live’ that went to #1 in Amazon’s Best Sellers Blues Rock Chart, and the upcoming release of their radio remix of their new single ‘Waking Up’.

Says King King’s frontman, Alan Nimmo, “I’ve seen my ENT specialist. He put a camera down my throat to look at what condition my vocal cords were in. Unfortunately, there’s still a good bit of inflammation and redness. I’ve been working with a vocal coach to build strength and stamina to aid my recovery.
“We will be re-scheduling most of the dates on the UK tour to January, February and March, however, we will commit to the remaining four shows on the November UK tour, beginning at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall (25 November), continuing through to the Live Rooms in Chester (26 November), The Grand Venue in Clitheroe (27 November) and wrapping up in London at Islington Assembly Hall (29 November).”

NOVEMBER 2016
Edinburgh Queens Hall – Fri 25th
Chester Live Rooms – Sat 26th
Clitheroe Grand – Sun 27th
Islington Assembly – Tue 29th

Re-scheduled 2017 UK Tour Dates

Cardiff  The Globe Fri 13th January 2017
Frome Cheese & Grain – Sat 14th January 2017
Brighton Old Market – Wed 9th February 2017
Norwich Waterfront – Fri 3rd February 2017
Southampton 1865 – Sat 4th February 2017
Exeter Phoenix – Sat 18th February 2017th
Fri Brighton Old Market – Fri 3rd March 2017
Bilston Robin 2 – Sat 4th March 2017
Aberdeen Lemon Tree Sun 14th May 2017

The band’s 2015 album, Reaching For The Light, was voted #1 album by Blues Rock Review.  In 2014, King King won a total of five 2014 British Blues Awards, includingBest Album and Best Band. The nods came from BBC Radio 2 presenter Paul Jones to Classic Rock’s The Blues magazine. Their support slot on John Mayall’s 2014 UK tour pushed the band to another level.

Rescheduled Tour Dates dictated by Alan Nimmo's Vocals

Tour Dates 2016/2017

EDINBURGH, QUEEN’S HALL – FRIDAY 25th NOVEMBER

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CHESTER, LIVE ROOMS – SATURDAY 26th NOVEMBER
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CLITHEROE, GRAND – SUNDAY 27th NOVEMBER
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LONDON, ISLINGTON ASSEMBLY – TUESDAY 29th NOVEMBER
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RE-SCHEDULED 2017 UK TOUR DATES

CARDIFF, THE GLOBE – FRIDAY 13th FEBRUARY
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FROME, CHEESE & GRAIN – SATURDAY 14th JANUARY
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NORWICH, WATERFRONT  – FRIDAY 3rd FEBRUARY
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SOUTHAMPTON, 1865  – SATURDAY 4th FEBRUARY
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EXETER, PHOENIX – SATURDAY 18th FEBRUARY
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BRIGHTON, OLD MARKET – FRIDAY 3rd MARCH
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BILSTON, ROBIN 2 –   SATURDAY 4th MARCH
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ABERDEEN, LEMON TREE – SUNDAY 14th MAY
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Bluesdoodles reviews and more:

Rescheduled Tour Dates dictated by Alan Nimmo's Vocals

Rescheduled Tour Dates dictated by Alan Nimmo's VocalsKing King – Live – HERE

King King – Reaching For The Light – HERE

Thunder, King King Entertain Colston Hall – HERE

John Mayall, King King Entertain St David’s Hall – HERE

Broken Witt Rebels – Georgia Pines – HERE

Rescheduled Tour Dates dictated by Alan Nimmo's Vocals
In the last six months, the buzz around self-released, Birmingham blues rock band Broken Witt Rebels has reached a deafening roar. So much so that the band have rushed out their latest single, Guns, to capitalize on fan-driven interest. The official video for Guns has generated almost 400,000 views on YouTube in less than 48 hours.

Chosen by the fans, Guns is now the second single to be taken from the band’s <strong>Georgia Pine EP. Produced by Tom Gittins (Robert Plant), the previous single, Low, was a featured track of the week on Radio X, and play-listed on Planet Rock, who are currently playing Guns.

GUNS pays homage to their hometown of Birmingham with a melody and energy that tears through you, with the refrain. “Born and raised where Guns are made, they burn bright like a cigarette.”

The Birmingham four-piece is comprised of James Tranter (guitar), Danny Core (vocals), Luke Davis (bass) and James Dudley (drums). Their bluesy southern swagger has drawn favourable comparisons with Kings of Leon, Alabama Shakes and The Black Keys.

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album

 

 

 

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album. We have waited, was it worth the wait… Yes, It was and we can shout across the land at last we can have on tap that Live magic that is King King.

Live, has captured everything a King King gig has to offer. We have the Alan Nimmo wit and the crowd’s warm heartfelt appreciation with ovations and cheers and then the silence of a mass of people listening intently. Recorded on the 14th May 2016 at Glasgow O2 ABC, in front of a home crowd with that added energy of a homecoming for Alan.

King King always exhilarates, they are a unit of musicians who build on each other’s emotional energy making as Aristotle said “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts!”

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
Photo Laurence Harvey

Opening the twelve track album with Lose Control, which is a certainty with King King’s music; this is a jump up and down number that will raise the temperature at any venue. Glasgow is on fine form as Alan thanks the audience before launching into a Fabulous Thunderbirds number that is always sublime when it receives the King King treatment Wait On Time is no different tonight. The guitar from Alan weeps and pulls at the rock n roll vibe that Wayne picks up with a clash of the cymbal as the guitar beguiles you and pulls you in to a Nimmo musical hug.

 

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
Photo Laurence Harvey

The opening keys from Bob need no introduction with Long History of

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
Photo Laurence Harvey

Love. Alan, sings  “…all I have to do is close my eyes….” and instantly I am transported to the front of the crowded venue and see the kilt, Bob’s smile behind the keys, Lindsey’s cheeky grin and Wayne behind the drums with stick raised with a purpose you can actually  smell and feel the atmosphere that is a King King live show.

 

Every track is a winner there are no favourites they all send that ecstatic musical shiver down the spine but as ever You Stopped The Rain dedicated to his brother Stevie and Frankie Millers, Jealousy raises hairs on my arms and I hold by breath so that every nuance of the numbers are not missed. Heavenly!

 

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
Photo Laurence Harvey

The tempo ebbs and flows  and as ever King King send you a little bit Crazy, as they pull out all the stops  to entertain with top-notch music.  Closing with Let Love In, once again we have entered their world they thank us for coming we thank them once again for keeping music fun and live.  The set list takes on a stroll from their current award-winning studio album Reaching For The Light, dipping into the back catalogue of both Standing In the Shadows and Take My Hand.

 

If you have been to a King King gig this is the whole event boxed and tied in tartan ribbon for you to enjoy again and again as we wait for the next tour to begin.  For a  glorious eighty-four minutes reality is suspended and you are transported into the land of rock-blues wow! Land with King King Live!

King King –  Live – Manhaton Records – Released Friday 21st October 2016

Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live AlbumA Deluxe Edition 3-disc set, that will soon be available for pre-order, includes two CDs that captures the live energy of King King’s sold-out hometown concert at O2 ABC in Glasgow on 14th May 2016, plus a bonus DVD film of the band performing to a sold-out crowd at the Holmfirth Picturedrome on 13th April 2016.

Says King King’s lead singer and guitarist, Alan Nimmo, “We are excited about ‘King King Live’ because it’s the first time we’ve ever released a live album.  It’s a great testament to how our audiences drive us on to perform to the best of our abilities. The audience reaction to the live performances is amazing.  This release couldn’t have been possible without them.”

Live Album Track List 

CD 1                                                        CD2

Lose Control                                         You Stopped The Rain
Wait On Time                                       Jealousy
Waking Up                                            Crazy
Rush Hour                                            All Your Life
A Long History Of Love                       Stranger To Love
More Than I Can Take                         Let Love In

 

Live DVD Track List

Lose Control
Waking Up
Rush Hour
A Long History Of Love
More Than I Can Take
You Stopped The Rain
Jealousy
Crazy
All Your Life
Stranger to Love
Old Love
Let Love In

 

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Sit Back Enjoy Rush Hour with King King

Rush Hour-

Sit Back Enjoy Rush Hour with King King

From the stunning album released in 2015 Reaching For The Light we have a brand new Radio re-mix single RUSH HOUR.

Buy The Single, sit play and relax it is Rush Hour that pleases from the first breath to the last fading note. King King are mighty as a single There is a moment hesitation, then Alan breaths the vocals into the microphone hooking you into the music as Wayne Proctor’s Drums. Lindsay Coulson Bass and the keys of Bob Fridezma joins the mighty guitar and the quartet that is King King weaves their magic. You have the album, you have tickets to see the next show why buy Rush Hour as a single I hear you ask? This 4 minutes and 29 seconds of magic more than a marketing tool this is Rush Hour re-invented. Having played the number to the applauding crowds when opening for Thunder and then on a headline tour with Laurence  Jones. The band took time to go back into the studio to re-work shape and nail the blues-rock power that is a medium paced delight not a helter-skelter ride to the finish. Rush Hour.  Now re-mix the beauty of the lyrics the melodic unfolding of the tune honed to prefection with a new energy having played the song live.

The record label Manhaton have returned to Superfly Studios and mixed at Y Dream Studios, with Bob Ludwig from Gateway Mastering engineering a single that should be Number One for weeks. In days gone past this would have been in the charts and King King on Top Of The Pops! If you haven’t listened to King King download the single it is the perfect way of spending 79p. Download HERE and own a single full of soul and musical inner beauty. Re-mixed with love Rush Hour keeps you in the King King groove until you see them live in May.

 

The next tour is in place.
Planet Rock presents in association with The Gig Cartel and Manhaton Records

King King with very special guest Dan Patlansky

 MAY 2016 UK TOUR

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Award-winning Blues Rock band King King announce in association with Planet Rock radio a new nationwide UK tour for May 2016. King King always deliver –  read here what we said HERE. In addition to the award-winning Blues Rock of King King, inviting special guest South African guitarist Dan Patlansky, to open for King King. Patlansky, has won many plaudits opening for Joe Satriani across Europe and the UK recently – read about this HERE.

photo credit Laurence Harvey
photo credit Laurence Harvey

King King with two recent radio hit singles on Planet Rock with the songs Crazy and Hurricane, and a recent nomination for Best New Band at this year’s Classic Rock Awards, King King are going from strength to strength.

Their third studio album, Reaching for the Light, has been championed by dozens of music magazines and is a firm favourite at Bluesdoodles why “King King have nailed it with this album of platinum proportions” – read the rest HERE. In the New Year the band will record a full electric session for Paul Jones Blues Show on BBC Radio 2.

photo credit Stephen Fourie
photo credit Stephen Fourie

Dan Patlansky has been winning fans in the U.K. where ever he picks up his guitar. April 2015, Dear Silence

Thieves was finally released in the UK, and Dan supported the release by touring the UK and was welcomed with open arms by the British rock and blues press with rave reviews and accolades including Bluesdoodles HERE.

Exciting follow-up album  to Dear Silence Thieves, INTRO-VERTIGO release date April 2016 just in time for this tour with King King!

Adam Norsworthy singer-songwriter Showcasing Soaring Rainbird

Adam Norsworthy singer-songwriter Showcasing Soaring Rainbird

Adam Norsworthy singer-songwriter Showcasing Soaring  Rainbird

This is an album that shines a new light on the talents of Adam Norsworthy, for many the front man of The Mustangs.  Rainbird is a collection of thirteen tracks that have a purity and shine as emotions and personal interactions are explored. This is not a man, guitar and angst singer-songwriter type of album it has an energy and driving purpose. Why? Adam’s guitar and vocals are joined by King King’s Wayne Proctor on Drums and on Hammond organ Bob Fridzema. Joining them to keep the rhythm in check is Nimmo Brothers Bassist Mat Beable then the searing beauty of acclaimed violinist Anna Brigham. The album’s production by Adam and mixing by Wayne and Steve Wright ensure that the songs remain centre stage at all times centre.

Take thirteen self-penned numbers, mix up the tempo and the colours of the music tones and sprinkle liberally with infectious beats. Marinade in a rich mix of lyrics with relevance and something to tell you. Then shake, rattle and roll all the ingredients together and you have Rainbird never captured in a genre flying high and free.

Opening with Leave a Light you instantly know the journey is going to be one of interest with the sonic distortion and then a driving Rock n Roll beat that furls around whilst your musical light is switched on and shining bright. Every track is different, buy the album and explore. I’d Rather Spend My Time With You, is slower, reflective as the deepest pool, the exploration of the lyrics are expressive with Adam’s warm vocals adding another layer of texture and mystery to this beguiling number.  Then out from the shadowy glade and back into the sunshine Rainbird brings you a happy sunny song Da Vinci’s Eyes, with driving drums and guitar that is the perfect punctuation for the lyrical poem. If you fancy to up the tempo and Shores of Heaven with a heavier beat and the feel of crashing waves and distant memories of folk tunes combined with clash of Bowie and Petty with the dominate drive of Norsworthy is for you. The Stradivarius Tree, has a gentle melodic classical feel, as Adam sings about the violin maker a true storytelling lyrical poem, music at the very soul of this song.  A clever track that is full of magic and of course the beauty of Anna’s violin sears through the story where magic, nature, artisan skills combine to create the violin to make music.  We are off to a land of country folk with Corner of Rosedale and toe tapping dancing round the maypole style of song that makes you smile. The lyrics are redolent of happy times of youth and carefree days.

The piano is used to add a solemnity and seriousness to the closing track Just A Weary Soldier, a timeless song of reflection and melancholy relevant today and all our yesterdays.

As the album is listened to you hear and glimpse influences and styles. Above all Rainbird is true to the work Adam wants to create as sound that connects as the instrumentation works around the lyrics unfurling emotions, contemplations and above all a connectivity through the music.

This is Adam’s second solo album for Trapeze with a has a special dimension. Adam Norsworthy singer-songwriter showcasing Soaring Rainbird, has created an album that will be a go to album and is another success from the recording studio Superfly. Rainbird screams quality from the first note to the last, great thought has been given to tone and shape and how the album looks and feels. Attention to detail is the driving force including the album cover’s photograph from photographer Nigel Davies captures the heart of the album.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD NINE pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

 

Adam Norsworthy – Rainbird – Trapeze Music – out 24th March 2016

Track Listing

  1. Leave A Light On
  2. No Point Talking
  3. I’d Rather Spend My Time With You
  4. Da Vinci’s Eyes
  5. Something to Say
  6. Shores Of Heaven
  7. A Night In The Bolney
  8. Ready For Me
  9. She Didn’t Want To Know
  10. The Stradivarius Tree
  11. Corner Of Rosedale
  12. Loving Could Be So Easy
  13. Just A Weary Soldier

King King Live 2015

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King King Live 2015

Artrix, Bromsgrove
12th November 2015

 

King King - Artrix - Nov 2015_0235lKing King the main event delivered a massive attack of rocking blues they blew the socks off everyone sat in the auditorium of The Artrix, who cheered, joined in and even danced despite the seats proving that the music could not be ignored. First, though let’s wind the clock back to the beginning.
The Artrix is a modern box on the outside, inside is a warm welcome from helpful staff a hot coffee from the bar welcomed on a wet and blowy evening – Storm Abigail may have been swirling outside, inside was light and bright. The welcoming atmosphere was warmed with the sounds of SongStars, the show choir of the venue with three generations spanning 5-whatever age you want to be performing in a choir with a selection of cheerful songs that set the mood for the doors opening and an evening of electric guitars, and vocals.

Ben Poole - Artrix - Nov 2015_0123lBen Poole and his band took to the stage opening with a real favourite Lets Go Up Stairs, hitting the ground running with bluesy lead breaks that seared through the sell-out auditorium, literally packed to the rafters. It is the rhythm section that lays down the grove thanks to the combination Craig Bacon’s drumming and bassist Matt Beable that allows Ben to explore the power of the six-strings in the lead breaks that grow in complexity. The clean and pure theatre sound suits his style of playing and the wooden façade on each tier of The Artrix warmed the sound. There was nothing clinical about his playing tonight, there was passion and fire as he interacted with audience and band. Ben Poole’s tribute to Gary Moore was the stand out moment the guitar work was exuding the essence of Gary Moore as the first chords of Holding On to Love hit home, full of emotion that made the guitar weep. Ben is growing in stature, he is a blues guitarist who writes songs with meaning that weave in influences so we have funk, country twang and sometimes a glimmer of solid rock making him stand out in the crowd.

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King King - Artrix - Nov 2015_0264lAfter a short break where the women laughed – for once the long queue was for the gents and not the ladies, the music was back on the stage with King King landing on the stage with a smile and a hefty wallop of the sound that is King King. It is distinctive mind curling delight of blues running through a tasty stick of aurally delightful rock! They may have played Lose Control, but that is something this band never does Alan Nimmo the ‘quiet unassuming’ kilted vocalist/guitarist up front has the audience warming to him with his pithy observations, ready smile and a guitar that sings in perfect harmony to his lyrical vocals that caress the words filling themKing King - Artrix - Nov 2015_0039l with emotion. Another night on tour, and a sell-out once again, even though they have not played Bromsgrove before their reputation is growing hardly surprising with three fabulous albums especially 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 quartetKing King - Artrix - Nov 2015_0018l that has a cascade of sounds with layers of tonal textures thanks to Wayne Proctor’s drumming and clever use of cymbals and shading of sound from his drum kit whilst adding the rhythm is Lindsay Coulson on bass this is the back line that adds the dark colours to many a song. Then to the left of Alan is the mighty Hammond organ and piano played with panache by Bob Fridezma and adding a richness to the torrent that is the music of King King. Every song has the finishing tKing King - Artrix - Nov 2015_0087louch 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.

You Stopped The Rain is a moving song dedicated to his brother Stevie a cancer survivor and to everyone touched by the awful disease this is no maudlin track full of self-doubt and reflection it is about power that drives a person too overcome full of hope and energy. Frankie Miller’s Jealousy, was given the Nimmo treatment and his voice rose above the musicians, through the auditorium music that is totally absorbing. We heard so many wonderful King King songs on the night including You Drive me Crazy, a single off their latest album King King - Artrix - Nov 2015_0210lReaching For the Light, that has had lots of airplay on Planet Rock, and Hurricane a suitable night when especially Scotland is going to be hit by Storm Abigail. Then there was for me the highlight of the evening; A Stranger To Love; this was a display of the interplay between the band, Alan’s vocals and the guitar work as he stood out front, turned the volume down and down until it was just the sound of the strings heard across the hall as The Artrix’s acoustics took up the sound and bounced and weaved them around the walls. The audience spellbound in appreciation were collectively quiet as a church mouse. Then the volume rose and a crescendo flowed… wow music that is stunning.
Tonight Bromsgrove rocked to the R&B that defines King King; they came, played and conquered. Yes there was an encore with lots of joyous audience participation, Let Your Love Shine; the love for King King definitely was felt tonight.

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