Robin Trower is back with perhaps his best solo album since he was in his 40s and considering Robin is 72, that’s saying a lot! Time and Emotion will be released in the UK on Friday 4th August and Robin will perform his only concert in the UK this year at London’s Islington Assembly Hall on Wednesday 29th November. If you love electric guitar then you will love this album.
Kaz Hawkins Band announces they will cease touring later this year with their final performance being at the Blues Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland on the 18th November 2017. KHB recently represented the UK in both the USA & European awards and won the 2017 European Blues Awards in Denmark. We wish them great success in all of their future projects. All the best KHB!
Carlisle Blues/Rock Festival is back by popular demand and is raring to go with its impressive line-up of both UK & International acts and will take place over the weekend of 29th and 30th September 2017. Forced into a 2-year hiatus, a new venue has been sourced at the stylish Crown & Mitre Hotel. This year promises to be yet another Blues event of the year. For tickets, etc click on this link.
Album review, for the new record out by Samantha Fish, Chills & Fevers, out on Ruff Records. Fish has gone for a selection of soul and R 'n' B tunes from the 60's and 70's this time around. The Detroit Cobras and a New Orleans horn section were the bands for this album, reviewer John Mitchell describes this as one of her most distinctive albums. Follow this link to hear the tracks and read more.
Wildly fun & musically fearless blues masters Rick Estrin & The Nightcats will release their new Alligator Records CD, Groovin' In Greaseland, on Friday, August 18. Overflowing with talent and bursting with bravado, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats have created one of the blues’ most instantly recognisable sounds and no-holds-barred styles. Read their news here.
CHUCK is the final album and first new recordings in nearly four decades by founding rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry. The rock 'n' roll pioneer has also landed his first Top 10 album in 40 years as this album enters the UK charts at #9. With 10 new tracks, 8 written by Berry, and many guest appearances from family members to Tom Morello, Nathaniel Rateliff & Gary Clark Jnr. it's got to be a winner.
King King are pleased to announce the release of their highly anticipated new single (She Don't) Gimme No Lovin'. The single is taken from the band’s forthcoming 4th studio album “Exile & Grace”. Their October tour dovetails the release of their first album of new material since 2015’s multi-award winning “Reaching For The Light.” Click here to see their brand new video.
Album review for The Hexmen's latest album King Bee. Blues band The Hexmen, is a product of the post-punk creative maelstrom of Liverpool in the early 1980s. The band’s backbone is blues based certainly, but one of the defining qualities of the Hexmen has always been energy. The quality of blues played tends to have an aggressive edge that owes a lot to punk and is described here as being riotously loud at times!
Hailed as one of the world's greatest and hardest working guitar players of his generation Joe Bonamassa was invited back once again to play on the Team Coco: Conan O'Brien show this week and he performed a track from his current solo album - Blues of Desperation. Joe has released more #1 Blues albums than anyone in history.
Gig review from Friday 16th June at Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne where UK blues rockers and multi-award winners King King played an amazing set to a full house with support from Norfolk's Bad Touch. Blues Matters writer Clive Rawlings was there and gives us his review here and tells us there wasn't a dry eye in the house by the end of the night.