Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s Dr.
Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting
live rhythm and blues acts in the world. The raw and
uncompromising style of their performance resulted in
immediately went to the number one position in the U.K.
Dr. Feelgood have also enjoyed global success with a
string of hit singles includingRoxette,
Back in the Night, Milk and Alcohol, Down at the Doctors,She
Does it Right, Going Back HomeandSee
You Later Alligator-
which gave the group their first gold record.
The last album to featureLee
at the Doctors, was recorded live at the Dr.
Feelgood Music Bar on Canvey Island, (now the site of
the Oysterfleet Hotel) just two months before he died.
The current line up features the rhythm sectionKevin
bass, both 29 years in the band andSteve Walwynon
guitar who has been with the band for 23 years.VocalistRobert
of the Animals) is the most recent addition – joining in
Recent releases include a DVD -Live
a collection of some of the bands most enduring songs
but with a fresh approach.
2010 tells the story of the bands formative years
featuring the Wilko Johnson era.
May 2011 saw the digitally re – mastered re release ofChessmastersoriginally
released in 2000 on EMI Records … the band’s tribute to
the Chess label, home to many of the finest blues
artists of the 20thcentury
and the first Dr Feelgood album to feature Robert on
The band continues to tour extensively throughout the
When explosive natural ability collides with
fiery, emotionally charged compositions, the result is Aynsley
Lister; an incredible guitarist whose brand of blues-based rock
delivers contemporary song writing fuelled with the kind of
heart and soul that’s missing from so much
modern music. Whether passionately writing and
recording his own material or mesmerising audiences at his live
shows one thing is abundantly clear: music is hard-wired to his
DNA and flows from his fingertips like sonic bolts of lightning.
With over 100,000 albums sold, lashings of critical acclaim and
years of high profile touring, Lister’s resumé speaks for itself
and firmly secures his position as a leading light in the
resurgence of British blues-infused music. In hindsight, it's
clear Aynsley was born to be a musician. As a child he was
hypnotised by his dad's old guitar and at the age of eight was
finally gifted his very own. The moment he held that first
six-string the outcome was inevitable; he was going to be a
guitarist. Blessed with the coolest dad in town, regularly
spinning Hendrix, Cream, Fleetwood Mac and a whole host of
bewitching blues for his spellbound son, Aynsley taught himself
to play with relentless dedication and a precociously attuned
ear, spending hours copying his favourite records note for note.
Peter Green, Albert King, Clapton and Kossoff weren't just his
heroes; they became his teachers.
Blazing a trail in a bar
band from the age of 13 honed his skills and in 1998 Thomas Ruf
signed Aynsley to his label, hooking him up with Stevie Ray
Vaughan's producer Jim Gaines to record his self titled debut
disc, kicking off a successful relationship with Ruf Records
that saw him
release 7 albums and 2 DVD's in ten years. Their influence,
coupled with his dynamite live shows and intense touring
schedule, earned high profile support slots with established
artists like Walter Trout, John Mayall and Robert Cray, whilst
rousing festival appearances alongside artists like the Fun
Lovin' Criminals cemented his standing as an artist whose work,
although rooted in blues, transcended the genre with a fiery
modern sound. In 2007 Aynsley was the only British artist to be
named in Classic Rock magazine's "Top 10 Contemporary Blues
Artists", alongside John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa. In 2008
Aynsley's huge crossover potential saw him sign to Manhaton
Records and the following year released 'Equilibrium', an album
that exposed Lister in his best ever form and stormed into
Classic Rock’s Top 50 Albums of 2009. The subsequent tour saw
Aynsley playing to sold out shows to over 16,000 people whilst
opening for the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd, after which he and his
band relocated to the Tower Arts Centre and with the tape
rolling, nailed a cracking rendition of their high-octane live
set to produce the storming 'Tower Sessions' record, which was
consequently voted ‘Best Live Album’ in the 2011 Blues Matters
Aynsley is currently
touring his latest album, Home, which is out now on his own
label, Straight Talkin’ Records. The album has featured in
recent issues of Guitarist Magazine, Classic Rock, Blues Matters
and HiFi Magazines among many others and has received some
of his greatest reviews yet!
Kyla's voice remains a stunning example of the
soul singer's art: turning up the heat by degrees, lulling and
charming before unleashing emotional catharsis, and blurring the
distinction between pleasure and pain like the soul greats of
old. Whether fronting the mighty Kyla Brox Band, or harnessing
undiluted soul power in a duo with musical and life partner
Danny Blomeley, Kyla Brox is without doubt the most authentic UK
blues and soul singer of her generation.
Born in Lancashire in
1980, she was exposed to the passion of Afro-American music at
first-hand from her blues singing father, Victor. She traces her
interest in singing from age three, partly from a desire to be
closer to her charismatic but distant dad. She was the late
product of the marriage between Victor (Caiaphas in the original
cast recording of Jesus Christ Superstar) and Annette (the 'maid
by the fire' in the same), and, unlike her elder sisters, gifted
but non-professional singers, she didn't spend her formative
years in the back of a touring van under a cloud of cannabis
Kyla joined the family business in 1992, singing
with Victor onstage at Band On The Wall at the age of 12, and
performing with his regular touring group shortly afterwards.
The core of the Kyla Brox Band go back to this remarkable unit,
nominally the Victor Brox Blues Train, but known as 'the child
slavery band' for the extreme youth of the players. As well as
Kyla (13, but could pass for 21), it contained bassist Danny
Blomeley (13, but could pass for eight), and drummer Phil
Considine (19), both Kyla Brox Band mainstays.
A two month stay at
Victor's house in France at the age of 16 was a period of growth
and development. Then, in 2000, she accompanied her father on an
extensive tour of Australia. Blomeley had left the Blues Train
to travel the world, and, to ease the blow, he promised to find
Victor some dates in Australia. Kyla, just turned 20, found
herself singing risque blues songs to hard men in mining camps
in remote parts of the outback. This was the trip that
transformed the novice singer into a seasoned soul belle.
Back in Manchester in
2001, Kyla and Danny formed a duo, occasionally augmented by old
members of the child slavery band: the Kyla Brox Band was born!
They plied their trade in Victor's old stomping grounds in North
West pubs and clubs, before a career-making performance at Colne
Blues Festival in 2002 sealed Kyla's reputation as the first
lady of the British blues.
The line of development can be traced through
Kyla's six albums. From the 2003 debut Window, where the tone is
summery and romantic, to the acoustic Grey Sky Blue (2009),
where hopes and longings are freighted with deeper emotions, via
the blues/soul calling card Beware (2003), the band triumph
Coming Home (2004) and the more introspective Gone (2007). The
songs have developed too: the team of Brox/Blomeley have grown
into a potent songwriting force, writing in the blues/soul idiom
with an individual, nicely personal touch.
In an age of conveyer belt pop stars and
emote-by-rote singers, Kyla Brox is the real deal.
Singer, guitar player and
songwriter Debbie Bond has been paying her dues in the Alabama
backwoods for over 30 years. Influenced by the famed sounds of
Muscleshoals, her impressive musical story includes years of
performing with older traditional Alabama blues musicians,
including Johnny Shines, Sam Lay, Eddie Kirkland and Willie
King. Her immersion in Alabama blues has deeply flavored her
guitar playing, soulful voice and original song writing - yet
her sound is contemporary and original, incorporating soul,
blues, and jazz influences. Her latest recordings have received
critical acclaim in the US and Europe and should propel her
career allowing her to step out of the shadows of those great
musicians now passed she played with most of her career.
London-based Albany Down
are a contemporary rock band with influences ranging from
classic acts like Led Zeppelin and Thunder to modern bands such
as The Black Keys and Clutch. They combine a vintage
rock-blues sensitivity with a contemporary aggressive energy.
Albany Down arePaul
Muir on vocals, guitarist Paul
Turley, drummer Donna Peters and bassistBilly
Dedman and they have already recorded two albums with
award-winning producer Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, INME,
Super Furry Animals).
guys are really going somewhere; make sure they take you with
them!" – Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2
The band is a
hard-working, road-tested outfit, which has been well received
at various UK festivals including the Maryport International
Rock and Blues Festival; The Great British Rhythm and Blues
Festival (Colne); and The Great British Rock and Blues Festival
(Skegness); as well as at venues like Barfly Camden and the
legendary 100 Club.
In 2014, they toured the
UK supporting New Jersey’s Southside Johnny and The Asbury
Jukes, which included the highlight of their year when they
played at the O2 Shepherds Bush Empire. This was followed
by appearances at festivals in Belgium and the Netherlands
before a very successful tour of Germany with The Brew.
Blues Rock Review offered
a fair assessment of both the band and their 2011 debut album:
of the City” is a solid debut album from Albany Down and they
will be an interesting band to watch develop in the coming
album clearly showcased what the band are capable of – ranging
from the superbly arranged “Mercy” to the low-down dirty,
slide-led blues epic of the title track.
Their formidable second album, “Not
Over Yet”, released in 2013,
is full of their strongest songs, lingering melodies and great
musicianship. And where vocalist Paul Muir could previously
have been compared to the likes of Paul Rodgers, he stamps his
own personality on this album, while guitarist Paul Turley
produces a virtuoso impassioned performance. Traditionally a
band’s second album is regarded as being problematical but
Albany Down turned that notion on its head.
Their live show never
disappoints. The band run on pure adrenalin, unrelenting
energy and raw emotion and soon have any crowd entranced.
The music is based on thunderous guitar riffs and pounding drums
juxtaposed with soulful, soaring, emotionally-charged ballads.
Rock blogger Neil Mach probably got
it right, when he recently described the band; “As
hot as volcanic ash and yet as cool as snow slippers.”
Over Yet” is an aptly titled album and an accurate barometer of
a band on the up-escalator currently tearing up venues around
the UK and Europe. Having already generated over 7,500
Facebook fans, the band are due to start work on their third
studio album in 2015.
Both Albany Down albums,
“South of The City” (2011) and “Not Over Yet” (2013) are
available for download on iTunes and Amazon.
Down is the new voice of British rock music. A blend of
contemporary rock and blues – with added brilliance on top.
See for yourself.”
Brian Rawson Band is a Glasgow-based, contemporary blues band
and have appeared at a number of Blues festivals throughout the
UK and Ireland including; "HRH Blues", The Maryport Blues
Festival, The Dereham Blues Festival and the Derry Jazz & Big
Band Festival in Northern Ireland and are scheduled to appear at
the Maryport and Stafford Blues Festivals this summer as well as
venues throughout the UK and Northern Ireland.
date, they've appeared artists such as; Coco Montoya, Jo Harman,
Simon McBride, Ryan McGarvey, Virgil & The Accelerators, Buck &
Evans, Pat McManus, The Brew and Wishbone Ash and will be
promoting their forthcoming CD, "Hard to Believe", at the gigs
and festivals they are scheduled to appear at throughout the UK
and Ireland over the coming months.
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