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The Baker's Dozen @ RGM
For the latest in our Baker's Dozen feature, RGM caught up with Phil Poole vocalist for Doomsday Outlaw the UK bluesy hard rock act who'll be releasing their new album 'Hard Times' via Frontiers on May 11th. The band will also be supporting the release with their own shows and dates with Jizzy Pearl of Love/Hate fame. So please join us for Phil's thoughts on Elton John, Chris Cornell, 'The Devil Wears Prada' and his reason for being.
For the latest in The Baker's Dozen series, RGM caught up with Tino Troy of Praying Mantis. Tino and his brother Chris formed Praying Mantis back in 1974 and would become a prominent band in the NWOBHM movement (The new wave of British Heavy Metal) that sprang up in the late 70's alongside Iron Maiden, Saxon and Def Leppard. Praying Mantis differed from many of their contemporaries thanks to an obvious love of a good melody which added an almost AOR sheen to much of their material. In 2018 Mantis are about to release their latest album 'Gravity' via the Frontiers label. So join us as Tino Troy discusses his Greek heritage, an early love of reggae and the perils of playing music very loudly.
For the fifth instalment of The Baker's Dozen, we thought we'd see what a rock act might have to say for themselves so RGM caught up with Eamon Nancarrow vocalist for Irish rockers No Hot Ashes. Perseverance is always to be applauded and on March 23rd, 2018 NHA will release their debut album, 34 years after they first formed, via the Frontiers label.
For the fourth in The Baker's Dozen series, Gitta De Ridder kindly took time out from the promotion of her upcoming 'For Everything A Season' album, set for release on March 23rd, to chat to RGM about her influences, her love of British comedy, David Bowie in Labyrinth and much more:
Odadiah Jones and Orian Peled aka O&O are the third act to complete The Baker's Dozen. At the time of writing the duo were very busy preparing for C2C weekend at the O2 so we really appreciate them taking the time to get involved. So please read on for tales of rehearsals in a bomb shelter, Spanish music, John Denver and the mysteriously named Lynx 93.
For the second in our Baker's Dozen feature we are pleased to welcome all three members of The Goat Roper Rodeo Band who kindly gave up their time for a chat about all manner of things. So if you ever wondered how Scandinavian flat pack furniture might have played a part in the band's story then The Baker's Dozen is essential reading.
In search of our first participant for The Baker's Dozen, the good ship Red Guitar set sail from Plymouth on a bright clear day with hope in our hearts and a song on our lips. Before long we encountered a small boat, more like a raft really, that contained two amicable gentlemen Mr David Berkeley of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Mr Ben Parker of London, England. The duo seemed immensely glad to see us, and in exchange for some light provisions, willingly discussed their many adventures on The Son of Town Hall.
Canadian folk-bluegrass quartet The Dead South will visit the UK in April for a run of dates. The band will be supporting the very welcome UK release of their 'Illusion & Doubt' album due March 23rd via DevilDuck Records on CD & Digital. The buzz about the band has been building since the release of their debut 'Good Company' record in 2015 and many of the upcoming dates are already sold out. Please continue reading for more about the band and those tour dates:
The Lake Poets released a new live EP during the festive season. The 5 track EP was recorded 'Live At The Sage' late in 2016 and features the string section of the Young Musicians Programme. Marty Longstaff aka The Lake Poets will be out on tour in April / May of 2018 playing a range of intimate venues throughout the UK. In the meantime 'Live At The Sage' is available from all official digital services and a track from the EP and those tour dates follow:
Fresh from a string of great reviews for her recent 'Trinity Lane' release Lilly Hiatt has lined up a UK tour for April. The Michael Trent (Shovels & Rope) produced album finds Lilly dealing with her issues in a very personal way and musically her 90's Alt-Rock influences are very much to the fore. 'Trinity Lane' rocks, so the dates should be very cool. More about Lilly Hiatt including a new video from a recent Sitch Session, which shows another side of Lilly, + those all-important tour dates follows:
Canada's The Deep Dark Woods will return to the UK for their first shows in four years in May 2018 in support of their recent 'Yarrow' album which was released on the Six Shooter label. The shows will include a London date at Bush Hall and two nights at the Kilkenny Roots Festival. The Deep Dark Woods will be joined on the tour by fellow Canadians Kacy & Clayton who will also be promoting a new record 'The Siren's Song'. More about The Deep Dark Woods, their album and those tour dates follow:
Three up and coming female songwriters from the UK have banded together for the 'Write Like A Girl' tour coming soon to a venue near you in May 2018. The ladies in question are Emily Faye, Beth Keeping and Vic Allen who will be performing in a Nashville style writers round with a local artist sitting in with them at each stop on the tour (Liv Austin is pencilled in for the London date). The idea is to promote some of the excellent singer-songwriters that we have in the UK, so please try to get along to a show if you can as it looks like it'll be a great night. More info about the artists and those tour dates follow:
The 'Queen of Oklahoma' Carter Sampson will be in the UK this May for a short run of dates. Sampson will be joined by fellow 'Okie' and 'Hard Working American' Jesse Aycock and from California Lauren Barth (but I'm sure they won't hold that against her). Aycock and Barth will perform as a duo and also accompany Sampson during her set. Carter Sampson has a new album 'Lucky' set for May 25th, the follow up to her widely acclaimed 'Wilder Side' release. Tour dates and artists links etc follow:
Gretchen Peters has a new album on the way and to coincide with the release of 'Dancing with the Beast' on May 18th, via Proper Records, she will embark on an extensive run of touring with dates stretching into August. Gretchen is always welcome this side of the pond and since the release of the superb 'Blackbirds' in 2015 her profile is at an all-time high. A profile cemented by a terrific 'Essential' hits set (RGM review) that all artists should use as a "How to" template if they plan to release a best of compilation. Please read on for more about the new album and those tour dates:
The annual Stone Free Festival is returning to the O2 in London for a third year. The first announcement of acts for the 2018 festival features a cool mix of prog, blues and hard rock acts including many 2018 UK exclusive performances. On June 16th German rockers Scorpions will perform with thrash act Megadeth as special guests. June 17th finds YES featuring Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman closing the festival with support from ex Supertramp mainman Roger Hodgson and blues guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor. Many more acts will be added so this is looking like a great weekend. More info about the festival and a host of other things happening at the O2 over the Stone Free weekend follows:
Denny Strickland will venture over to the UK for the first time in June to perform two shows: Nashville Nights at Under The Bridge in London and the Buckle & Boots Festival in Manchester. Denny will be performing with a full band so those shows are not to be missed. Loads more info about Denny and his new single 'California Dreamin' from the album of the same name follows:
The seemingly ageless Billy Idol has announced he will be undertaking a UK / European tour in the Summer of 2018. Forty years into his career and Billy Idol is still going strong based on the success of his 2014 autobiography and the really terrific 'Kings & Queens of The Underground' album (RGM review here) which showed he'd lost none of his old vim and vigour. Tickets go on general sale on December 15th and expect more dates to be added soon. More about Billy Idol and the tour follows:
Texas native Curtis Grimes will tour the UK for the first time in June 2018. The dates, with more to be added soon, include a headline show at the Buck N' Bull Saloon Southern Nights event in London. Curtis Grimes might be familiar to some readers for his successful run on the first series of US TV show 'The Voice'. In the years since Curtis Grimes has enjoyed a successful touring and recording career which now brings him to the UK. Please read on to check out the full press release and a video or two:
Legendary UK prog-rock band Camel will perform a run of UK shows in September 2018. Camel formed in 1971 and are still led by founding member Andrew Latimer (guitar/flute/vocals). The upcoming tour dates will be of special interest to fans of the band and prog fans in general as Camel will perform 'Moonmadness' in full. The 'Moonmadness' album was originally released in 1976 and broke into the top 20 of the UK album chart. Over the years the album has received many accolades including a position in the top 100 prog albums of all time by the readers of Prog Magazine. The dates will go on sale on December 1st and more about the band and the full list of dates follows: