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Nashville based guitarist/singer JD Simo is in the UK (March 2019) playing a run of shows with fellow guitarist Tommy Emmanuel CGP. JD recently released ‘Off At 11’ an album that finds him blending straight ahead blues with much more expansive material than incorporates a range of jazz/blues and jam band influences. The album is a fine introduction to JD Simo and well worth tracking down. We caught up with JD for the RGM Baker’s Dozen feature where he explains how guitar great Steve Cropper proved influential in his early days and a more recent love for Bojack Horseman.
For the thirteenth instalment of The Baker’s Dozen we welcome Simon Stanley Ward (hopefully Simon isn’t superstitious). Simon has just released his second album ‘Songs From Various Places’ and will be launching the album with a show at The Islington in London on February 27th, 2019. The album is a really great listen rooted in old-school country, for the most part, with comedic lyrics that allow Simon’s personality to shine through. So join us as Simon discusses the likes of Elvis, Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon and a fear of Band Aid:
Fresh from the release of his latest ‘Modern Man’ album via Aveline Records (which is an excellent release and well worth checking out) Benjamin Folke Thomas took the time to complete a Baker’s Dozen for RGM that revealed an obsession with pool and a slightly worrying love of reality TV. Benjamin Folke Thomas will be touring the UK to promote ‘Modern Man’ this month with an album launch show at The Lexington, London on November 25th.
Southampton based Lucas & King were the very first act to receive a live review at RGM way back in 2014. In the four years since the duo have been busy honing their craft and their highly anticipated debut album will finally see the light of day on November 23rd. We caught up with Bo and Hayleigh for a quick chat as they became the latest artist to encounter The Baker’s Dozen:
Laurie Mansworth has been at the helm of UK Melodic Rock/AOR act Airrace since they formed in 1982. The band recently released their excellent third album 'Untold Stories' and we caught up with Laurie for a chat about guitars, songwriting, early attempts at punk rock and Billy Bragg...
On the eve of the release of his latest album 'When We Were Animals' via Widemouth Records RGM caught up with Mishka Shubaly for another entry in the popular Baker's Dozen feature. The singer, songwriter, author and storyteller discussed his earliest musical memories, Mark Lanegan, Twisted Sister, his love of small venues with dodgy plumbing and much, much more. Mishka will kick off an extensive UK tour on June 9th in Derby that will see him playing throughout the UK with a London date at The Slaughtered Lamb on June 28th.
For the latest in The Baker's Dozen feature at RGM Nick Workman from British AOR/Melodic Rock act Vega is in the chair. The band will release their fifth album 'Only Human' on May 11th via Frontiers. The album was mixed and mastered by Harry Hess of Harem Scarem fame and you can catch the band live on their UK tour in June 2018. So please read on as Nick discusses Star Wars, True Detective and the mysterious Bootleg Snake:
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.
Acclaimed guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will return to the UK in March 2019 for a run of dates. Well known for his hugely entertaining live shows, these latest dates follow the release of his Accomplice One album in early 2018. The tour will also feature leading blues guitarist JD Simo, who appears on Accomplice One and with whom Tommy has toured in the USA. Tommy’s thoughts on the upcoming tour and those all important dates follow:
Bob Harris OBE will be taking his Under The Apple Tree Sessions on the road in April/May 2019 for a UK tour. The tour will be headlined by Wildwood Kin who RGM recently enjoyed opening for Darlingside (review). In keeping with the UTAT philosophy Bob has handpicked local support acts for each date of the tour with the likes of Loud Mountains (Oxford) and Worry Dolls (London) among the impressive additions. Tickets are on sale from Friday 14th December and more about Bob, Under The Apple Tree and the tour dates follow:
US country star Chris Young will return to the UK in May 2019 when he brings his ‘Losing Sleep’ tour to our shores with Stoney Creek Records’ Lindsay Ell joining the tour as special guest. Sony Music recording artist Young has enjoyed multi-platinum success in recent years and his UK dates are always highly anticipated. Tickets are on general sale from 9am Friday 23rd November (Pre-sales from Wednesday 21 November). More about Chris Young and those tour dates follow:
ZZ Top formed back in 1969 and to mark the event the Texas blues legends have announced a run of European dates for 2019 to mark their 50th anniversary as a band. The dates include a show at the SSE Arena, Wembley on 12th July 2019 with special guest Jimmy Barnes. Tickets for the Wembley show are on sale from 10am on Friday November 16th. Links to tickets and more about ZZ Top follows:
Eagles have announced a run of European dates as part of their 2019 world tour with the first show on May 26th in Antwerp and UK dates commencing June 23rd in London (Sheryl Crow will be special guest for the London date). Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit will be joined by Vince Gill and Deacon Frey for the tour. Tickets go on sale to the general public on October 5th 2018 at 9am. More info on the band including ticket links and the full list of UK dates follows:
Country superstar Brad Paisley will make a welcome return to the UK and the O2 in London on Saturday October 12th 2019. Support comes from Chris Lane. Tickets are on general sale from Friday February 8th with Fan Club pre-sales etc starting on Wednesday 6th February. Full ticket details and much more about Brad Paisley and Chris Lane follows: