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The Baker's Dozen @ RGM
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.
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.
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:
Joshua Hedley will return to the UK for a run of shows in September including an appearance at the Long Road festival alongside Lee Ann Womack, The Shires, Aaron Watson etc. Hedley's recent album 'Mr Jukebox', released on Jack White's Third Man Records, is classic country influenced by such greats as George Jones, Glen Campbell and Faron Young. Hedley has an uncanny knack for composing an instantly recognisable and familiar tune, he might be looking back but his songs feel like a refreshing change when pitched against much of the music on today's country radio. Those tour dates and more about Joshua Hedley and 'Mr Jukebox' follows:
Aaron Watson will make a welcome return to the UK in September 2018 for a run of headline shows and an appearance at the Long Road Festival in Leicestershire. Aaron is touring in support of his widely acclaimed 2017 'Vaquero' album. Tickets for the Glasgow, Manchester and London shows go on sale on Wednesday 16th May, full ticket details, more about Aaron Watson and the video for his new radio single 'Run Wild Horses' follow:
The Long Road Festival, which is set for 7th-9th September 2018 in Leicestershire, has announced additional names for the, highly anticipated, inaugural event. Ward Thomas, Luke Winslow-King and Charlie Worsham are among the acts added to an already impressive line-up that features Lee Ann Womack, The Shires, The Wandering Hearts and Billy Bragg. Full details of the line-up, camping/ticket options, location etc follow:
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:
Fresh from the widespread acclaim he received for his 2017 release 'Sky Trails' the legendary David Crosby will return to the UK for two full band solo shows in September. Crosby was last in the UK in 2015 as part of Crosby, Stills & Nash but this is a rare opportunity to see the resurgent 76 year old singer-songwriter with his Sky Trails band. More about David Crosby and those dates follow:
Minnesota based singer-songwriter Chastity Brown returns to the UK in September for a run of dates. Chastity's excellent 'Silhouette of Sirens' album from last year continued to build on the momentum of her previous release 'Back-Road Highways' here in the UK. In a live setting (RGM review), Chastity is equally impressive so I urge you to get along to a show if you can. The tour includes shows in Newcastle, Bradford, Glasgow and at London's Green Note on October 2nd. More about Chastity Brown including a full list of dates and the video for 'Wake Up' from 'Silhouette of Sirens' follows:
Dana Fuchs released her fourth album 'Love Lives On' to universal acclaim earlier this year gaining positive reviews from a variety of publications representing the blues, country and classic rock communities. The album will now see a welcome vinyl release on 27th July via Get Along Records / Membran and to coincide with this a short run of UK dates have also been announced including The Borderline in London on September 21st. Much more about Dana Fuchs including the video for the impressive title track of 'Love Lives On' follows:
Tom Baxter will release his new album 'The Other Side Of Blue' on August 17th, 2018 via The Orchard. Following the release of the album (which you can read about here), Tom will embark on an extensive UK/IRE tour in September that will include a London date at The Union Chapel on November 6th. A complete list of dates and Tom's latest single 'The Ballad of Davey Graham' follows:
After a very hectic 2017, things are looking equally busy in 2018 for Richard Thompson. The multi award-winning singer-songwriter-guitarist has announced an extensive UK tour for late 2018 dubbed the '13 Rivers Tour' which could well be a nod to his new album set for release later this year via the Proper Records label, or possibly he's going to be crossing 13 rivers in the UK on the tour (I'll leave that particular conundrum to those better versed in geography than I to ponder). Tickets for the tour are on sale from 10 am on Friday 18th May. A link to ticket sales, a full list of dates and a little more about Richard Thompson follows:
John Oates will visit the UK in October 2018 for a rare run of UK/Eire shows. The dates are in support of his recently released 'Arkansas' album which showed a different side of John Oates the singer and songwriter. John will be touring with members of The Good Road Band and these dates are a very rare opportunity to see John perform live outside of Hall & Oates especially here in the UK. More about John Oates and the tour follows:
Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit have announced a UK headline tour for October 2018. Klara and Johanna Söderberg aka First Aid Kit will be joined by Watford's finest The Staves on the dates which are in support of their most recent album 'Ruins' which was released earlier this year to widespread acclaim and a top three UK chart position. Full tour dates and more about First Aid Kit follows:
French synthwave icon Carpenter Brut will be returning to the UK in October with his 'Leather Patrol' tour. Earlier this year Carpenter Brut released the 'Leather Teeth' album the soundtrack to the imaginary 80's horror film that told the story of Bret Halford (you see what he did there) aka Leather Teeth leader of Leather Patrol. If you have a love of 80's movie soundtracks and so bad they're great movies such as 'Trick Or Treat', 'Hard Rock Zombies' or 'Black Roses' then the new single 'Beware The Beast' from the album is an essential watch. So please read on for more about Carpenter Brut and the 'Leather Patrol' tour:
A true guitar legend, Duane Eddy will make a rare visit to the UK in October 2018 as he celebrates his 80th birthday year with shows in London, Glasgow and Manchester. Tickets for the shows are available from 9am on Friday June 8th. Duane Eddy's twangy guitar sound is one of the most recognisable and influential sounds in the history of rock music. More details about the shows including ticket links and a little more about Duane Eddy follows:
BluesFest 2018 at The O2 this October was already looking pretty impressive with the likes of John Fogerty, Steve Miller Band, Robert Plant, Robert Cray and Van Morrison already on the bill. The promoters have now added more impressive names with the always excellent Zac Brown Band bringing their individual brand of Southern/Country/Jam rock to the O2 with special guest Beth Hart. The festival takes place October 25-27th with artists performing in the main arena and at the Indigo venue of the O2. More about the acts, the festival and ticket details follow:
Blue Oyster Cult have announced a run of UK dates for February 2019 with special guests The Temperance Movement. The eight date tour starts in Norwich and includes a London show at Eventim Apollo which, coincidentally, was the venue when I first caught the band live on their 'Revolution By Night' tour in 1984. Tickets are on sale from 10am on Friday 27th July. A little more about BOC and those tour dates follows: