UK Tour Dates For Chicago Bluesman Davy Knowles

Chicago-based blues guitarist Davy Knowles will return to the UK in July for a run of six lives dates, supporting the release of his latest EP, ‘1932’.

Following the release of Davey’s all-acoustic ‘1932’ EP, which was recorded entirely on his  treasured 1932 National Triolian resonator guitar, the Isle of Man-born guitarist’s UK dates begin on Monday, 2nd July, at The Beaverwood Club in Chislehurst and ends at the Linton Festival, near Ross-on-Wye on Sunday, 8th July.

In between, Davy will play headline dates in St Albans (3rd), Nottingham (6th) and Bristol (7th), plus a date at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire (4th) as the as special guest of Supersonic Blues Machine.

Having learned to play guitar from listening to guitar legend such as Rory Gallagher, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Peter Green and John Mayall, and honing his skills playing the local music circuit, Knowles’s professional career started with a bang – arriving in America aged 19 with his band Back Door Slam, an acclaimed debut album,  and rave reviews at SXSW 2007

From that dynamic introduction, Knowles proceeded to make a significant impact across US media – from memorable TV performances on Jimmy Kimmel and Good Morning America, to a three year run at radio with the singles ‘Come Home’ from the debut album Roll Away and ‘Tear Down the Walls’ and ‘Coming Up For Air’ from the Peter Frampton-produced follow-up album – both albums Top 3 Billboard Blues Chart.

A relentless four-year touring regime followed for Knowles in support of his albums, taking in legendary festivals Lollapalooza, Memphis In May, Bonnaroo  and Austin City Limits, and headlining shows at The Troubadour, Red Rocks, World Cafe and The Iridium. He also toured with Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, The Who, Warren Haynes, George Thorogood, Peter Frampton, Joe Bonamassa, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Rhythm Devils and the Satriani/Hagar inspired supergroup Chickenfoot.

Other highlights from this period include playing live to Astronauts on the ISS from mission control in Houston – one of only a handful of artists to be invited to do so – three tours of the UK and Europe and numerous international festivals including Jakarta, Tokyo, and Perth, Australia.

Davy Knowles

In 2011 Knowles’s song Reach Higher was the official anthem for the Youth Commonwealth Games, and in 2012 his ‘birthday’ tribute to Woody Guthrie – a stunning electric version of Pastures of Plenty – was released in aid of WhyHunger?.

In 2014, as Ambassador for the Isle of Man’s “Year of Culture” Knowles played the International Celtic Festival in Lorient, France, and that same year began filming the documentary Island Bound – tracking the migration of Celtic and European folk music with the early settlers to the British Colonies, with Davy demonstrating how this music was preserved and passed down through generations, evolving into Bluegrass, Folk, Country and Americana –  and ultimately influencing the blues and rock music of today.

From the very start Knowles earned the respect of fans, media and musicians alike. Throughout this musical journey, though, Knowles has kept ‘the blues’ close to his heart. He said, “I love the guitar as an instrument, it’s so versatile and endlessly challenging, but whilst I will try play any style to meet that challenge, blues is the music I first fell in love with, and I have always connected deeply with it. I enjoy playing the historian, and am fascinated by all facets of the genre, from the earliest field recordings, to the more recent guitar gods that electrified and supercharged this music. It’s from all along this timeline that I like to draw influence from.”

Davy Knowles’ UK tour dates is as follows:

Mon 2nd July    The Beaverwood Club Chislehurst                              Tickets

Tues 3rd July    St Albans                    The Horn                                 Tickets

Wed 4th July    London                        O2 Shepherds Bush Empire* Tickets

Fri 6th   July      Nottingham                Rock City Basement               Tickets

Sat 7th July      Bristol                          The Thunderbolt                     Tickets

Sun 8th July     Ross-on-Wye  Linton Festival                        Tickets

(*opening for Supersonic Blues Machine)

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Davy already has a recognizable style. He’s definitely the gunslinger guitarist of the 21st century,’’ – Peter Frampton

“My favourite modern Bluesman” – Joe Satriani

“Davy Knowles continues to amaze me – he’s still so young and yet he plays, writes and sings with such maturity.  He’s immersed himself in the styles of many great players and has emerged with his own brand, playing with a smile on his face.  He’s a rare bird, one I will continue to watch and study.” – Bernie Marsden

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New music – STEVE HILL, SIMON KENT, CANSHAKER PI & ANDREW WK

The one man blues rock band Steve Hill has a new live album out, ‘The One Man Blues Rock Band’. Crank it up loud! Love the way he plays the cymbals with the end of his guitar…

If you like a little bit of mellow pop rock Simon Kent’s latest album ‘In Another Life’ is well worth a listen…

Got to love a bit of Andrew WK and what a powerful and uplifting tune. Enjoy!

Not overly taken by Canshaker PI, however if a little indie rock (like the Pixies at times) is your thing their new album ‘Naughty Naughty Violence’ is out this month…

PAUL RODGERS Free Spirit

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Quarto Valley Records/Icons [Release date 22.06.18]

Recorded at the Royal Albert Hall, London last year this live set sees Paul Rodgers perform a set solely made up for Free classics. It comes as a two disc CD/DVD set, Blu-ray disc (which features Deborah Bonham and his daughter Jasmine Rodgers) and a 3LP set, all of which would be considerably cheaper than the tickets to the shows!

Backed by Deborah Bonham’s band Paul Rodgers is in fine voice still, full of blues, rock and soul – lets be honest this man could sing your weekly shopping list and still give you goose bumps. For fans it gives a chance to hear songs like ‘Love You So’ and ‘Catch A Train’ performed live for the first time as Free never got the opportunity to. The musicianship is top draw as can be heard on Ian Rowley’s bass lines on ‘Mr. Big’ or Pete Bullick’s guitar solo on ‘The Stealer’ – fitting tributes to both Andy Fraser and Paul Kossoff. Shame that Simon Kirke wasn’t behind the drum kit though as he is the only other surviving member of the classic Free line-up along with Rodgers.

A ‘must have’ for any fan of Free and Paul Rodgers. Paul Rodgers has tour dates this summer with Jeff Beck and a few fronting Bad Company, both in the US.

Frontiers New Breed free rock download

http://www.frontiers.it/landing/newbreed/index.php

Frontiers record label have a free twelve song sampler of bands they class as the New Breed of rock and metal. Decent compilation that features the likes of Toseland, Inglorious, Mason Hill, Bigfoot and Shiraz Lane.

The Rockin’ Chair Spotify playlist

A Spotify playlist to reflect the current tunes I am enjoying via reviewing for Get Ready To Rock! plus a few past gems. I have a wide ranging musical taste as for me the melody is king 🙂 Hopefully you will find a few tunes you like…

FEDERAL CHARM tour dates

Federal Charm embark on four UK concerts from April 14th. Dates include Open Club in Norwich (April 14) The Louisiana in Bristol (April 22), The Deaf Institute in Manchester (May 12), and the Cluny in Newcastle (May 18).  Tickets are now on sale and can be booked from www.seetickets.com/tour/federal-charm or from the 24 hour box office: 08702 183 805.

Very special guest at the Bristol and Newcastle shows is Gabriella Jones featuring Planet Rock radio’s Wyatt Wendels on drums.

Following 2016’s Planet Rock Roadstars co-headline tour with SIMO and Aaron Keylock, Stockport’s Federal Charm amicably parted ways with vocalist/guitarist Nick Bowden and drummer Danny Rigg. Paul Bowe (guitar) and LD Morawski (bass) recruited new vocalist and frontman Tom Guyer and drummer Josh Zahler.

Tom Guyer’s powerful and characterful voice led to immediate chemistry as he joined Paul and LD in writing sessions for Federal Charm’s third album (scheduled for release in the fall 2018). His wide vocal range opened up new creative possibilities during song writing and added an exciting and new dynamic that compliments Federal Charm’s exhilarating blues rock sound.

Federal Charm’s new heavy blues rock musical direction and style has organically evolved since the band’s second album Across the Divide (2015). New drummer Josh Zahler adds his own distinctive drumming style and grooves that compliments the band’s pulsating rhythm section.

2017 saw Federal Charm perform play a great number of high profile gigs supporting UFO, Y&T and Brian Downey’s ALIVE AND DANGEROUS.  These shows introduced the new line-up to old and new fans alike. The band received a fantastic reception. What’s more, fans got a taste of the new direction and musical impact of Federal Charm’s transformation. The success of the band’s live shows and new songs, resulted in the band being picked up by global touring booking agent TKO (Stone Broken, Jared James Nichols, and the Bad Flowers).

Federal Charm have just completed recording their highly anticipated third album. The band are extremely eager to showcase their explosive new sound and new songs on their forthcoming April 2018 UK tour.

FEDERAL CHARM – APRIL-MAY 2018 UK TOUR

*WITH SPECIAL GUEST GABRIELLA JONES FEAT. PLANET ROCK’S WYATT WENDELS

Norwich, Open Club                                       Saturday 14 April

*Bristol, The Louisiana                                  Sunday 22 April

Manchester, The Deaf Institute                Saturday 12 May

*Newcastle, The Cluny                                 Friday 18 May

Austin Gold UK tour date

MAR. 2018

Thu 22nd          PETERBOROUGH ACOUSTIC NIGHT St. Johns Church, Cathedral Sq. 8pm

Thu 29th           LONDON                  Dublin Castle, Camden                       8pm

APRIL 2018

Sat 28th            CAMBRIDGE          Junction 2

MAY 2018

Fri 11th             WHITLEY BAY       Playhouse                    (supporting KING KING)

Sat. 12th           CLITHEROE            The Grand Venue       (supporting KING KING)

JUNE 2018

Sat 2nd             SOUTH WALES      Viking Festival

Thu 21st           BILSTON                  Robin 2                       (supporting Steve Gibbons)

JULY 2018

Sat 14th            OUNDLE                   Festival

Sun 22nd          NORTHAMPTON   Sixfields Festival

Thur 26th        CAMBRIDGE          Rock Festival

Sat 28th            PETERBOROUGH Key Theatre SOLD OUT

Debut album details:-

AUSTIN GOLD – “BEFORE DARK CLOUDS”

http://www.austingold.band