Robert Randolph and the Family Band have just revealed the new video for ‘Baptise Me‘, taken from their upcoming studio album, ‘Brighter Days, which is out on August 23rdvia Provogue/Mascot Label Group. The album was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Brandi Carlile, and Jason Isbell).

Randolph grew up playing sacred steel music – gospel played on pedal steel guitar – in Orange, New Jersey, and began taking his joyous, gospel-infused music out to clubs, backed by family members who shared not only backgrounds but blood.

The Family Band” is not just a name meant to evoke connections of togetherness. They are an actual family; the group that supports Randolph is anchored by his cousins, bassist Danyel Morgan and drummer Marcus Randolph and his sister, vocalist Lenesha Randolph.
Rolling Stone Magazine
voted Randolph as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists and they have earned three Grammy nominations along their journey. It’s no wonder they have picked up an incredible list of artists who have featured on their albums such as; Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews, Ben Harper, Leon Russell, Doyle Bramhall II, Trombone Shorty, Carlos Santana and T-Bone Burnett.

A prolific touring schedule has seen them hit the road with; Gregory Porter, Carlos Santana, John Scofield, Gary Clark Jr, Trombone Shorty, Buddy Guy, Living Color, The Sheepdogs, Tedeshi Trucks and| Dave Matthews Band amongst others.

They have played Clapton’s Crossroad Festival at Maddison Square Garden three times as well as major festivals across Europe such as Hyde Park Calling (UK), BluesFest (UK), Cognac Blues (France), Festival de Jazz (France), Blues ‘n’ Jazz (Switzerland), RAWA Blues (Poland) and Randolph has also taken on the hugely popular Experience Hendrix Tour with Eric Johnson, Bootsy Collins, Robby Krieger, Taj Mahal and Steve Vai.

“When you think about Stax music and a lot of music from the 70s, especially like the Staples Singers, it was inspirational and you danced you had a good time. That’s what we really wanted to hone in on here: let’s sound good and have a natural good time that will bring listeners along. All of the music that we played in the beginning was what we would play in church. We just turned it into long jams.”

“Over the years I’ve learned how to write these songs that make you feel kind of spiritual and have the gospel roots, just like the great music of people like the Four Tops, Temptations and Ray Charles. It all comes from the same place. We don’t want to sound like them – or like anybody – but that’s the feeling we want to evoke.”

Track listing:

1. Baptise Me
2. Don’t Fight It
3. Simple Man
4. Have Mercy
5. Cut Em Loose
6. Second Hand Man
7. Cry Over Me
8. I Need You
9. I’m Living Off The Love You Give
10. Strange Train

Like many an epic quest, Danny Vaughn’s journey to make his masterwork ‘Myths, Legends and Lies‘ has been beset by obstacles and ordeals, But today  -Friday 14th June  – Danny is proud to give the story a happy ending as the album hits its eagerly-anticipated release date.

A man who values his fans. Danny has just uploaded a special thank-you video for all the belief and support his friends, family and fans have shown bringing this project to reality: his first solo release album in eleven years .

It’s one that Danny managed to bring to release, despite serious problems that came to light with the PledgeMusic platform he was using. And it’s a testimony to Danny’s vision and commitment – plus the loyalty of Danny’s fans and his close relationship with them,  that the project triumphed over those setbacks. 

Myths, Legends and Lies‘ is the solo album Danny Vaughn has always wanted to make. Though best-known as the frontman of Tyketto, Danny’s solo project showcases his range and talents as singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and storyteller.

Creatively, ‘Myths, Legends and Lies‘ is what Danny describes as “the music I make when left to my own devices.

It’s an album I’ve been talking about making for over fourteen years,” Danny explains, “A bunch of songs I call my orphans: they’re a group of numbers, collected over decades, that I never found a proper home for.

And so, despite all the obstacles and pitfalls it faced, ‘Myths, Legends & Lies‘ has kept on track for its promised release date. Recorded, engineered and mixed by Tim Hamill at Sonic One Studios, Llangennech, Wales, the mastering was completed by Sean Magee [Deep Purple, John Lennon, The Ramones, and The Beatles] at Abbey Road Studios. Now, this impressive album is fully released via Townsend Music. Judge for yourself and enjoy!

UK Live Dates:

July 11: Bannermans in Edinburgh, UK

July 12: Waterloo Music Bar in Blackpool, UK

July 19: Queen’s Hall, Nuneaton

July 20: Tivoli, Buckley

Aug 16: The Dreadnought in Bathgate, UK

Aug 17: The Diamond Rock Bar in Ballymena, N. Ireland

Aug 22: The Black Heart, London

Aug 23: The Cluny, Newcastle

Aug 29: Eleven, Stoke On Trent

Aug 30: The Asylum, Birmingham

Listen to the album here:





And of course the Townsend Music store where you can get some great bundles!

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Formed in 2015, Wicked Stone wasted no time in establishing themselves as one of the UK’s hottest up and coming acts. Their debut album, ‘Ain’t No Rest’, was released in October 2017 to critical acclaim. With a sound that references the touchstones of classic rock but with an unmistakably modern edge, ‘Ain’t No Rest’ won the band a whole legion of fans.

Wicked Stone are a formidable live act, thriving on the interaction between band and audience, ensuring that their live shows are fun and exhilarating and most importantly unforgettable. The band has appeared across the country, winning over audiences everywhere, none more so than at their acclaimed appearances at the prestigious Ramblin’ Man Fair, Breaking Bands, Planet Rock’s Winters End, Hard Rock Hell and Fibrofest festivals.

Their up-coming new release, ‘Devil In Me‘, set for release Friday 13th September 2019, sees Wicked Stone’s take on a more powerful, harder edge without sacrificing the anthemic choruses and big hooks for which they are renowned. Lyrically more mature, musically more evolved, their high-energy new opus looks set to take the music world by storm.

Wicked Stone will be hitting the road at the end of the year in support of their new E.P. Catch them in a city near you. Get ready for the ride…

Line up:

Joe Hawx – Vocals

James Forrister – guitar

Olly Smith – Drums

James Amos – Bass

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Crobot and Mascot Records have announced the planned global release of the band’s new studio album Motherbrain on August 23. Earlier this year, the band presented a raucously entertaining lead music video for the song Keep Me Down which can be screened here:

Today, the band and Mascot Records present a second song from the upcoming album titled Low Life which can be heard here: Motherbrain was produced by Crobot and Corey Lowery.

Like food of the gods, rock ‘n’ roll nourishes the soul. Offering holy communion, Crobot proudly personify a trinity of “meat, strings, and emotion” within their music and during the raucous and raging gigs they remain known for. Striking a delicate balance between hard-charging riffs, ass-shaking funk, and out-of-this-world reflective stage attire, the Pennsylvania quartet – Brandon Yeagley [lead vocals, harmonica], Chris Bishop [guitar, vocals], and Dan Ryan [drums], satisfy starvation for sonic sustenance on their fourth full-length and 2019 debut for Mascot Label Group, Motherbrain. James Lascu and Eddie Collins share the role of touring bassist for Crobot.

“When we were making the record, it was all about ‘meat, strings, and emotion’,” affirms Chris. “It explains the thought process. We’d usually start the day with chicken biscuits from Chik-fil-A. Obviously, I would play the strings. The emotion comes from the sheer power of me playing.”  Yeagley adds, “It had nothing to do with the chicken biscuits.”

Crobot continue to fill a void. Since emerging in 2011, the group have quietly cemented themselves among the rising rock vanguard. Following the 2012 debut Legend of the Spaceborne Killer and 2014’s Something Supernatural, the musicians made waves with Welcome To Fat City in 2016. Consequence of Sound praised the title track as “a stomping slice of doom, and Classic Rock bestowed a coveted 4-out-of-5-star rating on the album, going on to claim, “Welcome To Fat City is a mighty leap forward for Crobot, an ebullient masterclass. Not to mention, they received acclaim from AXS, New Noise Magazine, and more as total album streams surpassed the 1-million-mark. Along the way, Crobot toured with the likes of Anthrax, Clutch, Black Label Society, Volbeat, Chevelle, Motorhead, The Sword, and more in addition to appearing on ShipRocked! and at numerous other festivals.

During late 2017, the boys started to write what would become ‘Motherbrain‘. Signing to Mascot Records, the group went from writing at Chris’ spot in Austin, TX to Marietta, GA where they holed up in the studio with Corey Lowery [Seether, Saint Asonia] for a month.  The producer’s direction to embrace the dark side took life, while Brandon delivered some of the most emotive recordings Crobot has delivered to date.

 “I think it’s a much darker record, musically, lyrically, and thematically,” says the front man. “It’s some of the heaviest material we’ve ever done, but it’s also some of the funkiest. We’re widening the Crobot spectrum even more. It’s the catchiest too. It’s less about wizards and dragons and more about everyday turmoil and the struggles of life. Corey made it digestible and appealing for not just dudes with beards or chicks with dicks.”

They heralded the record with the rabble-rousing ‘Keep Me Down. Meanwhile, the first single ‘Low Life‘ shows the scope of this expanded palette. Featuring chunky guitars and a howling hook, it sees the band co-write with Johnny Andrews and deliver a bold banger. “It’s a song we never would’ve written by ourselves,” Chris continues. “That makes it cool. It took us out of our comfort zone.” “It’s an anthem about this outside perspective on the definition of a lowlife,” explains Brandon. “There’s a misconception that being a touring musician without a lot of money makes you a lowlife, but how is that really any different from the rest of the world? And, if that does make you a lowlife, we’re okay with it!”

Co-written by Brian Vodinh of 10 Years, Burn nods to “the power of Stone Temple Pilots’ ‘Dead and Bloated’, and siphons it through “a Crobot filter.Elsewhere, Drown tempers a muscular groove with a magnetic melody, while the “funkiest song” of the bunch Alpha Dawg pays homage to a “funky werewolf mofo” inspired by Teen Wolf. Then, there’s Stoning The Devil. So catchy it might be Satanic, the tune flips tradition upside down.

“I wanted a different spin on the act of stoning the devil,” states Brandon. “Muslims take a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia to throw stones at these pillars. The act is supposed to ward off evil spirits and cleanse one’s soul. It’s a different culture for the devil’s storyline in our genre.”

In the end, “meat, strings, and emotion” might just be what rock ‘n’ roll needs in 2019 and beyond…

“When people hear this, I hope they say, ‘Yeah, that’s Crobot’,” the front man leaves off. “We want to maintain our identity from record to record. We always want to be genuine. It’s going to evolve, but it will always be Crobot.”

Track listing:

1. Burn
2. Keep Me Down
3. Drown
4. Low Life
5. Alpha Dawg
6. Stoning The Devil
7. Gasoline
8. Destroyer
9. Blackout
10. After Life
11. The Hive

UK tour dates
20   July                 Norwich                               Waterfront Studio
21   July                 Kent                                      Ramblin Man Fair*
23   July                 Manchester                         Rebellion
24   July                  Blackpool                            Waterloo Bar
25   July                 Birmingham                        Institute 2
26   July                 London                                 Underworld
27   July                 Ebbw Vale                           Steelhouse Festival*
28   July                 Milton Keynes                    Craufurd Arms

European tour dates 
30   July               Utrecht, NL                                      De Helling                         w/ LIFE OF AGONY
31   July               Bremen, DE                                    Schlachthof                       w/ LIFE OF AGONY
01   Aug              Wacken, DE                                    Wacken Festival*
02  Aug               Dusseldorf, DE                               Tube                                  w/ FIREWIND
04  Aug               Eindhoven, NL                                The Jack
06  Aug               Pratteln,  CH                                    Z7                                       w/ MONSTER MAGNET
08  Aug               Bielefield, DE                                  Lokschuppen                   w/ MONSTER MAGNET
09  Aug               Kortrijk, BE                                       Alcatraz Festival*
10  Aug               Leeuwarden, NL                            Into The Grave*

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Nothing Good Lasts Forever‘ is out now and is the first track taken from new album ‘The Great Escape‘, due for release on 5th July via Golden Robot Records.

The four on the floor rock anthem pulls out the best parts of Oz Rock legends, AC/DC, Rose Tattoo and Airbourne, throws in the groove of Thin Lizzy, the histrionics of Iron Maiden and the stadium sound of the Foo Fighters and delivers something sorely lacking in today’s overly PC music climate… Balls.

Jailbirds have been confirmed for Sunday slot at the mighty Bloodstock Festival which takes place at Catton Park, Walton on Trent, Derbyshire from August 8th through 11th, where they will be sharing the bill with the likes of Scorpions, Dimmu Borgir, Queensryche, Dee Snider, Hypocrisy, Soilwork, Ross The Boss, The Lazys and many more.
Tickets for Bloodstock are on sale NOW via this link.

Buy/stream the single HERE

Jailbirds are an Australian/Irish hard rock band based in Dublin, Ireland.

The band is composed of four members, Axel McDonald, lead vocals and lead guitar, his brother Jay McDonald on drums, both of whom are the founding members originating from Sydney, Australia. Completing the raw and powerhouse sound of Jailbirds are Irish rhythm guitarist Ed Orr and bass player Jamie Trimble.

The band produce a unique, dynamic, energetic and explosive sound defining a new generation of hard rock thanks to a healthy appetite of Australian powerhouse rock bands such as AC/DC, Airbourne, Rose Tattoo and legendary Irish rockers, Thin Lizzy. Their high-energy live shows are a testament to the bands growing reputation and intend to leave no stone unturned when it comes to giving 100% in just about everything they do.

Following the release of their 2016 debut EP “BREAK THE SILENCE” which saw the band gain instant airplay in numerous countries such as the Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom, as well as features in esteemed publications such as “Classic Rock Magazine”, the band were signed by Golden Robot Records (Dizzy Reed of Guns n’ Roses, Kings X, Rose Tattoo) in August 2018 and are currently working on their debut studio album, which is set for release in July 2019.

Having shared stages with Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown, The Answer and Anvil, Jailbirds

will be gearing up for a multitude of live dates which will be announced in early 2019. In the

meantime, the guys will continue to spread the hard rock n’ roll gospel far and wide

Line up:

Axel McDonald

Ed Orr

Jamie Trimble

Jay McDonald





THE TRIGGER‘s new digital single ‘What Have We Become’ is out now, and comes with an Official video.

Both songs are taken from the band’s upcoming album ‘The Time Of Miracles‘, which will be released on July 26th via Massacre Records. You can already pre-order it HERE

Heavy guitars, sophisticated vocal lines, catchy riffs and memorable melodies – THE TRIGGER‘s album ‘The Time Of Miracles‘ has it all! Their mix of hard rock and metal is spiced up by adding other genres into the mix. Guest vocalists on the album include Darko Živković (Downstroy), Marko Matijević Sekul (Manntra) and Vladimir Lalić (Organized Chaos).

Track listing:

  1. Pray
    2. Don’t Feed The Cannibals (Ft. Darko Downstroy)
    3. Ashes And Bones
    4. Kingdom Will Never Come
    5. What Have We Become
    6. Out Of Clay
    7. Boom (Ft. Marko Manntra)
    8. Used Up And Dead
    9. Good Dog
    10. Happy New Year
    11. Reality (Ft. Vladimir Lalić & Emir Hot)
    12. Abyss

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Review: Lonerider – Attitude

Escape Music (April 26th 2019)

Reviewer: Stephen Brophy

Anytime you hear of a project that involves Steve Overland you tend to take a little more notice than usual, and Lonerider is no exception to that rule. But when Steve’s partner in crime from Shadowman, Steve Morris on guitar,  is also involved you sit up a little straighter, then you see the band is filled out with Chris Childs (Thunder) on bass and the legendary Simon Kirke (Free/Bad Company) on drums then this has all the possibilities of being a special album.

Released by Escape Music Ltd at the end of April this was certainly an album that got caught in the flurry of recent releases, but please go check it out, there are some really excellent songs on this one, Steve’s vocals are allowed to breathe, there’s great variety between AOR, bluesy rock and with the likes of ‘Yesterday Heroes‘ perhaps even a touch more southern rock or an Americana feel. What’s never in question here is the quality on show. Musically, how it’s put together, the production and the songs themselves are just top notch. There’s something really powerful in Steve Morris’s guitar work, and it just sounds so good here all the way through.

Anyone that is a fan of FM, Shadowman or just Rock in general should get something from this album, it’s got plenty to give and is constructed so well, and there’s a terrific flow right through. Naturally with such a well known and recognisable voice it’s going to have you drawing comparisons to FM/Shadowman etc…. but this band is it’s own entity, and although it exists is a similar space to those bands it stands on it’s own feet.

Sometimes when a band like this is put together there’s just no soul to it, you can’t feel any passion, but pardon the pun, there’s definitely attitude in this one. Strongest songs on this album are probably the track of the ‘Lonerider‘ with the blues riff running down the middle of it,  the excellent ‘Angel Without Wings‘ which grabs you back time and again, a song I think that will continue to bounce around the head long after the stereo has been turned off, a little different in sound and all the better for it. And ‘Yesterday Heroes‘ which seems to float along and benefits massively from the subtle treatment it gets.

So where does the Lonerider project go, I’m not sure, I guess it’s worrying they’ve not setup a Website or Social Media page for the band, but it doesn’t mean that if schedules allow and either the participants enjoyed it or it did well with fans there won’t be a follow up, it would be most welcome. Lonerider offer something different from what the bands the members here already play with, and it’s always such a pleasure to hear Steve’s voice on anything, but this has good rocking and great melody. Some live dates would be of course very welcome if they were to materialise and lets hope that second album gets done, this one is a cracker and would be a shame to just have the possibility that more people miss it than hear it, the more I listen to it the more I like it.

The Swiss melodic hard rock/metal outfit Crystal Ball is celebrating the band’s 20th anniversary with the release of ‘2020‘ – their first ever best-of album – due out on August 2nd via Massacre Records!
Crystal Ball have just released a lyric video for ‘Forever And Eternally‘, the first single from the album.

The album includes 20 tracks on 2 CDs: 10 re-recorded and newly interpreted songs from the band’s first decade, and 10 melodic metal tracks from the band’s second decade, which were either re-recorded, newly arranged and/or enhanced with additional recordings.

You can pre-order the album HERE

2020‘ is an album for die-hard fans that are around since the band’s early days but also for those who have barely heard of the band before. Needless to say that this album should be part of every record collection.

Track listing:

CD 1

1. HELLvetia
2. Moondance
3. Soul Mate
4. Lay Down The Law
5. He Came To Change The World
6. Dance With The Devil
7. Mozart Symphony
8. My Life
9. Am I Free
10. Forever And Eternally

CD 2

1. Paradise
2. Mayday!
3. Alive For Evermore
4. Hold Your Flag
5. Eye To Eye
6. Suspended
7. Déjà-Voodoo
8. Anyone Can Be A Hero
9. Curtain Call
10. Director’s Cut

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Review: Midnite City / ATLAS / Todd Michaels & The Screamin Hearts 

Alberts, Nottingham, June 7th 2019

Reviewer: Dan Mann

Friday evening saw myself and the memsarb take a trip over to Alberts in Nottingham (RIP Spanky Van Dykes) to catch Midnite City on their current There Goes The Neighbourhood UK Tour.

Kicking off the evening’s proceedings were a new band to me, Todd Michaels & The Screamin Hearts.

In short, they had the looks and attitude, it was like taking a time machine back 25 years, however they seemed to be a band without direction, not really knowing exactly what rock genre they wanted to be. Too much chat, not enough tunes, unless they didn’t have more material I don’t know. Plus regular readers will know if I’m not fond of the vocals then it’s extremely difficult to like the band. However qudos to them.

Onto ATLAS, a band I am familiar with having listened to their debut album ‘In Pursuit Of Memory‘ quite a few times.

ATLAS came across from the onset as an experienced, tight sounding outfit, confidently presenting their catalogue of songs and if I’m honest, I much prefered them live to the album, certainly a band worth catching perform.

And so onto the headliners Midnite City, a band who’ve garnered a strong, loyal following from the off.

It was a bit of a suprise when vocalist Rob Wylde took to the stage. Why you ask? Well Rob had laryngitis and wasn’t going to be singing, the remainder of the band having vowed to cover vocal duties so as not to cancel the gig and disappoint their fans.

Instead Rob gallently stepped up to the plate and soldiered through where he could, with the remainder of the vocals covered admirably by Josh ‘Tabbie’ Williams and Pete Newdeck as well as being joined by ATLAS vocalist Craig Wells.

The result was a highly entertaining performance by the band, playing to an enthusiastic crowd and showing why their popularity continues to grow.