Following six sold-out Caribbean cruises and a sold-out inaugural Mediterranean sailing – Joe BonamassaKeeping the Blues Alive Foundation, and Sixthman announce the second annual Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II, sailing August 14-19, 2020 on the beautiful Norwegian Jade from Barcelona, Spain to Genoa, Italy and Cannes, France. Sign up for the pre-sale at https://www.sixthman.net/account/presale/bluesaliveatseaeurope

As with the previous United States-based sailings and the inaugural Mediterranean voyage, the second European cruise will feature music across multiple stages, meet and Greets with artists from the lineup, and one-of-a-kind collaborative sets from blues legends. In addition to non-stop music, the specially curated schedule of events offers a variety of music-centric activities including an activity with Joe Bonamassa. Beyond the onboard experience, guests will have the chance to explore two of the world’s most beautifully renowned cities. Attendees can spend the day at the waterfront town of Cannes famous for sparkling, sandy beaches and lush attractions, and explore the historic streets of Genoa, a remarkable gem of the Italian Riviera. In 2020, Jonny Lang, Walter Trout, Ana Popovic, The James Hunter Six have already been confirmed and many more will be announced to join Joe Bonamassa for the second voyage.

For the best selection of staterooms, fans are encouraged to pre-register for the sailing now at bluesaliveatseaeurope.com as this sailing is expected to sell out. Double occupancy staterooms on Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea Mediterranean II begin at $1,650 per person, plus taxes and fees, with low deposit amounts and flexible payment plans available. For more information about booking your vacation, visit bluesaliveatseaeurope.com or call Sixthman directly at +44 808 164 1488 between the hours of 10AM EST and 6PM EST.

A destination of her own, Norwegian Jade offers guests Norwegian Cruise Line’s signature freedom and flexibility during their vacation. Norwegian Jade features 11 delicious and visually stunning dining options, 15 bars and relaxing lounges, a dazzling casino, tranquil spa and gym, updated design and décor in public spaces and brand-new state of the art features on board cabins.

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Walter Trout will be heading back to the UK for a full headline tour in October following his outstanding performance at the Rockin’ The Blues show in London in June. The tour includes two shows for Planet Rock Radio’s ‘Rocktober’ run with Kris Barras Band, Dan Patlansky and Mollie Marriot. He starts in Exeter on 3rd October and calls through Southampton, Norwich (Rocktober), Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham, York, Edinburgh and finishing in Sheffield (Rocktober).

Walter Trout is the beating heart of the modern blues rock scene. Respected by the old guard. Revered by the young guns. Adored by the fans who shake his hand after the show each night, and after five decades in the game, Trout still remains a talismanic figure.  The New Jersey maestro spent time in John Mayall’s Blues Breakers and Canned Heat before embarking on a prolific solo career and  his most recent releases have seen him at his most creative and powerful yet, from ‘The Blues Came Callin’ (2014) and ‘Battle Scars’ (2015) to ‘We’re All In This Together’ (2017) and ‘Survivor Blues’ (2019).   He’s one of a few artists with the vision, talent and star-studded address book to pull off a project on the scale of ‘We’re All In This Together’ which features; Edgar Winter, Randy Bachman, Jon Mayall, Joe Bonamassa, Charlie Musselwhite, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Warren Haynes and more.

His most recent release is ‘Survivor Blues’ which came out in January this year.  He is no ordinary artist and this is no ordinary covers album. From the day he conceived the project to the moment he counted off the first song in the studio, Walter Trout had a bolder plan for ‘Survivor Blues’. “I’m riding in my car sometimes,” says the US blues titan. “I’ve got a blues station on – and here’s another band doing ‘Got My Mojo Workin’. And there’s a little voice in me that says, ‘Does the world need another version of that song?’ So I came up with an idea. I didn’t want to do ‘Stormy Monday’ or ‘Messin’ With The Kid’. I didn’t want to do the blues greatest hits. I wanted to do old, obscure songs that have hardly been covered. And that’s how Survivor Blues started…

It takes a stellar lineup of musicians to reinterpret the greatest sunken treasures in the blues genre. The thunder and finesse of drummer Michael Leasure. The muscular groove of bassist Johnny Griparic. The spell-casting fingers of keyboards session god and regular Trout conspirator, Skip Edwards. It also features guest appearances from Sugaray Rayford and The Doors’ Robby Krieger.

This is the sound of an artist thriving, on an album that is sure to light another rocket under his blooming late career. Trout says, “I feel like I’m in the best years of my life right now. I feel better than I have in years physically. I have more energy. I have a whole different appreciation of being alive, of the world, of my family, of my career. I want life to be exciting and celebratory. I want to dig in. I want to grab life by the balls and not let go, y’know…?

October 2019 UK Tour

3 Oct – Exeter, Phoenix TICKETS
4 Oct – Southampton, The 1865 TICKETS
5 Oct – Norwich Open, Norwich England – Rocktober TICKETS
6 Oct – Brighton, Concorde 2 TICKETS
8 Oct – Bristol, The Fleece TICKETS
9 Oct – Birmingham, Birmingham Town Hall TICKETS
10 Oct – Burnley, Burnley Mechanics TICKETS
11 Oct – Edinburgh, The Queen’s Hall TICKETS
12 Oct – Sheffield, O2 Academy – Rocktober TICKETS

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Planet Rock – the country’s leading Rock and Blues Radio Station – is bringing a brand-new rock packed night with four outstanding bands this coming October. Planet Rock’s Rocktober will take place at the Norwich OPEN on Saturday 5th October and at the Sheffield O2 Academy on Saturday 12th October and will be headlined by contemporary blues master Walter Trout, with performances by the genre-defying Kris Barras Band, guitar virtuoso Dan Patlansky and the incredible singer/songwriter Mollie Marriott.

Says Walter Trout: “I am excited to play the UK Rocktober dates with such a great line-up of artists. This will be quite an event. I hope to see you there. Big thank you to Planet Rock for supporting this music so well for so many years.”

Walter Trout’s backstory is a page-turner you won’t want to put down. Five decades in the making; it is equal parts thriller, romance, suspense and horror. There are musical fireworks, critical acclaim and fists-aloft triumph, offset by wilderness years and brushes with the jaws of narcotic oblivion. There are feted early stints as gunslinger in bands from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers to Canned Heat, and the solo career that’s still blazing a quarter-century later. The veteran bluesman has seen and done it all – plays earth shattering blues rock music.

Kris Barras is one of the UK’s most exciting Blues rock guitarist. The band’s Southern, Blues-Rock sound encompasses dirty riffs, husky vocals and screaming guitar solos. Inspired by his father at the early age of only Six years-old, Kris was already making an appearance on stage before turning Ten. He has since gone on to spend more than twenty years thrilling audiences throughout the globe playing live. Kris was voted in the Top 15 Blues Guitarists in the world by the readers of Music Radar/Total Guitar Magazine. In April 2018, it was announced that Kris would become the new frontman for USA super-group, Supersonic Blues Machine. The band feature’s legendary artists such as ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Steve Lukather (Toto), Eric Gales, Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule) and Walter Trout.

In only a little over a decade, Dan Patlansky has become one of the busiest and most respected blues artists to ever come out of South Africa. After his debut album which garnered Dan a reputation as a Blues-phenomenon, and his subsequent “Readers’ Choice” vote as “Best Blues Guitarist in Southern Africa”, Dan’s second album was released by EMI on the famed Blue Note label. Dan is one of the only South Africans to ever achieve “Blue Note” status and one of only six Fender endorsed guitarists in South Africa. Dan Patlansky, #1 Blues Rock Album 2016 by Blues Rock Review.

Having supported and backed some of the best rock stars in the industry including Robert Plant, The Faces, Mark Knopfler and Paul Weller, Mollie Marriott (daughter of the Legendary Small Faces front man Steve Marriott) is set to take the industry by storm. Mollie’s live performances exude a warm, charming rapport with her audience. Her sassy soulful blues vocals are full of classic influences. She can find a raw emotional edge that the best soul and rock singers have – at times rootsy and upscale through to modest and classy with a sustained relaxed feel.

Tickets: www.planetrocktickets.co.uk, www.thegigcartel.com

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Sheffield, O2 Academy Saturday 12 October

Following a hugely successful 2018 tour, the Mascot Label Group/Provogue ROCKIN’ THE BLUES tour returns in 2019 with an incredible line-up featuring the platinum selling international star Jonny Lang, blues-rock royalty Walter Trout and the fast-rising blues-rock hero Kris Barras who has just won the Planet Rock Radio Award for ‘Best New Band. The tour will be calling through Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands and the UK and will see them all come together for a final jam at the end of each night.

To add to the show experience there will be the opportunity to exclusively hear upcoming unreleased Mascot Label Group releases on a listening stand with high end headphones provided by Bowers & Wilkins. There will be an extensive merchandise area with great deals that aren’t available in stores, on selections of Mascot back catalogue.

At only 37 years old Jonny Lang has already had a successful career for two decades. He released his first platinum record at 15—an age when many young people are just beginning to play music. ‘Lie to Me’ revealed a talent that transcended the crop of blues prodigies floating around in the late Nineties. No flashy re-hasher of classic blues licks, even at that early age Lang was a full-blown artist with a style of his own. Actual life experience was yet to come, and has been subsequently chronicled in a series of five uniformly excellent recordings. Grammy Award winning Lang has built a reputation as one of the best live performers of his generation and has shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith and Buddy Guy, who he continues to tour with today.2017s album, ‘Signs’ features, funk, rock, and blues elements and is held together by Lang’s distinctive playing and singing, and the lyrics, which center on themes of embattlement and self-empowerment.

Walter Trout is the beating heart of the modern blues rock scene. Respected by the old guard. Revered by the young guns. Adored by the fans who shake his hand after the show each night. After five decades in the game – from John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Canned Heat and beyond – Trout is a talismanic figure and the glue that bonds the blues community together. His latest album ‘We’re All In This Together’ is a testament to that as his star-studded address book brought in collaborations with John Mayall, Joe Bonamassa, Randy Bachman, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Warren Haynes, Sonny Landreth, Charlie Musslewhite, Mike Zito, Robben Ford, Eric Gales, Edgar Winter, Joe Louis Walker and John Németh. He has toured the world over and has a million stories to tell.

Former MMA/Cage-fighter turned musician Kris Barras had a phenomenal rise in 2018. In March he released ‘The Divine And Dirty’, played sold out dates on his headline tours in March and September, he supported Beth Hart on her UK April/May tour and played a triumphant set at Ramblin’ Man Fair – to around 2000 people and the biggest crowd of the weekend on that stage. He joined Supersonic Blues Machine along with the legendary Billy F. Gibbons as the bands principle singer/guitarist on tour through July, playing the iconic Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London and throughout Europe with them.  He also supported Joanne Shaw Taylor, GUN, King King and Therapy? He performed on BBC Radio 2, which included a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘All Along the Watch Tower’, to an audience of over 2 million people. He has also just beat off stiff competition to win the Planet Rock Radio 2019 ‘Best New Band’ Award.

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Walter Trout’s new album ‘Survivor Blues’ was officially released on January 25th via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

No ordinary artist. No ordinary covers album. From the day he conceived the project to the moment he counted off the first song in the studio, Walter Trout had a bolder plan for ‘Survivor Blues’. “I’m riding in my car sometimes,” says the US blues titan. “I’ve got a blues station on – and here’s another band doing ‘Got My Mojo Workin‘. And there’s a little voice in me that says, ‘Does the world need another version of that song?’ So I came up with an idea. I didn’t want to do ‘Stormy Monday‘ or ‘Messin’ With The Kid‘. I didn’t want to do the blues greatest hits. I wanted to do old, obscure songs that have hardly been covered. And that’s how Survivor Blues started…

Trout made it his mission to harness the power and spirit of the originals, while stamping his inimitable musical personality onto each new take. “My idea was to do these songs like me, to arrange them for my band and style,” he explains, “not to just copy the originals note-for-note.

It takes a stellar lineup of musicians to reinterpret the greatest sunken treasures in the blues genre. But last September, as recording began at the Los Angeles studio of iconic Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Trout and long-standing producer Eric Corne shared their vision with the only band who could measure up. The thunder and finesse of drummer Michael Leasure. The muscular groove of bassist Johnny Griparic. The spell-casting fingers of keyboards session god and regular Trout conspirator, Skip Edwards. “I’d play them the original,” remembers Trout, “and then I’d say, ‘Here’s how the song goes, what have you got?’ I’d give these guys a lot of freedom. The record was mostly done live, with us set up in a circle, just to get the feel of us going there together. And you can feel it, y’know?

All they needed was a title. And as Trout surveyed his bloodied-but-unbowed cohorts – and reflected on a collection of blues songs whose raw power remained undimmed – he knew the suggestion of his wife and manager, Marie, couldn’t be topped. “We started thinking about these enduring songs and the guys playing on the album,” he reflects. “Mike is in recovery. Johnny almost didn’t make it. Skip has had a triple bypass. And I almost didn’t make it after my liver disease in 2014. So Marie said to me, ‘You’re a group of survivors. You’ve all been through hell and you’ve come back. These songs are survivors. This album needs to be called ‘Survivor Blues‘. I just looked at her and said: ‘You got it’.

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Walter Trout has released a new track, ‘Please Love Me‘, taken from his new album ‘Survivor Blues‘ which is released: 25th January 2019 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group.

No ordinary artist. No ordinary covers album. From the day he conceived the project to the moment he counted off the first song in the studio, Walter Trout had a bolder plan for ‘Survivor Blues’. “I’m riding in my car sometimes,” says the US blues titan. “I’ve got a blues station on – and here’s another band doing ‘Got My Mojo Workin’. And there’s a little voice in me that says, ‘Does the world need another version of that song?’ So I came up with an idea. I didn’t want to do ‘Stormy Monday’ or ‘Messin’ With The Kid’. I didn’t want to do the blues greatest hits. I wanted to do old, obscure songs that have hardly been covered. And that’s how Survivor Blues started…

Trout made it his mission to harness the power and spirit of the originals, while stamping his inimitable musical personality onto each new take. “My idea was to do these songs like me, to arrange them for my band and style,” he explains, “not to just copy the originals note-for-note.

It takes a stellar lineup of musicians to reinterpret the greatest sunken treasures in the blues genre. But last September, as recording began at the Los Angeles studio of iconic Doors guitarist Robby Krieger, Trout and long-standing producer Eric Corne shared their vision with the only band who could measure up. The thunder and finesse of drummer Michael Leasure. The muscular groove of bassist Johnny Griparic. The spell-casting fingers of keyboards session god and regular Trout conspirator, Skip Edwards. “I’d play them the original,” remembers Trout, “and then I’d say, ‘Here’s how the song goes, what have you got?’ I’d give these guys a lot of freedom. The record was mostly done live, with us set up in a circle, just to get the feel of us going there together. And you can feel it, y’know?

All they needed was a title. And as Trout surveyed his bloodied-but-unbowed cohorts – and reflected on a collection of blues songs whose raw power remained undimmed – he knew the suggestion of his wife and manager, Marie, couldn’t be topped. “We started thinking about these enduring songs and the guys playing on the album,” he reflects. “Mike is in recovery. Johnny almost didn’t make it. Skip has had a triple bypass. And I almost didn’t make it after my liver disease in 2014. So Marie said to me, ‘You’re a group of survivors. You’ve all been through hell and you’ve come back. These songs are survivors. This album needs to be called Survivor Blues’. I just looked at her and said: ‘You got it’.

 

 

Walter Trout will release his new album ‘Survivor’s Blues‘ globally on January 25, 2019.

The album is available to Pre-order on CD, Black 2LP or Limited edition Orange 2LP. A
free poster included with MLG store pre-orders, while stocks last!

Trout is no ordinary artist and this is no ordinary covers album. From the day he conceived the project to the moment he counted off the first song in the studio, he had a bolder plan for this release.  Trout shares. “I’m riding in my car sometimes, and I’ve got a blues station on – and here’s another band doing Got My Mojo Workin’. And there’s a little voice in me that says, ‘Does The World need another version of that song?’ So I came up with an idea. I didn’t want to do ‘Stormy Monday’ or ‘Messin’ With The Kid.’ I didn’t want to do the Blues greatest hits. I wanted to do old, obscure songs that have hardly been covered. And that’s how Survivor Blues started…

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Following the release of the stunning collaboration album ‘We’re All In This Together’ in September 2017, Walter Trout will be returning to the UK for 5 dates. His tour will start at The Robin in Bilston on Sunday 25 Noember and travel through The Picturedrome in Holmfirth, Oran Mor in Glasgow, Wylam Brewery in Newcastle and finishing at Planet Rockstock in Trecco Bay, Wales.

Talking about coming back for the shows Walter says; “I am really looking forward to the upcoming shows in the UK. the people there have been supporting my music for almost 28 years now–and I love them for that. My band has never sounded better than it does right now, and we can’t wait to play for our UK friends and fans.”

We’re All In This Together’ feaures a stellar cast of guests; John Mayall, Joe Bonamassa, Randy Bachman, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Warren Haynes, Sonny Landreth, Charlie Musselwite, Mike Zito, Robben Ford, Eric Gales, Edgar Winter, Joe Louis Walker , John Németh and his son Jon Trout.

Walter Trout is the beating heart of the modern blues rock scene. Respected by the old guard. Revered by the young guns. Adored by the fans who shake his hand after the show each night. After five decades in the game, Trout is a talismanic figure and the glue that bonds the blues community together, at a time when the wider world has never been so divided. He’s also the only artist with the vision, talent and star-studded address book to pull off a project on the scale of ‘We’re All In This Together‘. “It was quite a piece of work to get this record together,” he admits. “But I guess I have a lot of friends, y’know…?”

Tickets available from HERE

Sun 25 Nov – The Robin, Bilston – Tickets
Tues 27 Nov – The Picturedrome, Holmfirth – Tickets
Weds 28 Nov – Oran Mor, Glasgow – Tickets
Thurs 29 Nov – Wylam Brewery, Newcastle – Tickets
Fri 30 Nov – Planet Rockstock, Trecco Bay, Wales –Tickets

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Supersonic Blues Machine have released details of their second album ‘Californisoul‘.

It will be released on October 20th as 2 LP, CD & MP3.

Once again the album features an array of musical talent, featuring Billy F. Gibbons, Steve Lukather, Eric Gales, Robben Ford and Walter Trout alongside Fabrizio Grossi, Lance Lopez and Kenny Aronoff!

The album is available to pre-order from Mascot Label Group

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