Ben Poole- Time Has Come

Celebrated blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, Ben Poole, will release his new album, ‘Time Has Come‘ via Manhaton Records on Friday 1st April. Produced by King King’s drummer, Wayne Proctor, the album dovetails Poole’s co-headline tour with Stevie Nimmo which starts February 4th.

Already, Ben has been dubbed “amazing” by Jeff Beck, “really great” by Gary Moore, “ferocious” by Guitarist Magazine and “one to watch” by The Blues Magazine.   “This album has a really nice overview of my style,” nods Ben, “covering everything from rock and blues to soul and pop, and even elements of funk and gospel. Artists we referenced frequently in the process were Robert Cray, Jonny Lang and John Mayer. I hope it’ll please the blues-rock guitar fans, but also have the depth and maturity to appeal to an audience beyond that.”

Ben has moved fast since he burst out of the Brighton Institute of Modern Music onto the post-millennial scene. The new album captures the gritty velocity of his shows in a studio context.   “There’s a rawness and edginess, but also a subtlety and intimacy,” says Poole.  “Wayne and I developed an amazing working relationship. Neither of us were afraid to throw countless ideas out there, and nothing was dismissed, no matter how crazy it might have sounded.”

Ben Poole and Stevie Nimmo UK Tour

Feb 04: Kendal Bootleggers Bar
Feb 05: York Fibbers
Feb 07: Leicester The Musician
Feb 11: London The Half Moon
Feb 12: Darlington The Forum Music Centre
Feb 13: Bingley Arts Centre
Feb 14: Worthing Southern Pier Pavilion
Mar 17: Shoreham-by-Sea Ropetackle Arts
Mar 18: Baron Upon Humber Ropery Hall
Mar 19: Durham Mickleton R’N’B
Mar 20: Kinross The Green Hotel
Mar 21: Oxford The Haven
Apr 29: Sutton Boom Boom Club
Apr 30: Selby Arts Centre
May 04: Newcastle The Cluny
May 05: Stirling The Tollbooth
May 06: Glasgow Oran Mor
May 07: Aberdeen Cafe Drummond
May 11: Cheltenham Vonnies
May 12: Chislehurst Beaverwood Club
May 13: Southampton Talking Heads
May 14: Hartlepool Supporters Club
May 19: Farnham The Maltings
May 20: Newbury Arlington Sports Centre
May 21: Derby The Flowerpot
May 22: Sheffield Greystones

Sky Won't Fall

Award-winning blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter, Stevie Nimmo, will release is second solo album ‘Sky Won’t Fall’ via Manhaton Records on Friday 4th March.  One half of The Nimmo Brothers, this will be Stevie’s second solo release since 2010’s debut acoustic album, ‘The Wynds of Life’.

Stevie will embark on a co-headline tour with Ben Poole throughout the months of February, March, April  and May. The tour will kick off on Thursday 4th February at the Bootlegger’s Bar in Kendal.

Stevie Nimmo. Photo Credit: Andy Hibbs.
Stevie Nimmo. Photo Credit: Andy Hibbs.

Released by Manhaton Records (the same label that releases King King’s albums), it’s a curious realisation that Sky Won’t Fall is only the second solo album of Stevie’s career. In mitigation, the Glaswegian bandleader has been busy: since the late-’90s, there has been the small matter of helming legendary blues-rock outfit The Nimmo Brothers alongside younger sibling Alan.  Sky Won’t Fall was recorded in just ten days snatched between Nimmo tour commitments. “It was a bit frantic,” admits Stevie. “But even with all the madness, the project went very well.”

The sessions at Nottingham’s Superfly Studios ran so smoothly, it’s a testament to the near-telepathic chemistry between Stevie and his crack core band. On drums, Craig Bacon drives the material with power and nuance. On bass, Mat Beable provides the thrilling counterpoint to Stevie’s soulful guitar work and evocative vocals. Flanked by engineer Andy Banfield, the album is produced by King King’s drummer Wayne Proctor. “Wayne was the man in charge of getting my ideas out of my head and down on a recording,” says Stevie. “Not an easy task, but he nailed it.”

Stevie Nimmo and Ben Poole UK tour dates

Feb 04: Kendal Bootleggers Bar
Feb 05: York Fibbers
Feb 07: Leicester The Musician
Feb 11: London The Half Moon
Feb 12: Darlington The Forum Music Centre
Feb 13: Bingley Arts Centre
Feb 14: Worthing Southern Pier Pavilion
Mar 17: Shoreham-by-Sea Ropetackle Arts
Mar 18: Baron Upon Humber Ropery Hall
Mar 19: Durham Mickleton R’N’B
Mar 20: Kinross The Green Hotel
Mar 21: Oxford The Haven
Apr 29: Sutton Boom Boom Club
Apr 30: Selby Arts Centre
May 04: Newcastle The Cluny
May 05: Stirling The Tollbooth
May 06: Glasgow Oran Mor
May 07: Aberdeen Cafe Drummond
May 11: Cheltenham Vonnies
May 12: Chislehurst Beaverwood Club
May 13: Southampton Talking Heads
May 14: Hartlepool Supporters Club
May 19: Farnham The Maltings
May 20: Newbury Arlington Sports Centre
May 21: Derby The Flowerpot
May 22: Sheffield Greystones

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