Formed on Canvey Island in Essex in the early 1970s Dr.
Feelgood remains one of the most popular and exciting
live rhythm and blues acts in the world. The raw and
uncompromising style of their performance resulted in
immediately went to the number one position in the U.K.
Dr. Feelgood have also enjoyed global success with a
string of hit singles includingRoxette,
Back in the Night, Milk and Alcohol, Down at the Doctors,She
Does it Right, Going Back HomeandSee
You Later Alligator-
which gave the group their first gold record.
The last album to featureLee
at the Doctors, was recorded live at the Dr.
Feelgood Music Bar on Canvey Island, (now the site of
the Oysterfleet Hotel) just two months before he died.
The current line up features the rhythm sectionKevin
bass, both 29 years in the band andSteve Walwynon
guitar who has been with the band for 23 years.VocalistRobert
of the Animals) is the most recent addition – joining in
Recent releases include a DVD -Live
a collection of some of the bands most enduring songs
but with a fresh approach.
2010 tells the story of the bands formative years
featuring the Wilko Johnson era.
May 2011 saw the digitally re – mastered re release ofChessmastersoriginally
released in 2000 on EMI Records … the band’s tribute to
the Chess label, home to many of the finest blues
artists of the 20thcentury
and the first Dr Feelgood album to feature Robert on
The band continues to tour extensively throughout the
When explosive natural ability collides with
fiery, emotionally charged compositions, the result is Aynsley
Lister; an incredible guitarist whose brand of blues-based rock
delivers contemporary song writing fuelled with the kind of
heart and soul that’s missing from so much
modern music. Whether passionately writing and
recording his own material or mesmerising audiences at his live
shows one thing is abundantly clear: music is hard-wired to his
DNA and flows from his fingertips like sonic bolts of lightning.
With over 100,000 albums sold, lashings of critical acclaim and
years of high profile touring, Lister’s resumé speaks for itself
and firmly secures his position as a leading light in the
resurgence of British blues-infused music. In hindsight, it's
clear Aynsley was born to be a musician. As a child he was
hypnotised by his dad's old guitar and at the age of eight was
finally gifted his very own. The moment he held that first
six-string the outcome was inevitable; he was going to be a
guitarist. Blessed with the coolest dad in town, regularly
spinning Hendrix, Cream, Fleetwood Mac and a whole host of
bewitching blues for his spellbound son, Aynsley taught himself
to play with relentless dedication and a precociously attuned
ear, spending hours copying his favourite records note for note.
Peter Green, Albert King, Clapton and Kossoff weren't just his
heroes; they became his teachers.
Blazing a trail in a bar
band from the age of 13 honed his skills and in 1998 Thomas Ruf
signed Aynsley to his label, hooking him up with Stevie Ray
Vaughan's producer Jim Gaines to record his self titled debut
disc, kicking off a successful relationship with Ruf Records
that saw him
release 7 albums and 2 DVD's in ten years. Their influence,
coupled with his dynamite live shows and intense touring
schedule, earned high profile support slots with established
artists like Walter Trout, John Mayall and Robert Cray, whilst
rousing festival appearances alongside artists like the Fun
Lovin' Criminals cemented his standing as an artist whose work,
although rooted in blues, transcended the genre with a fiery
modern sound. In 2007 Aynsley was the only British artist to be
named in Classic Rock magazine's "Top 10 Contemporary Blues
Artists", alongside John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa. In 2008
Aynsley's huge crossover potential saw him sign to Manhaton
Records and the following year released 'Equilibrium', an album
that exposed Lister in his best ever form and stormed into
Classic Rock’s Top 50 Albums of 2009. The subsequent tour saw
Aynsley playing to sold out shows to over 16,000 people whilst
opening for the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd, after which he and his
band relocated to the Tower Arts Centre and with the tape
rolling, nailed a cracking rendition of their high-octane live
set to produce the storming 'Tower Sessions' record, which was
consequently voted ‘Best Live Album’ in the 2011 Blues Matters
Aynsley is currently
touring his latest album, Home, which is out now on his own
label, Straight Talkin’ Records. The album has featured in
recent issues of Guitarist Magazine, Classic Rock, Blues Matters
and HiFi Magazines among many others and has received some
of his greatest reviews yet!
Kyla's voice remains a stunning example of the
soul singer's art: turning up the heat by degrees, lulling and
charming before unleashing emotional catharsis, and blurring the
distinction between pleasure and pain like the soul greats of
old. Whether fronting the mighty Kyla Brox Band, or harnessing
undiluted soul power in a duo with musical and life partner
Danny Blomeley, Kyla Brox is without doubt the most authentic UK
blues and soul singer of her generation.
Born in Lancashire in
1980, she was exposed to the passion of Afro-American music at
first-hand from her blues singing father, Victor. She traces her
interest in singing from age three, partly from a desire to be
closer to her charismatic but distant dad. She was the late
product of the marriage between Victor (Caiaphas in the original
cast recording of Jesus Christ Superstar) and Annette (the 'maid
by the fire' in the same), and, unlike her elder sisters, gifted
but non-professional singers, she didn't spend her formative
years in the back of a touring van under a cloud of cannabis
Kyla joined the family business in 1992, singing
with Victor onstage at Band On The Wall at the age of 12, and
performing with his regular touring group shortly afterwards.
The core of the Kyla Brox Band go back to this remarkable unit,
nominally the Victor Brox Blues Train, but known as 'the child
slavery band' for the extreme youth of the players. As well as
Kyla (13, but could pass for 21), it contained bassist Danny
Blomeley (13, but could pass for eight), and drummer Phil
Considine (19), both Kyla Brox Band mainstays.
A two month stay at
Victor's house in France at the age of 16 was a period of growth
and development. Then, in 2000, she accompanied her father on an
extensive tour of Australia. Blomeley had left the Blues Train
to travel the world, and, to ease the blow, he promised to find
Victor some dates in Australia. Kyla, just turned 20, found
herself singing risque blues songs to hard men in mining camps
in remote parts of the outback. This was the trip that
transformed the novice singer into a seasoned soul belle.
Back in Manchester in
2001, Kyla and Danny formed a duo, occasionally augmented by old
members of the child slavery band: the Kyla Brox Band was born!
They plied their trade in Victor's old stomping grounds in North
West pubs and clubs, before a career-making performance at Colne
Blues Festival in 2002 sealed Kyla's reputation as the first
lady of the British blues.
The line of development can be traced through
Kyla's six albums. From the 2003 debut Window, where the tone is
summery and romantic, to the acoustic Grey Sky Blue (2009),
where hopes and longings are freighted with deeper emotions, via
the blues/soul calling card Beware (2003), the band triumph
Coming Home (2004) and the more introspective Gone (2007). The
songs have developed too: the team of Brox/Blomeley have grown
into a potent songwriting force, writing in the blues/soul idiom
with an individual, nicely personal touch.
In an age of conveyer belt pop stars and
emote-by-rote singers, Kyla Brox is the real deal.
Singer, guitar player and
songwriter Debbie Bond has been paying her dues in the Alabama
backwoods for over 30 years. Influenced by the famed sounds of
Muscleshoals, her impressive musical story includes years of
performing with older traditional Alabama blues musicians,
including Johnny Shines, Sam Lay, Eddie Kirkland and Willie
King. Her immersion in Alabama blues has deeply flavored her
guitar playing, soulful voice and original song writing - yet
her sound is contemporary and original, incorporating soul,
blues, and jazz influences. Her latest recordings have received
critical acclaim in the US and Europe and should propel her
career allowing her to step out of the shadows of those great
musicians now passed she played with most of her career.
Brian Rawson Band is a Glasgow-based, contemporary blues band
and have appeared at a number of Blues festivals throughout the
UK and Ireland including; "HRH Blues", The Maryport Blues
Festival, The Dereham Blues Festival and the Derry Jazz & Big
Band Festival in Northern Ireland and are scheduled to appear at
the Maryport and Stafford Blues Festivals this summer as well as
venues throughout the UK and Northern Ireland.
date, they've appeared artists such as; Coco Montoya, Jo Harman,
Simon McBride, Ryan McGarvey, Virgil & The Accelerators, Buck &
Evans, Pat McManus, The Brew and Wishbone Ash and will be
promoting their forthcoming CD, "Hard to Believe", at the gigs
and festivals they are scheduled to appear at throughout the UK
and Ireland over the coming months.
Dynamic rock/blues band Red Butler is fast making a name for
itself across Britain and Europe. Audiences instantly tap into
the fire and passion generated by the young band from Brighton.
November 2016 saw the culmination of 18 months preparation with
the release of the band’s lovingly crafted second album,
"Nothing To Lose" produced at Superfly Studios by Wayne Proctor.
The music represents a journey for the band and has been well
received by their supporters, new fans and the music media. This
album follows the success of Red Butler’s debut release,
"Freedom Bound" in summer 2014. The ‘Nothing to Lose’ tour
extended through October-December showcasing the new album and
the extended line-up. Those performances thrilled audiences as
the band unleashed its energy with control and power.
‘Nothing To Lose’ is a collaborative project drawn from the band
members’ individual experiences of life and music. Red Butler
see the need to deliver a message to younger people whilst
retaining the support of their established blues/rock audience.
Influences include SRV, Free, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo
Fighters, Gary Clarke Jnr. and artists such as Royal Blood and
Vintage Trouble. Touring with the Laurence Jones Band, Billy
Walton Band and Danny Bryant added enormously to the band
experience. Their solo tours have helped them hone their craft
and delight audiences across the country. The coming year will
provide the opportunity to develop the full potential of Red
The power and sensitivity of their music has seen Red Butler win
national awards. Successes include:
Alex – runner up in Young Artist category – British Blues Awards
Band – third place in Best Blues Band category – British Blues
Representing the UK at the European Blues Challenge in Italy
Winners of the UK Blues Challenge 2015.
Runners-up in the British Blues Awards 2015 (Alex, Young Artist
and Band, Emerging Artist).
‘Best New UK Act’ 2014 – Blues Matters Magazine
Alex Butler established the band in 2012 and for a long time the
line up comprised Alex (lead guitar and backing vocals), Jane
Pearce (lead vocals), Charlie Simpson (drums) and Mike Topp
(bass and backing vocals). With the heavier sound of ‘Nothing To
Lose’ Dan Spellman (guitar and backing vocals) joined the
line-up. The end of 2016 saw the biggest change to date when
Jane opted to leave the band to pursue her own career. Dan has
stepped into the role of lead vocalist having performed with
other bands and is already exciting audiences with his voice and
stage presence. The search is on for another vocalist, which
could give Red Butler the exciting possibility of twin
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