are noted for their distinctively forlorn vocals and moodily
contagious songs that explore the complex struggles of life. The
U.K. based four-piece formed when Ben Edwards [lead vocals &
guitar] put together a band with his brother Sam Edwards [on
drums] and later finding friends Ash Milburn [on bass] and the
truly phenomenal musician Charlie Richards [on lead guitar] to
complete the vision the brothers had for a unique sound.
seeks to shape a musical marque for themselves as they continue
to explore their unique brand of Rock and Soul and aim to
cultivate the roots of their own introspective brand that's a
subtle variety of brooding, English, roots-rock. Bottling the
anger and frustration they witness in modern-day living and they
siphon off their feelings into suitable musical containers that
allow raw emotions to bleed out during passionate live
performances and on high-quality recordings.
toured across the UK and mainland Europe, this tenacious
four-piece from the West Midlands, have won over crowds with
their unmistakable sound, sharing stages with artists such as
The Temperance Movement, The Kris Barras Band, Samantha Fish,
Devon Allman and Wille and the Bandits.
have been playing to capacity crowds at iconic venues such as
The 100 Club, The Borderline, The Sage and Rock City.
Performances at festivals like the Great British Rock and Blues
and Wilderness Festival have seen the band receive accolades
including nominations for the UK Blues Challenge and Best
Emerging Artist in The British Blues Awards. Cementing
Rainbreakers status as one of the brightest acts to materialise
in recent times.
is a singer-songwriter and gifted guitarist
The French 23 year was inspired by
musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Pink
Floyd.....his style embodies these influences and blends
contemporary Rock, with inventive riffs and moody melodies
Loving music as long as he can recall, the desire to play came
suddenly and when Félix picked up his first guitar at
15.......this is when the story began.
touring around France, playing several times at the prestigious
Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland where he was born and
lived since childhood, Félix is now ready to take his music and
open doors in new territories. Fortunately, one of these is the
Given the amazing response he has
received after only a handful of appearances in this country, he
says; "As a French guy, I really can feel that music is much
more into the culture of English people - I mean you can feel
that Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and all the other great ones come
from here !"
Plans are in
hand to release his debut album in 2019 and it's fair to say;
there are exciting times ahead for this young Frenchman....
the New Undisputed Female Rising Star of Blues Rock!
Manhaton Records is pleased to announce one of the most exciting
Blues rock singers SARI SCHORR. Her debut album “A Force of
Nature” is produced by the legendary Mike Vernon whose credits
include Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall & the Blues Breakers, David
Bowie, Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, Eric Clapton, Peter Green,
Christine McVie and Ten Years After.
The first leg of
Sari's celebrated UK/European and US tour has
catapulted Sari and her electrifying band The Engine Room into
the spotlight. The Engine Room features stunning ex Robert Plant
guitarist INNES SIBUN. Sari has been featured in Classic Rock
Magazine, Rock Society Magazine, Blues Matters, Blues In
Britain, Bluesnews, R2 Magazine, Fireworks
Magazine, Downbeat, Guitar Techniques, Rocktopia and many more.
The critical acclaim for Sari Schorr & The Engine
Room is unanimous!
Sari Schorr & The Engine Room have
performed at many great festivals around the world. Highlights
include the Guitar En Scene Festival in France, and Montreux
Jazz Festival, Switzerland, sharing the stage with Santana,
Steve Vai and Twisted Sister and Nottoden Festival in Norway,
playing the same stage with Walter Trout and The Supersonic
Blues Machine, fronted by Billy Gibbons.
Sari was also
featured on the Lead Belly Fest at Carnegie Hall with Buddy Guy,
Eric Burdon and other legendary artists. Sari's performance
of Black Betty was met with such rave reviews it became the lead
singe for the album. Watch the official video:
A Force of
Nature: "A hailstorm of an album sure to go down in blues
– Blues Rock Review
The new album A Force of
Nature features Walter Trout, Engine Room guitarist Innes
Sibun, Oli Brown (RavenEye) and keyboardist John
Baggott (Massive Attack, Portishead). The album hit #1 in the
UKand was the highest new entry on the UK Official Jazz and
Blues albums charts, which is no mean feat! It also cracked the
Top 10 of the UK Americana charts too.
The reaction to
the album has been extraordinary. Maximum Volume Music give it
a 10/10 and said, "The quality of the record frequently touches
jaw-dropping. Sari Schorr & The Engine Room have just made one
of the blues records of the year.” Classic Rock Society magazine
made it their featured Blues album of the month for Sept/Oct.
Futhermore, Sari was nominated for two European Blues
Awards: Best Album and Best Singer.
William “Bill” Mead had a cult following in the late 1970s
with his raunchy London and Kent R&B band, Rebel.
became hot favourites alongside Dr Feelgood and The Stranglers
in all the major London pub rock venues of the time., such as
The Hope and Anchor and The Marquee.
Today, Bill’s high
energy rock and blues band The Sharpeez have established
themselves as ‘a band for all seasons’, who can be relied upon
to deliver a sizzling set on any stage across Europe and the UK.
The individual musicians in the five-piece line-up have
fabulous playing pedigrees, but as a unit they have chemistry
you could cut with a blunt knife!
Bill can pen a decent
song too, and collectively they effortlessly transfer that
on-stage power and energy to record, as evidenced on their
critically acclaimed latest CD, “Wild One”, released in May 2018
on the 3MS label.
The album dented the upper reaches of
the IBBA chart (Independent Blues Broadcasters Association)
based on the vast amount of radio airplay the tracks attracted.
Their fifth album - named after the classic Marlon
Brando movie. Recorded in France, where they teamed up with
acclaimed recording engineer Paul Madden, who has worked with a
myriad of stars including The White Stripes, Jack Bruce, Robin
Trower, The Stranglers and many others.
The material, the
performances and the production all have equal importance across
the new record, but Bill’s innate story telling skills are to
the fore in the song writing.
There’s groove galore, ample
feel, and they get down and dirty with some sizzling slide
guitar licks. But the boys can really rock out too.
album’s formidable “A Team” of craftsmen/woman are: William Mead
on guitar and lead vocals, Loz Netto on slide guitar, Baz Payne
on bass, Brendan O’Neill on drums (who played with Rory
Gallagher and Nine Below Zero), and Teresa Revill on backing
vocals. The record was mixed by Loz Netto.
Bill penned six of
the nine songs, co-writing the other three cuts: “Bullet” with
Strawbs member Brian Willoughby and Nashville-based Cathryn
Craig, “Stiletto Heels” with former Sharpeez guitarist Pete
Goodey and “Desperate Man” with Pete Feenstra. The band shot a
video for the opening track and radio hit, “Automatic Mode”.
The Sharpeez also scored with their previous albums, especially
2011’s “Open For Surgery” and 2014’s “Mississippi Thrill”.
Bill Mead released his first single “Rocka Shocka” with
Rebel in the 1970s. He was signed by Fischer Z Management, and
he wrote and recorded the album, “Strangers in New York” for Red
Loz Netto is an internationally
respected musician, composer, songwriter, vocalist, guitarist,
producer and recording engineer. He began his professional
career in the 1970’s and at 17, was hired to play guitar on tour
for Drifters legend, Ben 'E' King.
Loz became a founder
member of Sniff 'n' the Tears and by 1978 the band had a
worldwide award-winning hit record with “Driver’s Seat”, from
their acclaimed album “Fickle Heart”.
He recorded two
albums with the band and toured the world, including a
three-month tour of the USA, playing huge football stadiums. He
appeared on Top of The Pops, The Old Grey Whistle Test and other
major TV shows in Europe and the US.
In 1982, Loz
launched a solo career signing to Polygram Records, and recorded
his debut solo album at George Martin’s Air Studios. His first
single “Fade Away”, appeared in the U.S top 40 for six weeks.
The single went Top Ten in Holland and charted in most European
countries. He recorded two albums for Polygram.
then signed to Atlantic Records by label founder Ahmet Ertegun,
and his album for the label received critical acclaim, and
various songs were used in U.S films and T.V shows. His songs
have been covered by Chaka Khan, Joe Walsh, Rick James, Kenny
Loggins and others, and used on many TV and movie soundtracks.
Today’s core ‘on the road’ line-up of The Sharpeez is Bill
Mead on guitar and lead vocals, Loz Netto on guitar and vocals,
David Tettmar on drums and Michael Steed on bass.
Bassist Michael Steed has a solid CV. He played with The
Marmalade, The Rubettes and spent 18 years with hit pop band
Love Affair. He has also been a sought-after bass player for
theatre bands, in hit shows such as The Rocky Horror Show and
The Blues Brothers. Drummer David Tettmar played in the
acclaimed Rosco Levee Band.
The band’s sound unashamedly
nods towards their main influences such as Rory Gallagher, Dr
Feelgood, Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, George Thorogood, Paul
Kossoff, Paul Rodgers and Andy Fraser.
But they mix that
all up in the pot with their own recipe, and out comes a unique
main course. Good time British R & B never tasted so good, as
gig/festival audiences and “sold out” signs across Europe and
beyond would confirm!
There’s something about Texas.
Open up the history books and you’ll find the Lone Star State at
the eye of every rock ‘n’ roll storm. Pull up a stool in any
bar-room and you’ll still hear Southern gentlemen spin stories
of ZZ Top, Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Now, tip a
ten-gallon hat to the bandleader writing her own name onto the
state’s famed back pages, as Ally Venable releases breakout
third album, Texas Honey – with production from another local
hero. “Ally is the future of the blues and the crossover music
of American roots-rock,” nods Mike Zito. “She is Texas Honey.”
She might only be hitting her twenties, but long-term fans
will know this isn’t Ally’s first rodeo. Rewind to her childhood
in the post-millennium and this rising star found her voice in
church, but it was the influence of fiery Texas guitar-slingers
like SRV and the melodic smarts of Miranda Lambert that showed
her the path. “What’s cool about Stevie is that he introduced so
many people that didn’t know about blues to this music,” she
reflects. “And that’s what my goal is to do with my music.”
With her soulful vocal, burn-it-down fretwork and
heart-on-sleeve songcraft, Texas was hers for the taking.
Detonating venues across the South and holding their own as
support for titans like Lance Lopez and Eric Gales, Ally’s
lineup of Bobby Wallace (bass) and Elijah Owings (drums) proved
a power-trio to rank alongside the best. “I take in that Texas
guitar-slinging influence in my shows and songwriting,” she
explains. “My band is a three-piece, so it’s a
That live punch was
captured on No Glass Shoes (2016) and Puppet Show (2018): the
latter dubbed “exceptional” by Blues Rock Review as it scaled
the Top 10 on both Billboard and iTunes Blues Charts. Meanwhile,
the ETX Awards mounted up in categories including ‘Best Female
Guitarist’, ‘Blues Band’ and ‘Album of the Year’.
it’s all been leading to Texas Honey. Released alongside her
appearance on the 2019 Blues Caravan, Ally’s Ruf Records debut
went down at MARZ Studios in Nederland, Texas, where producer
Mike turned the killer songs in her back pocket into the album
of her career. “On this album,” Ally reflects, “it’s still
guitar-oriented, but I focused more on the songwriting, the
hooks and melodies. I try and write about what goes on in my
life, or something that I feel can relate to others. I want my
songs to be a release for people, something they can play and
Expect some sweetness – and plenty of sting.
Opener Long Way Home sets the pace, fusing a twanged riff,
white-hot solo and anthemic chorus. One-Sided Misunderstanding
pairs a reflective verse with an overdriven chorus, before
Running After You offers a bad-tempered buzzsaw riff and a lyric
that tells it straight (“If you want to leave then go/But just
know I’m not running after you”).
Broken has a gritty
verse that builds to a knockout chorus, while Blind To Bad Love
is a moody half-time strut that finds Ally caught under the
spell of a bad lover (“I’ve tried everything to get you out of
my head”). The title track serves up a growling riff and a solo
that races the length of the fretboard, while White Flag is
positively vicious, with a distorted vocal, scything licks and
sneered solo. Nowhere To Hide has an irresistible pulsing
groove, while Come And Take It welcomes Eric Gales to the
studio, the pair trading vocals over stormy guitars. "What can I
say?” muses the guest-star. “It was a huge honour and privilege
to be a part of Ally's new record coming out. I’m sure all will
love what they hear. I sure know I do. Boom!”
an album of all-original material, Ally tips her hat to the
greats with a grooving cover of Careless Love Blues and a
love-letter to SRV on a mojo-packed Love Struck Baby. It’s the
cherry atop the first great breakout record of 2019 – from a
Texas legend-in-waiting with everything coming her way. “I’m
very grateful,” reflects Ally, “for all the cool things that
have happened, are happening – and will happen…”
James Oliver has
already rubbed shoulders with many of the greats of the guitar
firmament. Now, having recorded three vital, very contemporary
albums with his band Glas, he is preparing to write a new
chapter of not only his career but also Welsh music history.
His progress since forming Glas in early 2012 has been
steady rather than spectacular, playing every gig in the Valleys
before expanding horizons beyond. See him on stage, though, and
spectacular is very much the word. Little wonder the late, great
Deke Leonard of Man/Iceberg fame was moved to say that ‘Speaking
as a guitarist, James Oliver scares the hell out of me.’ Taff
Williams and Tweke Lewis, who have played with him, were
Oliver’s propulsive guitar won Glas an
invitation to play the prestigious Monaghan Blues Festival in
Ireland – the first Welsh act to do so – while other festivals
at Tenby and Colne soon followed. His rootsy, Fender-fuelled
music has been heard supporting the likes of Albert Lee . Bill
Kirchen,and, only this year, Played London’s legendary 100 Club.
Former Love Sculpture/Dave Edmunds bassist John David has worked
with Jamesin the studio, further enhancing a more than
As music business veterans will tell you,
success is 10 per cent inspiration and 90 per cent perspiration.
As he enters the next stage of his career, James Oliver has a
track record that shows he will not allow an ounce of his
talents to be wasted. And with new musicians to interact with,
chances are the music in store will exhibit hitherto unheard
dimensions to delight his growing army of fans. Blues, rock a
billy, rock and country…it’s all here in one explosive pickin’
Keith and Stu Xander were discovered on YouTube by Gibson Brands
CEO Henry Juszkiewicz and during their subsequent performances
for the company at numerous international events from LA to
Dubai the band caught the attention of not just an ever-growing
collective of fans but also industry legends such as Eddie
Kramer (Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Rolling Stones) and
Rick Allen (Def Leppard).
expectations, lead singer and guitarist Keith Xander was born
without a right arm below the elbow and plays guitar using a
prosthesis and hook with a pick attached at the end. Although
many who have seen Keith play believe him to be an extraordinary
guitarist despite of his perceived ‘disability’ he is a virtuoso
musician in his own right and his playing rivals the best in the
In 2014 the
band ended their 5-year tenure as the resident band at
Liverpool’s iconic Cavern Club pub and went on to support the
likes of Joe Bonamassa, Joe Satriani, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band,
The Temperance Movement, ex-Whitesnake’s Bernie Marsden and even
Bon Jovi at Old Trafford Stadium to name a few.
2016 saw the
band release their debut album, titled ‘11:11’, on V2 Benelux
Records, recorded at the world-famous Wisseloord studios in
Hilversum, outside of Amsterdam. The album went on to receive
critical acclaim from the likes of Classic Rock, Planet Rock
Radio and from BBC Radio’s Bob Harris.
haunting riffs, genius melodies and a uniquely infectious
charisma, Xander and the Peace Pirates continue to share their
musical passion to standing ovations, while spreading a
universal message of peace, love and harmony.
Hitman Blues Band
The Hitman Blues Band
is getting worldwide recognition. The new release “The World
Moves On” is being hailed as "the best yet!" Their previous
release, “Blues Enough”, was in the running for two Grammy
nominations. “Two Minute Warning” (from “Angel In The Shadows”)
is available as an add-on to RockBand.
six successful tours of the U.K. and two in Europe, playing at
clubs and festivals including the Great British R&B Festival at
Colne, the Eel Pie Club, The Limelight Theater, the BluesExpress
Festival in Luxembourg, the Maryport Blues Festival (Main
Stage), and many others. Of course, at home in the U.S. they’ve
played up and down the eastern seaboard, working clubs and
festivals as a four piece or with their new horn section added.
With a live
show that engages the audience with great musicianship, great
music, and a liberal dose of humor, The Hitman Blues Band will
light up your audience!
Harrison has established a growing reputation for making a
unique kind of all-original music, based on the style of the
early blues and folk/blues artists, with a modern twist. His
highly individual music, with its memorable tunes, striking
lyrics and strong and compelling rhythms, has been going down
very well with audiences of all kinds.
Mark’s songs all have something to
say or a story to tell. They’ll make you move, make you think,
make you smile. He is doing something genuinely fresh and
different, tapping into the timeless quality of ‘old’ music to
produce something brand new and totally relevant to the present
Mark is a thrilling, rhythmic,
finger-picker and slide player, with a very distinctive style.
He recently released his third album, The World Outside. Like
his previous albums, Crooked Smile and Watching The Parade, it
has been unanimously praised by influential and knowledgeable
figures across a wide range of areas of the music world,
receiving a very great deal of airplay and highly enthusiastic