Corky Laing is best known as the drummer of the
legendary bands Mountain (1969-) and West, Bruce & Laing
(1973-75). Mountain toured and recorded on and off until 2010.
In the late 70s Corky released his solo album “Making it on the
Streets” that is often cited as an overlooked pioneer of AOR. In
the early eighties Corky recorded with an indie band called the
Mix and at the end of 1990s he got together with Noel Redding
(Jimi Hendrix’s Experience) and Eric Schenkman (Spin Doctors) to
form the band Cork.
In the 90s Corky worked
for several years as the vice president, A&R, of Polygram
Records, Canada. During that time he produced bands like Men
Without Hats and Voivod. He also had his own radio show, Under
the Rock, in Canada, has published an anecdotal road stories
–book, Stick it! and has his one-man show, The Best Seat in the
House, a humorous autobiographical production that combines
storytelling and music.
During the past couple
of years Corky has been busy with Playing God: The Rock Opera –
a critically acclaimed collaboration with two Finnish
philosophers. He performs frequently and in 2014 he was awarded
with the Bonzo Bash Legends Award.
female guitar prodigy, at fourteen Chantel was told by major
labels that she had a "great voice, but girls don't play guitar
like that!" Wisely ignoring the comments, she enrolled at the
Leeds College of Music and became the first student in the
college’s history, to achieve a 100% pass mark, with 18
distinctions. Chantel left with a First Class Honours degree in
Popular Music and a coveted prize, the college’s musician of the
In previous years, Chantel stepped out in
the pro-musician world and her stunning live performances
demonstrated that she had the ability to perform rock for the
new age, played by a musician born with an effortless
virtuosity. Since then, she has built a loyal and growing fan
base who follow her every move.
If you measure an
artist’s prospects by the company they keep, then Chantel has
been moving in the right direction. Early in her career, Chantel
was invited to perform with Joe Bonamassa, on two of his UK
When Chantel released her 2011 debut album, Like
No Other, one critic said, “Chantel McGregor deserves to be held
up as a messiah of blues-rock and given her own mountain. She
doesn't strum or pick her guitar but almost bends and distorts
it, as if she's channelling the ghost of Hendrix through her
The album was produced by Livingstone Brown,
whose production credits include Ed Sheeran, Robin Trower, and
Shakira. The end result was a beautifully crafted debut album
that showcased Chantel’s versatility and talent as a
Chantel’s follow up album, LOSE
CONTROL, again produced by Livingstone Brown, was released in
October 2015 to critical acclaim.
All About Rock’s review
of the album said:
'The album in its entirety has a common
theme running through of gothic imagery which makes it almost a
concept album but each track stands out on its own. Chantel’s
double tracked vocals are amazingly tight & the production on
this album sounds loose which is a compliment to Livingstone
Brown & Chantel who have obviously spent a lot of time on the
arrangements. The girl can obviously shred but she does so in a
very understated & despite the title of the album, a controlled
way. Recommended for fans of blues, rock, Jeff Buckley,
Marillion, Big & Rich, Country & Nick Drake. This is a hard
album to categorize & pigeon hole which in this day & age of
labels & boxes is a good thing.'
Planetmosh reviewed the
album with the following comment:
'The album is full of great
guitar work, but Chantel McGregor isn’t just a guitar player –
she does the vocals too and they are equally impressive. She’s
got a great voice and the variety of songs on the album allows
her to demonstrate a range of styles vocally. It really is a
The single, Take The Power, was playlisted
for 5 weeks on Planet Rock radio.
Chantel is currently
writing for her third album, debuting some of the new tracks on
her 2017 tour which is currently taking place throughout the UK
These influences blend into the Southbound sound
that they hope is entertaining to both listen to and watch live.
2016 has been an
exciting year for the guys, having just released their
self-titled 7 track EP which was recorded with the brilliant
Aidan Connell at Goldmine and the hugely experienced genius
Steve Honest at Hackney Road Studios- they are proud to showcase
a selection of songs from the repertoire of material that they
have been writing and arranging together as a band.
They have tried to replicate their live sound
without too much studio trickery- with most tracks recorded
studio live, but they still manage to achieve a warm rich and at
times punchy sound that they were looking for.
Southbound love to
perform live and work hard at being entertaining, this year they
have been so lucky to be invited to perform at some truly iconic
London venues: Troubadour, Borderline, Half Moon Putney and the
100 Club Oxford Street, both on their own on their own and also
as support to some fantastic artists and bands.
Further afield they are
so proud to be performing at some exciting Blues Rhythm and Rock
festivals in 2016, Wolverhampton, Doncaster, and shortly this
summer, Durham, Cleethorpes and Harpenden on the same billing
with KING KING, KYLA BROX, LAWRENCE JONES, CLIMAX BLUES BAND,
TOM SEALS to name but a few- exciting times for the guys!.