Bernie Marsden (born Bernard John Marsden, 7 May
1951, in Buckingham, Buckinghamshire) is an English blues-rock
guitarist. In the early 70’s Bernie was an original guitarist
for hard rock outfit UFO before becoming an original member of
Paice, Ashton & Lord in 1977. After PAL split up Bernie joined
David Coverdale in the newly formed Whitesnake, helping to
establish the band as one of the most successful live rock bands
in Europe and Japan. In 1982 Bernie co-wrote the multi-million
selling hit Here I Go Again before leaving Whitesnake to form
Alaska. Most critics rate the original version of Whitesnake,
featuring Bernie, to be the best and most authentic lineup of
the world famous blues-rock outfit.
Bernie has toured with
his bands Company of Snakes and M3 (formed with fellow former
Whitesnake members Micky Moody and Neil Murray). He has also
recorded and toured with a succession of acclaimed blues albums,
featuring many successful guest artists, including Zak Starkey
from The Who and Oasis. Bernie has played with Ringo Starrs
band, Elkie Brooks and has played with Led Zeppelin singer
Robert Plant at a number of benefit gigs.
Bernie has been touring
with his tribute show to the legendary Rory Gallagher, featuring
members from Rory’s last touring band and with the blessing of
Rory’s brother Donal.
Recently Bernie has
played with Joe Bonamassa on several occasions, and in 2012
contributed the outstanding song Place In My Heart on Joes
recent, award winning album, Driving Towards the Daylight.
Bernie has also been guesting with Whitesnake again in the UK
and Europe, coming on stage to play the bands major
international hit Here I Go Again with lead singer David
Coverdale. Here I Go Again seems to taken on a life of its own,
appearing in advertisements and in the recent Tom Cruise movie
Rock of Ages, with Bernie belting out the song at the films
Bernie Marsden has long
been respected for his rich, blues inspired style. His
impeccable talent as a guitar player has kept him active in the
music world for over thirty years and allowed him to share
company with a virtual “who’s who” of recording and touring
musicians. In 2012 Bernie and PRS Guitars released his own
signature Edition Guitar, the SE Bernie Marsden to critical
acclaim and great success.
BB King once said, “only
two white men could play the blues. Eric Clapton and that guy
Shine, the new album by
Bernie Marsden, was released on August 18, 2014 on Provogue.
Although Marsden was wary of flooding the credits
with too many special guests, ‘Shine’ does feature some
extremely well-known names, from Joe Bonamassa to Whitesnake
singer David Coverdale and the Deep Purple duo of Ian Paice
(drums) and Don Airey (keyboards). Jimmy Copley of Jeff Beck
fame behind the kit and Mark Feltham of Nine Below Zero also
supplies some breathtaking harmonica playing.
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
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
Planet Rock – “One of those amazing British talents"
Joe Bonamassa – “A
fantastic guitar player… able to take a Fender Stratocaster and
really make it sing…”
Walter Trout –
“What sets him apart is his passion and feeling. Danny’s
playing grabs you with its intensity and urgency.”
a world tour promoting his latest release Blood Money (featuring
special guests Walter Trout and Whitesnake legend Bernie
Marsden), Danny's ninth studio release displays his passionate
blues/rock style which has seen audiences packing out venues
across the globe and sending "Blood Money" soaring to the top of
the Blues charts.
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
Rainbreakers express an undeniable influence from the sounds of
the 60's and 70's, with contemporary artists also having a huge
impact of the group's sound. When moulded together this creates
a timeless spirit that weaves between the borders of rock, pop,
blues and soul.
Since the release of their debut EP ‘Blood Not Brass’ in 2015,
the four-piece from Shropshire have acquired critical acclaim.
This has given the band the leverage and momentum to sustain a
dominant presence among the circuit.
Coupled with their fervent live performance, Rainbreakers have
acquired global and national press. The Blues Magazine have
featured the band’s music on numerous occasions, while Blues
Matters has given nothing but positive words towards the
release, highlighting their adaptable musicality in combining
the old with the new.
Passionate to deliver authenticity, the band have sustained an
honest and ever growing following through a relentless desire to
perform. This has seen them play stages such as London’s famous
100 Club to The Great British Rock and Blues Festival, which saw
them win a spot on Centre Stage in 2017.
Rainbreakers have no intention of slowing down and 2016 is
already shaping up to be a busy year for the band.
The Blues Issue is a South coast 5 piece - an
explosive combination of twin guitars, hollerin’ harp and a
supercharged rhythm section. They’re currently slaying audiences
in the South with their high-voltage live performances.
The line-up is Steve
Lambsden (Vox/Guitar), Tony Smith (Harp), Matt Greenfield
(Drums), Nodd McDonagh (Bass) and Glen McPheat (Guitar/Vox):
accomplished players, with recording, performance, writing and
production credits across a range of tunes Rock to House Music.
It’s not all about the high-energy syncopation and floodlight
soloing; they also produce moments of sensitive and emotional
shade, a deeper blue.
July 2013 saw the
release of the first BI album - “Bad Day for the Blues” painting
a range of Blues hues, a selection of original self-penned
numbers alongside well arranged re-imagined standards. The
eponymous opener “Blues Issue” with its Rockabilly roll, the
syncopated soul of ‘Everything But Love”, the thundering express
that is “Blues Train”. The songs translate well from live, the
subtleties of performances show through - Steve’s phat tones and
emotive vocals, Glen’s angular guitar and more anxious vocal
style, Tony’s howlin’ harp, Matt’s clockwork timing and precise
fills locked into Nodd’s driving, evolving bass lines.
The Blues Issue gains
more followers, more energy and more momentum with every
appearance. They relish the bigger stages, with appearances at
Blues Festivals in Dover this summer and Swanage - for the
fourth consecutive time!
A comment on the Swanage website following the
latest two appearances “Blues Issue kicked the ball right out of
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