Band History and Biography
Rhythm of Blues are
a bunch of fine musicians from UK, each with a great history and endless energy
and enthusiasm to create fine music. Each year, the band tours with world top
musicians, The Carl Verheyen Band, Jon Strong, Howard Worth &
many, more)!! This enables all involved to revisit their friendships and indulge
in a period of time where some stunning music is created. Classic Rock Magazine
readers voted the Carl Verheyen Band/Rhythm of Blues show at The Classic Rock
Society show in Rotherham, UK, best show of 2003, praise indeed. The guys have
also been working with Carvin Jones in Europe. Guitarist Magazine voted Carvin
into “the top 50 blues guitarists who ever walked the earth!!” Carvin has opened
for Santana and BB King. Eric Clapton said of Carvin, “A young cat out of Phoenix
who I think will be the next up and coming blues player”. Wait till he sees the
“Rhythm of Blues!”
band and individual members have worked with or supported a great diversity of
acts in their time including: Bad Manners, The Glitter Band, Henry McCullough,
(Wings, Grease Band, Joe Cocker, Jesus Christ Superstar), Hawkwind, Paul Roland,
Winston & The Churchills, Carl Verheyen and Jeff Beck!
album "Moving On"on Red Admiral Records Now.
of Blues live review - Jan 12th
My first impression of the Rhythm of Blues
was just how much better they are live than on their album. Don't get me wrong,
I love their recordings, but the sheer pleasure they get from projecting their
blues/rock vibe immediately gets the crowd on their side.
Their opening song
'Movin On' has a riff that would've done Keith Richards proud or any of the great
riff makers of years gone by for that matter. These guys make light work of playing
Mick Brett shows his class as a vocalist as well as a bassist,
singing and playing with confidence that comes only with talent and experience.
He seems equally at home playing rock or funk rhythms.
Guitarist Andy Young
- part Mark Knopfler part Timmy Mallet skips and hops funkily from a laid back
and considered riff to a playfully manic solo. Despite Young's sore throat he
did a brave job on the songs he sang and provides a good punkish counterpoint
to Brett's more soulful persona.
In the background somewhat the keyboards and
drums are ably manned by Phil Martin and Simon Jeffrey respectively.
driving grooves and subtle fills really guide the mood of their songs and unless
you're thinking about it you won't even realise it's him doing it.
seems capable of becoming an entire brass section or providing bright funky piano
riffs as and when neccessary. He turns a four piece band into what sounded like
an eight piece for some of the songs.
An evening in the company of these four
intrepid rock veterans journeys from blues to funk to punk and beyond. Sometimes
they'll even touch on jazz and latin rhythms just when you'd least expect it.
few truly epic ballads (including the hugely powerful 'I've Been Thinkin 'bout
You') rounded off their Friday performance and left me wondering how the 'main'
act was ever going to follow them. It's a sign of our times perhaps, that a band
this good could be found playing a small venue but whatever the reason, make the
most of it. I shared a great evening with a crowd who did just that. Not a still
set of toes in the house!
Rock Society Magazine
Rhythm of Blues live review, (25th November 2006)
slot to Martin Turner's Wishbone Ash
saw the return of Rhythm of Blues to the CRS stage for their third visit. A taut
British blues rock band with shades of Wishbone Ash in there as well (no bad thing)
these guys are more than just blues slaves however, with a strong set of material
mostly culled from the excellent album Unsung Heroes (including the brilliant
title track). Their infectious blend of blues rock comes with some great guitar
and vocals from Andy young, keys from Phil Martin and ably backed by powerhouse
drummer Simon Jeffrey and Mick Brett pumping out inspired bass lines. As a live
experience Rhythm of Blues were fantastic!
Rock Society Magazine July 06
can honestly say that as a CRS reviewer I've come across some superb roots acts:
Jay Hooks, Jayhawks, Tim McGraw, Walter Trout, Carl Verheyen, Alison O'Donnell
and Isabel Ni Chuireain, Ashley Hutchings, Mavis Staples and Monica Queen to name
but a few.
There have been some blinding roots gigs, too: lona, Miv Cameron
Band, Walter Trout, Carl Verheyen and watch out for the return to the CRS stage
of Rhythm Of Blues later this year
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Rock Society Magazine, Jan/Feb 06
of Blues - Unsung
bluesy rockin' band that sometimes sound like Wishbone Ash and other times just
like a good time British blues/rock band. You cannot knock this sort of rock because
it has no weaknesses, no frills, no messin' around. Good vocals, great guitar,
wind and organ. It's "a lovingly crafted celebration of British blues,"
according to the band and I couldn't agree more. Bands such as Rhythm of Blues
play music for the right reasons and it comes through on CD and live on stage.
Well worth a listen.
Rock Society Magazine CD Review July/Aug 05
of Blues - Moving On Review
So, have you ever been to a Carl
Verheyen Band gig? You have, then you have seen this band. Andy "Randy California"
Young plays guitar and sings a bit too, ably assisted up front by Mick Brett on
bass and vocals. Essentially, as the band name suggests they play some blues,
but it ain't that "dead dog in the gutter" stuff, this is polished blues/rock.
The sound is supplemented in fine style by some saxophone from Mike Parlett
and when they get warmed up there is a Latin feel in there too, aka Santana. Rhythm
of Blues is a fine band that deserves a wider audience, but such is the politics
of Pigeon-holing in music that attracting cold listeners is tough. If you're one
of those cold types that might enjoy being warmed then check them out.
The new album
As a result
of the 04 Carl Verheyen / Rhythm of Blues UK tour, The Rhythm of Blues will be
touring the USA in 2005. In 2004 band headlined one day at the Arrow Classic Rock/Big
Rivers Dortrecht Rhythm & Blues festival. Ten Years After
headlined the day after!
Binclark RIP --
We are sad to hear of the death of our oldest
friend Alan Bunclark this week. Alan drummed for many of Kent's popular bands
from the 80's onwards including the Breakaways, Winston and The Churchills and
the Rhythm Of Blues
a solo performer has toured with Ry Cooder, Van Morrison, Robert Palmer, Talk
Talk, Danny Thompson, Clannad, Has done numerous major festivals including Cambridge,
Cropredy, San Bernardino Folk Festival. His band have toured consistently over
the passed 11 years throughout the UK and Europe building a loyal fan base and
achieving much critical acclaim as one of the tightest three piece bands on the
scene and instigating comments like...
Arts Centre Winchester No apologies! The return of one of the
in the UK this time packing the long awaited CD Honest Soldier.
music played with total conviction.
Radio 1 Brilliant
Johnny Walker Radio
1 live session I don't believe you were playing live
Arts Centre Winchester Kill to get tickets
York Mind blowing acoustic guitar work.
Curfew Highly evocative slabs of industrial folk rock.
11 years with the band Jon is now back to the roots of it all, playing solo.
Centre Leeds review
Jon Strong a living version of the real local blues
that every poor neighbourhood generates.
Jon is a phenomenally good guitar
player, with blues and R&B mixed in with much more English ideas from the
likes of Martin Carthy and Nic Jones, producing a unique booming and ringing three
handed style all of his own. His bitter-sweet songs steal the show from the funky
covers of Jim Croce and Lowell George that he also does. His mordant wit cracks
up the audience and reminds us bluntly of tonight's legends and ghosts theme.
Jim Croce has gone
Exactly timed pause
OConnors still with us. And straight on with the song. Death,
despair and fear of flying, all conquered through music and some tablets.
Tom Robinson review Honest Soldier CD
this came out with the name Peter Gabriel on the cover you can bet it would be
hailed as a major artistic renaissance for a world class songwriter. If it came
out with an unknown band name and a picture of a bunch of distrait-looking youths
from Bristol on the sleeve, it'd probably win the Mercury Prize. Listening to
music as good as this on an Own Label CD-R makes me want to weep with frustration
at sheer idiocy of the business we're in. Tom Robinson