Events

Mar
6
Fri
Midnite Johnny Band
Mar 6 @ 8:15 pm

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so_complicated

Midnite Johnny has chosen the True Blues Club

for the UK release of his latest CD “So Complicated”

. . . Midnite Johnny has worked extensively throughout his native USA and has established a reputation as one of South Florida’s most powerful Blues and Rock guitarists.

A lead/slide guitarist and vocalist specialising in Blues, Blues Rock, Classic Rock, and R & B, Guitar style reminiscent of Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Freddie King and Buddy Guy.

One of South Florida’s hottest musicians whose resume includes work with Bo Diddley, Harvey Mandel (Canned Heat),Warren Ceaser and many more. This veteran of the South Florida Blues scene employs a library of riffs from Freddy King to Otis Rush and Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughn along with his own original material.

Since relocating to the UK  Midnite Johnny has fast built a dedicated following throughout Europe. With his band they offer a wide ranging and varied array of Blues, R&B and Roots Rock. The bands vast influences and experiences take them to a place where  “The Roots Of Blues Meet The Hard Edge Of Classic Rock & Roll”.

May
8
Fri
Rhythm Zoo
May 8 @ 7:15 pm – 11:45 pm

It has been over 2 years since the Zoo last played the TBC but as their reputation continues to grow, the band has played at many of the major blues festivals around the UK such as Maryport, Limetree, British Stage at The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival in Colne, Main Stage at Hebden Blues Festival, Main Stage Theatre of Blues Festival, Swanage Blues, Orkney Blues Festival (headline) and Skegness Rock and Blues Festival.

Jul
17
Fri
Laurence Jones Band + The Black Circles
Jul 17 @ 8:15 pm

SOLD OUT!

 

The young gunslinger of the blues Laurence Jones has sensationally signed a deal with “Ruf Records”. His Debut album for the label and 2nd album for Laurence was recorded at the Legendary Dockside Studio in Louisiana where artists such as B.B King and Derek trucks have recorded. A catalogue of big names appear on the album including Walter Trout, Aynsley Lister, Yonrico Scott, Charlie Wooton and producer Mike Zito.

Walter Trout invited the band to support them on his 2013 U.K tour “Laurence is a cross between Eric Clapton & Buddy Guy he is a genius” – “Walter Trout”

A Buzz has been building rapidly around Laurence Jones, starting well before the release of his 2012 “Thunder In The Sky”. Since then Laurence has clocked up some serious road miles from touring through out the U.K and Europe.

“Classic Rock – Blues Magazine” – Call him the “Future of the blues” and the “next big thing”.. with 2nd album “Temptation” british band leader Laurence Jones has turned his hot-tip potentil into fully formed brilliance, and officially graduated from boy wonder to main man. The future of British blues? On the strength of this album, don’t bet against it

“Blues & Soul” – The brand new album on Ruf Records “Temptation” will scoop awards and put Laurence firmly on the map.

Get ready to Rock Magazine gave the debut album “Thunder In The Sky” a 5/5***** rating “Laurence Jones is a wise musical head on young shoulders and ‘Thunder in the Sky’ is an excellent debut album, its worth five stars”.

Classic Rock magazine quoted Laurence as “Blues Rocks youngest Talent” and was featured on the “Blues Fury C.D along with Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Popa Chubby and many more.

Laurence is influenced by, Walter Trout  Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher, Albert Collins…

www.laurencejonesmusic.com

Aug
7
Fri
Jon Amor feat. Mark Barrett & The Black Circles
Aug 7 @ 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm

With some Hoax numbers, Black Circles numbers and some classic covers in store are we in for one fantastic night of “The Blues”

Sep
4
Fri
Gerry Quigley & The Shinkickers
Sep 4 @ 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm

Gerry Quigley has returned home to Ireland after 30 successful years in Australia and is now living in Cork City.

Prepare to be captivated as Gerry Quigley and The Shinkickers play their great mix of blues and originals like you have never seen before … if you are inspired by guitar legends such as Paul Kossoff, Gary Moore and Peter Green you will not want to miss Gerry Quigley & The Shinkickers.

Oct
2
Fri
Danny Bryant @ True Blues Club
Oct 2 @ 8:15 pm




Walter Trout – “What sets him apart is his passion and feeling.         Danny’s playing grabs you with its intensity and urgency.”

Joe Bonamassa – “A fantastic guitar player… able to take a Fender Stratocaster and really make it sing…”

Photo by - Kevin Nixon
Photo by – Kevin Nixon

Europe’s leading Blues & Rock publication, Classic Rock Blues, recently called Danny a “National Blues Treasure”, a title that he has worked tirelessly and passionately to earn. Riding high on the European blues scene for over a decade, yet still only 33, Danny has carved a name for himself the old-fashioned way having played over 2000 club and festival shows to his many fans around the world and is acknowledged by those in the business as one of the cream of the crop.

Following many sold out club tours across Europe and numerous major festival appearances that have seen the power trio perform on the same bill as such names as Joe Cocker, Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy and Peter Green to mention a few; Danny and his band have steadily carved a huge and loyal fan base around the world.

In a career already littered with many highlights, December 2013 saw the release of the Danny Bryant signature guitar, Fret-King Corona DBR. Fret-King is one of the industry-leading guitar brands designed by master guitar builder and innovator, Trev Wilkinson.

So far the band have released ten internationally acclaimed CDs, in 2007 they signed with Rounder Records and released three highly successful albums with this Label all of which topped the iTunes and Amazon blues charts in many countries. In 2009 Danny signed a licensing deal with Virgin/EMI Asia and a track from their 2007 release, ‘Live’, was included on a compilation CD entitled “The Best Blues Album In The World Ever”. Danny was featured alongside many giants of Blues, including Johnny Winter, Gary Moore, Albert Collins, Walter Trout and ZZ Top.

February 2010 saw the release of Danny’s break-through album “Just As I Am’, hitting Blues charts all across the continent and receiving glowing reviews from the international music press. The album caught the ear of German based label Jazzhaus records leading Danny to ink a deal with the dynamic new label.

The highly anticipated live DVD/CD “Night Life” was released in March 2012. Recorded in The Netherlands it captures the band doing what they do best, “Bryant has the kind of magic fingers that ensure the long solo sections on this live disc keep you teetering on the edge of your seat… Thrilling.” Classic Rock Mag

Following the success of “Night Life”, Danny signed a further two album deal with Jazzhaus Records and in April/May 2013 released his 7th studio album, ‘Hurricane’.

‘Hurricane’, produced by Richard Hammerton, pushed Danny to a new recording high both vocally and through the melodic yet gutsy guitar, but most noticeably it was his songwriting that caught the ears of the mainstream press. Critically acclaimed by both the blues/rock and guitar media, it was the respect from the mainstream music-world that has helped Danny to attain his highest sales figures thus far and make ‘Hurricane’ his best selling album.

August 2014 saw Danny head to the USA to tour extensively for 5 weeks fronting Walter Trouts band while the ailing blues legend recovers from liver transplant surgery. Before returning home to start promoting his own brand new album which included shows across Europe, an apperance at the Nanjing International Jazz & World Music Festival in China plus a show at the prestigious London Blues Fest in the Royal Albert Hall.

Dannys latest album, Temperature Rising, was released in September 2014 to glowing reivews. Guitar & Bass Mag called it ‘A blues rock gem.’ Leading website music-news.com awarded the album 5 stars and said it was ‘Just stunning’. The album appeared in many end of year ‘best of’ lists for 2014, most notably chosen by Amazon Germany/Austria/Switzerland as one of their top picks of 2014. This lead to the album returning to number 1 on the amazon.de Blues download charts in November/December for over 6 weeks, ahead of such acclaimed artists as Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa & Buddy Guy, three months after the intial release. Having out sold Danny’s previous bestseller, Hurricane, in just the first three months, the success of Temperature Rising is apparent in its sales figures. This is the album that has moved Danny to a new arena.

For further news, interviews, and up-to-date information visit: www.dannybryant.com

 

Oct
31
Sat
Mike Zito & The Wheel + Tom Killner Band
Oct 31 @ 8:00 pm

Mike Zito has been a rising star in the blues/roots world for the past several years as a performer, songwriter and producer. In 2010, the title-track for his Pearl River album, which he co-wrote with Cyril Neville, won the Blues Music Award as “Song of Year;” and he also produced last year’s BMA winner for “Best New Artist Debut Album” by labelmate Samantha Fish. His last solo CD, Greyhound, was nominated for “Rock Blues Album”

Since 2012, Mike Zito has also been a founding member of his OTHER band, Royal Southern Brotherhood, along with Cyril Neville, Devon Allman, Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott; and while he continues to record and tour with that band of brothers, he’ll also be doing shows with The Wheel throughout the rest of the year in support of his solo album.

http://www.mikezito.com/

 

Tom Killner Band

Tom grew up with the music that his father listened to; Namely, Clapton and Cream. Chicken Shack and Fleetwood Mac. Primal Led Zeppelin, pioneering John Mayall. The genius Rory Gallagher, and then tracing back, following the line of descent that is pocked by rock’s own most bruising influences – Muddy Waters, Albert King, BB King… the blues!

Aged nine, Tom was playing the electric guitar, while Clapton and Gallagher, Peter Green and Gary Moore, drifted from the speakers for him to painstakingly play along with.

Aged ten, he had his first band together, and although the musicians’ tender ages kept them out of the kind of venues where their kind of music was usually heard, the word got around regardless.

For a lot of very understandable reasons, potential child prodigies are often viewed with suspicion. But Tom was the exception that you very rarely hear. A kid who knew what the blues could do. Or, as the Taproom Sessions pointed out, “There are times when a young talent comes along and makes an audience stop and consider what they are watching.”

The Tom Killner Band formed in February 2012, a tight trio in the classic blues format of guitar (Tom), bass (Oliver Tallent) and drums (originally Graham Shaw, but now long time friend Jake Ashton).  

It was a line-up that worked for Cream, that worked for Taste, and worked for the Jimi Hendrix Experience.  Now it’s working for the Tom Killner Band, as they set up the no-holds-barred barrage that hit that year’s Great British Blues Festival like a levee giving way, and has swamped every other stage the band has played on… from the vastness of blues festivals in Wakefield and Hebden Bridge (two years running, voted the UK’s best blues event), to theaters and clubs around the country.

“I try to add as much energy to the live show as I can each night,” explains Tom.   “No two shows are the same, and no song is played the same. 

Their fame continued to spread. The Tom Killner Band opened for Danny Bryant, and were rewarded with the headliner’s own admiration – “an excellent, incredible guitarist.”

“You guys rocked!” declared an astonished Gwyn Ashton, after the Band played a show with him.

Endorsements from Fret-King and Vintage Guitar sent the Band’s stock soaring even higher; while their first EP, Complicated, became a BBC radio favorite. Finally, inevitably, the Tom Killner Band’s acclaim reached across the ocean, to the Los Angeles headquarters of Cleopatra Records.

Now the Tom Killner Band are recording their debut album, knowing that it is already one of the most eagerly anticipated blues releases of the year.

“Blues for me is more than just a style,” Tom concludes  “It’s a way of letting emotion out from deep down inside your soul, that you didn’t even know existed, it’s a way of communicating with other people.  They get it, no matter who you are or where you come from.”

http://www.tomkillnerband.co.uk/

 

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Nov
6
Fri
Cry Baby & The Hoochie Coochie Boys
Nov 6 @ 7:15 pm – 11:45 pm

The TBC Faithful have literally demanded that we bring this exceptional band back again. Would we want to disappoint them?
Of course not…….

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Feb
5
Fri
After Hours Blues Band
Feb 5 @ 7:30 pm – 11:45 pm

It has been a while since the After Hours Blues Band have appeared at the TBC so we thought it about time we had them back!
Check them out on http://www.afterhoursbluesband.co.uk/
Note the live video taken at the TBC for the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues!

Feb
19
Fri
Devon Allman
Feb 19 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Devon Allman CD cover (3)

SOLD OUT

The dirty blond hair is the same, the body posture is also the same, and there are touches in the voice that have a similar genetic connection, but Devon Allman has toiled long and hard to establish his own musical identity, separate from his legendary dad, Gregg Allman. In fact, Allman, who was raised by his mom (Shelley, not Cher) in Texas, took up the guitar on his own, and did not meet his father until he was 16 years old. “I was 16, and I sent him a really short letter saying, ‘Hey, it’s me. Here’s where I’m at. I’m playing guitar.” I got a phone call three days later,” says Devon. Soon after that phone call, the two met in the parking lot at The Fox Theater in St. Louis during a tour stop for the elder Allman. Growing up with his mom, Devon was listening to anything on the radio he could find. Often it was the Rolling Stones or Jimi Hendrix. “I can remember listening to music at the age of four or five. Something would come on the radio and I would always ask my mom who it was. She would say ‘That’s John Lennon’ or ‘that’s Styx.’ One time “Midnight Rider” came on, and I asked her ‘Mom who’s that?’ and she said ‘That’s your dad.’” This young Allman did not come on the music scene riding the coattails of a famous parent. Allman has been living his own musical life for decades. After playing in local bands and working in Guitar Center in St. Louis, Allman formed Honeytribe in 1999. One part blues, one part rock, and one part jam, Honeytribe was named the 1999 Jam Band of the Year in St. Louis. Devon and Honeytribe toured for two years then took a break for a few years allowing Devon to actively parent his son to later reform in 2005. At the same time, he toured in Europe with Javier Vargas, a Spanish blues rocker. Devon and Honeytribe continued to tour in support of his 2010 release Space Age Blues. Then, in 2011, his musical fate changed. Tracklist 001 Half The Truth 00:03:07 002 Can’t Lose ‘Em All 00:03:45 003 Leavin’ 00:02:40 004 I’ll Be Around 00:03:54 005 Traveling 00:04:14 006 Midnight Lake Michigan 00:09:31 007 Ten Million Slaves 00:03:20 008 Blackjack Heartattack 00:03:12 009 Back To You 00:05:02 010 Times Have Changed 00:03:28 011 Ragged & Dirty 00:02:43 012 Leave The City 00:03:00 Ruf 1205 Barcode: 710347120520 US Release Date: 10/14/14 Royal Southern Brotherhood was formed during JazzFest in New Orleans. This unique quintet combines the vocal and musical talents of Devon, Mike Zito, and the legendary Cyril Neville with the veteran rhythm section of Charlie Wooton and Yonrico Scott. Their debut self-titled release in 2012 caught fire the moment it hit the streets simultaneously catapulting them as major new attraction on the music scene. Their mixed sounds of funk, blues, rock and jazz proved to be a force to be reckoned with. RSB tours non-stop performing all over the world, including Australia, at festivals and various venues. As Devon quips, “wherever there is electricity and potato chips.” Their second studio release, heartsoulblood, was released in June 2014 to another round of rave reviews. But probably the crowning moment of the band’s career thus far, was this past May, in Memphis, TN, where they picked up a Blues Award for their live DVD/CD, Songs From The Road. After touring the world as a fiery guitarist and soulful vocalist in Royal Southern Brotherhood, Devon is still committed to performing dates with his own band, with a renewed intensity. His own 2013 Ruf Records debut, Turquoise, came a few months after the RSB’s debut, giving him a slew of accolades from USA Today, calling it, “…well-crafted, more reflective than fiery, and soulful.“, to Relix proclaiming him as such, ” He’s an elegant, soulful singer.“ And as he told Billboard magazine, Devon predicted, “…this one’s going to be really heavy on guitar and come out and punch you in the teeth.” A little more than a year later, Ragged & Dirty is Devon’s ticket to the big show. “I have to say that playing with Royal took my career to a new level. It’s given me more confidence and a new found love for the music. I’m delighted that there’s a new shot of fire in my music.” One can never leave a name as famous as “Allman” very far behind. There are traces of his father in his soulful voice and his uncle Duane in his innovative guitar playing. According to Devon, the name both helps and hurts. There will always be fans that come to see him out of curiosity, “But they leave having a respect for the fact that I am my own entity. “The hurt factor for me is to not get caught up thinking about the impact that my dad and uncle (Duane) had on this genre of music. That could make me go completely insane. I can’t dwell on that. Focusing on that interferes with path and my art. I still want it to be essentially feel-based. The best thing for me to do is to concentrate on being the best musician I can be regardless of who my family is.” Thus as one Allman institution (The Allman Brothers Band) has “retired,” Devon Allman is poised to grow his family’s musical legacy. For Ragged & Dirty, Devon left his southern comfort zone, hired a crack Chicago band, and enlisted the producing and writing talents of Grammy winning producer Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, Johnny Winter, James Cotton, and Joe Louis Walker). “I’ve done all my records in the south. I decided it was time to go to the electric blues mecca (Chicago), tap into that vibe and surround myself with cats who live and breathe it. Besides producing, Tom custom wrote some songs for this record that really aligned with my path.” Though Hambridge wrote four tunes and Devon picked three to cover, it’s his original tunes that speak to his artistic journey. “RSB has been such a deep, rich, globe-trotting experience that it definitely changes your life and gives you new perspective. Anytime you’re involved in something to that degree, it will show up in your art. I think the experience has given me more depth as a writer. I’m more willing to let the groove take over and not force things vocally.” To hear how a groove takes over, check out the spontaneity of his “Midnight Lake Michigan.” Devon’s dark and ominous guitar howls push the nine-minute instrumental with a hoodoo aura. As the tension builds, the song adds Marty Sammon’s keyboards and Tom Hambridge’s percussion in a swirl of primal rhythms. To hear Devon’s vocal range, listen to the CD closer, “Leave The City.” With only Hambridge keepin’ the sparse beat, Devon strips down and shows off his pleading, Allman-esque voice and stirring resonator guitar in this move to country blues simplicity. “I can handle echoes. People say they hear echoes of my dad’s soul in my voice, but that I have a definitive sound. My dad says I remind him of Duane, although I’ve never played slide in my life.” But there is so much more to this record amid those genetic touches. Luther Allison’s “Ragged & Dirty” is a funk meets blues that provides Devon’s hot-shot Chicago studio band of bassist Felton Crews (Charlie Musselwhite and others), guitarist Giles Corey (Billy Branch), and keyboard ace Marty Sammon (Buddy Guy) along with Nashville’s Hambridge on drums room to show-off. Allman’s “Leavin’” provides the band the opportunity to play with a subdued delicacy, while “Back To You” builds from Devon’s expressive solo over Sammon’s B-3 foundation into a blistering slow blues ballad. There’s an expressive side to Devon as he and Wendy Moten handle the Spinner’s classic “I’ll Be Around.” And Devon’s cover of Otis Taylor’s haunting “Ten Million Slaves” commands our attention to bear witness to our historic injustices. “Whether that seeking is for truth, love, inclusion, acceptance, or peace, we all have a soul that’s longing for something. Longing colors our arts in a myriad of shades. The main thing is now that I really trust my vision for songs. I go with my gut instantly. The focus now is to always get to the essence of the song and the story it’s trying to convey in the simplest way possible.” With Ragged & Dirty, Devon Allman’s potential has exploded into artistic magnificence.

Mar
4
Fri
Tom Killner Band
Mar 4 @ 7:30 pm – 11:45 pm

CD Cover

Tom Killner Band

The “TBC Faithful”, having recently seen Tom and the lads supporting Mike Zito & The Wheel at the TBC in 2015, have literally demanded that we bring them back. Check out the review – Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive

Tom Killner…………

When you get right down to it… to the heart of what the blues are all about… Eric Clapton hit the nail on the head. “It was one man and his guitar versus the world,” he said. “It was one guy who was completely alone and had no options, no alternatives other than just to sing and play to ease his pains.”

It doesn’t matter how the music has changed and charged its way around the world in the years since the first bluesmen arose a century back in the American south.  It doesn’t matter how volume and fusion and international superstardom have shaped and shifted things around.  The blues that Clapton plays today mean the same thing that Howlin’ Wolf was playing in the fifties, and Son House was playing in the thirties, and they’re the same as Tom Killner is playing today.

The sound may change, and the delivery, too. But the blues will always be the blues. Tom Killner understood that before he even discovered that the music had a name.

He’s young by the standards of the bluesman archetype. Born in 1996, there are Oasis CDs that are older than him, and he grew up in a musical world formed not around the swagger of Robert Johnson, the anguish of Ma Rainey, the mystery of Geeshie Wylie, but the conveyor belt pop and talent show slop that permeated everything in early 21st century England.

“I was originally drawn to the blues because nothing else really grabbed me,” Tom says.  “My friends all listened to metal and pop, but I’ve never been one for following trends in music.  The blues I love because of the raw power, and because of what it could make me feel.  No other music did that for me.”

Tom’s south Yorkshire hometown of Rotherham, is scarcely renowned as a hotbed of music, either, although the late Joe Cocker hailed from the just down the road in Sheffield, and it’s not so far to the Black Country either, where the British blues were smelted in the fiery forge of the island’s industrial heartland.

That was the music that Tom’s father listened to; that was the music the young Tom grew up with. Clapton and Cream. Chicken Shack and Fleetwood Mac.  Primal Led Zeppelin, pioneering John Mayall. The genius Rory Gallagher. And then tracing back, following the line of descent that is pocked by rock’s own most bruising influences – Muddy Waters, Albert King, BB King… the blues!

Aged nine, Tom was playing the electric guitar, while Clapton and Gallagher, Peter Green and Gary Moore, drifted from the speakers for him to painstakingly play along with.

Aged ten, he had his first band together, and although the musicians’ tender ages kept them out of the kind of venues where their kind of music was usually heard, the word got around regardless.

For a lot of very understandable reasons, potential child prodigies are often viewed with suspicion. But Tom was the exception that you very rarely hear. A kid who knew what the blues could do. Or, as the Taproom Sessions pointed out, “There are times when a young talent comes along and makes an audience stop and consider what they are watching.”

The Tom Killner Band formed in February 2012, a tight trio in the classic blues format of guitar (Tom), bass (Oliver Tallent) and drums (Jake Ashton).  

It was a line-up that worked for Cream, that worked for Taste, and worked for the Jimi Hendrix Experience.  Now it’s working for the Tom Killner Band, as they set up the no-holds-barred barrage that hit that year’s Great British Blues Festival like a levee giving way, and has swamped every other stage the band has played on… from the vastness of blues festivals in Wakefield and Hebden Bridge (two years running, voted the UK’s best blues event), to theaters and clubs around the country.

“I try to add as much energy to the live show as I can each night,” explains Tom. “No two shows are the same, and no song is played the same. Every night, I try and mix as many influences in as possible – Blues, Soul, Southern Rock, Funk… and it seems to be keeping everyone happy!”

Their fame continued to spread. The Tom Killner Band opened for Danny Bryant, and were rewarded with the headliner’s own admiration – “an excellent, incredible guitarist.”

 “You guys rocked!” declared an astonished Gwyn Ashton, after the Band played a show with him.

Endorsements from Fret-King and Vintage Guitar sent the Band’s stock soaring even higher; while their first EP, Complicated, became a BBC radio favorite.  And finally, inevitably, the Tom Killner Band’s acclaim reached across the ocean, to the Los Angeles headquarters of Cleopatra Records.  

“Blues for me is more than just a style,” Tom concludes  “It’s a way of letting emotion out from deep down inside your soul, that you didn’t even know existed, it’s a way of communicating with other people.  They get it, no matter who you are or where you come from.”

Nov
19
Sat
John Verity Band
Nov 19 @ 7:30 pm – 11:45 pm

We are delighted to announce that our great friend and fellow promoter Gordon Rowles is bringing the John Verity Band with the Tom Killner Band as a bonus to the TBC

Check out these amazing Bluesmen on the links below……

John Verity

Tom Killner