Long Street Blues Club

Long Street Blues Club: Gigs 2018/19


Saturday 22nd December 2018 - We remember Joe Cocker | Doors 7.45pm | Main Band 9.15pm

We Remember Joe Cocker

After the success of our last Xmas show we have really pulled out all the stops to find another show that will send everyone home with a smile on their face and Full of Xmas Cheer!

A truly wonderful show featuring songs taken from throughout Joe Cocker’s illustrious career, and unique in that We Remember Joe Cocker is the only Joe Cocker tribute band in Europe. This 7-piece All Star band is fronted by the charismatic British Blues Awards 2016 nominee Paul Cox. Paul never fails to excite his audience with his sensual, warm and rocky voice which many have compared to Cocker himself. His interpretation of Joe Cocker’s repertoire is astonishing.

Featuring:“The best show I’ve seen all year. Cox lives the part and loses himself in the music. A quite brilliant show with a moving finale”. Bob Bonsey Blues Matters

  • Mike Summerland: Guitar (Mick Abrahams Blodwyn Pig, Georgie Fame)
  • Dave Neal: Drums (Suzi Quatro, Sherman Robertson)
  • Dave ‘Munch’ Moore: Piano (No Dice, Bo Diddley, Main Squeeze, Dick Heskall Smith, Pete Brown)
  • Nigel Hardy: Bass & Vocals (Robert Palmer, Paul Jones, Dietra Farr, Buddy Guy)

Expect all the hits including: ‘Delta Lady’, ‘Something’, ‘Unchain My Heart’, ‘Up Where We Belong’ and ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ amongst a host of instantly recognisable songs including ‘The Letter’, ‘You Are So Beautiful’, ‘Feelin’ Alright’, ‘She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’, ‘Cry Me A River’ and ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’…

No wigs, no dressing up, just the heart, soul and passion paying homage to ‘the’ man. This is a guaranteed sing along show and not one to be missed. A class act and great tribute…

We do anticipate a real strong demand for this show being the last Saturday before Xmas.

Advance Tickets are £16.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £18 on the door

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Saturday 26th January 2019 - Rick Estrin and The Nightcats | Doors 7.45pm

Rick Estrin and The Nightcats

Without doubt one of the best Chicago Blues bands on the planet. We are so pleased to get this band to open our 2019 season.

You will not get a better chance to sample this band in a club atmosphere.   Wildly fun, musically fearless and bursting with bravado, 2018’s prestigious Blues Music Award-winning Band Of The Year, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, have created one of the blues’ most instantly recognisable sounds and no-holds-barred styles.

Featuring the world-class talents of harmonica master, songwriter and vocalist Rick Estrin, guitar wunderkind Chris “Kid” Andersen, keyboard wizard Lorenzo Farrell and dynamic drummer Alex Pettersen, the band serve up sharp and incisive original blues and gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll.

“These are serious musicians having a hotter than hot good time. It’s tough to stay in your seat when Estrin and his musical cohorts get cooking.”. Chicago Sun-Times

With his wily and unforgettable songs and hipster, street-smart vocals, no one on the blues scene writes like, sings like or looks like Rick Estrin as he fronts a band of the most colourful showmen around. He has won a total of five Blues Music Awards and written songs for Grammy nominated albums by artists including Koko Taylor, Robert Cray and John Hammond.

"Estrin is an amazing harmonica player, a soulful lead vocalist and a brilliant original songwriter. Estrin’s harmonica sings alongside blues tunes that entertain audiences like no other in the genre.” San Francisco Chronicle

We have decided to put tickets on for this show early so make sure you get to the front of the queue. This gig will sell out soon.

Advance Tickets are £16.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £18 on the door

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Saturday 2nd March 2019 - Kyla Brox Band | Doors 7.45pm

Kyla Brox

Kyla is no stranger to Devizes having appeared several times with husband Danny but this is the first time we get the full experience of the electric band.

KYLA BROX‘s voice remains a stunning example of the soul singer’s art: turning up the heat by degrees, lulling and charming before unleashing emotional catharsis, and blurring the distinction between pleasure and pain like the soul greats of old. Whether fronting the mighty Kyla Brox Band, or harnessing undiluted soul power in a duo with musical and life partner Danny Blomeley, Kyla Brox is without doubt the most authentic UK blues and soul singer of her generation.

Born in Lancashire in 1980, she was exposed to the passion of Afro-American music at first-hand from her blues singing father, Victor. She traces her interest in singing from age three, partly from a desire to be closer to her charismatic but distant dad. She was the late product of the marriage between Victor (Caiaphas in the original cast recording of Jesus Christ Superstar) and Annette (the ‘maid by the fire’ in the same), and, unlike her elder sisters, gifted but non-professional singers, she didn’t spend her formative years in the back of a touring van under a cloud of cannabis smoke.

Kyla Brox is the greatest British female blues singer of her generation.

The line of development can be traced through Kyla’s six albums. From the 2003 debut Window, where the tone is summery and romantic, to the acoustic Grey Sky Blue (2009), where hopes and longings are freighted with deeper emotions, via the blues/soul calling card Beware (2003), the band triumph Coming Home (2004) and the more introspective Gone (2007).

The songs have developed too: the team of Brox/Blomeley have grown into a potent songwriting force, writing in the blues/soul idiom with an individual, nicely personal touch.Kyla is now rightly established at the top of British Blues singers and with every gig and recording she is just getting better and better.

Devizes and the Long Street Blues Club is in for one special night!

Advance Tickets are £15.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £17 on the door

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Saturday 6th April 2019 - Billy Walton Band | Doors 7.45pm

Billy Walton Band

As a result of phenomenal public demand we have got Bill Walton back for their third visit.They have now replaced King King as the house band of Long Street Blues Club. If we had to put our hand on our heart and pick out the best band that has played at the club over the last decade this band is the one we have chosen.

Truly a product of his New Jersey roots, and a graduate of the same late-night jam scene which taught Bruce Springsteen and Southside Johnny their chops, Billy has been a member of the legendary Asbury Jukes for the last five years and earlier this year supported The Boss himself. Yet his funky blues deserves huge recognition on its own merits. The time has come for Billy to take his place in the pantheon of Jersey greats.

"True guitar hero fronting an old-school rock’n’soul band, you might describe Billy Walton as ‘Jimi Ray Clapton’ or ‘Exile On E Street’ – a man who will take you on a journey through the American rock and blues landscape.

There was a time when the Jersey Shore represented the best in American entertainment. Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, the Rat Pack, Dick Clark, Chubby Checker, they all made stops on the Jersey Shore. Tony Mart’s was the club Levon Helm was playing when Dylan called. Of course we all know what happened in Asbury Park. The town, ravaged by riots in the late 60’s, became a melting pot of musical experimentation. Late night jams that ended when the sun came up were the norm. Bruce Springsteen & Southside Johnny were the two acts that made their way to an international stage from these humble beginnings.

For decades musicians have come and gone, always hoping to make a living and pursue a dream. Billy Walton is no different. Billy’s proving ground was Long Beach Island. There he was chaperoned from gig to gig by his Mom, two young to drive around and enter the clubs on his own. He always was up for a jam and looking to learn some tricks. For years Billy spent his time sharpening his skills, developing his stage act until he decided to step up to center stage with the Billy Walton Band.

The band has focused its’ effort in Europe. 13 tours since 2007 have established the group in the fertile British Blues Rock scene. In 2010 Billy got the call to join in with one of the masters of the Asbury Park sound, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. For years Billy toured with the Jukes. Most people don’t know that the creative force behind Southside was none other than Little Steven. A highpoint in Billy’s tenure with the Jukes was when they recorded a live version of Southside’s most acclaimed release, Hearts of Stone, with Little Steven.

Rest assured this gig will be a total sell out in record time so you have to get tickets for this show as early as possible.

Advance Tickets are £16.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £18 on the door

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Saturday 4th May 2019 - Shemekia Copeland | Doors 7.45pm

ShemekiaCopeland

We are very proud to be included on her latest tour schedule.

We feel this is one of the biggest shows we have put on to date. If you want no further accolade Mojo magazine has just placed America’s Child as the best blues album of 2019. You will not get many chances to get up close and personal in such an intimate setting.

Shemekia Copeland never holds back. Her instantly recognizable voice capable of being sultry, assertive and roaring delivers every song with unparalleled honesty and passion. Her wide-open vision of contemporary Americana roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with an up-to-the-minute and lyrical approach.

With her new Alligator Records album, America’s Child, Copeland confidently announces an electrifying new chapter in her constantly evolving story. Produced by Americana Instrumentalist Of The Year winner Will Kimbrough (who also plays guitar on the album) and recorded in Nashville, America’s Child is a courageous and fiery statement of purpose, a major step forward for the singer whose musical consciousness continues to expand as her star continues to rise.

America’s Child is by far Copeland’s most compelling work yet, with music swelling beyond blues and into spirited Americana, with elements of rock, soul, and country. From America’s Child’s anthemic opening track, Ain’t Got Time For Hate, to the closing lullaby, the traditional Go To Sleepy Little Baby, Shemekia sings with passion and insight about the chaos and uncertainty in the world while still finding joy all around her.

With guests including John Prine, Rhiannon Giddens, Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris, Steve Cropper, J.D. Wilkes, Al Perkins and members of the Time Jumpers, America’s Child bursts with Copeland’s bravado and embraces with her tenderness. Gauthier and songwriter/executive producer John Hahn wrote two striking songs for the project.

Smoked Ham And Peaches is a search for truth and tranquility in America, featuring Giddens on African banjo. Americans celebrates collective diversity in all its forms and colours. American music legend Prine joins Shemekia for a stirring duet on his own Great Rain. Guitar great Cropper adds his scorching playing to the ballad Promised Myself, written by Shemekia’s father, the late bluesman Johnny Clyde Copeland. And her version of I’m Not Like Everybody Else transforms the Kinks song into a blues-fueled declaration of independence.

Upon the birth of her son Johnny Lee Copeland-Schultz in 2016, Shemekia, with fresh eyes, began to take an even deeper look at the state of the world. Of the new album, she says, “After having a child, I started thinking about the world I brought him into, how it actually is and how I wished it was and all the things he will have to go through. And to live in this world today, you have to have a strong foundation like I did to make it through. So that’s what ‘America’s child’ means to me. I’m truly grateful to all the artists that joined me on this record—it wasn’t about the genre for anyone, it was about the music and mutual love and respect.”

“Copeland is a powerhouse, a superstar... she can do no wrong"
Rolling Stone

When Shemekia broke on the scene at age 18 in 1998 with her ground-breaking Alligator Records debut CD Turn The Heat Up, she instantly became a blues and R&B force to be reckoned with. News outlets from The New York Times to CNN praised Copeland’s talent, larger-than-life personality, and true star power. With each subsequent release, Copeland’s music has continued to grow.

From her debut through 2005’s The Soul Truth, Shemekia earned eight Blues Music Awards, a host of Living Blues Awards (including the prestigious 2010 Blues Artist of The Year) and more accolades from fans, critics and fellow musicians. 2000’s Wicked received a Grammy nomination. Two highly successful releases on Telarc (including 2012’s Grammy-nominated 33 1/3) cemented her reputation as a singer who, according to NPR’s All Things Considered, “embodies the blues with her powerful vocal chops and fearless look at social issues.” Copeland returned to Alligator Records in 2015 with the Grammy-nominated Outskirts Of Love.

She won the 2017 Living Blues Readers’ Award for Blues Artist of The Year (Female), the same distinction she won the year before. She also took home the 2016 Blues Music Award (BMA) for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of The Year. Outskirts Of Love won the BMA for Best Blues Album Of The Year. MOJO said Copeland was “spectacular, stirring, sanctified and sassy.” Shemekia Copeland has performed thousands of gigs at clubs, festivals and concert halls all over the world and has appeared on national television, NPR, and in newspapers, films and magazines. She’s sung with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, James Cotton and many others.

She opened for The Rolling Stones and entertained U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait. Jeff Beck calls her “amazing.” Santana says, “She’s incandescent…a diamond.” In 2012, she performed with B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Buddy Guy, Trombone Shorty, Gary Clark, Jr. and others at the White House for President and Mrs. Obama.

Now, with America’s Child, Shemekia Copeland is standing on the cusp of her greatest success. Her intensely empowering, American music is as insightful as it is fun. NPR Music says, “She brings a perfect balance of authority and understatement to each song.” No Depression adds, “When Shemekia Copeland opens her mouth, everybody pays attention. She pierces your soul. This is how you do it, and nobody does it better than Shemekia Copeland.”

Tickets £18.00 in advance £20.00 on the door

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Friday 10th May 2019 - Tom C Walker | Doors 7.45pm

Tom C Walker

March 7th, 1995 Tom was born in Birmingham, UK.From a young age his virtuoso Performances stunned audiences with his guitar playing quickly earning him respect and admiration from musicians more than 4 times his age.

From 12 years old Tom was playing around the country in different line-ups along side much older musicians. This led to Tom's first studio sessions with legendary producer Richard Digby Smith (Island records.) Richard was one of the first people to discover Tom's natural feel on the guitar and recorded Tom's early demos.

"His voice is a fine black silk and sandpaper soul instrument that can do powerful baritone up to a smooth falsetto" Blues In Britain

In November 2014 Tom travelled to Austin Texas to play a string of shows over in the USA. Jamming with local blues players, as well as playing to packed out venues raising his profile internationally. Seven years with the Tom Walker Trio found them headlining the most prestigious venues in the UK including Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, 100 Club London, The Borderline London, Eailing Blues Club, The Birmingham Town Hall, The Birmingham Symphony hall and a residency at Jools Holland's The Jam House.

Throughout the trio toured with some of the most influential acts of the past 60 years, including The Moody Blues John Lodge, Paul Jones (Manfred Man, The Blues Band, BBC Radio 2) and The Move. As well as American blues artists including Eric Gales and Devon Alman. September 2016 Tom was interviewed on Big Centre TV's "What’s On Show" ahead of the last night supporting John Lodge at the Birmingham Town Hall.

In April 2017 Tom released the Into Space EP with the single Sweet Angel, straight in the Top 20 in the IBBA Blues charts while selling thousands of copies world wide in the first few months of release. July 2017 The Tom Walker Trio hit the road for Tom's first headline UK tour, "The Into Space UK Tour," quickly selling out the Birmingham show before playing before Mungo Gerry at the legendary Ealing Blues Festival. After the tour Tom played a live acoustic set on Birmingham TV's "The Big Engine Debate Show." 5th November 2017 was the trio's final gig at The International Guitar Festival in Liverpool. 2018, Tom C Walker will be on the road with his new 4-piece band.

Get your chance to see a new star on the way.This will be simply a brilliant gig.

Advance Tickets are £15.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £17 on the door

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Saturday 25th May 2019 - Kossoff...the Band Plays On | Doors 7.45pm

Kossoff...The Band Plays On

We are really proud to get this band to the club. As most of the band are resident in the North East they do not venture this far south a great deal and also they carefully choose the times when they can take this project on the road.

The stunning blues-rock music of Paul Kossoff, the lead guitar prodigy whose soaring playing lit up 1970s rockers Free, is coming to Long Street Blues Club. Kossoff, of course, died tragically young after a drugs battle aged just 25, but his music lives on with The Band Plays On, a band featuring Terry Slesser, the lead vocalist of Koss’s post-Free band, Back Street Crawler.

Forty years on since Paul Kossoff, one of Britain’s finest guitarists, tragically passed away at the tender age of 25 in 1976. Singer Terry Slesser, the voice of Kossoff's critically acclaimed post-Free band Back Street Crawler, and a close friend of Koss, keeps the memory of one of the greatest British Blues guitarist and his music alive. Sless has chosen the guitarist John Buckton, of whom Simon Kirke said "If Free were to reform John would be my first choice as guitarist", to play a series of special dates reviving for the first time since the 70s the catalogue of Back Street Crawler songs as well as favourite Free numbers.

Also included in the lineup is drummer Clive Edwards (UFO, Wild Horses, Pat Travers) and highly respected keyboard player Mark Taylor (Elton John, Simple Minds, The Alarm). The Band Plays On play will feature the very best of Free’s back catalogue and also Back Street Crawler’s two-album sojourn.

Kossoff...and the Nand Plys On

The band’s name is fittingly also the name of BSC’s first album with Kossoff from 1975. Highlights include Free’s world-wide hit and rock anthem “All Right Now”, “Fire and Water”, crowd pleaser “The Hunter” and “Molten Gold”, one of the first tracks Slesser and Kossoff played together with Back Street Crawler.

This really will be a hot ticket so we strongly recommend getting tickets very early for this show.

Advance Tickets are £16.00 from usual outlets or book online (online booking fee applies) Tickets £18 on the door

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