HRH Turning Sheffield Weekend Blue

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HRH Blues had the answer in the Mick Ralphs Blues Band. Mick Ralphs formerly of Bad Company and Mott The Hoople was on form tonight with new songs and a new album. If It Ain’t Broke not only the album’s title but the ethos of the blues. The music taking us back to the British blues scene so loved and valued of the 1960’s and ‘70’s. Interspersed was some Bad Company tinged with the blues and delighting the crowds. They lapped up Too Bad, a number Bad Company never played live and Feel Like Making Love and Can’t Get Enough. Then Freddie King’s Same Old Blues proving the blues is timeless. Adam’s vocals curled around the music the timing was crafted and Mick Ralphs guitar work shining through with a gilded touch.

 

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GIANTS OF ROCK FESTIVAL

I’ve never been impressed by the Mick Ralphs Band before but this time they surpassed all expectations. Mainly because the Bad Company/ Mott The Hoople guitarist has hired the extreme vocal talents of the young Adam Barron who not only owned the stage with a confident swagger but has a ballsy voice that totally lifts the music.

New songs such as ‘I Don’t Care’ and ‘Nothing’s Going To Stop Me’ had a real gritty groove to them, and Barron really came alive for a kicking version of ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’. A terrific way to end the opening evening.

Review by Mark Taylor, Courtesy of Metal Talk

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Mick Ralphs Blues Band at Giants of Rock, Minehead 29/1/16

“If the last time you saw Mick Ralphs was on some distant stadium stage this is a chance to get up close to the man and his music,” says the programme for the weekend.

Actually, no -the last time I saw former Mott the Hoople and Bad Company guitar supremo, Mick Ralphs, was right here at Butlins for the same Giants of Rock weekend just a year ago. But so impressive was he and the rest of his band it was an experience I was more than happy to repeat.

As I noted last year, Ralphs has assembled a very able bunch of musicians, Jim Maving on additional guitar, Dicky Baldwin on bass and (new boy) Damon Sawyer on drums. Inescapable logic about inevitable human mortality is reminding us that the rock icons of the 70s are not going to be around forever. Indeed, we are losing quite a few of them now, even if live audiences are keen to experience the musical genres most closely associated with that era well into the 21st Century. So kudos to Ralphs for looking ahead to the next generation. He has chosen well in recruiting TV’s former Voice contender, Adam Barron, as lead vocalist. Barron, not yet 30 but gigging and singing since his teens has now been with the band some two years. And he is, in my mind, fast establishing himself of one of the finest blues rock vocalists of his generation. He effortlessly handles Bad Company classics like Can’t Get Enough and Feel Like Makin’ Love as well as material from the band’s new album If It Ain’t Broke – a mixture of classic covers (like Shakey Ground and a magnificently soulful Same Old Blues) as well as Ralphs originals (like I Don’t Care and Too Bad). The Butlins crowd responds accordingly and are clearly pleased to have the band back again this year.

An instantly recognisable sound, classic guitar licks, some of the most iconic rock songs of all time and the rich soulful, bluesy vocals of Adam Barron. It’s an on-stage masterclass in classic rock. The Mick Ralphs Blues Band should be a must-see for any fan of the genre.

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Fans Can’t Get Enough Of Maestro Mick

Mick Ralphs is one of rock ‘n’ roll’s survivors.
The guitarist started out in the golden age of the mid-’60s and was a founder member of Mott The Hoople, the thinking man’s band of the glam era who recorded the first and still best version of David Bowie’s All The Young Dudes.
At the peak of Mott’s commercial success in August 1973 Ralphs decided he’d had enough and walked away.
The move from a quirky, quintessentially English sound to an expansive American-style hard rock supergroup with a soulful R&B edge said everything about the six-stringer’s single-mindedness and need to move on to different musical expanses.
FANS CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MAESTRO MICK
 His devotion to Bad Company has been a theme in Ralphs’ career for over 40 years now, but he’s been about so much more, having also collaborated with giants like George Harrison and Dave Gilmour.
Now at a time of life when the easy option would be to trot out endless retreads of former glories, and with contemporaries such as Harrison, Boz Burrell and the recently departed Bowie and Dale Griffin sadly no longer with us, it’s pleasing to report that 71-year-old Ralphs is again pushing at the margins.
He’s just released If It Ain’t Broke, the first album proper from his Mick Ralphs Blues Band which takes the buzz generated by the five-piece since they started playing live five years ago and gives it the full studio treatment.
Their gig at the Green Hotel in Kinross was an opportunity to hear cuts from the CD at one of Scotland’s best small venues and the new material showed up strongly alongside a few classics from the Mick Ralphs back catalogue.
If It Ain’t Broke pays homage to the bluesmen who have been a key influence on Ralphs, and If It Ain’t Broke’s Shakey Ground and Roll The Dice were performed with all the bump and grind you’d expect from the form’s most expert exponents.
Case Hardin guitarist Jim Maving provided an excellent foil for the legend, with his dynamic stylings giving MRBB an added Americana angle and allowing Ralphs to give maximum rein to his renowned solos.
With a muscular rhythym section comprising bassist Dickie Baldwin and Damon Sawer on drums keeping things moving at a fast pace, songs like Well Connected and a cover of JP Lenoir’s Talk To Your Daughter – with the latter incorporating a feelgood backing spot from the Green’s audience – were like rays of sunshine amid the late-January gloom.
The jigsaw is completed by Adam Barron, a former contestant on BBC’s The Voice, who joined the band less than 18 months ago.
His voice stood out at Kinross for its clarity and range throughout, and anyone closing their eyes during a rendition of Bad Company’s Too Bad could have been forgiven for thinking Paul Rodgers was in the house.
 Open them again during one of Ralphs’ delicious solos, and you’d have seen the singer throwing in a few dodgy moves that involved him doubling up and shaking his fulsome mane like a hound with earache.
Wearing his trademark World Poker Tour shirt and jeans, Ralphs remained largely quiet between songs, happily allowing the bearded Barron to do the talking, which inevitably included some good natured banter aimed at his more senior bandmates.
 A sultry, acoustic rendering of T-Bone Walker’s 1947 blues standard Stormy Monday by Maving and the vocalist was a departure amid the otherwise shamelessly high-octane electrified thrills on offer, and it was rightly well received.
The band split their performance into two sets and a half-time breather seemed to re-energise Ralphs for the run-in and he took centre stage from Barron to work his fret board to a frenzy on Hideaway, the much-loved Freddie King instrumental groover.
Going Down from the new album went down a storm, as did a super-smooth turn of Bad Company anthem Can’t Get Enough which had everyone present out of their seats.
A pumped-up version of Robert Johnson’s Sweet Home Chicago and Ralphs’ signature tune Feel Like Making Love in all its epic, widescreen glory brought the curtain down on a memorable gig.
It was a night when it felt like we’d been given a wonderful lesson in the history of blues rock by one of the greats.
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Giants Of Rock Review

Hi Jim, I just thought I would de brief you on the bands we saw & let you guys know that in our opinion “Mick Ralph’s Blues Band” were the best of the weekends bands we managed to see (those that I can remember seeing😄). We saw “Big Country, Cockney Rebel, Procal Harem & Nazareth”. Big Country were a close 2nd to you guys, they were bloody excellent, the other bands were very good…

J. M.

Kinross, Backstage at the Green Hotel

Hi guys, I attended your gig at The Kinross Backstage last night after a last minute ticket purchase. And boy was I glad I did. I haven been to the Backstage for a while now and it was fantastic seeing you guys enjoying yourselves so much.
Dave Mundell does a sterling job bringing bands and artists of superior calibre to Kinross and the intimate nature of the venue never fails to make gigs enjoyable. But the Mick Ralphs Blues Band takes that enjoyment to a higher level…… Thanks guys, you made my evening! Cheers and keep up the great work.

Regards.

Gordon D

Giants Of Rock, Minehead 7/2/15

“Ralphs’ physical presence on stage is unassuming and he’s the antithesis of the flash guitar hero but his seemingly effortless guitar playing is pure musical perfection. He’s supported by a strong bunch of seasoned musicians, Jim Maving on second guitar, Dickey Baldwin on bass and Adam Perry, drums.

Adam Barron, who only joined the band in Autumn 2014 takes lead vocals. The youthful Barron, a 2013 contestant on TV series The Voice, looks like he’s stepped straight out of 1975 and his soulful bluesy vocals couldn’t be more suited to Ralphs’ material. It was a real joy to hear the band perform classics like Can’t Get Enough and Feel Like Makin’ Love. But newer material like Should Know Better shows that Ralphs has not lost the knack for writing timeless blues rock classics.”

See full review HERE

Review courtesy of Darren’s Music Blog