MICK RALPHS BLUES BAND
Let’s meet the guys that make this happen.
Mick Ralphs – Most of us would count ourselves lucky to be a founding member of one highly influential band in our lifetime, but Mick Ralphs has doubled that. He is the founder of two of the UK’s most loved and respected bands, Mott The Hoople and Bad Company. When Morrissey is writing your liner notes and The Clash’s Mick Jones is copying both your guitar style and the guitars you play, then you know you’ve done a good job. His unique tone and style have been influential on a generation of guitar players. He’s the writer of some of rocks most classic songs (and we haven’t even mentioned the iconic guitar intro to Mott The Hooples “All The Young Dudes!) He’s written songs with George Harrison. He was David Gilmour’s go-to guitar player in the 1980’s….Ladies and Gentleman….Mick Ralphs.
Adam Barron – Two words – “The Voice”. Yes, he was a success on BBC TV’s talent programme of the same name (being chosen and mentored by Jessie J and the legendary Sir Tom Jones) but when you see Adam perform you will hear his instrument – The Voice. As with all the great British singers, Adam is steeped in Soul, Rock and Blues. It’s at his very core. Adam is stepping into some big shoes working with Mick Ralphs (you will be well aware of the other vocalists Mick has worked with) but Adam Barron has risen to join those ranks.
Jim Maving – Bringing a multitude of guitar styles into the band, Jim’s influences range from Buddy Holly, Ry Cooder and the great Lowell George. He’s just as happy being the second guitarist with Mick Ralphs as he is playing with one of the UK’s foremost Alt.Country Americana bands Case Hardin. As Jim says “Mick Ralphs never had another guitarist in his bands, and I’m honoured he’s chosen me to be his in his solo project”.
Dickie Baldwin – With a background in country bands, Dicky has toured the UK extensively with gigs including the famous Wembley Country Festivals of the ‘70’s and ‘80’s. Having worked with members of bands such as The Strawbs, Albert Lee, Bad Company and The Pretenders, Dicky’s subtle, unobtrusive bass lines are the anchor that holds down any project he is involved in and creates a bottom end tone most bass players can only dream of.
Damon Sawer – Is no stranger to the blues and rock scene, having played with artists including Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake), Leo Lyons (Ten Years After), Robert Hart (Manfred Mann’s Earthband), Micky Moody, Paul Jones, Paul Rodgers, Pee Wee Ellis and Ben E King to name but a few. He has appeared on the Paul Jones BBC Radio 2 Show many times drumming for Sonny Black, Dietra Farr, Dave Spector and Jimmy Dawkins.
When he’s not out on the road, you will find him producing and engineering at his own Platform Studio in Berkshire, where he has also recorded two solo albums featuring some of the artists above. He has also had the pleasure working alongside legendary blues producer Mike Vernon on several projects and albums.