A statement from all of us in the band

***A statement from all of us in the band, it’s a bit lengthy but please bare with us****

Firstly Mick and ourselves would like to thank you all for your kind words, well wishes and the general outpouring of love since Mick had his stroke. We may not reply to all but all are read and appreciated and Mick himself said how much it meant to him on Saturday when we saw him.

Mick is making progress and working hard with his rehab but as anyone who has experienced the effects of strokes knows, it is a long road with no certainties where timescale is concerned.

We want Mick to fully focus on his recovery and put no undue pressure on himself and this is why we have made the decision together as a band to wind things up. It’s not a decision we have taken lightly but our only priority is Mick and his health going forwards.

We are immensely proud of what we have built in the Mick Ralphs Blues Band, both our live shows and our recent album. As anyone that saw us play in our recent U.K. tour can attest to none of us especially Mick were resting on our laurels and we felt we were going from strength to strength. So to call things quits with a roar and a smile at the top of our game seems fitting for a band built around one of the all time greats of British music and a truly humble and beautiful man, Mick Ralphs.

We would all like to say thank you to each other for the laughs and silliness, the fun on the road, the stories, the odd tipple, the Barry Norman pickled onions, the unwavering support and love from you lot, oh and of course that wonderful music we had the privilege to play every now and then.

Thanks to everyone who’s been a part of this bands journey, too many to name them all but from Gordon to Pete to Spencer, booking agents to sound men, roadies, former band members, merch sellers, friends, family and everyone else in between.

Going forwards we will continue being what we always have been, good mates having a laugh and a giggle together, just from now on not on a stage in front of you lovely lot!

Peace and love x
Mick, Jim, Dicky, Damon and Adam xx

Band News

Following the Bad Company UK tour that wound up last Saturday at London’s 02 Arena the family and representatives of the band’s co-founder, guitarist and songwriter Mick Ralphs are sad to announce that Mick has suffered a stroke.

Mick is receiving excellent medical care and is recovering in hospital, although all his public engagements are necessarily on hold, pending his improvement.

Everyone is wishing Mick a speedy recovery, and further news will be announced at the appropriate time.

Now in the USA

Very pleased to announce that our album ” If It Ain’t Broke ” will be available in America through Dreamscape Records, at www.dscape.us. You may pre order and the release date is 26th of August. It will also be available on download, and it will be reviewed which will be posted as soon as they come in. Many thanks to Christian Treiber for doing this for us. Looking forward to the future with Dreamscape. More soon.

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.

Courtesy of darrensmusicblog.com