Big Blues bruisers King King call into Exeter
Those husky emotive funky tones don’t come without a price, which hit Blue’s combo King King’s Alan Nimmo at the end of 2016, causing the gigs to be rescheduled, with the arrival in Devon – at the Exeter Phoenix – to be delayed until Saturday 18, February 2017.
Alan told the Devon Week: “I’ve seen my ENT specialist and he put a camera down my throat to look at what condition my vocal cords were in. Unfortunately, there was still a good bit of inflammation and redness. I’ve been working with a vocal coach and to build strength and stamina to aid my recovery.”
If you’re unfamiliar with the rise and rise of King King, here’s a potted history.
Having scored three radio hit singles on Planet Rock with the songs Crazy, Hurricane, and most recently, Rush Hour, the band have just released their fourth single Waking Up.
In 2015, King King received a nomination for Best New Band at the 2015 Classic Rock Awards, and followed up with a UK arena tour supporting Thunder that was highlighted at a packed concert at London’s Wembley Arena, and, as a result, won them over a raft of new fans.
The band’s 2015 album, Reaching For The Light, was voted #1 album by Blues Rock Review. In 2014, King King won a total of five 2014 British Blues Awards, including Best Album and Best Band. The nods came from BBC Radio 2 presenter Paul Jones to Classic Rock’s The Blues magazine. Their support slot on John Mayall’s 2014 UK tour pushed the band to another level.
In 2014, King King’s second album Standing in the Shadows, firmly established them as the leading exponents of the British Blues scene. They still retain that accolade today.
In 2016, King King scooped five British Blues Awards including Best Male Vocal (Alan Nimmo), Best Bass Player (Lindsay Coulson), Best Song (Rush Hour), Best Album (Reaching for the Light) and Best Songwriter. October 2016 saw the release of King King’s first live album “King King Live” which hit the No.1 spot in Amazon’s Best Seller’s Blues Chart.
King King features the talents of Alan Nimmo (vocals, guitar), Lindsay Coulson (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums) and Bob Fridzema (keyboards). ‘King King are widely regarded as the UK’s hottest rock blues band. They are going from strength to strength,’ says the blub.
“We will continue to take King King to new heights,” said Alan. “We enjoy winning over new fans who’ve discovered us for the first time. We’re also excited to have Broken Witt Rebels supporting us on our November tour, as they are a fine example of how a young rock group can connect to their rock and blues influences and still make it sound fresh and exciting.”
SPECIAL GUESTS – BROKEN WITT REBELS
There’s been a bit of a buzz around the Birmingham Blues rock band Broken Witt Rebels.
The furore followed their self-released album and the fan-chosen single, Guns.
On 27th October 2016, the band won “Best Rock Act” at the first ever Unsigned Music Awards at London’s Troxy. On 28th October, the Rebels performed three songs on Vintage TV’s “The Friday Night Rock Show.
Chosen by the fans, Guns was the second single to be taken from the band’s Georgia Pine EP. Produced by Tom Gittins (Robert Plant), the previous single, Low, was a featured track of the week on Radio X, and play listed on Planet Rock. Guns was A-listed and Plane Rock. In September, the band followed with a third single Georgia Pine which was accompanied with a music video that comprising tour footage provided by fans.
All tickets are £20, are available from the 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 and www.thegigcartel.com. Or pop over to the Exeter Phoenix.
(from a press release)