Hot on the heels of King King’s January 2018 UK tour – including their biggest London show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire to date and a sold-out show at Edinburgh’s prestigious Queen’s Hall – Britain’s No. 1 rock blues band announce their April – June 2018 UK Tour including shows at HRH Festival in Sheffield and the Rock & Blues Festival in Newport.
King King released their fourth studio album “Exile & Grace” in October 2017 via Manhaton Records. The album features the band’s singles (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ and Long Time Running which have been big hits on Planet Rock radio in the UK.
The album was recorded at Superfly Studios and mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder and Therapy?).
“Exile & Grace” is King King’s first album of new material since 2015’s multi-award winning “Reaching For The Light.” The new album follows King King’s across-the-board win of five awards at 2016’s 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.
KING KING – APRIL – JUNE 2018 UK TOUR
*WITH SPECIAL GUEST STEVE HILL
BOOK TICKETS: www.kingking.co.uk/tour
Worcester, Huntingdon Hall Saturday 14 April
Sheffield, HRH Festival Sunday 15 April
Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree Friday 20 April
Darvel, Town Hall Saturday 21 April
*Hastings, St. Mary in The Castle Thursday 3 May
*Pontypridd, Muni Arts Centre Friday 4 May
*Southampton, The 1865 Saturday 5 May
*Liverpool, Epstein Theatre Thursday 10 May
Whitley Bay, Playhouse Friday 11 May
Clitheroe, The Grand Saturday 12 May
*Chester, The Live Rooms Thursday 17 May
*Leeds, Brudenell Social Club Friday 18 May
*Holmfirth, The Picturedome Saturday 19 May
*Frome, Cheese & Grain Saturday 26 May
*Exeter, The Phoenix Arts Centre Sunday 27 May
*Bilston, Robin 2 Thursday 31 May
*Bury St. Edmunds, The Apex Friday 1 June
*Newport, Rock 7 Blues Festival Saturday 2 June
Right now, King King are a band breaking into a swagger. There’s no denying the momentum of the Glasgow rockers saluted as “the best blues-rock band in the world” (Blues Rock Review). But for Alan Nimmo (vocals/guitar), Lindsay Coulson (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums) and Jonny Dyke (organ/piano), it’s far from mission accomplished. “We’re not stopping to smell the roses,” says Alan. “We want to take this band as far as we can.”
If the year ahead weren’t so busy, King King might allow themselves a moment to reflect on the triumphs of 2017. In another year of quantum leaps, perhaps the main event was Exile & Grace. Mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder, Therapy?), this fourth album was released October 13th, unveiling a tracklisting that bristled with sharply observed lyrics and blues-rock firepower. “There’s an underlying theme on the new album,” explains Alan. “Some of the main songs are about the state of the world, y’know, this beautiful blue planet that’s turning into a battlefield. There’s an edgier, rockier feel this time around, but you’ve got the soulful ballads as well. It’s still King King. It’s just what we’re doing now.”
For a band with press plaudits to burn, it was no surprise to see Exile & Grace saluted by the rock media and crowned as Classic Rock’s Blues Album of the Year. Likewise, it was business as usual as the album stormed to the top of the iTunes and Amazon Blues charts. But this time around, there was no mistaking the sense of a band making its commercial breakthrough, as Exile & Grace hijacked the official UK album charts (at #31), putting King King amongst the A-list and firmly onto the mainstream radar.
Not only the jewel in their studio catalogue, Exile & Grace is also giving King King’s setlists a shot in the arm, as the band roll out on a white-knuckle 2018 tour schedule that would make lesser road warriors quake. With the addition of respected keys man Jonny Dyke (ex-James Morrison/Elkie Brooks), they’re wasting no time, hitting the New Year running with a five-date UK tour that kicks off at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, then rolling on to major cities across Europe (“We just need to believe in that old adage from Wayne’s World – if you build it, they will come,” says Alan of the auspicious venues in the diary. “We’ve got the ambition and drive to make it work”). Following a summer of festival action, September will see the boys support the mighty Europe on the Walk The Earth tour, warming up the crowds everywhere from Glasgow Barrowlands to the Royal Albert Hall.
It’s the sort of itinerary that working rock bands dream of. But then, there’s been no shortage of pinch-yourself moments for King King, ever since the band’s touchdown at the 2010 Monaghan Blues Festival and the following year’s British Blues Award-winning debut album, Take My Hand (declared “tremendous” by Maverick). In 2013, Standing In The Shadows underlined the collective’s sharpening songcraft, while 2015’s Reaching For The Light infiltrated Classic Rock’s Best Album poll – and secured a nomination for ‘Best New Band’ at the magazine’s coveted Roll Of Honour. By May 2016, they were even ready to deliver their long-demanded live album, with King King Live placing above The Rolling Stones in the Amazon Blues Chart. “With each album, each year and every time we write songs,” says Alan, “we’re always striving to get better.”
No backslaps. No laps of honour. No smelling the roses. Propelled by the acclaim of Exile & Grace and their extraordinary chemistry, King King are ready to swagger into 2018, and raise the stakes as their story unfolds. “This is the next chapter in King King’s journey,” says Alan, “and we want to take this band as far as we can…”
When it comes to one-man bands, guitarist and singer extraordinaire Steve Hill has no limits. The truest definition of a one-man band; Hill performs standing up while singing and playing guitar, his feet playing bass drum, snare drum, hi-hats and with a drum stick fused to the head of his trusty guitar, any other percussion within reach. An overnight sensation 20 years in the making, Steve Hill is an ambitious and raucous force to be reckoned with.
Steve Hill’s album Solo Recordings Volume 1 won “Album of The Year” at the 2013 International Blues Challenge; the album was also nominated for a JUNO award.
In January 2015, Hill was awarded four coveted Maple Blues Awards including Electric Act of the Year, Guitarist of the Year, Recording/Producer of the Year and Entertainer of the Year. Solo Recordings Volume 2 won the 2015 JUNO Award for Blues Album of the Year.
2017 saw the UK release of Steve Hill’s album Solo Recordings Volume 3 and shows an artist at the top of his game and proves why the Montreal Gazette called him “the meanest guitar player in Canada”.
Throughout his career, Hill has shared the stage with many of his musical heroes including Ray Charles, BB King, ZZ Top, Jimmie Vaughan, Hubert Sumlin, Jeff Beck and many others. Over the course of nine albums he’s explored everything from hard rock, country, and stoner rock to folk music while always incorporating the essence of his first love, the blues.
Hill’s reputation as an exciting performer has provided him the opportunity to showcase his talents at some of Canada’s biggest music festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, Jazz Winnipeg Festival, Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, Kitchener Blues Festival and more.