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NEWS FLASH...CHANGE OF VENUE!!!
The wonderful, wierd and wacky merry go-round world of What's Cookin' has left The Crown in Leytonstone!
We have now moved our regular nights to LEYTONSTONE EX-SERVICEMENS CLUB. This is another old haunt of the rock'n'roll kitchen. Its a nice old function room, it has its own bar, and does real ale. And its cheap bar prices! The address is below.
As usual it'll be a free entry night with a collection to pay the musicians. PLEASE BE GENEROUS! Its the way we make the night work.
BUT THIS IS BUSINESS AS USUAL...
Danny And The Champions Of The World / The Suburban Dirts
The Champions Of The World are a proper boss rock'n'roll band, current blowing the roofs off venues round the country with their explosive live sets big tunes, big chorus' & big guitars! Their new critically acclaimed album 'Stay True' is out now on Loose Records.
"Sounds like a stripped-down, rawer Tom Petty", THE GUARDIAN. "Has drilled into the musical and lyrical tropes which made Messrs Springsteen, Petty and Mellencamp into the romantic figures of their time", THE INDEPENDENT. "With 'Stay True' Danny and his wonderful band have fused blues, country and even gospel to provide a truly magnificent album", AMERICANA UK. "Sounds as if it was made in Stax Studios by a collective of Nashville's finest Country musicians. This is Danny's fourth album and unquestionably their finest in a long lineage that dates back to Grand Driveís debut in 1997", NO DEPRESSION.
Country blues from The Suburban Dirts promoting their new album 'A tiny little island in the big bad sea'.
What's Kickin' Vol.5 Launch Night!
Ben Folke Thomas / Phillious Williams / Society / Yngve and The Innocent / Mollys Daggers
We finally get around to doing a launch show for our 5th compilation of acts who have played at What's Cookin'. This one I believe is particularly good and I think everyone should own a copy. Tonight we just have a little sample of some of the great acts on the album, but it also features contributions from Charlie Parr, The Nightingales, Otis Gibbs and The Treetop Flyers, among many others. The first act will be on 8.30pm sharp!
"Stovepony Records have been releasing compilations since 2005, accumulating the best of country, blues and folk amongst other allied genres from those who have played the East London club. It captures a flavour of what's happening in the UK Americana scene and always features a blend of international and established acts. This volume features nineteen studio recorded tracks, some of which are exclusive and has been the springboard for gaining a wider audience for many of the acts and as such we should all be supporting this. A great vehicle to display the best of Americana in the UK and a kicking good album. Miss it at your peril!", PAULA COOKE AMERICANA UK, 8/10.
Mystery Juice vs The High Class Family Butchers
Mystery Juice have been peddling their particular brand of Scottish breakbeat-blues for a number of years. They started out running club nights in Edinburgh, which then spread to a residency in Belfast and tours around the UK. A bizarre connection with Russia led to various tours, 2 Russian-only album releases and many festival appearances playing to audiences of up to 100,000. Back home, they have been resolutely ploughing their own furrow as a cult band with a solid nationwide following. Their recipe of house-shaking grooves, the dirtiest blues guitar licks and howling fiddle, topped off with machine gun vocals guarantees that they sound like no one else.
An incredibly vital mix of heavy funk grooves, blues guitar, and searing electric fiddle, Mystery Juice rock the house every time they play. The rhythm section of Donald Hay and Joe Peat grab you by the neck while Donald MacDougall digs guitar licks straight from the Mississippi delta. Tim Matthew's fiddle takes the traditional idiom to the nth degree of distortion while his impassioned vocal delivery leaves you in no doubt that he means every word. In a word its gonna be heavy!
Completing a bill of two halfs, The High Class Family Butchers are a transatlantic country and off the wall bluegrass band, more than able to stand alongside Mystery Juice. Achieving notoriety (and considerable airplay) with their back-porch covers of pop classics and guerrilla-gigging, the High-Class Family Butchers have continued over the years with a flexible line-up including Austin songwriter Ash Gray alongside members of Menlo Park, The Ralfe Band, the Seth Lakeman Band and folk allstar band The Full English. Their song 'Two Lane Blacktop' featured on the compilation What's Kickin' Vol 1.
Andrew Ranken & The Mysterious Wheels
Andrew Ranken is the drummer from The Pogues, but in this outfit, flanked by other fine musicians, he puts his mighty rhythm'n'blues voice to good use. He joined the Pogues in 1983 and appeared on all of their recordings and tours until their breakup in 1996. He has then performed with The Pogues since their reunion in 2001. It ain't everyday you get a Pogue in yer kitchen!
Pat Dam Smyth / StevieRay Latham
A super quick return for new WC favourite Pat Dam Smyth. Patrick Damoglou Smyth from N.Ireland, moved to London via Dublin, Liverpool and Los Angeles. His music is a collection of thoughts on his travels, loves and losses, falling somewhere between Beck, Bowie and Lou reed, People are beginning to take notice of his eclectic style and talent. His debut album, 'The Great Divide', has already been hailed by the Irish music industry as a masterpiece, an album that will stand the test of time, a snapshot of that roller coaster chapter in his career. Made in Belfast, over a month with friends, buskers and local legends (including a talking part from Terri Hooley of Good Vibrations fame). He has recently teamed up with drummer and producer Chris McComish to both play live as a duo. Think Black Keys if it was Levon Helm and Dr John sitting opposite each other). Taking in influences of hip-hop, dirty blues, punk, r&b and folk, the duo are currently recording a new album.
London based folk singer and BBC Young Folk Award nominee StevieRay Latham grew up in Devon singing self-penned folk songs. His writing, often described as ëbeyond his yearsí, has earned comparisons to the likes of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. UK Americana legend Peter Bruntnell recorded StevieRay singing in his basement one night and eleven of these tracks became his debut album ëModern Attitudesí which is released on Brighton based At The Helm Records on January 27th 2014.
The Bikini Beach Band
The UK's Kings of Surf-Noir instrumentals The Bikini Beach Band are purely & simply the best band you can get for a party! Flamboyant surf guitar instrumentalists twanging their way through original retro classics and contemporary hits - imagine Kylie, Radiohead or Nirvana in a Pulp Fiction style. Their wild costumes, crazy dances and deadpan humour never fail to get the audience smiling, singing and dancing with glee. The True Story of The Bikini Beach Band began begins with one man,Jesus C. Escovedo, guitarist, revolutionary, ladies' man and 1956 All-Mexico Surfing Champion. Forced by his political beliefs to flee from his homeland, he escaped by stowing away on a cruise liner with only a guitar, a Hawaiian shirt and an autographed photo of Duane Eddy.
Sugar In The Gourd / Harry Harris / The Hippie Hobo
Sugar In The Gourd are an Appalachian string band from Los Angeles. Named after a traditional foot stomping fiddle tune, Sugar in the Gourd is every bit as edgy and fun, but has the added depth of beautifully constructed original songs that encompass topics from trains, to drinking, to love, and redemption. The four women who comprise this delightful Americana./Roots style band, have combined their diverse backgrounds and songwriting talents to form a sound that is as unique as it is captivating. You'll hear beautiful three part vocal harmonies along with fine musicianship on violin, guitar, mandolin, upright bass and banjo. Whether they're performing an old blues, an original swing tune or an Appalachian style murder ballad, itís new and old at the same time, and al irresistible.
Rooted in folk tradition, Harry Harris is inspired by his upbringing listening to Van Morrison, Paul Simon and John Martyn, yet with a contemporary edge influenced by his discovery of American alternative rock such as Eels and Counting Crows. His debut album is about stories. Stories about walks at midnight in late summer with fireworks clattering in the sky; about a grief stricken farmer pacing wildly around a horse in foal on the roughest night of the year; about Annie Brown and the man who loved her. Stories about simple things.
The Hippie Hobo is an American poet, songwriter and storyteller who weaves together tunes and tales from the road with a tongue-in-cheek style that falls somewhere between Tom Waits, Tom Robbins, and Tom Jones. His shows are always unique and always unusual but, most of all, they are utterly entertaining.
The Snakes / Sugar Magnolia
The Snakes, UKís new heroes of British country rock are back! Their eclectic new album ' The Last Days Of Rock'n'Roll' sees the band expanding on their established alt-country repertoire from Stonesesque country swagger through soulful Celtic folk to the dirty rock & roll of Mott The Hoople and Mink Deville, sharing a bottle of bourbon with Tom Petty and Bob Dylan along the way. It expands on its critically acclaimed predecessor 'Sometime Soon', with the added instrumentation of violin, sitar, saxophone and pedal steel, plus an appearance from Redlands Palominoís singer Hannah Elton-Wall.
Over the last 10 years, The Snakes have become known as the bad boys of alt-Country, with their guitar fuelled rock & roll, Uncut Magazine dubbed them as 'Muswell Hill's own Whiskeytown' following their appearance on Clubhouse Records' compilation CD, 'Divided By A Common Language - A Collection Of UK Americana'. Their debut album, 'Songs From The Satellites' brought them to the attention of legendary BBC Radio 2 broadcasters Bob Harris and Mark Lamarr, who both declared themselves fans of the band, with Mark Lamarr inviting them into the studio for a live session, having been particularly impressed by the dark, twang laden delights of live favourite 'I'll Be Around'. The 2nd album, 'Sometime Soon' brought further rave reviews including four stars in Uncut Magazine, along with repeated weekly airplay on Mark Lamaar's BBC Radio 2 show, as well as other national and international airplay. What a great way to start your rock'n'roll Christmas!
Sugar Magnolia is the new collaporation between Jack Day and Bryony Afferson with some country influenced cinematic balladry. Bryony is part of folk trio Troubadour Rose whose album 'Tell Me' was released this year to rave reviews. Jack's debut album 'The First Ten' received similar plaudits including being named Best Roots Album in Q Magazine.
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check out the cd's "what's kickin... vol 1", 'What's Kickin'...Vol.2', 'What's Kickin'...Vol.3'and our latest release 'What's Kickin'...Vol.4'
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