Following a hugely successful 2018 tour, the Mascot Label Group/Provogue ROCKIN’ THE BLUES tour returns in 2019 with an incredible line-up featuring the platinum selling international star Jonny Lang,blues-rock royalty Walter Trout, and the fast-rising blues-rock hero Kris Barras. The tour will be calling through Germany, France, Italy, The Netherlands and the UK and will see them all come together for a final jam at the end of each night.
To add to the show experience there will be the opportunity to exclusively hear upcoming unreleased Mascot Label Group releases on a listening stand with high end headphones provided by Bowers & Wilkins. There will be an extensive merchandise area with great deals that aren’t available in stores, on selections of Mascot back catalogue. All Early Bird tickets bought before 30th November will be automatically entered into a competition with the chance to win a guitar signed by all 3 artists or one of the 10 vinyl or 15 CD packages. *
The London, UK show will once again be compared by the fantastic Big Boy Bloater, who also compared the Blues Stage at 2018s Ramblin’ Man Fair. A Provogue artist himself, he talks about returning to take on the hosting duties; “I’m really thrilled to be involved in the Rockin’ The Blues tour 2019. It’s an explosive line up with Walter, Jonny and Kris. It’s gonna be one hell of a ride!”
Talking about Rockin’ the Blues, Mascot Label Group CEO Ed van Zijl remarks; “The first edition of the RTB festival this year was a blast and, more importantly, it showed it has a future! The support from media and fans has been fantastic so here comes the second (2019) edition with Jonny Lang, Walter Trout and new talent Kris Barras. As promised we have more shows and are visiting more countries. With the recent additions to our artist roster it looks like we are on the right path to deliver a travelling festival every year.”
Walter Trout is the beating heart of the modern blues rock scene. Respected by the old guard. Revered by the young guns. Adored by the fans who shake his hand after the show each night. After five decades in the game – from John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Canned Heat and beyond – Trout is a talismanic figure and the glue that bonds the blues community together. His latest album ‘We’re All In This Together’ is a testament to that as his star-studded address book brought in collaborations with John Mayall, Joe Bonamassa, Randy Bachman, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Warren Haynes, Sonny Landreth, Charlie Musslewhite, Mike Zito, Robben Ford, Eric Gales, Edgar Winter, Joe Louis Walker and John Németh. He has toured the world over and has a million stories to tell.
At only 37 years old Jonny Lang has already had a successful career for two decades. He released his first platinum record at 15—an age when many young people are just beginning to play music. ‘Lie to Me’ revealed a talent that transcended the crop of blues prodigies floating around in the late Nineties. No flashy re-hasher of classic blues licks, even at that early age Lang was a full-blown artist with a style of his own. Actual life experience was yet to come, and has been subsequently chronicled in a series of five uniformly excellent recordings. Grammy Award winning Lang has built a reputation as one of the best live performers of his generation and has shared the stage with The Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith and Buddy Guy, who he continues to tour with today.2017s album, ‘Signs’ features, funk, rock, and blues elements and is held together by Lang’s distinctive playing and singing, and the lyrics, which center on themes of embattlement and self-empowerment.
Former MMA/Cage-fighter turned musician Kris Barras is having a phenomenal rise in 2018. In March he released ‘The Divine And Dirty’, played sold out dates on his headline tours in March and September, he supported Beth Hart on her UK April/May tour and played a triumphant set at Ramblin’ Man Fair – to around 2000 people and the biggest crowd of the weekend on that stage. He joined Supersonic Blues Machine along with the legendary Billy F. Gibbons as the bands principle singer/guitarist on tour through July, playing the iconic Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London and throughout Europe with them. In early October he supported Joanne Shaw Taylor on her UK tour and he will be joining GUN for 3 dates in November. He performed on BBC Radio 2, which included a cover of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘All Along the Watch Tower’, to an audience of over 2 million people. 2018 belongs to Kris Barras and armed with this kind of passion and dedication, The Kris Barras Band are coming out swinging. Stand back – rock has a new hero.
*Competition rules: To enter the competition with the chance to win a guitar signed by all 3 artists or a 10 vinyl or 15 CD package, you have to buy an online ticket before the 30th of November 2018. Winners of the 10 vinyl or 15 cd box-set will be selected and personally contacted by the 3rd of December. The winner of the signed guitar will be selected and contacted at the very end of the 2019 Rockin’ The Blues tour.
Mascot Label Group/Provogue is the home to Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Eric Gales, Walter Trout, Gary Hoey, Doyle Bramhall II, Quinn Sullivan, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, The Magpie Salute, Eric Johnson, Jonny Lang, Bernie Marsden, Joe Louis Walker, The Rides, Leslie West, Sonny Landreth, SIMO, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Supersonic Blues Machine, Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs, The Kris Barras Band, Stanton Moore, The Apocalypse Blues, Revue, Aaron Keylock and many more.
Full Tour Dates
Tickets available from – www.rockintheblues.com
Thu 23 May – Huxley’s, Berlin, GERMANY
Sat 25 May – Carlswerk Viktoria, Cologne, GERMANY
Sun 26 May – La Cigale, Paris, FRANCE
Tues 28 May – Fabrique, Milan, ITALY
Wed 29 May – Backstage Werk, Munich, GERMANY
Thu 30 May – Batschkapp, Frankfurt, GERMANY
Sat 1 Jun – 013, Tilburg, THE NETHERLANDS
Sun 2 Jun – Markthalle, Hamburg, GERMANY
Tues 4 Jun – The O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, UK