About the band
Mick Ralphs Blues Band
Mick Ralphs – guitar
Stuart Maxwell – vocals and harmonica
Jim Maving – guitar and vocals
Dickey Baldwin – bass
Adam Perry – drums
You must remember Mick Ralphs. He invented Glam Rock (well, his mate Pete Watts bought a pair of stack-heeled boots to turn Mott The Hoople into an unforgettable boogie band…) Then, he invented blues rock. Well, he formed Bad Company with Paul Rodgers, Simon Kirke and the much-mourned Boz Burrell. If any band was the blues rock blueprint, it was Bad Co.
But funnily enough, you don’t have to remember Mick. He’s still in Mott The Hoople and Bad Company. And, in between sold-out world tours, he explores his blues and R&B roots – kids that’s PROPER R&B, not that weird throat-warbling stuff – with the Mick Ralphs Blues Band.
And if you yearn for that peculiarly British shuffle, with killer, KILLER Les Paul tone leading the way, it’s time you caught up with Mick Ralphs. He’s the undiscovered lion of the British blues – there at the beginning, still knocking out those searing solos. And always with that warm, engaging twinkle.
Stuart Maxwell was a blues singer from birth, but didn’t find out until 1974. He still fronts his own band The Shufflepack and occasionally rolls out to random gigs with The Ace Blues Band. He’s a fan of the classic Chess label Chicago blues and loves the swinging, shuffling groove of The Aces above all things. Most things. And he owes everything to Sonny Boy Williamson II (and some to Lloyds Bank…).
Ok, so Jim’s the good-looking one. A virtuoso slide player, Jim has immersed himself in the country-tinged, blues-driven rock styles of the US, with a particular love of the West Coast heroes of the 60s, including Jefferson Airplane and The Grateful Dead. He’s fronted one of the UK’s best loved touring bands, The Kickback, for years and is stirring up the Americana circuit with rising stars Case Hardin.
Dickey started playing in local country bands and has had the pleasure of opening the old Wembley Country Festival. He’s worked with Richard Hudson (Strawbs) Albert Lee, Robert Hart (Bad Co) Martin Chambers (Pretenders), bass legend Jason Dave and some of world’s finest pedal steel players. He has wide-ranging tastes in music, yet strangely his iPod is rarely first choice for the van…
That rare thing among drummers: an erudite, articulate and musical person. Just kidding, drum people. Adam is a rocker with a feel for jazz, blues and country. Back in the day, he toured extensively with cult metal legends Asylum (bingo!). He’s a stalwart of Jim Maving’s legendary Kickback, a teacher, session man and rock solid, dependable groove-maker. The thinking man’s drummer. So what’s he doing hanging round with us?