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In 2012 British Blues Rock Guitarist Mick Clarke releases his new album "Graveyard Shift" - nine tracks of powerful rock blues with a metal edge, featuring a brand new remix of his "Graveyard Shift" plus classics such as "Talking With The Blues".
Upcoming live shows include an appearance at Sweden Rock Festival with his old band KILLING FLOOR and regular festival and club dates around Europe with THE MICK CLARKE BAND.
In 2005 Mick headlined the Saturday night at the Great British R&B Festival in Colne, England as part of the British Blues All Stars.. also featuring Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds and Maggie Bell. Mick began his career with Killing Floor, part of the British blues boom of the late 60s which also produced bands such as Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin. The band backed Texas blues guitar star Freddie King and toured with legends such as Howlin' Wolf and Otis Spann. In 2003 the original band got together again to record a brand new CD, and in January 2004 Killing Floor released "Zero Tolerance" - its first new album for 32 years. The band has now begun to play selected festival appearances around Europe, and a fourth album, "Rock'n'Roll Gone Mad" is released in 2012.
In the mid 70s Mick co-formed SALT a powerful blues-rock act who were a big hit on the London scene, playing regularly at the Marquee and other top venues. The band played at the Reading Festival in 1977 and also opened for Muddy Waters at two major London concerts. SALT has also reformed for occasional re-union tours.
Mick's first solo album "Looking For Trouble" came out on the Italian label Appaloosa in the early 80s and sold well. More albums quickly followed including "West Coast Connection" recorded in Portland, Oregon with local musicians. Recent releases have been on the German label Taxim, including the classic "No Compromise". "Happy Home" on Mick's U.S. label Burnside features just Mick with Lou Martin on piano and some old favourite songs. "Live in Luxembourg" is Mick's first ever live album, recorded in 2002 at the "Big Blues" in Luxembourg, and the 2007 "Solid Ground" contains thirteen brand new original blues rock compositions.
Mick's 2011 album "The Rambunctious Blues Experiment" was recorded at Mick's home studio in Surrey, and is an attempt at a completely spontaneous blues recording. Tracks were recorded first take with no rehearsal, therefore capturing a live feel that would be difficult to achieve otherwise. The album features Mick with Russell Chaney on Drums and Dangerous Dave Newman on harp. Released on Rockfold Records / iTunes - international distribution is through BGO.
In 2012 Mick decided to remix his 2007 track Graveyard Shift, due to popular demand. The track is now available on the new compilation album "Graveyard Shift" released in India through Hungama Mobile.
THE MICK CLARKE BAND originally started working around the London area in the early 80s, but quickly received offers of work from mainland Europe and the United States. Early festival appearances such as the Belgium R&B Festival in Peer confirmed their appeal for continental audiences, while the US tours established a world wide reputation for the band. Mick leads a band of top musicians, tearing up audiences where-ever they go..players on the Graveyard Shift album include drummer Chris Sharley, keyboard man Lou Martin (ex Rory Gallagher Band), bass players Mick Hawksworth, Mick Phillips and Eddie Masters, organist Dave Lennox, and Dangerous Dave Newman on harp.
With a combination of original material and blues standards Mick's brand of rocking blues never fails to deliver the goods. As one U.S. reviewer put it - If you don't see THE MICK CLARKE BAND kick yourself!
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