Joe McNally Bad Touch Supporting Kentucky Headhunters October 2017 25/05/2017 10 Photo By Rob Blackham. Following their recent UK tour supporting King King, and their Planet Rock Roadstars UK tour with Broken Witt Rebels, Bad Touch are pleased to announce they will support the Kentucky Headhunters on their October 2017 On Safari UK Tour. This marks the second time that Bad Touch will tour the UK supporting The Headhunters (they first toured with them during July 2016). Both bands got on so well last time, they decided to do it again. Says Richard Young, the guitarist and vocalist for the Kentucky Headhunters – “We first met Bad Touch when they were chosen as our support act after my son John Fred’s young band, Black Stone Cherry, convinced us to do our first-ever UK tour in 2016. In a mere week of touring, the Headhunter’s and Bad Touch became like a band of brothers. There is a certain charm and charisma between the two bands that transcends to the fans of both bands, on stage and off. We’re proud to announce their return for this year’s October UK dates. Simply put, it wouldn’t be the same without them.” Grammy award-winners, the Kentucky Headhunters, who according to the RIAA have sold over 11 million albums worldwide, will perform tracks from their latest album On Safari. Rich in southern rock, the Headhunters’ new album tips the hat to family and the southern way of life in the USA. Hailed by Billboard as a “great American rock ‘n’ roll band,” throughout their five decade career, the Kentucky Headhunters have extensively toured America and Canada, but only ventured to Europe for the first time in 2016. The band credits Richard Young’s son, John Fred, and his Black Stone Cherry bandmates, for pushing them out of their comfort zone to tour abroad. Bad Touch – the 5-piece rock band from Norfolk released their second studio album Truth Be Told on Bad Touch Records, with distribution via Cadiz, on Friday 2nd December 2016. The new album, which was recorded at Mwnci Studios in Wales, features the singles 99% and “Made To Break”, both *remixed for radio by the legendary Rolling Stones engineer and co-producer, Chris Kimsey. Both singles will be accompanied by official music videos. “99% is a great song to ride around in cars and drink beer and smoke pot and listen to rock and roll on the radio,” says Chris Kimsey. “Not that I drink beer or smoke pot , but I remember the simplicity of music and life so it’s good to hear it is alive and kicking with Bad Touch. I heard something that evoked a good time melodic love song. It just needed some re arranging and mixing to get to the heart of the song.” The new album sees Bad Touch celebrating classic rock with Southern boogie influences, supported with heavy guitar riffs and an iron-clad, tight rhythm section, in the great tradition of Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin. TRACK LISTING ONE MORE NIGHT (5:07) *99% (3:49) WAITING FOR THIS (4:56) UNDER MY SKIN (3:30) HEARTBREAKERSOULSHAKER (2:51) TAKE YOUR TIME (4:36) LET THE SUN SHINE (2:10) MY MOTHER TOLD ME (4:18) OUTLAW (4:31) *MADE TO BREAK (3:37) HEALING HAND (4:22) THE MOUNTAIN (4:18) ALL SONGS WRITTEN BY BAD TOUCH ALBUM RECORDED AT MWNCI STUDIO, WALES PRODUCED BY BAD TOUCH EGINEERED AND MIXED BY JETHRO CHAPLIN MASTERED BY DONAL WHELAN *REMIXED BY CHRIS KIMSEY BAD TOUCH – LINE-UP STEVIE WESTWOOD LEAD VOCALS HARRY SLATER LEAD GUITAR, ACOUSTIC GUITAR GEORGE DREWRY DRUMS, KEYBOARDS, BACKING VOCALS MICHAEL BAILEY BASS GUITAR DANIEL SEEKINGS GUITARS, BACKING VOCALS TRUTH BE TOLD – TRACK BY TRACK Many of the tracks on the album Truth Be Told were built around an idea or riff which was then developed by the band with each member bringing to bear their own life experiences and individual feelings to the mix. We hope that the audience will supplant their own individual life experiences and let the songs mean as much to them as they do to us. One More Night is a song about a love that’s been lost and holding on to the memory of the good times, as not to become bitter and resentful. It’s a song that everyone can relate to, as at some point we’ve all had to experience this, and, in a way, it is a reversal of the feelings expressed in the third track on the album, Waiting For This. 99% – This song started life when we were all in our studio discussing cars and someone said that he was 99% sure he had found his next car- we all laughed as we were sure that there was no way he would ever buy it as he needs absolute certainty before spending any of his hard earned cash – and somehow [not really sure how] this conversation led us to start writing which over the course of the next couple of weeks turned into this song. PS He never did buy the car. Waiting For This – This is quite an angry song [for us] about the breakdown of a relationship and attaching all the blame to the other person. It’s about bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness but despite all this still taking a positive view for the future and moving on to better times. Under My Skin – Everyone has crushed on someone at some time in their life and this song is about how that person consumes your thoughts 24/7 and offers hope and anticipation of good times to come – even if the feeling is unrequited – which for us it often is. Heartbreaker Soulshaker – This is a very simple song with an obvious message about living a hedonistic, no commitment, guilt free life – Not really something to aspire to over the long term, but it is an honest description of how we sometimes feel and in a way is a follow up to Waiting For This, and it’s a song with a really funky grove. Take Your Time – This is a therapeutic song both in tone and words. What we are trying to say here is that whenever you are feeling desperate, stressed and don’t know where to turn or what to do next, take a deep breath and a step back to give yourself time for reflection. Too many people act in haste and do something stupid without realising things are not as bad as the initially appear. You’ll find that the people around you have often had similar thoughts and are there to talk to help you get through your troubles. Let The Sun Shine – This song was written when we were at Download watching some great bands in the pouring rain. We were all soaked to the skin but the music and the camaraderie within the crowd made it feel like we were all bathed in glorious sunshine – a great feeling everyone should experience. My Mother Told Me – This is a song that we hope that everyone will relate to as about the way we have all been supported and encouraged by our families. As aspiring musicians we have all had periods of self-doubt and have wondered if we are on the right road – fortunately we have always been encouraged and supported by our families who have given us the self-belief essential for us to keep going through thick and thin – and for this we are eternally grateful. Outlaw came to be as a result of watching a Clint Eastwood movie about an ageing gunfighter trying to conform but finding his only way to provide for his family was to look his demons in the eye and return to his past life as an outlaw and killer – the only thing he was ever any good at. Made To Break – This is another song about relationships combining both optimism and realism about human compatibility. It’s about being brave and jumping in despite being able to see the potential pitfalls ahead and making the most of the good times before it all inevitably goes bang! Healing Hand is a song of contradictions. It’s about friendship and the way we sometimes judge our friends much more harshly than we should. Ultimately it’s about tolerance and forgiveness, values we should all aspire to but often fail to attain. The Mountain is one of my [Stevie] favourite tracks. It’s a little more boundary-stretching for us and the subject matter is close to my heart. The lyrics reflect the feeling that we are sucking our world dry of resources and that the way we are living is ultimately unsustainable. From decimating our rain forests to the pollution of our oceans… The song reflects the fact that the blame doesn’t fall on the everyday person just trying to get by, but is on the shoulders of the huge companies that rule our world from behind the curtain, cutting corners to save money at the environment’s cost that are truly to blame. The song is a warning that unless as a united world we change our ways, sooner or later Mother Nature will fight back. ON TOUR WITH THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS OCTOBER 2017 Bilston Robin 2 Monday 2 October 2017 Tickets: £20 Venue Box Office: 01902 401211 Book Online: http://bit.ly/2rblobi Facebook / Twitter 20-28 Mount Pleasant, Bilston, Wolverhampton, WV14 7LJ www.therobin.co.uk Nottingham Rescue Rooms Tuesday 3 October 2017 Tickets: £20 Venue Box Office: 0115 896 4456 Book Online: See Tickets, Alt Tickets Facebook / Twitter 25 Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LB www.rescuerooms.com Sheffield Local Authority Thursday 5 October 2017 Tickets: £20 Venue Box Office: 0114 276 0262 Book Online: See Tickets Facebook / Twitter 2 Milton St, Sheffield S1 4JU, UK www.corporation.org.uk Norwich Waterfront Friday 6 October 2017 Tickets: £20 Venue Box Office: 01603 508050 Book Online: See Tickets, UEA Facebook / Twitter 139-141 King Street, Norwich, NR1 1QH www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk London Boston Music Rooms Saturday 7 October 2017 Tickets: £22 Venue Box Office: 0207 272 8153 Book Online: See Tickets Facebook / Twitter 178 Junction Rd, London, N19 5QQ www.bostonmusicroom.co.uk Manchester Club Academy Sunday 8 October 2017 Tickets: £20 Venue Box Office: 0161 832 1111 Book Online: See Tickets Facebook / Twitter Manchester University Union, Oxford Rd, M13 9PR, Manchester www.manchesteracademy.net Newcastle Cluny Monday 9 October 2017 Tickets: £19 Venue Box Office: 0191 2304474 Book Online: See Tickets Facebook / Twitter 36 Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2PQ https://thecluny.com/ Glasgow O2 ABC2 Tuesday 10 October 2017 Tickets: £20 Venue Box Office: 0844 477 2000 Book Online: Ticket Web Facebook / Twitter 300 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3JA www.o2abcglasgow.co.uk ALSO ON TOUR WITH KING KING IN JUNE & JULY 2017 Wimborne Tivoli Friday 16 June 2017 Tickets £20 / Venue Box Office: 01202 885 566 Facebook / Twitter West Borough Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1LT www.tivoliwimborne.co.uk Corby, The Cube Friday 30 June 2017 Tickets: £20 / 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 Venue Box Office: 01536 470470 Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com Facebook / Twitter George Street, Corby, Northants, NN17 1QG www.thecorecorby.com Bristol Fleece Saturday 1 July 2017 Tickets: £20 / 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 Venue Box Office: 0117 945 0996 Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com, www.bristolticketshop.co.uk, www.seetickets.com Facebook / Twitter / Instagram 12 St. Thomas Street, Bristol, BSI 1LT http://thefleece.co.uk Tavistock Wharf Friday 28 July 2017 Tickets: £20 / 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898 Venue Box Office: 01822 611 166 Book Online: www.thegigcartel.com, www.wegottickets.com Facebook / Twitter Canal Road Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8AT www.tavistockwharf.com/home “Bad Touch know their music and their music knows no bounds.” – Rush on Rock “Bad Touch have the sound and the swagger…AWESOME” – Get Your Rock Out “Strong and melodic…Bad Touch are infectious.” – This Is Not A Scene “Soaring riffs…powerful vocals…Bad Touch win over the crowd with ease, thanks to a refreshingly modern sound.” – Unknown Press “Bad Touch are growing into one of the UK’s best new bands.” – Rock Gig Reviews “Brilliant as always…Bad Touch’s performance was of headlining status.” – Planet Mosh BAD TOUCH – BIOGRAPHY Bad Touch originally formed in 2010 when the band members were still in college. In their formative years, they played local pubs and performed covers of some rock classics, and gradually began to compose original material. Over the last few years Bad Touch have started making a name for themselves and built a reputation for their dynamic live shows, making them on of the “must-see” acts at many local venues. In 2012, the band recorded their first EP at the Leeders Farm Studio – home of local hero’s The Darkness. The desire to get their music to a wider audience eventually led the band performing gigs around the country. In 2012, the band won the Exposure Music Award in 2012 for their live show, followed by an invitation to play Hard Rock Hell for the very first time. 2013 was a great year for the band. They toured the UK with The Quireboys and won the Marshall Ultimate Band Contest. In 2014, they toured with Bonafide, The Electric Boys and Tyketto, and played many festivals including Download, Steelhouse, Legends of Rock and Hard Rock Hell. In 2015, the band recorded their debut album Half Way Home at Foel Studios. Released on 27th April, the album received rave reviews from the rock press. 2015 was also a great year for touring with the band completing an 18-date UK tour with The Answer as well as UK tours with Tyketto and Snakecharmer. Bad Touch’s live shows garnered them praise and support from fans and critics. In June 2016, Bad Touch embarked on a UK tour with Jared James Nichols, followed by a UK tour in July supporting the Kentucky Headhunters. In July 2016, the band recorded their second album “Truth Be Told”, which was eventually released in December of that year to great critical acclaim. In November they embarked on a joint UK tour with the Australian band “Massive”. The following year, during March and April, Bad Touch toured the UK with Broken Witt Rebels under the Planet Rock Roadstars banner, and followed this with a UK tour in April and May supporting Britain’s award-winning blues rock band King King. During the tour, Planet Rock radio play-listed the band’s single “99%” which was remixed for radio by Chris Kimsey (Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, Killing Joke, Bad Company). The have a busy summer ahead of them playing numerous festivals including Ramblin’ Man, Wildfire, Amplified, Cambridge Rock Festival, Weyfest, and many more. TOUR DATES – www.badtouchrocks.co.uk/gigs-tours FACEBOOK – facebook.com/badtouchrocks TWITTER – twitter.com/badtouchrocks INSTAGRAM – instagram.com/badtouchrocks YOUTUBE – youtube.com/badtouchrockstv SOUNDCLOUD – soundcloud.com/badtouchrocks Purchase all Bad Touch albums from: iTunes, Amazon and the Official Bad Touch Store THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS – BIOGRAPHY Known as “Southern Rock Royalty” and the “great American rock ‘n’ roll band,” The Kentucky Headhunters have maintained a longevity most acts can only dream about. With a GRAMMY® Award, two Top 10 charting albums, four consecutive Top 40 hits and countless other honours, The “Heads” are credited for creating a unique blend of honky-tonk, blues, and southern rock that appeals to the toughest music critics and listeners of all kinds. Getting their start in 1968, brothers Fred and Richard Young and cousins Greg Martin and Anthony Kenney, from Edmonton, Kentucky, formed Itchy Brother, which later morphed into The Kentucky Headhunters after Kenney departed and Doug Phelps joined the band. Their first album, Pickin’ On Nashville, (1989), surprised the world when it became a major success, selling over two million copies. Their 2015 release Meet Me in Bluesland, included the last vocals ever recorded of the late, great pianist Johnnie Johnson — Rock N Roll Hall of Famer and legendary keyboardist for Chuck Berry. The album reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Blues Album chart the week of its debut. It also garnered top placement on the Billboard Americana Chart. The band’s latest 2016 release On Safari is a soon-to-be-classic southern rock album. The Kentucky Headhunters still tour extensively, branching out into Europe for the first time last year. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.