In five meteoric years, King King have established themselves as “the hottest draw in British blues-rock” (Classic Rock Blues Mag). The fire and soul of the Glasgow band’s first two albums – 2011’s Take My Hand and 2013’s Standing In The Shadows – have scored them Best Album and Best Band at the iconic British Blues Awards in both 2012 and 2014. Now, with the hotly anticipated third studio album Reaching For The Light released May 5, 2015, supported by tour dates through the UK and Europe, the band are living up to the early tip of veteran BBC DJ Paul Jones: “Here at Radio 2, we think King King are going to go all the way…”
Penned from the heart and performed with true passion, King King’s unique brand of blues-rock crosses continents and defies cliché. With Alan Nimmo (vocals/guitar), Lindsay Coulson (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums) and Bob Fridzema (keys) co-writing tough-and-tender original material and enjoying white-hot chemistry, few modern bands are pushing blues-rock further. No wonder that Standing In The Shadows was a highlight of the Classic Rock Blues Mag’s Top 50 Albums of 2013, that Paul Jones picked it out for his BBC Radio 2 end-of-year countdown (the only British album in the running) – or that many predict Reaching For The Light will fly even higher.
King King are a hit on the stereo, but this is a band born for the stage. As established musicians with past form, Alan, Lindsay, Wayne and Bob all come with their own mighty reputations – but when these four men lock horns live as King King, on stages from Glastonbury to the Ottawa Blues Fest and Rockpalast Crossroads Festival, fireworks always ensue. As Guitar & Bass says: “King King play the kind of blues that’ll lift the most stubborn of frowns…”
“…one of the most explosive rock/blues/funk bands on the planet” –Pete Feenstra, Get Ready To Rock
“…with frontman Alan Nimmo having a voice that’s part Otis Redding and part Paul Rodgers. Nice trick if you can pull it off – and he does” –Malcolm Dome, Classic Rock