3am [Blues Rock, 5 piece]
We're in! - New Brunswick Battle of the Blues 2013!17 Dec 2012We're in! - New Brunswick Battle of the Blues 2013! Very pleased to say we've made it through the selection process and been accepted to take part in the NBBOTB 2013! We'll be joining five other top blues bands to compete for a place in the London Final later this year - winning band gets to play at the Harvest Jazz n Blues Festival in New Brunswick, Canada!! Wish us luck? - better still, come on down to Hove in January and enjoy the gig?
23 Oct 201223 Oct 2012 Very exciting news! - especially for our London-based fans - on Thursday 13th December we're playing at the Islington Academy! Doors open at 7pm so you can pretty much come straight from work (via the pub, of course, as it's Thursday night).We're supporting this amazing band - Charlie Lankester & The Mojo Killers - see/hear at http://charlielankester.co.uk/ - latest review from Jamie Hailstone of Blues Magazine says "swampy grooves reminiscent of Tom Waits' and Dr John's early work...those long evenings full of love gone wrong, smoke-filled rooms and empty bottles have never sounded so good."Charlie's a keyboard player with a long and distinguished pedigree, backed by a band of the same ilk, including guitarist Derek Mandel who played with George Harrison and Paul McCartney on the Hare Krishna records back in the 70's - so coming from the same groove as 3am. Gonna be a night to remember!Tickets are £12 a pop - unless you're very clever and very quick and go to our main website store, where you'll find secret instructions to fans on how to buy them for a mere £7.50! http://3am.uk.com/wp2/store/We have at least three new songs ready to be aired at this gig, that you won't have heard before and we're well excited about it all - gonna be very special evening!Really hope you can make it to this one, as it'll be our last gig this side of Xmas!
11 Oct 201211 Oct 2012 As of 11th Oct 2012 we've submitted our details to the organisers of the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues and are hoping they'll choose us for one of the heats. (and, of course, that we will eventually win the whole thing and be whisked off to New Brunswick to perform at the Harvest Jazz n Blues Festival 2013). Getting publicity for the event seems to be the name of the game so far, so if you like us enough to want to help us get INTO the competition(!) please "like" our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/BluesRockLondon - it could help!! Big THANK YOU!!! XXXXXX
9 out of 10 from Nik Rodewald of BluesRockReview!27 Apr 20129 out of 10 from Nik Rodewald of BluesRockReview! April 25th, 20123AM: Long Time Coming ReviewWith their fourth release (and first with new vocalist Laura Long) - Long Time Coming - British blues rock group 3AM is sure to impress crowds both in the States and Europe. Marked by driving rock tunes, soulful ballads and a handful of well-executed covers, the album is impressively diverse, but still showcases this group's unique sound, which seems to have influences ranging from classic rock, R&B and even a touch of musical theatre.The biggest story of this album is vocalist Laura Long. She shines in her debut with 3AM. After spending time on the London jazz circuit, she faced a steep learning curve into the blues rock world, but seems to have adapted rather well. Thankfully, her jazz training shines through, which gives the album a unique flair. At times, her phrasing is reminiscent of musical theatre, which creates a fascinating but delightful juxtaposition against the often straight-ahead rock groove of the rest of the band. That being said, the band is equally versatile, evidenced by guitarist Tim Renton's original tune (reminiscent of a jazz standard) "Do You Know Your Man," clearly written with Long's jazz ability in mind.Drummer Andy Renton adds another outstanding composition with "Tomorrow," which - with the help of Long's phrasing - sounds like a tune that would be right at home in a Broadway musical or film. "Insatiable" comes as close to defining what the blues are all about as any tune this critic has ever heard. 3AM also pays tribute to R&B great Percy Mayfield with a splendid cover of "Someone to Love." The unsung hero of the album is keyboardist Chris Parren who is spectacular on every cut, but especially noticeable on "Tomorrow."There are very few complaints to be had about this album. However, the opener, "Sweet Lovin' Woman," is a nice driving rock tune, but the tempo is a little bit lethargic. Cranking it up a couple notches would probably have produced a little better result. Similarly, as great as Long sounds with the group, her blues rock inexperience shows at times and results in a couple awkward phrases sprinkled throughout the album. Nevertheless, it's hard not to be excited about the direction of 3AM.The Review: 9/10Can't Miss Tracks- Someone to Love- Tomorrow- Insatiable- HighwayThe Big Hit- HighwayReview by Nik Rodewaldhttp://bluesrockreview.com/2012/04/3am-long-time-coming-review.html
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