March 13, 2022
The Square Tower
The Square Tower Broad Street Old Portsmouth Hants PO1 2JE
A Evening Of Rockin’ Americana
“100mph, adrenaline fuelled Rhythm & Blues!” (Rocking Magpie)
with Special Guests The Hot Tone Sinners
“Laying down a righteous rockin’ beat…!”
“Howlin’ Ric flips effortlessly between powerful rasps, soulful wails and shattering high notes and the band are tight as hell … wild rockers, dance floor fillers and dark blues…jaw droopingly good!” (Vintage Rock)
Leeds-based Howlin’ Ric & the Rocketeers play vibrant and authentic rock and roll, roving from raucous rhythm and blues right through to dreamy popcorn love songs. Wailing vocals, virtuosic sax and biting, grooving guitar will have the audience bouncing, swinging and sweating from start to finish.
After forming as a trio in 2016 their debut releases, “Cannonball EP” and “Tears Before Bedtime EP”, were championed by BBC Introducing and UK Rock and Roll Magazine. In 2018 the band expanded the line-up, adding saxophone and drums to the already rocking guitar and bass rhythm section.
“UK rock n roll kings!” (Jumpin’ Hot Club)
Their debut album, “Waiting By The Dance Floor”, was released in 2019 and is a product of band leader Richard Colley and his life long love of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rhythm & Blues and Rockabilly. Over recent years he has immersed himself in the new great roots artists such as Nick Curran, The Bellfuries, JD McPherson and the amazing bands that have been coming out of Hi-Style Records but not before refracting the sound through his record collections, drawing on classic Rock ‘n’ Roll and Rhythm & Blues.
Since the release, they have set their stall out as a hard-touring outfit, headlining shows across the UK as well as performing at a multitude of festivals including Rhythm Riot, Atomic, Underneath The Stars, SummerTyne Americana, Great British Rhythm and Blues and made lauded debuts across Europe in Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria and Italy.
“Wildest band in town!” (Blues Matters)
Howlin’ Ric & the Rocketeers deliver an exciting take on a great American tradition. Presenting original Rock & Roll and Rhythm & Blues with a classic and fresh sound and are back in the studio recording their next album, for release in 2022.
Hot Tone Sinners
Support for the evening comes from Portsmouth’s newest rockin’ combo, the irrepressible Hot Tone Sinners.
A new rock n roll band for the 2020’s, three veterans of the rock n roll scene lay down a righteous rockin’ beat, while their fresh faced young singer, Cal, sings songs of love, loss, murder, and desperation for a new decade.
“The Sinners beat borrows influences from Rockabilly, Country, Blues and classic Rock & Roll. Something old, something new, something borrowed, stompin’ blues!”