Following the raging success of last year’s inaugural Country Rock, Outlaw, Western & Southern Rock weekend, HRH C.R.O.W.S. returns to the award-winning O2 Academy Sheffield on 7th & 8th September 2019 for a second year, to showcase some of the hottest acts in four stunning genres of country-influenced rock and roll, complete with all the usual HRH shenanigans. Be warned… this ain’t no line dance! It’s a full-on, whiskey-soaked, rib-rattling assault on the senses, that’s guaranteed to melt faces at fifty paces!
The bursting at the seams 23-act lineup is headed by Grammy-winning The Kentucky Headhunters, whose rompin’ style of bluegrass rock‘n’roll and has kept the band in the hearts of music lovers the world over. The band began their journey in 1968 when brothers Richard and Fred Young and their cousins Martin and Kenney formed the southern blues-rock and country outfit Itchy Brother. The band morphed into The Kentucky Headhunters in 1986 and have been continually recording and touring together for over 30 years (and making music together for over five decades)! Playing for the first time overseas in 2016, they made their UK debut at Rambin’ Man Fair in front of 25,000 screaming fans. We’re sure a similar reception awaits them at HRH C.R.O.W.S. this year!
Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award Winners For Performance, Jason And The Scorchers, who have been dubbed “Nashville’s greatest rock band”, combine country roots with smokin’ hot, raw rock‘n’roll voltage. The Scorchers began their story in the late ‘70s, when teenage punk rock rebel Warner E. Hodges, the son of country musicians, dared to stand out in Nashville’s genteel country pop climate of the time, making a loud noise in punk and rock circles with his tough street rocker friends. Almost 30 years into their career, Jason And The Scorchers released ‘Halycon Times’, a rock‘n’roll record every bit as vibrant as their vintage material, which represented a significant creative leap forward for the band, rather than a return to their roots.
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Supporting our rollickin’, oil-stained headliners are a mouth-watering array of tasty British bands at the very top of their game. Joining us all the way from the deep south (of Manchester) – the swaggering rock‘n’roll quintet Gorilla Riot will be bringing their raucous, dirty blues-based riffs back to HRH, having ripped open the main stage for us last year. Their unmistakable sound combines elements of grunge, stoner and country, which translates into an exuberant live show! Winners of last year’s public vote to play the Rising Stage at Rambin’ Man Fair, the band have been kicking up a storm at home and have been making big waves internationally too, with a European tour now under their collective belt. This kickass three-pronged guitar attack, led by the rich, rasping tones of frontman Arjun Bhishma, is flying the flag for the New Wave Of Classic Rock with high-decibel pride, making Gorilla Riot one of the UK’s most dynamic up and coming Rock acts.
Hailing from South London, rock quartet Collateral – fronted by the long-haired, ripped-jeaned and eyeliner-smudged Angelo Tristan – may look like they belong at HRH Sleaze, but their sound is firmly rooted in classic country rock. The band boasts lighters-aloft, stadium-driven rock ‘n’ roll anthems, which are appealing to a new generation of music fans. Riding high on the success of their acclaimed debut EP ‘4 Shots!’, Collateral’s head-turning single Midnight Queen has been receiving plenty of attention, enjoying heavy rotation on various UK rock radio shows and stations. The band have hit the ground running since bursting onto the music circuit last year, playing at Hard Rock Hell’s Awards Night to a rapturous reception, and being widely touted as ‘the next big thing’ to hit the UK’s rock scene.
Classic Hard Rock outfit Black Cat Bones are striking out of the cultural heartland of Liverpool, having gone through a period of transition. Now with a new name and a new attitude to boot, they have revamped and morphed into Revival Black! Recently signed to TMR Band Management and with vocalist Dan Byrne at the helm for the past twelve months, they’ve reportedly recorded a beast of a debut album, which is expected to set the industry alight when it’s unleashed on the public this Autumn. Having toured around the UK with Marco Mendoza (The Dead Daisies), the band have already established a strong following for their own special brand of honest rock‘n’roll, which draws upon the classic sound of the ‘70s, with a strong foothold in the modern day.
In February, London-based rockers Black Whiskey released their latest single, Bitter Pill, lifted from their sophomore album ‘Dry Bones’, which dropped on 12th April. The last two years have been a rough road for Black Whiskey. Guitarist Kevin Ingles was diagnosed with cancer following the release of their debut album, ‘Heavy Train’, and treatment for that has naturally taken its toll. But, the band have worked through these challenging times – writing, recording and rehearsing around Kevin’s treatment, to produce a hard-hitting new album that’s buzzing with energy, and are pumped for their upcoming appearance at C.R.O.W.S.! The band’s distinct sound revolves around groove-laden choruses and embraces strong vocal melodies with an authentic bluesy rock vibe.
Amongst the legion of killer acts destined to blow the roof off the O2, are Southampton’s powerhouse bluegrass four-piece The Outlaw Orchestra; the ten-legged riff-heavy groove machine Doomsday Outlaw (who’ll be rolling out of darkest Derbyshire); HRH Highway to Hell 2017 runners up Dead Man’s Whiskey, who have gained a well-deserved reputation as one of London’s most exciting live hard rock acts; the UK’s self-acclaimed “hardest working original southern rock band”, Sons Of Liberty; and Leicester’s ‘Lucifers’, Hell’s Addiction, whose classic, no bullshit rock‘n’roll style will grab you by the horns and leave you craving more…