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Blues band turn spotlight on new material
Blues-rock band King King will introduce their new keyboards player to fans during a UK tour that visits Birmingham Town Hall on January 18, 2018. Jonny Dyke, who has worked with James Morrison and Elkie Brooks, joined King King on a permanent basis in October 2017, replacing Bob Fridzema. The line-up is completed by Alan Nimmo (vocals/guitar), Lindsay Coulson (bass) and Wayne Proctor (drums).

King King, Alan Nimmo, Lindsay Coulson, Wayne Proctor, Jonny Dyke, Exile & Grace, Birmingham Town Hall
King King: Wayne Proctor, Alan Nimmo, Jonny Dyke, Lindsay Coulson (pic: Rob Blackham)

The band will also showcase songs from their latest album, Exile & Grace, including the singles (She Don't) Gimme No Lovin' and Long Time Running (videos below).

Says frontman Alan: "Exile & Grace definitely has a rockier feel and sound to it. We are following our influences from the Classic Rock genre; Bad Company, Whitesnake and Thunder. We set out to challenge ourselves with this album. We've stepped up the quality of songwriting and pushed ourselves physically in both performance and delivery."

He continues: "There's an underlying theme on this fourth album. Some of the main songs are about the state of the world, this beautiful blue planet that's turning into a battlefield. There's an edgier feel this time around, but you've got the soulful ballads as well. It's still King King. It's just what we're doing now."

King King, Alan Nimmo, Lindsay Coulson, Wayne Proctor, Jonny Dyke, Exile & Grace, Birmingham Town Hall
Rocky: King King's Alan Nimmo (pic: Laurence Harvey)

Exile & Grace is King King's first album of new material since 2015's multi-award winning Reaching For The Light. It follows their across-the-board win of five awards at 2016's British Blues Awards including Best Male Vocal, Best Bass Player, Best Song (Rush Hour), Best Album (Reaching For The Light) and Best Songwriter.

"With each album, each year and every time we write songs, we're always striving to get better," says Alan.

King King, Alan Nimmo, Lindsay Coulson, Wayne Proctor, Jonny Dyke, Exile & Grace, Birmingham Town Hall
Venue: Town Hall, Birmingham

King King 2018 UK tour dates:

Jan 17: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London;
Jan 18: Town Hall, Birmingham;
Jan 20: Forum, Bath;
Jan 26: Queen's Hall, Edinburgh;
Jan 27: Leadmill, Sheffield.

Support in London, Birmingham and Bath comes from Rhino's Revenge, featuring Status Quo's bassist John 'Rhino' Edwards.
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Why? New material from blues-rockers
When: Touring from January 17, 2018. Playing Birmingham on January 18, 2018.
Phone: 0121 780 4949
Where: Birmingham Town Hall and touring
Cost: 23
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