Saturday, 7 January 2017

Wille and the Bandits. New Album "Steal" available now. UK Tour Starts 20th January

The new album “STEAL” is the strongest sounding album yet from Wille and the Bandits. With three previous self-released albums, “New Breed” (2010), “Breakfree” (2012) and “Grow” (2013), the band have been building a reputation throughout the UK and Europe as one of the best live acts around, playing over 200 gigs a year. 

Among the artists they have shared festival stages with are Joe Bonamassa, Deep Purple, JJ Grey, Beth Hart and Wilko Johnson. The UK trio’s socially aware lyrics and multi-instrumentation makes for the most original and refreshing sound heard in years. 

Now signed to the Jigsaw label, the new album “STEAL” was produced and engineered by Dave Williams at The Grange Studios in Norfolk. It was tracked to analogue tape with the band live on the floor and without the use of any digital tools. The album sees the band deliver all the excitement and power of their electrifying live performances, while mixing it up with dynamic music choices, from hard to soft, electric to acoustic, a music roller coaster seldom achieved by recording artists these days. 

The band of Wille Edwards (Lead Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Electric Lap Steel, Weissenhorn and Dobro), Matt Brooks (Six String Electric Bass, Five String Double Bass, String Arrangements and Backing Vocals) and Andy Naumann (Drums and Percussion) are joined by Don Airey from Deep Purple (Hammond/Keyboards) for three tracks on the album.  In support of the new album "Steal", the band will be touring the UK & Europe throughout 2017.  In April they will be touring Australia, New Zealand and India.

Wille and the Bandits UK tour starts 20th Jan in Penzance at The Acorn 
and other local gigs are: 
  • 21st Jan - Honiton, The Beehive 
  • 29th Jan - Minehead, Giants of Rock 
  • 2nd Feb - Bath, Chapel Arts 
  • 4th Feb - Poole, Mr Kyps 
  • 17th March - Totnes, The Barrel House 
  • 18th March - Bideford, The Palladium
Wille and the Bandits. New Album "Steal" and UK Tour 2017
Who Said What about Wille and the Bandits
“Socially aware lyrics and planet hopping instrumentation makes for the most refreshing sound heard in ages”. CLASSIC ROCK

“This is Wille & the Bandits’ fourth album and it’s their strongest effort to date, with guitarist and vocalist Wille Edwards ably providing the six-string fireworks”. GUITARIST

“Wille’s playing remains a source of slide delight, with a crack rhythm section and Don Airey adding ethereal Hammond organ on a few tracks”. ACOUSTIC MAG.

“From the slide-driven Allmans influenced “Miles Away” to “1970” which sounds like Free, they play with a dynamic energy and have built an enviable live reputation”. UNCUT

“Steal” is a stunning album. The Bandits have taken blues-rock, dusted it off & freshened it up”. BUZZ MAG.

“This, their fourth album is strong enough to see them break through in a big way”. RHYTHM MAG.

“This phenomenal band produce intoxicating music that pulls you in, until you become drunk in the sound. The killer boisterous stadium rocker, ‘1970’ left a near full 100 Club breathless & stunned, in the nicest possible way”. BLUES IN BRITAIN

“It’s no surprise to me that these guys have been going down a storm on the festival circuit, with prestigious support slots with Joe Bonamassa and Deep Purple among others”. BLUES MATTERS

“Brilliant, there is so much good blues/rock around at the moment, not just Bonamassa.. 'Steal' is one of the best”. BEAT

“Wille and the Bandits sent campers home happy from the Great British R&B Festival - Rockin!” RECORD COLLECTOR

“One of the best up and comers that Britain has to offer in 2017, special talents and a hell of an album”. MUSIC-NEWS

“Wille is a superb slide player, I love what these guys are doing”. JOE BONAMASSA

“One of the best live acts in the country”. DAILY TELEGRAPH

“Love the soul in their music”. BOB HARRIS
“Easily the best support I can remember us playing with”. DEEP PURPLE