The Dirty Strangers, Trucker Diablo, & the Matty James Cassidy Band — what a fabulous night of live music we have lined up for Cardiff, one of our favourite cities.
The evening will kick off with an acoustic set by Manchester-based Irish troubadour Matty James Cassidy, accompanied by Bret Barnes on sax.
Originally a drummer in pubs and clubs across Ireland from the age of 13, Matty moved to England a few years later and picked up the acoustic guitar.
He has now self-released two albums and played hundreds of gigs across the UK and Europe, including major festivals.
He has also worked with Pat McManus, of Mama’s Boys; Ricky Warwick, of Thin Lizzy; and Tyla J. Pallas, of The Dogs D’Amour.
His work is described as “heart-felt, sing-along, tale-telling, rabble-rousing songs you can hang your hat on.”
Matty will joined on stage by saxophonist Bret Barnes (of The Bourbon Hounds), following 4 very successful dates together in early June in South Wales and England.
Next up will be Northern Ireland rockers Trucker Diablo, who recently released their latest single, 'Fighting For Everything'. It's clear that the engine hasn't been idling and that the truck is once again hurtling in the direction of rock's big time.
'Fighting For Everything' bears all the Trucker Diablo hallmarks that have made the band so popular on both the local and international scene – laden with spiky riffs, filled with thunderous drums and packing a monster chorus. Tom's vocals are as razor sharp as ever and the guitar licks and solos remain vicious yet melodic.
Trucker seem to easily manage that enviable achievement of capturing the power and enthusiasm of their live shows on record, which is no mean feat. 'Fighting For Everything' will undoubtedly become a live gig favourite.
The band's new album, also called 'Fighting For Everything', will be released shortly via a Pledge campaign, a system which is becoming a very effective and direct way for bands to reach their fan base and has so far proved highly successful for Trucker Diablo.
Coming on last, but definitely not least, at Fuel Rock Club will be the one, the only, The Dirty Strangers.
Led by singer/songwriter, Alan Clayton, The Dirty Strangers play rootsy rock’n’roll as invented by Eddie Cochran, Gene Vincent and Chuck Berry but laced with a bit of Otis Redding soul and a side order of punk attitude.
Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood have appeared on 2 of their CDs, and Keith Richards guested with them at The Royal Albert Hall. 'We’re the same, you and me, except you didn’t get the breaks', Richards said to Clayton one night.
Over the years Clayton has found himself recording at Keith Richards’s Redlands home, travelling the world as part of the Stones’ inner circle, recording with legendary MC5 guru and beat poet John Sinclair, playing with late sax titan Bobby Keys at his last ever club show, and hosting the Dissenters’ Gallery series of events that saw former Clash members Mick Jones and Topper Headon reunited on stage for the first time in years.
Clayton has also sung with the Brian James Gang, the original Damned guitarist being an old friend, and indeed Brian James made a jaw-droppingly brilliant appearance with The Dirties at the Camden Underworld just last month, and he features on the band's superb new CD single release, 'T'Troublemaker/S.B.C.L', which will be on sale at the gig. 'S.B.C.L.' stands for 'Shepherds Bush City Limits', is a play on the Ike & Tina Turner 'Nutbush' song, and is The Crazy Cowboy's favourite Dirty Strangers song!
While the Keith Richards connection has been a major element in his life, Clayton’s own story has followed a fascinating trajectory, which always returns to the Dirty Strangers.
Quireboys fans in particular will be very familiar with Alan… if he's not touring with his own band, big Al will nearly always be spotted running the show on The Quireboys' relentless touring schedule — chief Roadie, band compere, driver — you name it, he does it, he's the Guv'ner! He also sports an exceedingly cool hat at all times, and is a massive QPR fan! To his immense credit, he also has great knowledge of Robin Friday, Reading's and Cardiff's most legendary footballer from the 1970s, and this is one of the reasons why The Crazy Cowboy admires him so much!!!
Come on down to Fuel on the 22 July — it's a fantastic rock club, run by exceptionally good guys, and with the line-up we have here, it's going to be one special night.