years of rocking the blues – Savoy Brown, with leader Kim Simmonds at the
helm, return with City Night – their 40th album –
released on Quarto Valley Records.
back of a number one Billboard blues hit in 2017, expectations are high
for this new band offering. The album features Kim Simmonds on vocals and
searing lead guitar, and he is complemented with the most consistent line-up in
the band’s history, going strong for more than 10 years now with Pat
DeSalvo on bass and Garnet Grimm on drums.
City Night is comprised of 12
high energy blues rock songs to surely please the worldwide fan base.
“Walking on Hot Stones,” “Payback Time,” and “Don’t Hang Me
Out to Dry” will catch the attention of radio DJs looking for the fresh
new sound Savoy Brown brings to roots music.
Savoy Brown was formed by guitarist Kim
Simmonds in 1965 in London, England. Simmonds has been the group’s guiding
hand from the first singles released in 1966 through the band’s newest effort,
their 40th album, released in 2019.
blues has been the calling card of the band from the beginning. “Blues rock”
became the catch-all phrase in the late 1960s to describe the band’s music
along with that of contemporaries such as Cream, Fleetwood
Mac and Jimi Hendrix. In fact, in the 2013 drama film, Jimi
Hendrix: AllIs by My Side, a Savoy Brown song
co-written by Simmonds was included in the soundtrack.
the band’s singles and albums have appeared on the Billboard charts.
Through the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, songs such as I’m Tired, Train
to Nowhere, Tell Mama and Lay Back in the Arms of
Someone became Hot 100 entries. Two of the band’s albums in the
1970s, Looking In and Hellbound Train, appeared on
the Billboard Top Forty charts. This pattern continues today,
culminating with Witchy Feelin’, the band’s 2017 album, reaching #1
on the Billboard Blues chart.
the way, Savoy Brown has toured continuously, making it one of
the longest running blues/rock bands in existence. Through the years, the band
has headlined concerts at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, the
Fillmore East, the Fillmore West and Royal Albert Hall in London. The band,
having established national status in the 1970s, provided other groups
opportunity. Kiss opened the bill on a Savoy Brown national tour, as did ZZ
Top, The Doobie Brothers and many, many more acts.
members, having cut their teeth under Simmonds’ leadership, have gone on to
complete their careers with other bands. Among others, these include
singer Dave Walker with Fleetwood Mac, Andy Pyle with the Kinks
and Paul Raymond with UFO. Previous band members
including Lonesome Dave Peverett, Roger Earl and Tony
Stevens, went on to become founding members of the multi-platinum
resident of the USA since 1980, bandleader Simmonds has received many accolades
himself. These include placement on the front cover of Guitar Player magazine,
enshrinement on the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame and acceptance in many
regional “Halls of Fame” in the USA and Canada.
Simmonds, “I have always opted for a non-mainstream, yet complimentary, music
route … one that would allow me personal and artistic freedom. In the end, it
seems I’ve had the best of both worlds.”
Savoy Brown helped spawn the 1968 UK blues boom and
later opened the eyes of many 1970s American teenagers to their own home
territory blues artists. More than 50 years on, they still remain a progressive
blues rock force.
Savoy Brown and Kim Simmonds have a body of
work that is matched by only a small portion of musical artists. As they
continue to tour the world, young and old find inspiration in their timeless
music, classic style and ageless performances.