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In 2010 British Blues Guitarist Mick Clarke continues to tour festival and club dates all over Europe with his band. In 2009 he released "Solid Ground" his new album of distinctive British blues rock guitar. The new release is his twelth solo album.
Mick began his solo career in the early 80s and has become an established name on the European scene, touring regularly in every country from Finland down to Italy. Praised for his fiery "straight from the wood" guitar sound, he has appeared on numerous festivals with artists such as Robert Cray, Johnny Winter and the late Rory Gallagher.
Recent tours have included appearances at the Baden Blues Festival in Switzerland, "Rock at Sea" in Stockholm, Sweden, Harelbeke Rock and Blues in Belgium and the Bragdoya Blues Festival in Norway. In 2005 Mick headlined the Saturday night at the Great British R&B Festival in Colne, England as part of the British Blues All Stars.. also featuring Kim Simmonds and Maggie Bell.
Mick has also toured several times in the U.S.A. and appeared with artists such as Johnny Winter, Canned Heat, Big Jay McNeely and C.J.Chenier plus rock shows with Foghat, Savoy Brown and the Paladins. The Southern California Blues Society called him One of the finest blues players to come out of England.
Mick began his career with Killing Floor part of the British blues boom of the late 60s. The band backed Texas blues guitar star Freddie King and toured with legends such as Howlin' Wolf and Otis Spann. Recently the original band got together again to record a brand new CD. In January 2004 Killing Floor released "Zero Tolerance" - its first new album for 32 years - and has now begun to play selected festival appearances around Europe.
In the mid 70s Mick co-formed SALT a powerful blues-rock act who were a big hit on the London scene in the 70s playing regularly at the Marquee and other top venues. The band played at the Reading Festival and also opened for Muddy Waters at two major London concerts.
Micks first solo album Looking For Trouble came out on the Italian label Appaloosa in the early 80s and sold well. More albums quickly followed including West Coast Connection recorded in Portland, Oregon with local musicians. Recent releases have been on the German label Taxim, including the classic "No Compromise",and Happy Home on Micks U.S. label Burnside features just Mick with Lou Martin on piano and some old favourite songs. "Live in Luxembourg" is Mick's first ever live album, recorded in 2002 at the "Big Blues" in Luxembourg, and the current "Solid Ground" contains thirteen brand new original blues rock compositions.
THE MICK CLARKE BAND originally started working around the London area in the early 80s, but quickly received offers of work from mainland Europe and the United States. Early festival appearances such as the Belgium R&B Festival in Peer confirmed their appeal for continental audiences, while the US tours established a world wide reputation for the band.
Mick leads a band of top musicians, tearing up audiences where-ever they go.. current line-up includes Dangerous Dave Newman on harp, Eddie Masters on bass and Russell Chaney on drums. With a combination of original material and blues standards Mick's brand of rocking blues never fails to deliver the goods. As one U.S. reviewer put it - If you don't see THE MICK CLARKE BAND kick yourself!