The Old Town Blues Club at The Royal Standard. Thursday Nights from the 30th Oct, 2014. 9.00pm

Alan King writes.. The Old Town Blues Club, at The Royal Standard, East Beach Street, Old Town, Hastings TN34 3AY on Thursday 30th October 2014 World class blues on your doorstep with free entry – Miller Anderson opens with Alan King


45th years after The Woodstock Festival – The Royal Standard is pleased to present Miller Anderson

Miller performed at the original 1969 Woodstock Festival when he fronted The Keef Hartley Band. He has also been a member of Mountain, Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown, Deep Purple’s touring band, Jon Lord Band and even T.Rex. He’s jammed with Hendrix and backed John Lee Hooker and more.


King provides esoteric guitar musings. He previously worked with 60’s guitar icons Bert Jansch & Davy Graham and the late great Alan Hull, producing two albums for Jansch, both of which were Mojo Magazines albums of the year. He is widely regarded as the man responsible for Jansch’s renaissance in the mid to late 90’s.

closely followed by :

Thu 6th Nov – Roger Hubbard / Alan King

Thu 13th Nov – Miller Anderson / Alan King

Thu 20th Nov – Steve ‘Boltz’ / Alan King

Thu 27th Nov – Miller Anderson / Alan King

Thu 4th Dec – Roger Hubbard / Alan King


Roger needs no introduction to the residents of the south east coast. Roger is the finest exponent of the bottleneck guitar in the country, bringing the deepest real blues, from a player who is the real deal.

‘Roger is as good as any blues guitarist in the UK and the USA’ – Muddy Waters


Steve Boltz is the only other guitar player except Pete Townsend to play for THE WHO. He toured with them on their World Wide 25th anniversary tour when Pete was suffering from tinnitus.

He started his career in Atomic Rooster and has played with Bob Dylan, Keef Richards. David Bowie, Ray Davies, Scott Walker, Rick Wright and countless others.

A typical Thursday night on the not too respectable outskirts of Hastings Old Town

Beaten-down men and women cling to each other, factory girls in tight white hiphuggers do the bump, skinny bald old men in overalls jitterbug decorously with stout middle-aged women in sequined glasses.

Strangers huddle together against the cold.

You can feel it in your bones. You know a change is gonna come.

Run in worn out shoes. Steal the moonlight that creeps through the branches of the trees.

The Devil comes on Thursday nights. He comes in a big old car with whitewall tyres, suicide clutch and the stench of gasoline.

Picking and sliding on an old guitar, with drums pounding and a low down bass growling in syncopated rhythm.

Sometimes songs need singing, sometimes they need something else.


Every Thursday from 30th Oct

Out here is a long way from Thursday night. Notes sweet, strangled and crying for life, or another drink, or more of that moonlight through guitars and amps that ‘aint got none.

There’s things out here that some folks ‘aint never seen.

Drums on fire with the Lord’s gasoline.

Bass notes running out of one vein and the Holy Ghost pumping something new in the guitar player’s wrist.

Feel that hand start a fluttering, making sounds on those strings like this.

Defrost your heart, blow a kiss this lonesome way.

Steal that moonlight, white car-a-coming, have no fear, lay down those pills, put away that liquor.

They caught The Devil and they got him in The Royal Standard.

And he got wings that look like leather and a long and forked tail and when he clatters it against the bar, sparks will fly.

The Royal Standard The Bourne, Hastings TN34 3AY – FREE ENTRY 9:00 p.m.

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