** PLEASE visit http://www.blancodiablomusic.com FOR ALL TOUR DATES!!!**
BLANCO DIABLO is everything the band's name suggests and even some things it doesn’t. This is a band on a mission and not one of those panty-waist, boy band evil missions either - this is dangerous rock & roll that engages the brain as well as the bones. The band's timeless rock songs have an edge all their own, honed with a relentlessly intense musical middle finger thrust at double-talking politicos that will define a genre, not mimic one.
Tearing it up with such national acts as Tantric, Drivin n Cryin, Brides of Destruction, Rose Hill Drive, Firehouse, Jackyl, and Gary Hoey, BLANCO DIABLO continues to establish themselves as a band with a distinct style and abiding love for music. Be it with full-blown electric intensity or soulful bluesy jams, BLANCO DIABLO often perform in the Southeast, New York City, and the U.K. Their debut CD Paper Poison Revolution was released on Rock Ridge Music on April 25th, 2006. An exclusive single from the CD, titled "Fix Me Again", resulted in 6000 downloads in the first week of release on WindowsMedia.com. On their 2006 U.K. tour the band performed at the acclaimed Oswestry Music Live Festival in Shropshire County England with over 12,000 in attendance. 2007 saw the band return to an even larger reception at the Oswestry Music Live festival and subsequent successful tour of the UK. In 2008, the band returned to the UK for 2 more successful headline tours, radio interviews and appearances, and festival performances. The summer 2008 UK tour concluded with the band recording their sophomore disc with Grammy-nominated producer Chris Tsangarides at the Ecology Rooms Studio in Kent, England.
Blanco Diablo has gained solid local, regional, and national press including a highlight in the November 2006 issue of Modern Drummer magazine recognizing the band's relentless touring schedule.
The band gained regular radio play in the the Southeastern US on stations such as WEND, WRXR, WOBX, WXQR, WRCQ, WYBB, WTPT, and WBZT for their debut single "Fix Me Again". In the UK, the band has 3 different singles in rotation on Bruce Dickinson's Rock Show on BBC 6 Music, Radio Maldwyn in Shropshire County, CRMK 89.8 in Milton Keynes, England, Sunshine Radio 106.2 FM in Herefordshire, England, and Rock247 Radio in Staffordshire, England. From December 2006 through January 2007, the Speed Channel on Cable and Satellite Television featured the band's single on the Speed Report show. Fall 2008 had the band featured on various NFL games on the FOX Network with their song “Fix Me Again” being broadcast nationwide!
The band entered 2009 being recognized by Lionsgate Films for the song “Killing Kings” for the "Punisher: War Zone" Judges’ Pick Soundtrack. Just a few months later, Classic Rock Magazine in the UK featured the band and chose the track "Best of Me" to be included in the March 2009 issue and compilation disc. Summer 2009 kicked off in the UK on a festival tour and guest hosting Bruce Dickinson’s BBC 6 Music Rock Show.
Blanco Diablo continues to pursue a relentless touring schedule for 2010 and beyond bringing heavy new riffs, catchy melodies, and extreme musicianship to their loyal following.
Jamie Ray - Guitar, Lead Vocals
Patrick Jason - Bass, Backing Vocals
Brad Snipes - Drums
Paper Poison Revolution (Rock Ridge Music/ADA)
Killing Kings (Kingsdown Records)
Attack the Fire (Dark Lord Records/Sony ATV - release details TBA 2012)
Best of Me
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From Classic Rock Magazine (March 2009 issue 129) * Article on the band and track "Best of Me" inlc...From Classic Rock Magazine (March 2009 issue 129)
* Article on the band and track "Best of Me" inlcuded on compilation disc
It's pretty simple. really. Blanco Diablo are long haired, loose limbed dudes from Carolina. They play raunchy rock'n'roll, drink cheap raunchy beer, and...well, their choice of women is their business, but they're most probably raunchy.
BLANCO DIABLO - Killing Kings
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Genre Hard rock / modern rock The Good "One Way Ride" recalls the decade of decadence with catc...Genre
Hard rock / modern rock
"One Way Ride" recalls the decade of decadence with catchy riffs and lyrics and its overall 'love huts so good' attitude. Meaty riffage runs ruff-shot over "Best of Me." "Shake the Devil" is dominated by chugga-chugga guitars and high-pitched, but smooth vocals. The track is easily a concert anthem for sure. Despite the title suggesting a possible power ballad, "Last Goodbye" is a big f**k you to the end of a hostile relationship. The album's title track "Killing Kings" is lead by a chunky bass line that really makes the track thump. "It's Not Love" has a great cross-over appeal to it. The vocals are melodic, the riffs are hypnotic, and there's just enough rock punch to it.
I had my doubts going into this album, as a former writer crapped over Blanco Diablo's last album (and gave a plug to Firehouse for some reason). I pleased to say that the group shattered any pre-conceived notions I had about them. Killing Kings is perfect representation of rock music in the modern era. Blanco Diablo's latest can't be easily written off as some kind of niche music or flavor of the week. On Killing Kings the group does deliver a classic rock meets pop-metal sound that plays to your earlier rock tastes, but also throws in elements of what's big on mainstream radio today. Very impressive indeed.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Ready, set, let's go to a “straight up rock show”!
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Friday, Jun. 05, 2009 Debbie Jet Jennings Ready, set, let's go to a “straight up rock show” with...Friday, Jun. 05, 2009
Debbie Jet Jennings
Ready, set, let's go to a “straight up rock show” with Blanco Diablo on Saturday night at Amos' Southend in Charlotte. Watch out, there's gonna be a “golden god” groove rampant with the roar of incendiary guitar.
Indelibly influenced by heyday rockers from Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath and T. Rex to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and The Who, Blanco Diablo includes Jamie Ray, guitar/vocals; Patrick Jason, bass/backing vocals; and Brad Snipes, drums/backing vocals. Together they are gearing up for a summer UK tour. “Fans there are salivating for American rock bands with a sound that is guitar-oriented,” Ray said. “They're nostalgic for that original rock sound.” The group has made about a half dozen UK tours. We keep returning and keep building on the following there and the support.”
“We want to make this our biggest show yet, headlining at the venue that's been our home base for the last three or four years,” Ray continued, regarding the Amos' Southend show. “It's a kick-off show before we leave for the UK and a good opportunity to promote the rock community, to build on the support.”
Blanco Diablo brings along Steel Standing and 6 Second Silence Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, on Saturday. Call the club at 704-377-6874 or go to amossouthend.com. For band details, visit blancodiablomusic.com or myspace.com/blancodiablo.
ROCK | Blanco Diablo
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Wow. Devoid of any production tricks, unnecessary frill or fuss, Charlotte-based power trio Blanco ...Wow. Devoid of any production tricks, unnecessary frill or fuss,
Charlotte-based power trio Blanco Diablo rock and rock damn hard. Lead
singer and guitarist Jamie Ray, drummer Jeff Nunnery, and bassist
Patrick Jason have kept busy touring the South this spring in support of
a solid, brand-new debut album titled Paper Poison Revolution (Rock
Ridge Music), a riff-riot, 12-song collection that lumbers and stomps at
just the right pace (think Urge Overkill meets Sabbath and AC/DC's Young
brothers at Billy Gibbons' Texas ranch). An amusing statement from their
press kit: "They've got the sound, the look, the feel, gender appeal,
ethnic appeal, curb appeal, excitement, apple pie, and even
melancholy... hell, even your momma will think Blanco Diablo's music is
so good that it's simply an affront to God." A serious statement from
frontman Ray: "We don't adhere to any formulas. We trust our instincts
and we take pride in cutting our own musical path." Local rock quartet
Broadside singer John Prevost, guitarist Tim Ward, bassist Billy
Sandler, and drummer Corey Limehouse celebrated the release of their
self-titled debut EP last month. Yow.
T. Ballard Lesemann
Blanco Diablo - “Paper Poison Revolution”
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by Kelly Morse In keeping with the spirit of our best-of-summer issue, let me say that Blanco Dia...by Kelly Morse
In keeping with the spirit of our best-of-summer issue, let me say that Blanco Diablo’s new record reminds me of the summer of 1988. That summer, between my junior and senior years of high school, my record and cassette (remember those?) collection was filled with punk, “college” music, and Pink Floyd. Hey, the Floyd went well with my bong. But the radio that accompanied my life away from home was another experience entirely. That summer had two basic things happening on the radio: good-time rap (Funky Cold Medina) and good-time rock (Pour Some Sugar on Me). Blanco Diablo is unapologetically, a hard rock band. Elements of FM radio stalwarts like Bad Co. and Deep Purple rub shoulders with full-on hair metal moments along the lines of Cinderella or Bon Jovi on “Paper Poison Revolution”. You just don’t hear anything like this anymore. This isn’t some obscure metal sub-genre from Finland. This is old-school hard rock that could only grow in America. It’s got your fist-pumping rhythms laid down by Jeff Nunnery on drums and Patrick Jason on bass. It’s got riffs that make you want to make the devil horns and maybe even bang your head for a second. Author’s note: No one old enough to remember the summer of ’88 should bang his or her head for more than a second. You’ll hurt your neck. These guys have serious chops and aren’t afraid to make the big gesture instrumentally. Singer/Guitarist, Jamie Ray, adorns each song with a blistering solo, employing the entire bag of tricks, including whammy-bar acrobatics, two hand tapping, and even that thing where you scrape the pick along the strings. The songs are straight forward, lyrically. In the hair metal tradition, it includes the requisite sexual come-on song with the Hagar-like subtlety of lines like, “I can’t get enough. You’ve got to give until it feels good.” They’ve got your highway ramblin’. They’ve got the baby back home. They mention hell-hounds. They mention rolling stones. While some of the songs sound informed by early ‘90s grunge a la Alice in Chains or Candlebox, Ray mercifully sings in his own voice and doesn’t do that post-Eddie Vedder impression of Fozzi Bear crossed with Scott Weiland that so many hard rock bands feel compelled to ape these days. It’s refreshing to hear a band play the stuff they like to hear and not worry about what’s gonna look cool or what cliques are going to say. Clearly, these guys made the record they always wanted to. Like the summer of 1988, Blanco Diablo doesn’t make you think too hard but shows you a real good time. They’ll be at The Visulite on June 3rd for Carmona’s “Rock Circus” party.
Blanco Diablo CD Release by Schacht (4/28/2006)
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The Charlotte trio – Jamie Ray (guitar, vox), Patrick Jason (bass, vox) and Jeff Nunnery (drums) --...The Charlotte trio – Jamie Ray (guitar, vox), Patrick Jason (bass, vox)
and Jeff Nunnery (drums) -- celebrates the release of Paper Poison
Revolution. The record is a finely tuned mix of latter-day Soundgarden
and early Sabbath-riffage with a southern twist; metal and grunge
filtered through Lynyrd Skynyrd’s deep- fried memory. Ray’s speed runs
are tempered by a grasp of the blues, raising Blanco Diablo’s songs
above the throng. A strong debut that bodes well for their future.
Blanco Diablo releases 'Revolution'
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Within a week, Blanco Diablo has gone from dazzling a crowd, as guest opener for Firehouse last week...Within a week, Blanco Diablo has gone from dazzling a crowd, as guest opener for Firehouse last weekend, to hosting its CD release party tonight at Charlotte's Double Door Inn, 218 E. Independence Blvd.
The group's debut CD, "Paper Poison Revolution," is a 12-song riffing revolution released Tuesday through Rock Ridge Music.
The band, which is based in Charlotte, features Rock Hill's Jamie Ray on guitar and vocals; Patrick Jason on bass and vocals; and Jeff Nunnery on drums. Ray said the band and CD launch are part of an ambitious plan set in motion early in his life.
"Playing guitar has always been important to me, especially all those years studying, practicing, even falling asleep with the guitar in my hands," Ray said. "Likewise, songwriting is important. There's strength in songs. They explore the path I've taken."
That path is edgy, fierce melodic rock and roll, with a sassy Southern stance. The band's marketing targets an audience across the Carolinas, Georgia and Tennessee, hoping to ignite a fervent word-of-mouth following.
"This is a band that stands up for rock and roll," Ray said. "We champion that sound and attitude in a current-day climate that doesn't necessarily advocate or support straight-forward rock."
He describes the sound of Blanco Diablo as the "guitar-based, guitar-driven, in-your-face rock and roll" that he grew up listening to. He lists influences as Mark Bolin in T Rex, Thin Lizzy, John Sykes, Robert Johnson, Ted Nugent and "anybody with that rock 'n' roll blues edge."
"Paper Poison Revolution" takes its name from the title track that "speaks to the evils of money. It's anti-greed," Ray said.
"I enjoy being a good observer, as a writer and performer, sharing observations and insight," he said. "So, there's that ideal of rock and roll, and how the evils of money can corrupt."
For details, call the club at (704) 376-1446. To get more on the band, go to www.blancodiablomusic.com and www.myspace.com/ blancodiablo. The band also performs at 5 p.m. Saturday at Charlotte's Manifest Discs & Tapes, 6239 South Blvd. For details, call (704) 552-8448.
Blanco Diablo - Paper Poison Revolution
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These Charlotte-area rockers open each track with a blistering riff. But there's also some nice int...These Charlotte-area rockers open each track with a blistering riff. But
there's also some nice interplay going on here that's part-Prong and
part-Faster Pussycat. The pared-down attack of guitars, bass and drums
sounds bigger than the three-piece combo. The whole record rolls along
full-steam ahead, slowing only on the last track, the epic "Stop the
Bleeding," which starts out as a ballad and then booms.
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by El Diablo Salutations, fellow denizens of the night, and welcome to our newly-launched local m...by El Diablo
Salutations, fellow denizens of the night, and welcome to our newly-launched local music round-up, "Queen City Inferno." What's up with the sinful moniker and horn-ed imagery? Well, as the preacher man said, popular music -- rock, hip-hop, salsa, country, jazz -- is the devil's music. That's my purview, friends, so who better to deliver the news?
And what better place to start than with a band sporting a name after my own heart -- Blanco Diablo? The Charlotte-based, classic rock-tinged trio recently returned from its second UK tour, which stopped at the Oswestry Music Live Festival in Shropshire. Formed in 2004, Blanco Diablo includes bandmates Jamie Ray (guitar/vox), Jeff Nunnery (drums) and Patrick Jason (bass), who play rock with a metal edge and Southern roots -- what one reviewer likened to AC/DC picnicking on Billy Gibbons' ranch.
Its debut on New York's Rock Ridge Records, Paper Poison Revolution, has enjoyed some local and national kudos, including favorable write-ups in Charleston, SC, and at www.altrocksource.com. But it's in England where the white devils have made their biggest splash, including a sold-out date with Double Pneumonia at the famed Cavern Club in Liverpool. Ray called it a "religious experience" -- which makes me understandably nervous, but I get his point.
"We were told to push the record in our own backyard," Nunnery adds, "which we have -- it's just that our backyard is also 3,500 miles away."
And that's where the band's headed again for a month-long set of dates beginning in October, including some opening slots for Welsh hard-rock legends (and Spinal Tap doppelgängers) Budgie. Ultimately, BD's goal is to land a spot on next summer's Glastonbury Festival roster. For now, however, it's the gig-to-gig slog -- and that's fine by Blanco Diablo.
"It's not about the dollar with us," says Nunnery. "I'd rather have five Blanco Diablo fans in the audience than 50 waiting for a Nickelback cover."
Hmmm. So would Satan.
Blanco Diablo plays Amos' Southend on Aug. 26, opening for Led Zep tribute Zoso.
Blanco Diablo recognized and mentioned in Jan. '07 issue of Modern Drummer magazines news section
3-4 hour sets...All original with some covers
Best of Me
Paper Poison Revolution
One Way Ride
Shake the Devil
...and MANY MORE!!!
T.Rex - 20th Century Boy
The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary
Kiss - Cold Gin
Ozzy Osbourne - Bark at the Moon
Thin Lizzy - Cold Sweat
Cream/Clapton - Cocaine/Sunshine of Your Love
There are no upcoming dates at this time.