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The Cadillac Kings

Red Hot Rhythm ’n’ Blues

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Last Show: Sunday 27 th November 2022

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Firm favourites on the blues & jump-jive scenes, the award-winning Cadillac Kings feature five of the UK's top blues and roots musicians. Inspired by the sounds and styles of the ‘40s & ‘50s with a distinctly modern take lyric-wise, this is a band with a reputation for wowing their audiences, at club and festivals across the UK & Europe. Since their formation in 2000 the band has opened shows for acts such as John Mayall, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Rod Piazza, Lazy Lester, Magic Slim, Lil' Ed & His Blues Imperials, Louisiana Red, Larry Garner, Sherman Robertson, Little Feat & Delbert McLinton to name but a few!

“Their latest album confirms my opinion that the Cadillac Kings are the top rhythm and blues band on the UK scene”


Formed back in 2000 by ex-members of the bands of Otis Grand, Paul Lamb, Big Joe Louis and Camden legends The Poorboys, The Cadillac Kings have since built a huge reputation for entertaining audiences with a unique mix of self-penned rhythm & blues, swing (and humour!). In that time they have played at over a thousand different clubs, concert halls, theatres and festivals across the UK and Europe, from the Canaries to the Arctic circle.

In 2003 they were signed by Paul Jolly for his 33 Records label and since then have released 5 award-winning cds, including in 2004 The Times’ best blues cd of the year for their album ‘Highway 17’, and in 2009 Canada’s ‘Real Blues’ Magazine's award for the best UK blues act & cd for ‘Trouble in Store’. Their 2012 release “Gonna Tell Your Momma” was recorded 100% live in Norway and had rave reviews in every magazine from ‘Blues in Britain’ to ‘Folk Roots’, from ‘Blues Blast USA’ to ‘Blues News Norway’!

Their most recent cd “The Secret of My Success” reached the number one position in the USA’s Cashbox Blues & Boogie chart in 2017, and stayed there for four weeks, holding off acts such as The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Rick Estrin & The Nightcats, Coco Montoya, John Primer and Samantha Fish. The UK Independent DJs association voted ‘The Secret of My Success’ as one of the top 3 releases of that year alongside Kaz Hawkins & Joe Bonamassa.

The band's popularity on Youtube has resulted in their videos currently scoring hits in the millions, with their song “Betty Lou” reaching over 3 million hits and two more band originals “Left Handed Woman” and “Cadillac Shake” together, approaching the million mark.

2022 marks the band's 22nd year on the road, and signals their strongest ever line-up, featuring two of the UK's very best roots players – sensational pianist and accordionist - Tim Penn, and on guitar the brilliantly versatile Mal Barclay, alongside singer/songwriter, slide guitarist and harp player, Mike Thomas, backed up by the terrific rhythm section of Paul Cuff on double bass and Jason Reay on drums. 

Mike Thomas (vocals, harmonica, guitar)

Mal Barclay (vocals, guitar)

Tim Penn (vocals, piano, accordion)

Paul Cuff (double bass)

Jason Reay (drums)