King King are embarking on a UK tour that kicks off with their biggest London gig yet.

The blues-rock quartet play Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 17th January 2018 before making their way to Birmingham, Bath, Edinburgh, and Sheffield over the following weeks.

King King performing at The The Jazz Cafe London on 6 May 2015 (Simon Reed/RockShot)

The tour is in support of their latest studio album, Exile & Grace, which was released in October 2017,

“Exile & Grace definitely has a rockier feel and sound to it,” says singer and guitarist Alan Nimmo. “We are following our influences from the classic rock genre: Bad Company, Whitesnake, and Thunder.

“We really set out to challenge ourselves with this album. We’ve stepped up the quality of songwriting and pushed ourselves physically in both performance and delivery.”

The album, which was recorded at Superfly Studios and mixed by Foo Fighters and Feeder collaborator Chris Sheldon, features the singles (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ and Long Time Running.

“(She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ came about when we recorded the Reaching for the Light album,” reveals Nimmo. “There was a little chord sequence I used just before the start of the first verse of our song Crazy. It was one of those times after that when there are various things going on at the mixing desk and you find yourself with a few minutes to spare and naturally if there’s a guitar in hand you’ll start to mess around. So I played around with the similar idea that I used on Crazy and changed the timing and just got the foot tapping, and the riff was born.”

Long Time Running also came together after some of that “messing around”.

“A riff I was messing with on slide that just sounded terrible was about to be forgotten when I put the slide down and started playing it normally and eventually saw some potential in it. So I persevered with it and put some other chords in and tried to come up with a pattern for it,” shares Nimmo.

“We were on tour in Denmark, and we managed to get the use of one of the venues the day before or the day after and we got to work on this idea. By the end of that little session we had Long Time Running.”

King King January UK Tour Dates

Wednesday 17th January: London Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Thursday 18th January: Birmingham, Town Hall
Saturday 20th January: Bath, Forum
Friday 26th January: Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall
Saturday 27th January: Sheffield, Leadmill             

King King live in Birmingham. (Andrew Hibbs/Andy Hibbs)                            

Photography by Simon Reed.