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The U.K.’s King King is a powerhouse guitar-led band currently keeping British blues alive. Standing in the Shadows is the followup to their British Blues Award-winning debut from 2011, Take My Hand. You can stream it below until July 16.

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Standing in the Shadows
King King
Streaming until July 16


British blues became a force unto itself in the ’60s with the rise of John Mayall, Long John Baldry, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. These groundbreakers took their lead from the Chicago blues dynasty of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Willie Dixon.

King King has adopted the American music with equal exuberance, but it’s the close connection to blues and country music that seems to be the base of the predominant influence expressed on Standing in the Shadows. Songs in this collection, like the guitar-heavy album opener “More Than I Can Take,” and the ballad-y closer “Let Love In,” could play as easily on American country radio as they could on a blues festival stage.

Indeed, Canadian blues festival stages are where you will find King King this week, as the band plays both the Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival and the Ottawa Bluesfest.

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