“leaps spitting and crackling from the fryer: tasty morsels of dirty blues and lowdown r’n’b” ★★★★ – RnR magazine
“The British Blues is back… An infinite groove, full of energy and good taste: and the powerful shadow of people like Howlin ‘Wolf and R L Burnside to give approval from afar.” – Il Manifesto
“They brew up a storm… these guys can write top class originals.” – Blues Matters
This tough and howlin’ blues three piece has been gaining the attentions of blue fans around the world. Taking their inspiration from the blues of Mississippi, funky groves from New Orleans and then adding a touch of their own South London influence Jimmy Regal and the Royals play a blend of very original and exciting blues. The band have been exciting audiences up and down the country and are an ever present on the blues festival and club circuit. The band comprises CJ Williams on guitar AND bass. Undoubtedly one of the best guitarists around with a very unique style. Joff Watkins on harmonica and vocals- one of the finest harmonica players and much in demand and Sammy Samuels on drums who has the subtlety and power to drum up everything from a swamp boogie to a second line dancing march.
The band released their self-titled debut album in 2018. Rave reviews proceeded and with the release of ‘late Night Chicken’ in 2020, the band were hot gossip and well on their way to taking centre stage on the UK blues scene. 2021 saw the release of a 5-track E.P., and a track featuring long-time friend and collaborator, Diabel Cissokho was featured on BBC 4’s Loose Ends as a live session, recorded during the pandemic.
Jimmy Regal and the Royals transfer their music seamlessly to the live stage, having recently opened up for U.S. sensation, GA20 at London’s Garage, as well as appearing at Red Rooster Festival and the UK blues and rock festival. The band continue to reach new audiences and Lunaria Records is pleased to announce the release of their latest album, ‘First And Last Stop’. An all original release, which successfully demonstrates the band’s ever evolving style, packed with plenty of guest musicians, whilst retaining the spirt of the core band and their individual sound.