When Rivers Meet announce brand new album 'Aces Are High'

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Award-winning blues rock duo When Rivers Meet have announced the release of their third album Aces Are High out later this summer and available to pre-order now.

 The exciting news of the new album
precedes their April and May UK headline tour which starts April 28th. Tickets for the UK tour are available
from www.whenriversmeet.co.uk/tour.
WRM will also perform on Joe Bonamassa’s Keeping The Blues Alive Mediterranean III Cruise which
departs Athens on August 17th. Cabins are available from www.bluesaliveatseaeurope.com. The cruise also
features Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Christone “Kingfish” Ingram and Blackberry Smoke.
Regarding the forthcoming album the duo say, “As our music is progressing, we’re finding our sound even
more. When we went in the studio this time, we’ve never been so sure on what we wanted to create—we
had a really clear vision and have stuck to it.
“Before we held back on being too rocky, but this time we allowed ourselves to create what we wanted to
hear, without restricting ourselves. We also allowed ourselves to express the different colours to our music
with tracks like ‘Golden’ and ‘By Your Side’, so this album has more extremes. We still call upon our
influences from all the years but remain true to ourselves to create music we love.”
The pair lay their first hand from the new record with
the scorching lead single ‘Play My Game’, a grooveladen, driving blues track with rich riffs and searing
vocals. It’s a bold statement of intent with a badass
video to boot, capturing a poker game gone south
leading to a high-speed car chase and daring
aeroplane escape.
Since their formation in 2019, the husband-and-wife
duo Grace Bond (vocals, mandolin, violin) and Aaron
Bond (vocals, guitar) have been quick to prove
themselves one of the most exciting names in British
blues rock. Blending Americana, folk, blues, and rock
in a distinctly unique manner, they have been
showered with many awards and accolades.
Their forthcoming album Aces Are High follows two
critically acclaimed records: We Fly Free (2020), which
reached No.1 in the iTunes Blues Album Chart, and
Saving Grace (2021), which charted at No.2 in the UK
Official Jazz & Blues Albums Chart, No.5 UK Official
Album Downloads Chart, and No.6 UK Official
Independent Albums Chart. These were based purely
on chart reporting digital sales and didn’t include
physical sales.

When Rivers Meet were the first band to win four awards at the UK Blues Awards 2021 and another three
awards in 2022, including Blues Band Of The Year on both occasions. In 2021 When Rivers Meet were
voted Best New Band at Planet Rock’s The Rocks Awards, and in 2022 won Planet Rock’s Blues Power
Award and Album Of The Year Award with Saving Grace.
Aces Are High finds the duo returning with a more powerful sound than ever before. Aaron’s gnarled riffs
hit harder alongside his deep vocal tones, while Grace’s vocals range wider with tantalising bite as they
effortlessly climb scales like her striking slide mandolin which accompanies the likes of ‘Trail To Avalon’.
The immediacy of the new record is showcased from the off with the hard-hitting opener ‘Infected’, while
no punches are pulled on the kick-out-time anthem ‘5 Minutes Until Midnight’. Nevertheless, its
contrasting sides find delicate moments such as the reflective acoustic song ‘Golden’ and the shimmering
Americana of ‘By Your Side’.

  1. Infected
  2. Seen It All Before
  3. Play My Game
  4. Golden
  5. Aces Are High
  6. Trail To Avalon
  7. Perfect Stranger
  8. The Secret
  9. By Your Side
  10. 5 Minutes Until Midnight

When Rivers Meet developed a powerful live reputation and with their first headline tour last year, which
they played to capacity crowds across the country. They will be hitting the road again throughout April and
May 2023 on a UK headline tour, with special guest “Arielle”, and includes a date at London’s Lafayette on
May 6th. Ahead of this they will be touring the UK with REEF while in the summer When Rivers Meet have
also been announced to play a number of festivals.








Colchester, Arts Centre
Friday 28 April 2023

Norwich, Waterfront
Saturday 29 April 2023

Brighton, Komedia
Thursday 4 May 2023

London, Lafayette
Saturday 6 May 2023

Bristol Fleece
Thursday 11 May 2023

Birmingham, Asylum
Friday 12 May 2023

Southampton, 1865
Saturday 13 May 2023

Tavistock, Wharf
Sunday 14 May 2023

Barnard Castle, The Witham
Friday 19 May 2023

Glasgow, The Garage
Saturday 20th May 2023

Newcastle, University Students Union
Sunday 21 May 2023

Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Thursday 25 May 2023

Bradford, Nightrain
Friday 26 May 2023

Manchester, Academy 3
Saturday 27 May 2023


28th – Festival In The Gardens, Braintree

1st – Linton Festival, Ross-On-Wye
2nd – Alford Rock and Blues Festival, Alford
7th – Bures Music Festival, Bures
28th – Steelhouse Festival, Ebbw Vale

4th – Cambridge Rock Festival, Horseheath
11th – Firestorm (Manchester) Rock Festival, Stockport
17th/22nd – Keeping Blues Alive At Sea III, Athens

6th – Cornwall Rocks Festival, Looe

12th – Whitby Blues, Rhythm & Rock, Whitby

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