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“Wonderful acoustic guitar work, I highly recommend this album” – Nigel Day’s Blues Brunch NCB Radio review of “Working Class Bluesman”

“A Cracking album” – Pablo and the Blues , MyRock Radio

Ritchie Dave Porter is one of the finest blues rock guitarists to come out of Birmingham UK. Power, Control and with an instinctive emotional touch“-Trevor Hazel ( Rock Radio UK )

Takes Acoustic Blues to a brand new place“-Ian McKenzie (KCOR Acoustic Blues Club)

One of the modern bluesmen keeping the acoustic blues alive and relevant“-Brad Mennie (The Big Groove Radio Show)

Acoustic Blues with Feel and Presence“-Pete Feenstra (Get Ready To Rock Radio)

Rudolph Music Review – Acoustic Blues EP

Ritchie Dave Porter is a blues guitarist from Birmingham.
For his second release Ritchie decided to release an acoustic EP. What we hear is the blues reduced to seven small listening songs. All songs are pure and sincere. Ritchie decided in his own kitchen with two microphones to record the album. Together with producer
Michael Tingle managed this within a day.
Musicians like Dave Ritchie Porter deserve the attention for their music. This is a pleasant album to listen to. For all lovers of acoustic blues this album is a must.

-From the Dutch translation


Blues in Greece online – Keep the blues Alive

Interview with British guitarist/songwriter Ritchie Dave Porter – music from his struggles and life adventures. Read the full interview here:


‘I quite liked “Rocking The Blues”, the last album from Ritchie Dave Porter, although I did say that:
“when he does rock out on … he doesn’t always convince, but when he gets into instrumental mode … then it’s an absolute delight. He also does a fair turn on the acoustic blues … and it’s on the latter styles that he really shines.”
So what does he but turn round and punt out a 7 track acoustic blues EP. Something you may have guessed from the title. And it’s really enjoyable as he works his way through a set of original numbers which really do showcase his excellent guitar work.
There are no duffers here, but first time around it was ‘I Got No Money’ and ‘Once I Had a Pretty Girl’ that had me hitting the repeat button. If you like your blues simple and straightforward with some fantastic guitar lines, then this is the place for you.’


By DJ John Van Lent

“Hey folks let me introduce myself. My name is John van Lent and I have a program called living Room Blues every Thursday on Being a Dutchie DJ I receive a lot of material throughout the year to be played in my program. Some more interesting than the others as you may understand. Since a while I have been listening and became more interested in the way RDP makes his statement using the guitar and his voice and performing the blues. I really fancy his material and he knows I am very keen on his acoustical material. So I was very glad I received his album and have been spinning it in the program a few times already. So do check him out and enjoy the simplicity with how he plays his instrument and gives you the feeling to be part of it. Great to listen to and it is wishful thinking to be able to play the blues like he does. Seems easy but I know it has been very hard work over the past years to be able to perform it the way he does. Thanks Ritchie. Love the sound of it and be sure to hear it regularly in the program Living Room Blues on for the music.”

Translated from the Italian

Soul Blues … Heart Rock!


A look in the musical Blues, the ” Devil’s Music “by definition, introduced me to, thanks to other fans like me ( that between blues, rock, metal and allied us through water! ), a guitarist / bassist / singer, truly exceptional: Ritchie Dave Porter .
Born in Birminghman (UK), January 18, 1970. Son of un’ufficiale naval and a professional dancer.
Ritchie, began playing the guitar at age 11, impressed ( I would say very positively ), the work record and the guitar technique of legends like Jimi Hendrix , Jimmy Page , Eric “Slowhand” Clapton and Johnny Winter , spending hours and hours to “jamming” with his favorite guitar heroes, learning their solos note by note, for all his “formative period “as a guitarist.
In 1994, Ritchie, formed his first band, a power-trio called ” Voodoo Witch Blues Band “, which publishes a live album (without the use of studio overdubs), entitled” Blues On Fire “, the trio brings tour through Germany and Denmark.
After 8 years of touring, Ritchie, melts the group.

Ritchie also becomes, although temporarily, dissatisfied music industry as happened to three of his best friends, died because of drug and alcohol abuse, a direct result of the lifestyle of rock-star.

With new friends with the drummer and producer Michael Tingle , Ritchie, starts the recording of new music material, cut eclectic and influenced by the sounds of great artists and groups such as the aforementioned left-handed guitarist best known as Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, the aforementioned Johnny Winter, Led Zeppelin, Clapton, the Stones and early Aerosmith. This takes him to perform in both the native Birmingham in the West Midlands in England.

The work progressed to the great, but for the peculiar habit of bad luck in wanting to force complicate the existence of others, to Ritchie, is diagnosed with cancer that will take him to three months of chemotherapy and having to undergo a delicate surgery.
But, since not all silver lining, during the period of treatment, thanks to its acoustic guitar and the presence of Michael Tingle, Ritchie records directly to the hospital the song ” Morphine Blues “, inspired by the effects of treatment and therapy that is forced to endure.
From this single, very popular in the US, will be born the first album on behalf Ritchie Dave Porter, titled ” Rocking The Blues “: an album very popular in USA, continuously transmitted from the major music radio stations Blues, product by the same Tingle, who also participates as a drummer.

Ritchie Dave Porter – Rocking The BluesThe album consists of 14 tracks. Already from the opening track ” Return To The Saddle “is immediately clear that the musical style of Ritchie Dave Porter spaces from the typical sounds of the blues of the origins of the purest rock & blues classy . Also proves to have good vocal abilities perfectly blended to the mat melodic. Doti guitar well proven and a good rhythm section, are the basis of ” Is not Giving Up On Love “. Well-constructed solos that give the song a retro flavor and well-written vocal lines give the right picking style to the song. ” 3 am “shows rhythms rhythmic, almost hypnotic. A perfect song for the radio broadcast. With ” Waiting For The Train “we move towards shores music on the border of the classic Blues and Country more blood. Following is the single that gave birth to the album: ” Morphine Blues , “which There redelivery landscapes rock & blues. A piece completely instrumental, creepy! With the sixth track in the lineup ” I’m Back “, style moves further towards the sound and the groove of the legendary Rolling Stones. Even the vocal lines reached, in some small resemblance, the style of Mick Jagger. Pure energy guitar for ” Into The Darkness “, the seventh song of the disc, and the second track totally instrumental. The couple later songs, ” One Night “and” Lord Have Mercy “takes us back in the lands of the Delta Blues typical, made ​​of acoustic guitars, drums and vocals just mentioned by bluesman consumed. danceable rhythms, energetic melody and text that gives joy are the basis of the tenth piece ” Rabbit In The Hole ” . Third song without words – which incidentally also takes away the hearers – is the eleventh track in the lineup: ” Autumn “. The album comes close to its conclusion with ” The Stygian Witch “and” Spanish Tears ” . Two songs united by a common feature: slow, rhythmic intro that turns into a “slow and rhythmic” ride electric flavor Latin and Hispanic. These two songs are completely instrumental closing. The worthy closing of this first album of the British guitarist is entrusted vigorous and unrestrained ” Rock Chick “. A song that reflects the lessons of rock and blues dictated by the Rolling Stones and ZZ Top.

That’s not all, in April this year, will be released the second EP Ritchie, entitled ” Acoustic Blues EP “.

Dave Ritchie Porter- acoustic blues-front coverThe EP consists of 7 tracks.
As the title suggests, all songs in the lineup are pieces of acoustic blues and blood, where there are also moments energetic and imbued with different musical atmospheres.
A work that brings to mind the works music of the great masters (and Legends) of the Blues as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howlin ‘Wolf and John Lee Hooker, just to name some of the most representative.
This time I prefer not to reveal any trace of the EP, because I wish it were those who law (and listen) to discover them and savor them one by one, without interference and external opinions. Believe me it’s worth it!
A job done with passion and respect for a genre as the great Hendrix ” Easy to play but hard to hear! ” (“Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel!”) .

A trip to the “Devil’s Music” more pure and uncontaminated by other genres, is recommended to lovers of the Blues ( like myself ) that those reading this will want to discover the sounds and tastes of music that gave birth to Rock and his children.

By Daniel Vasco from We Rock 2

Get Ready to Rock

Review by Pete Feenstra


Ritchie Dave Porter is a blues-rock guitarist from Birmingham who tells us on his liner notes that: ‘Rocking the Blues’ is the expression of my soul through the guitar’, and also that: ‘Every note is played with emotion’.

You can’t argue with his sentiments even if some of the songs don’t quite cut it. With the exception of a few drum tracks, Ritchie is responsible for everything on an album that is full of passionate songs, intricate acoustic to scorching electric guitar licks and a close to the mic vocal that draws the listener in to Michael Tingle’s coherent arrangements.

This is a blues rock album that eschews cliché, through simple lyrics that reflect personal experiences and thoughts, such as ‘Return To The Saddle’ , and the acoustic to electric highlight ‘Ain’t Giving Up On Love’. The latter moves seamlessly from a rhythmic acoustic intro, to a scorching electric guitar line with the same warm expressive vocals that colours all 14 songs.

The album is theoretically split in to the old vinyl idea of side one and two, with side one being mostly acoustic to electric arrangements, while on side two he frequently strips things down.

He’s not quite convincing on the slow blues of ‘3AM’ which labours to overcome a variable double tracked vocal and a sludgy tempo, but it eventually recovers with an incisive, and crisp electric solo that rings with a resonant tone. And as he works his way lyrically though the early hours of the morning, the song does have the dubious quality of evoking a hangover!

He’s far better on the acoustic slide and folk-blues feel of ‘Waiting For The Train’, before he adds an parallel electric guitar line on a busy track that tries too hard. Much like ‘3AM’, the dreamy instrumental ‘Morphine Blues’ does a great job in evoking the song title, with a snaking lead solo bathed in echo reverb and crisp percussion.

‘I’m Back’ kicks ass and mirrors its rock & roll message, while he heavies things up on another instrumental ‘Into the Darkness’ with an edgy buzz guitar line.

There’s deft picking on the live in the studio ‘Lord Have Mercy’ and some excellent dobro on ‘Rabbit in the Hole’ with Michael Tingle joining him on drums. There’s a curious dynamic to the track, which starts out with a lyrically laid back summery feel before a startling electric guitar burst lifts it from its languor.

The slow building melody and rich tone of ‘Autumn’ could be Snowy White, while ‘The Stygian Which’ is another arresting melody with a beautiful acoustic guitar shadowed by two electric guitar lines, suggesting his strength lies in melodic instrumentals. It’s not strictly blues of course, but it’s played from the heart.

‘Rock Chic’ rounds things off with a disposable rocker that is in dire need of a bass line, but again there’s no denying the burning of his licks.

‘Rocking the Blues’ achieves its aim of playing music with emotion. Not everything works and the album as a whole has a live demo feel, but it’s that edge that makes ‘Rocking the Blues’ just a little bit different from the usual rock blues fare. ***


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Kevin Hardy- Host “Main Street Blues” KCOR Music DirectorRitchie Dave Porter’s CD “Rockin’ the Blues” may well be misnamed, now don’t get me wrong this is one bad assed CD! It certainly has some great rockin’ blues tracks such as Rock Chick, and I’m Back, but it also has haunting instrumentals such “Autumn”, “The Stygian Witch”, “Spanish Rose” and “Morphine Blues.” Also included in this 14 track masterpiece is great acoustic blues on “Waiting for the Train.” “3am” has a bit of a Jimi Hendrix feel that Ritchie makes all his own, and “Ain’t Giving Up On Love” is by far his most popular song that is pure RDP. This Cd is a must have not only for Blues lovers but for music lovers in general!

By David Williams “Having been on the live blues scene for some time now,building up a dedicated live following and gaining significant airplay around the traps,ritchie dave porter has finally released the eagerly awaited ,RDP Rockin’ the Blues. With all original music by ritchie and produced/arranged by Michael Tingle,who also lends his hands to percussion,Ritchie has been busy on the live circuit and doing the rounds on local and international radio,putting the last 4 years of pain, sweat and dedication into the final stages of getting into the studio and getting it all down. Fans won’t be disappointed with the result either.Plenty of influences here for a broad appeal to anyone into roots,blues.alternative,classic rock and traditional arrangements,They’re vast and he’s managed to meld together this broad appeal and as a result,pulled together his own distinct sound..Rich in tones and tons of reverb,Ritchie pays homage to those who came before him,with own personal stamp of approval.From the dark moody notes metered out in morphine blues to the anthem like rock chic.Loads of slide, some blistering guitar work and all that lies in between,chops have been cut on this album. Ritchie Dave Porter rocks the blues alright and then some.A fresh approach to an old genre,this album is balanced yet brave. Lord have mercy……

By David Smart “The Blues with a sharpness you don’t normally hear, for a first album without hype. Brilliant

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