Lyn grew up in a musical household and has a passion for popular music genres. Lyn has also studied Music at University in Britain.
Rag ‘n Bone Man has been making waves in the British music scene since 2016. His real name is Rory Graham and both his parents are musical, so he hails from a musical background, and Rory grew up mimicking the style of Muddy Waters, before a foray as a teenager into MC for a while in the Sussex Hip Hop scene.
He first came to the attention of the author when introduced by a fellow music enthusiast more than two years ago. In case you have not discovered him yet, here is an introduction to the wonderful blues singer-songwriter from Britain, Rag ‘n Bone Man.
Rag ‘n Bone Man gained his stage name from a 1960s British television show called Steptoe and Son and remembers sitting watching reruns of the show with his granddad and saying the name sounded like a blues name to him, and it stuck.
A Blues Sounding Name...
“I just kind of liked the name, you know, sounded indicative of that Sonny Hooker; Johnny Boy Williamson, Rag ‘n Bone Man you know that kind of had that feel to it....”
— Rag 'n Bone Man
Hailing from Uckfield a small, unremarkable town east of Haywards Heath in East Sussex, England, Rory attended Uckfield Community College and was part of a group of youths supported by the Princes Trust* who developed a community project to improve the community by undertaking painting and gardening tasks in nearby Crowborough. His music career started in the local youth clubs and pubs of the area around Uckfield, and he still returns to his roots to give concerts.
The end goal is to be playing live and playing live to more people”
— Rag 'n Bone Man
Prince Charles Connection
The Princes Trust began in 1976 and was the brainchild of Prince Charles, who wanted to do something to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people in Britain. The charity has grown and diversified since its early conception and helps young people in a number of ways; you can find out more via their website.
They help people between 13–30 to gain employment, education, and training, which of course, leads to self-worth and improved lives.
"Had I not seen Rag N Bone Man live then I would have imagined he was a middle aged blues singer; it is normally only through years of experience can an artist so effortlessly pick up so many influences and distill them into an individual style. However that Rag N Bone man feels fresh and modern gives some hint to his fairly tender years... "
— British music critic CR01
Honey and Gravel
There is something very special about Rag ‘n Bone Man; his voice is a mix of sweetness like honey, softness like velvet, yet there is denim and gravel too. The delivery is always from the heart, and the mix of sensitivity and power is balanced, hear him live, and he will both drain and inspire you; such is his power.
Hear live acoustic versions of his self-penned tracks, and it is hard to believe that they are created by a young white man with multiple tattoos. Seek him out on YouTube and discover his surprising diversity, but what all tracks have in common is that voice, that power and passion. Listen to this man; you will not regret it.
Finally, the hard work and dedication are paying off and Rag ‘n Bone Man has just won two Brit Awards:
Described as the biggest event in the British music industry’s calendar, the Brit Awards encompasses all musical genres and musical acts established and new.
Rag 'n Bone Man won:
- Critics’ Choice
- Best British Breakthrough Award at the London award ceremony February 22nd 2017.
This blues Singer has soul!
The Argus, the local daily paper for his home county of Sussex, reported the news of their local boy with enthusiasm.
The star - real name Rory Graham - had already won the Brits Critics’ Choice but also picked up British Breakthrough award at the O2 Arena in London.
It tops a fantastic week for the musician who also hit number one with his album Human on Friday.
It sold more than 117,000 copies in a week, according to the Official Charts Company.
As he picked up his gongs last night, Graham was wearing a suit designed by Brighton designer Gresham Blake.
Bitter End Acoustic Live at Glastonbury
Watch out for This Artist
At the time of writing, there is not much known about this artist but mark my words Rag ‘n Bone Man is an artist to watch out for.
First UK Version
- CR01 at http://cd.ciao.co.uk/Disfigured_Rag_n_Bone_Man__Review_6152983
© 2017 Lyn