New live album out soon!

Back in May we played the second date on our Spring Tour, the Greystones in Sheffield - definitely one of our favourite gigs.  On the night, everyone felt it had been a particularly good show, and we were all delighted and astonished when the engineer, Chris Grimshaw casually announced that he had recorded it all on multitrack.

We think you’re going to enjoy the album - our fifth since we got back together (‘reformed but unrepentant!’) some 13 years ago. It’s our first live album – something that fans have been suggesting for years.  And we mean LIVE!  It’s the band caught in the act, as you would have experienced us on stage that night!

Slim Chance – Live at the Greystones will be officially released on February 23rd 2024 by The Last Music Company

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Slim Chance gigs

Founded by the great Ronnie Lane after he left the Faces, Slim Chance is still going strong, redefining rock and roll and continuing to live up to their name as the ultimate good-time band. The show features many of Ronnie’s classic songs – including Ooh la la, How Come and The Poacher plus a few surprises - a rare mix of bonhomie and fine musicianship.

Following last year’s release of ‘The Phoenix Tapes’, which featured a guest appearance by Pete Townshend,  the band draws on a huge range of talent for its live appearances and regularly features original members Steve Bingham, Charlie Hart, and Steve Simpson,with fine support from a pool of musicians that includes Geraint Watkins, Billy Nicholls, Brendan O’Neill, Frank Mead and Jim Russell.

"Slim Chance have beautifully honored their late leader’s legacy while emerging as a magical band in their own right"

Kris Needs, Record Collector

THE PHOENIX TAPES is a collection of fourteen previously unreleased tracks recorded by the band since its reincarnation some 10 years ago. Originally posted as a series on Youtube in the last part of 2020 to raise spirits in lockdown,  these recordings feature performances from many of the fine musicians who have played and sung with the band in the last decade, and also a brilliant contribution from Ronnie Lane's trusted friend and collaborator, Pete Townshend. Besides three originals from the band there are covers ranging from Bob Dylan to Leadbelly, Cat Stevens to Jagger/Richards, as well as vibrant new versions of four of Ronnie's classic songs.

"A kindred spirit to Bob Dylan’s legendary Basement Tapes (Columbia / 1975), Slim Chance unearths gems aplenty from their archives. How come (to quote Ronnie Lane) these tracks never made it on to the original releases?"

Tom Semioli , Host, Notes From An Artist on Cygnus Radio and Podcast (USA)

"This wonderfully eclectic collection of songs; some familiar some not so much so, has the indelible charm and warmth of Slim Chance stamped right through it"

Brian Finlay, journalist

"The Slim Chance followers will be pleased that staples from the live shows that were never included on the albums finally make an appearance. Steve Simpson’s remarkable take on Stone with its bluesy picking and the show stopper Anniversary, which never fails to bring the house down with the Fishpool Philarmonic’s duelling fiddles, being two prime examples"

Craig Challine | Louder than War

Press

"The whole album is drenched in the rollicking joi de vivre that Lane himself channelled so adroitly. A spirit-raising triumph from start to finish."

Viva la Rock

"Much more than a nostalgic re-treading of past glories, this is rock'n'roll played as balm for the soul by a band of brothers"

Steve Hunt | fRoots

"On The Move sounds like music made with drinks in hand and wide smiles on faces"

Mark Blake | Mojo

"Their second LP is an aged-in-the wood delight. They've all done Ronnie proud"

Q magazine

"Original Chancers Steve Bingham, Charlie Hart and Steve Simpson convincingly recreate Ronnie's uniquely ruralised, soul-and-groove brand of folk-rock"

Uncut

"Richly garnished by fiddles, bottleneck and accordion, the rejuvenated Slim Chance seem to be emerging with a rough-shod, rollicking sound of their own………..the party is already in full swing"

Record Collector