Since releasing his first EP in 2014, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man has long been one to watch, and with fans among Radio 1 DJs like Huw Stephens, he is gathering momentum.
A British singer-songwriter from Uckfield, near Brighton, Rory Graham has used the stage name of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, or versions thereof, since he was 15. Inspired by re-runs of the 1960s classic Steptoe and Son, Graham began his music career as an MC under the name Rag ‘n’ Bonez. Thankfully he has since dropped the oh so 1990’s ‘z’.
Encouraged by his father, at the age of 19 Graham began to explore his own vocal abilities and moved away from hip hop to the more soulful vocals for which he is quickly gaining much attention. Signing a publishing deal in 2013 which allowed him to work full time as Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, he has since released several EP’s and performed at festivals up and down the country.
First coming to my attention in 2015 with the broadcast of his first ever televised performance from Glastonbury courtesy of the BBC, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man has received much support from the broadcasting giant with his track ‘Bitter End’ being play listed on Radio 1 Xtra and the Radio 1 ‘In New Music We Trust’ playlist, as well as recording a live session from Maida Vale just last week. (It is available to listen on the iPlayer.)
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s sound is surprisingly unique and seems to stretch beyond the usual bounds of the ‘singer-songwriter’ moniker. His music is heartfelt but also gritty, there are traces of his love for hip hop, his songs have a touch of the falsetto and yet parts would sound at home backed with heavy metal. He is an artist that we are really excited about and, with a new single ‘Human’ just released and an album soon to follow, there is no better time to have a listen and get yourself gripped.