Wow, where did 2012 go...?!

And just like that, it's the end of another year. 2012 proved to be a great year for Cherry and the band, from the release of their third studio album; Heard It Here First in February, to being the 'Artist In Session' on Paul Jones' BBC Radio 2 show back in May, to successful appearances at over 9 festivals and Cherry being the guest artist on Bernie Marsden's summer tour.

"This year really has been our best yet," says Cherry, "infact every year has gotten bigger and better and 2012 will really stand out to me as being the year that we nailed our own sound, what with the release of the third album, there's nobody out there doing what we're doing and i'm proud of that. The guys in the band are all on fire, we're the tightest we've ever been and that's the result of the 5 years we've been playing together solidly. Onward and upwards! I can't wait to see what 2013 brings. I want to thank each and every one of you for your support - it really drives us and lets us know that we're doing something right! Stick with us though 'cause the best is yet to come!"

Cherry and the boys will be taking a well earned rest throughout January and most of February to write new material. There are a couple of gigs at the end of January and into February so make sure you take a look at the gig page. This is a good time for them to add new material to the already tight-as-a-gnat's-backside's setlist!

Cherry & the boys at their Christmas party gig, Danny's Bar, Bedford

If you missed out on Cherry and the band's session on the Paul Jones show back in May on BBC Radio 2, you'll be pleased to hear that plans are in place for a release of that session this spring! We'll of course keep you informed as to when it'll be available and in the meantime, if you could carry on emailing Paul Jones to carry on requesting Cherry's latest record at and also Jools Holland on BBC Radio 2 at while you're at it! Thank you for helping spread the Cherry sound.

Thanks as ever for your support in 2012! SPREAD THE WORD and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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Cherry on the road

Cherry with Morgan Freeman minutes after coming off stage at his Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale, Mississippi

Cherry with legendary songwriter Dan Penn hanging out near Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Alabama

Cherry with Steve Cropper after opening up for him and The Animals

Cherry onstage performing at the Silverstone British Grand Prix

Cherry recording at Abbey Road Studios guesting on Bernie Marsden's new record

Cherry hanging out in Nashville before performing at Red Rooster's Writer Night

Cherry & the band recording their BBC Radio 2 session at Maida Vale

Cherry with Bernie Marsden & Paul Jones after performing at Paul's charity gig at Cranleigh Arts Centre

"Great voice Cherry Lee!" Imelda May

Cherry with Aled Jones after coming off stage at Proms in the Park

"Thanks for supporting me, great music..." Albert Lee

"Cherry got the blues, that's why I wrote her name on my hand!..." Seasick Steve

"Real great touring with you Miss Cherry, thank you so much..." Mud Morganfield (Muddy Waters Jnr)

"Cherry, you sure can howl girl!" Hanging with Howlin' Wolf's two daughters and niece after performing at Howlin' Wolf Festival in West Point, Mississippi

Backstage with the Walter Trout Band after supporting him on his UK tour

Cherry backstage at Kentish Town Forum after performing onstage with The Quireboys

Onstage with Brad Webb & Blind Mississippi Morris at BB King's on Beale St, Memphis

Onstage at the 2010 Howlin' Wolf Memorial Festival in West Point, Mississippi

Onstage at the 2010 Howlin' Wolf Memorial Festival in West Point, Mississippi, band from l-r Grammy-award winning Billy Earheart, David Parker, Kelvin Holly (Little Richard, Pegi Young), Mike Chain, Cherry & Keith Shaddix.

Cherry onstage with her US band at the 2011 Market Street Festival in Columbus, Mississippi.

Backstage with US blues legend Super Chikan at the 2011 Market Street Festival, Columbus Mississippi