The Harpenden Blues, Rhythm & Rock Festival will be returning during the summer.

Showcasing UK music but promising an American flavour, Hitman Blues Band & The New York City Horns will headline the one-day event at Harpenden Public Halls on July 22.

They are making international headway with their recent single, The World Moves On. Their previous release, Blues Enough, was in the running for two Grammy nominations which was two of five separate nominations in different occasions.

The other five acts performing include Lisa Mills, a Mississippi native, now Alabama resident.

Her singing can be compared to the blues as well as gospel and R&B, and Red Butler, a rock blues band making a name for itself across Britain and Europe, with their roots over in Brighton.

Red Butler have gained critical acclaim across the UK with following accolades: runner up in Young Artist category in the British Blues Awards 2016, third place in Best Blues Band category in British Blues Awards 2016, representing the UK at the European Blues Challenge in Italy 2016, winners of the UK Blues Challenge 2015, runners-up in the British Blues Awards 2015 for Young Artist and Emerging Artist), and Best New UK Act 2014 in Blues Matters Magazine.

Jack J Hutchinson will stop by during his UK tour, from whom you can expect loud, electric blues that is equal parts Magic Sam and Elmore James, with a touch of Peter Green, as well as a five-piece from Cambridge and Leicester, Split Whiskers.

They have their roots firmly planted in Chicago blues, crossing boundaries into rock, Americana with more than a hint of the Delta.

Also performing is the energetic Matt Woosey Band whose shows dart between folk, roots, ambient and electronica.

“You’ve got to keep progressing,” says the Malvern-based singer-songwriter. “Like John Martyn. Like Robert Plant. Like Radiohead…”

Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, Harpenden, AL5 1TE, July 22. Details: 01582 767525