Blues Boom is a column that will target on presenting the cream of the crop of blues, modern blues, neo blues & blues rock sound. Eight tracks will be featured on every post that every blues fan should directly move to.
“Simple music is the hardest music to play and blues is simple music”. – Albert Collins
A trippy kick-off for this Blues Boom round-up with one of the great “lost” bands of the 1960s, The Druids of Stonehenge & their ‘The Prettiest Train‘, a song that was inspired by a ‘traditional’ prison farm chain-gang chant of the same name recorded by Alan Lomax in the late 1940s. A beautiful blend of blues, americana & retro sould finishing touches.
… The Gus Glynn Band‘s ‘Old Songs‘ is a classic rock song with a blues heart. According to the band: ‘Old Songs longs for old vibes, written during a time of grief for some older people who were big influences in our lives, and passed on, leaving a void. A song that looks back at our Blues influences and tries to marry some vintage tones with some of the grit and fuzz of more modern guitar and bass sound sounds.’
On Parole‘s ‘Greta’s Blues‘ is a pure blues rock treat, ‘an epic tale of death and destruction, a struggle to survive against all the odds‘, with some killer guitar solos and sounds like it sprang out of the greatest 70s Brit (blues) era. Powerful and authentic!
The Barbeque Band deliver ‘a dirty acoustic Boogie-Woogie ode to our very favourite activities…drinking, dancing and behaving just a little bit badly’, ‘Bottles‘ taken from the band’s debut album ‘The Better Side Of Bad Behaviour‘. It’s high time you put a drink in your hand, put some dancing shoes on your feet and put a smile on your face!
The debut single by The Freight, ‘Show Me‘, is more than a promising one, ‘a Freddie King style bluesy/soulful song with a modern sonic quality.‘ Just cannot get enough of those dudes, and already looking forward to their next sonic adventures!
Leaving now for Australia where we find Groove Doctor Bob & ‘Can’t Keep A Good Man Down‘ the debut single from the artist’s second album ‘Ride With Me Thru Bluesville 4221‘. An upbeat blues track, inspired by an exchange with a friend in San Francisco who had recently had a lung transplant. Hot stuff!
Spider Mike King‘s ‘Hollow Man‘ is a ‘Beefheart-esque rock/blues vibe, and a visceral comment on the abuse of power by populist politicians and corporate greed.‘ The accompanying video is great too, & produced by BAFTA award winning Colin O’Toole.
15-60-75 The Numbers‘ (yup the legendary 15-60-75) ‘Back To Disaster‘, is the opening track of ‘Endure‘, a collection of Country Eastern songs. Full of characters, short stories, laments, and questions.
‘Blues Brother’: Christos Doukakis