Jared James Nichols Announces New Album Black Magic
Jared James Nichols Announces New Album Black Magic. The band bring rocking Blues magic
features Dennis Holm (drums), Jared James Nichols (guitar, vocals), and Erik Sandin (drums).
ALBUM TRACKS BY TRACK 1. Last Chance (2:48) 2. The Gun (3:22) 3. Don’t Be Scared (3:27) 4. Honey Forgive Me (2:22) 5. Home (2:57) 6. Got To Have You (2:50) 7. End Of Time (2:46) 8. Run (2:54) 9. Keep Your Light on Mama (2:54) 10. What Love (2:51)
Listen to the opening track Last Chance and get the feel. described in Jared James Nichols own words as: “Last Chance is easily the hardest-hitting song I’ve ever wrote,” says Jared. “I completely let it all hang out and went wild. Even the guitar solo is off the wall, blazing fast, and absolutely crazy. I needed to set the bar high for the new record and come out with a bang.”
The single, produced by Tony Perry (Joe’s Son) and Jared James Nichols, features drummer Aquiles Priester (Angra, WASP, Tony McAlpine), and is mixed by Jay Ruston (Stone Sour, Anthrax).
Download the new single “Last Chance” Available from Amazon UK Listen on Spotify
Bluesdoodles has listened to the whole album, review coming soon it is an exciting ride crossing genres and alighting your ear with searing music that burns.
Jared James Nichols knows how to deliver as Wisconsin-born, Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and guitarist, Jared James Nichols, returns with his new album “Black Magic” which is the follow-up to 2015’s debut album “Old Glory & The Wild Revival”.
“Black Magic” features 10 tracks and will be released by Listenable Records on Friday 27th October. All tracks on the new album were recorded at The Boneyard in Boston as well as Johnny Depp’s home studio in Los Angeles and produced and co-written by Tony Perry and Jared James Nichols.
Check out these links where Bluesdoodles have reviewed Jared live and recorded.
Re-Scheduled Dates King King Exile & Grace Tour 2018
EXILE & GRACE” – THE NEW ALBUM RELEASED ON CD, VINYL AND DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ON FRIDAY 6TH OCTOBER 2017 AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER FROM www.kingking.co.uk
RESCHEDULED JANUARY 2018 UK TOUR DATES
King King are pleased to announce the release of their fourth studio album “Exile & Grace” released by Manhaton Records on Friday 6th October 2017. The album features the band’s current single (She Don’t) Gimme No Lovin’ which is currently a big hit on Planet Rock radio in the UK.
Due to a throat condition with lead singer and guitarist Alan Nimmo, the band’s October 2017 UK tour dates have been re-scheduled to January 2018. All October 2017 tickets are valid for the rescheduled shows in January 2018.
The rescheduled dates include London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire (Wednesday 17 January), Birmingham Town Hall (Thursday 18 January), Bath Forum (Saturday 20 January), Edinburgh Queen’s Hall (Friday 26 January), and Sheffield Leadmill (Saturday 27 January).
Tickets are available via the 24 Hour Box Office:0844 478 0898 and can be ordered from www.thegigcartel.com.
The new album “Exile & Grace” promises to deliver a bigger punch, with killer songs performed with true passion by a fist tight line-up. The album was recorded at Superfly Studios and mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder and Therapy).
Forthcoming Album Exile & Grace was recorded at Superfly Studios, the quartet’s first album of new material since 2015’s multi-award winning “Reaching For The Light” features the upcoming single “(She Don’t) Give Me No Lovin’”.
The new single was mixed by Chris Sheldon (Foo Fighters, Feeder and Therapy) and was released on Friday 23rd June.
Says King King’s frontman and guitarist, Alan Nimmo, “Exile & Grace definitely has a rockier feel and sound to it. We are following our influences from the Classic Rock genre, Bad Company, Whitesnake and Thunder. We really set out to challenge ourselves with this album. We’ve stepped up the quality of songwriting and pushed ourselves physically in both performance and delivery!”
King King’s 2011 debut album “Take My Hand” was crowned Blues Album of the month in Classic Rock. Following this success, King King’s next album “Standing in The Shadows” was the highlight of Classic Rock Blues magazine’s Top 50 Albums of 2013. It’s no surprise then that King King won Best Album and Best Band at the 2012 and the 2014 British Blues Awards.
2015 saw the band fly even higher with the release of their “Reaching For The Light” album. King King were nominated for Best New Band at Classic Rock’s prestigious Roll of Honour and inducted into the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame for three consecutive Band wins.
King King have played in all corners of the globe. From the Mahindra Festival in Mumbai, India, to Ottawa Bluesfest in Canada, and numerous festivals throughout the whole of Europe. One of the highlights of 2016 was a UK arena tour with the mighty Thunder, which included playing to over 10,000 people at Wembley Arena and a sell-out headline show on home turf in Glasgow.
Their headlining tour in 2017 took them to mainland Europe and the UK. The band are back with a vengeance in October 2017 to perform songs from their new album “Exile & Grace.” King King are widely recognised as the UK’s hottest rock blues band, the band continue to push the envelope by performing unforgettable live shows with first class musicianship.
King King live shows are a not to be missed event – this is what Bluesdoodles has said:-
Artrix, Bromsgrove – Reaching For the Light, Bluesdoodles said ..album of platinum proportions….. Tonight we heard tracks that prove a studio album sounds even better when the music is live and you can see, feel and hear up close and personal. King King the quartet that has a cascade of sounds with layers of tonal textures ……….with the sparkling vocals of Alan, he can whip up a frenzy, make you cry, laugh and definitely makes you want to get up and dance it is the infection that is King King live.
The Globe, Cardiff– Crazy, yes, the room went crazy with this perennial favourite. Then far too soon it was time for an encore Let Love In and another opportunity for Choir Globe to get involved.
City Hall, Salisbury – This is a night many will talk about do you remember when South African Dan Patlansky and then the mighty King King took Salisbury by a Blues storm. Yes, King King Reaching Spiraling Heights in Salisbury tonight.
BD: Thank you for taking time to talk to Bluesdoodles again we are ready and waiting for Black Magic your new highly anticipated album to arrive on the desk from Listenable Records. In the meantime you have released the first single as a tempter “Last Chance”. The number feels heavier, what inspired you to write the number? JJN: It is definitely heavier, the whole record is full of different shades, tones and styles. People will not be expecting it to be so heavy, decided to release Last Chance to come out with a bang from the new album to grab the ear. It is a sample of styles the album will be exciting lots of blues influences and some really great moments with even some funky stuff.
Listen to Last Chance Here
BD: You have talked a lot about the inspiration the Blues provides you. What do you believe spicing it up with Rock adds to the format; or what is your definition of The Blues in 21st Century?
JJN: Playing now, it is music that when I play the masses of 2017 can relate to understand and enjoy the music. It is a fine line with the blues, honouring the blues legacy with what music people want to listen to. I try to bridge the gap with influences from the classics with modern influences. I have absorbed the music of people I have supported from Walter Trout; Zakk Wylde; UFO; Saxon they do influence with the reaction from different crowds. Underlying is always the Blues. Sprinkling the blues through the music so my generation can re-discover the blues. With the music alive and exciting fresh and modern, that way the blues will survive and grow with new guys and girls playing and appreciating the music.
BD: You are back in the UK with a mix of shows, headlining supporting and Festivals. What excites you about playing in the UK; as your recognition grows? JJN: Every time I return it gets better, the audiences in the UK really get the music I play. The audiences have a respect, love and knowledge of music; you can talk to a guy at the bar and they will have a depth of knowledge and understanding. I love playing here as I have been heavily influenced by the British Blues explosion.
Starting out with two headline shows tomorrow Wednesday 21st June at the Grimsby Yardbirds and couple days later in Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms Saturday 24th June. Then the following week starting on the 25th opening for Blue Oyster cult, which I am very excited about. Then it is back to USA to do work on finishing my forthcoming album Black Magic. Then it is back to UK for opening for UFO which will be a blast and then two great festivals Ramblin’ Man & Steelhouse. The live shows will be such a great opportunity to play to new audiences.
Full Details of the tour can be found on Bluesdoodles post HERE
BD: Do you make any changes to your set list depending on who you are opening for? Or is it a shorter version of your standard headline selection? JJN: I change the set list to reflect who I am opening for to feed the crowd. With Walter I could include in the set cold slow blues whereas Zakk Wylde something heavier, like Mountain or Cream. Love to include music that adds an edge from Muddy Waters through to Grand Funk Railway cater for the artist and the audience. I just do it all when it is a headline show. We never really have a set list on the floor. We go with the flow, talk it through play two songs and build from there using the crowd’s reactions. The music flows and the live event gives it a feel that suits the occasion.
BD: You are coming to Wales to drive up the Mountain to Steelhouse, it will be a very different venue to when you opened for Walter Trout at The Tramshed last year. Does Wales dig your form of Blues Rock? JJN: It is great playing in Wales, love the scene the audiences love the same stuff as I do. First time I played was at a rugby club near where Steelhouse is held; the people were awesome they love to rock out. Great to play in such a fabulous new venue in Cardiff and looking forward to returning to play at a festival. Sounds a real blast and want to be part of the fun.
BD: You are the ultimate power trio with the guitar flashing its licks & riffs. Have you played with the rhythm boys for a long time as there is an innate understanding of the direction you are taking each track. JNN: Met the guys in Los Angeles when I first moved from Wisconsin. Erik was the first guy I met in LA he had just moved from Sweden; I saw the bass and asked if I get any gigs would you like to play with me. I then asked him if he would like to jam and we needed a drummer, he knew Dennis who had moved from Sweden a couple of weeks previously. We jammed and then got gigs that was five-and-a-half, nearly six years ago. We grew organically jamming to start with now we have played over five-hundred gigs we know what we are doing. There is a special kind of vibe we know how someone is going to react. With only three guys in the band can’t hide behind anything; it is fun to push the music as far as you can. Every time we play a song live it is different; sometimes solos are longer other times more bass we bring in changes.
BD: What other plans and excitements have you got planned for 2017 & beyond into 2018? JJN: Touring with Saxon & UFO in the Fall across USA & Canada for 5-6 weeks. Obviously completing and releasing the album and hope to be over to the UK again end 2017/beginning 2018 to showcase the new record.
BD: We asked you your fantasy band when we talked last year so what are you listening to at the moment; whether on the tour bus or relaxing? JNN: Mmm; I am making an effort to listen to new music loving the latest from Blackberry Smoke; and following on from touring with Walter Trout his stuff and off course all the usual suspects. I am loving listening to live bootlegs on You Tube. If you type into search any artist Bootleg lots of exciting music comes up including Jimi Hendrix; Cream; Eric Clapton and more. Digging back to find unknowns so much stuff is covered in dust.
BD: Once again thanks for your time and looking forward to see you at Steelhouse and having the opportunity to review the new album Black Magic
Check out Bluesdoodles Reviews –
Jared James Nichols Live – @ The Tramshed supporting Walter Trout HERE
Jared James Nichols Live – @ Robin 2 supporting Glen Hughes HERE
EP review – Highwayman HERE
Album Review Old Glory and Wild Revival HERE
The Tasmanian Devil, Rob Tognoni, will be back on tour in the UK and Ireland in August and September 2017. All dates feature Gaz Rackham on bass and Mike Hellier on drums. “From Australia & introduced to Europe by blues master Dave Hole in 1994, Rob Tognoni delivers a 100% powerfully charged experience with every performance. There is simply no compromise, which is strongly evident in his music. After 30 years his explosive guitar playing and unique songs are now being compared with the greats of his genre and have firmly established him in the European venues & festivals as well as gaining many fans of hard blues rock worldwide.“
Bluesdoodles thoroughly enjoyed Rob Tognoni at HRH Blues 2016 we said “Sunday Brunch, was hardcore not for the faint-hearted this was rock heavy blues from the Tasmanian Devil himself Rob Tognoni. He tore up the main stage what a start to the second day of HRH Blues.“
King King are pleased to announce a raft of new UK tour dates in April – July 2017. Special guests on all April and May dates will be “Bad Touch”. All tickets are priced £20, are on sale from the 24 Hour Box Office:0844 478 0898 and www.thegigcartel.com.
Due to front man Alan Nimmo having an acute laryngitis, King King have re-scheduled the following four UK tour dates. Existing tickets for re-scheduled shows remain valid –
King King at The Cube in Corby now on Friday 30th June
King King at The Wharf in Tavistock now on Friday 28th July
King King at The Tivoli in Wimborne now on Friday 16th June
King King at The Fleece in Bristol now on Saturday 1st July
The tour dovetails the release of King King’s forthcoming single taken from the much anticipated new studio album, and follow-up to 2015’s multi-award winning Reaching For The Light. The new album is scheduled for release in early September 2017- while we wait for the release of the album catch King King with special guests Bad Touch as they tour the UK
In 2014, King King’s second album Standing in the Shadows, firmly established them as a formidable force on the British Blues scene. They still retain that accolade today with a growing legions of fans.
King King features Alan Nimmo (vocals, guitar), Lindsay Coulson (bass), Wayne Proctor (drums) and Bob Fridzema (keyboards). The band are widely recognized as the UK’s hottest rock blues band. They continue to push the envelope by providing their fans with the best live experience and musicianship.
Says King King’s frontman, Alan Nimmo, “We’re really excited to perform the new single live. It’s rockier than our previous material, but it still has an inherent King King sound to it. The new single is a nice taster from the upcoming album.”
Having scored three radio hit singles on Planet Rock radio with the songs Crazy, Hurricane, and Rush Hour, the band recently went to Planet Rock’s studios to perform three acoustic tracks that will be aired on the station in early 2017.
Bad Touch – the 5-piece rock band from Norfolk, who recently supported the Kentucky Headhunters on their critically acclaimed sell-out UK tour, recently released their second studio album Truth Be Told on Bad Touch Records, with distribution via Cadiz, on Friday 2nd December 2016.
To coincide with the new album, the band embarked on a UK co-headline tour on November 19th with the Australian rockers Massive. They recently announced a March 2017 UK tour with Broken Witt Rebels.
The new album, recorded at Mwnci Studios in Wales, includes the singles99% and Made To Break, both remixed for radio by Rolling Stones engineer and co-producer, Chris Kimsey. In early 2017, Made To Break will be released as a single alongside an official music video.
“99% is a great song to ride around in cars and drink beer and smoke pot and listen to rock and roll on the radio,” says Chris Kimsey. “Not that I drink beer or smoke pot , but I remember the simplicity of music and life so it’s good to hear it is alive and kicking with Bad Touch.”
Cardiff The Globe Fri 13th January 2017 Frome Cheese & Grain – Sat 14th January 2017 Norwich Waterfront – Fri 3rd February 2017 Southampton 1865 – Sat 4th February 2017 Exeter Phoenix – Sat 18th February 2017th Fri Brighton Old Market – Fri 3rd March 2017 Bilston Robin 2 – Sat 4th March 2017 Aberdeen Lemon Tree Sun 14th May 2017
ALL TICKETS £20.00 24 HOUR BOX OFFICE – 0844 478 0898 BOOK ONLINE – HERE
A common saying is “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!” Well it is the case with father and son partnership an s part of the trio that is The Brew. Here it is about control and rhythm of Smiths Bass & Drums, Father Tim on bass and Kurtis on drums. This is the trampoline that has the movement to act as the springboard for the charismatic, full on rock blues guitar phenomenon that is Jason Berwick.
Shake The Tree the fifth studio album building on the momentum of Control, continuing the fruitful collaboration with producer Toby Jepson and Vale Studios. This is rock full of the blues the sound is loud, hot and ferocious but the music is not shaken but stirred with control. The ten tracks change shape and move through the album with the sinuous mesmerizing form of a snake, sometimes threatening then back in control and relaxing in the blue halo of the rock fuelled music.
Yes, the instrumentation is solid with great bass riffs, drums that demand attention and guitar licks that excite and add to the tension, all of this would be hollow without vocals and Jason’s just hit the sweet spot every time. The trio has created a sound that has the verve and energy of a live show in the studio, the blues-rock flows full of interest like a storm that would Shake The Tree, then they pull back and there is a momentary respite in the blizzard of notes.
The opening three numbers are loud, fast and intoxicating and definitely will Shake the Trees so that the leaves surround its roots that pull up the blues into the trio’s music, that has guitar breaks that hurl you into a stratosphere of notes, as Hendrix, Paige, Moore and Vaughan collide and are reformed by Berwick. The trio paints a vivid picture reflecting the songs, the title track is an ode to living and listening to the album you are enjoying life to the max.
Phew! Need a moment to reflect, and Black Hole Soul does that as blues takes over with a soulful rush in the intro, this is no slow walk in the park, and no ballads it is how the young energetic guns The Brew take a break with an electric number. There is no acoustic as on the previous album this is electric Rock N Roll from beginning to end.
Rock n Roll Dealer, with deep bass drum the drive is immense and you are drawn deeper into The Brew sound energised and wanting to hear more of the trio from Grimsby. The beat moves on and now we are given an insight into Small Town Faces, is refrained and reflected as they explore the frustrations of experiencing big ideas in a claustrophobic environment trapped by the lack of dreams surrounding you. How do escape through music yes, go on Shake the Tree you will never be sure where the music will fall and take you!
My Juliet, is a calmer and closes the journey The Brew has taken us on with an opening flourish from the drums and guitar lead breaks are full of depths that Jason explores with confidence as the six strings are controlled and shaped to bring blues deep into The Brew’s rock face. There is no doubt that Shake The Tree is accomplished musicianship of the highest standing.
Rik Emmet & RESolution 9 Album Delivers as Resolved
We all make resolutions, listening to quality music is an easy one to keep, put Res 9 on and sit back and enjoy the bluesy rock fuelled ride taking you on across the eleven tracks. This is blues that sparks with the electricity of musicians that are playing at the top of the game. The line-up joining Rik Emmet’s guitar and vocals are Dave Dunlap, guitar and Steve Skingley on Bass and Keys and completing the rhythm section is Paul DeLong on drums. Then adding to the excitement are a number of guest James LaBrie vocals via Dream Theatre, Alex Lifeson, Rush guitarist, the rhythm section are a Triumph Mike Levine bass is joined by drummer Gil Moore. This is Canadian Rockers that have resolved to come together and create an album with a sting in its tail.
Res 9 a debut album for this line up and a welcome return of Rik Emmett and the album promised a lot. If you were expecting solid classic hard-core rock with clashes of guitar then you will not be disappointed. The album is much more considered, the instruments are in control the vocals are strong, but unfortunately the lyrics are at times rather weak for a blues driven rock album.
Opening with Stand Still the rolling blues guitar is definitely not standing still. This is a track that is driving blues with a ZZ Top feel and even the Red House is mentioned as blues are given an out with stinging guitar and Riks vocals imploring us to relax with an intimidating growl that is to be obeyed!
Four tracks have special guests and you do not have to wait long before Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson makes his first appearance on the second number Human Race. Adding to the Dunlap Emmett guitar partnership is the twelve-string of Alex adding that tonal power that gives the number an attention grabbing vibe as the last note fades and the last lyrics ‘I’m still this guy. I still live this”. Then a change of tempo as I Sing with Dream Theatre’s vocalist James LaBrie, he sings for his supper with vocals that rise above he will never go hungry. Now three tracks in the album had me hooked, not as a reviewer but a lover of music that weaves with the blues and creates music for now and not yesterday. Both Alex & James join in the fun on the last track End Of The Line. With a rocking riff the track opens and the drums are secure as the vocals take up the guitar challenge. This is a guitar number with not one, but three exhilarating guitar solos the third being a Lifeson special what a last track full of rock energy verve and style with all the excitement of a blues jam. Wait, all is not over, there is a bonus track as joining the band on Grand Parade is Gil Moore & Mike Levine a triumph of rhythm. The bonus is a slower ballad infused number, acoustic and floats on a sea of blue that laps around the shoreline.
The numbers that the band are left to their own devices are full of blues, ballads and emotions. Rik’s vocals on My Cathedral are laid back reflecting the soothing guitar. The trend continues with the slow mournful The Ghost Of Shadow Town that has drumming the makes the foundation solid. This is a track that needs strong power infused lyrics and they miss the mark for me. Blues colour the next two tracks exploring the link that connects rock and the blues with Sweet Tooth. Just as you are smothered by laid back vibes rock hits the spot and Heads Up we have hooks and chorus that re-energises the album before the smooth road home.
There is no doubt that Res 9 is an album that intrigues, whets the appetite with the mix of slow and intense blues and rock and the interface where the morphing of blues jam into a harder rock number. The album is an exploration of guitars relationships with vocals, the losers here at times are the vocals as the songs are just not strong enough to be a real triumph of narrative driven blues rock.
Let us all step on board with Red Butler as they say we have Nothing To Lose. Having listened to the ten tracks the British blues world and beyond has everything to gain. Red Butler have an energy that is barely contained throughout as they play British R n’B coloured and shaped by the past but never trapped in a time warp. With hints of Zeppelin, Blind Faith and many more this is a blues album with a rock steady base.
Following the success of debut album Freedom Bound, and performing live, winning awards and recognition as they represented UK at the European Blues Challenge. The experience of performing live to audiences far and wide has honed the guitar skills of Alex Butler, shaped the vocal delivery of Jane Pearce and tightened the rhythm section the combined enterprise of drummer Charlie Simpson and bassist Mike Topp. Nothing To Lose produced by Wayne Proctor at Superfly Studios has the stamp of a House of Tone production, a sharpness of tone and energy controlled but never dampened the spirit of the blues flame is clear throughout as the Rock/blues quartet play the songs they love and many will have heard live.
The first track of the album influences the listener, Got To Make It is a question they are asking. Yes, they will make it, continue to gain recognition if they continue to deliver music that has listenability and struts and pushes aside those who want to box musicians in. This is Red Butler’s voice and they are making us listen to them as the music captures you and the lyrics draw you into the narrative. Closing with Never Go Back, a soulful track that is so true you have to move forward creating and giving music a freshness, Red Butler have definitely achieved this on the second album with the combination of Jane’s vocals that interprets every song to suit the mood and captures the last track perfectly added to that is a stunning Alex Butler solo.
The tracks in between shape the tone that is brand Red Butler, with a version of Sandi Thom’s Belly Of The Blues, starting with guitar that fills you with anticipation then the breath and Jane’s expressive vocals. Mesmerizing, and a track that will always shine whenever and wherever you hear it. Their own compositions slot in perfectly strong and are full of emotive phrasing as they explore the lexicon of modern blues influenced music. Nothing To Lose enters the broad church of blues inspired music but the musicians are not boxed in. What does shine through is the quality of the musicianship, as ever Charlie’s drumming is huge the perfect punctuation marks that keeps adding tonal interest and shape. The interaction between Mike’s bass and the guitar of Alex is a duet that plays throughout competing for attention but never overwhelming the vocals. On the album the additional phrasing from guest Bob Fridzma on Wurlitzer, Hammond and Clavinet gives the studio versions of the numbers additional strength.
The highlights for me are Big Bad Wolf, this is an up tempo whirlwind that suits them and makes a real statement. Say Hello (To My Little Friend) shakes more than a guitar nod to King King as the track opens, then Jane joins the party my little friends this is Red Butler through and through. Like many times before and in the future the shaping of a track reminds you of another band. Black Flies has a deep opening combo of bass and guitar and then as the guitar flies the drums and vocals join generating a measured number that brings in the different the music and turns the corner with a big rock infused chorus.
Nothing To Lose certainly puts Red Butler firmly on the map of bands that just keep giving and music lovers have everything to gain from the music. As the rocky number You Only Live Once says, yes you do and make sure Red Butler experience is part of your musical journey as Red Butler sings you have Nothing To Lose.
Gary Hoey Blues Putting Flesh On Dust & Bones. Dust & Bones, swirl and connect, the imagery of desolation and the ends of bones swirling in the dust. Gary Hoey opens the album with Boxcar Blues, simple guitar twangs and the vocal mirrors the tone this is a journey of railways and the melding of deep blues with imaginative rock. The dust that is blowing through is the whispering of the bluesmen of the past. Saying this is what we could have done with modern amplification and wizardry. A track that alights the imagination and you want to hear more.
For me Gary Hoey is a new name, despite having a vast back catalogue, and certainly a welcome blues addition to my collection. The album has a rhythm and flow the tempo changes exploring and celebrating Johnny Winter, Led Zepplin, Robert Johnson and more on the eleven original tracks that creates an empowered body of work that is Dust & Bones.
“This is the biggest-sounding album I’ve done in years” say Gary, it definitely packs a punch as the blues stirs the guitar, inspires the vocals and rhythms are full of impactive drive. This is apparent in Born To Love You, fast rocking guitar chops that allow Gary to growl out the lyrics. The influence of Billy Gibbons is nudging the guitar along throughout the three minutes; making this a high energy number.
In the middle of the album the three tracks are a delight. The title track, Dust and Bones, is a wonderful song with searing guitar work and should be getting all the radio play. It is a crowd pleaser. Steamroller, picks up the beat a steam roller pouring out a tribute to the essence and force that was Johnny Winter a fitting melodic tribute. The third in the trio is a ballad, Gary is joined by Lita Ford in a duet that swirls in country into the blues making the song ripple and has such depth of tone. The passion and emotion whirls the track to the top of the pile for all fans of anthem lead Coming Home.
The second half of the album builds with a Trower-infused This Time Tomorrow, slower pace showing that this trio is so much more that the exponents of power music for power’s sake. Matt Scurfield’s drums and AJ Pappas’ on bass do more than provide a stable foundation they give the music shape and form and space for Gary’s guitar to shine and play notes that sparkle and excite like a meteor shower.
An instrumental with deep funky bass, clean drumming and luscious guitars we hear the quality of the instrumentation as Soul Surfer glides the Dust and Bones to a close leaving you full of praise and delight in an album that explores the myriad of blue shades and forms and the influences from Robert Johnson up to today. The style is Gary Hoey the beat is blue.
The album is dusty, with the bleached starkness of bones as the blues are whipped up into a rocky storm full of guitar rings that hook you into the deep melodic tones of Gary Hoey vocals. Dust and Bones will never gather dust on the shelves as will be constantly selected to listen to quality blues that reverberate into the past with both feet firmly connect to the here and now.