Debut Album A Rebel’s Story By Big Wolf Band
Debut Album A Rebel’s Story By Big Wolf Band. Out of Birmingham, the band have a big blues sound as Honky Tonk piano rocks out with deep vocals a swing guitar. The Blues Rock sound is strong as the quartet not from Birmingham Alabama but Birmingham West Midlands share over thirteen tracks blues that are spiced with rock.
The album has is easy on the blues ear and captivating with its controlled energy. A Rebel’s Story is an album that grows with every listen as you become acquainted with Big Wolf Band on their debut album. The quartet are guitarist & vocalist, Jonathan Earp, bassist Mick Jeynes, Drummer Tim Jones and on the keys Paul Bambani. The foursome opens the album with Heaven’s Got The Blues. That may be true, the absolute truth is Big Wolf Band definitely have. The sound has a distinctive mix as the keys lead into a huge guitar riff, laying down the scene for an album that will surprise as the hues of the blues are explored with a mix of the traditional that has been re-shaped but never loses its musical form into a contemporary sound. The foot-tapping rock’n’ roll is fused with a shuffle in Done Wrong By You. Earp’ s guitar work is fresh with the cadences that take you back deep into the seventies with more than a tipping of a hat to Gary Moore.
The tone changes with the Honky Tonk Piano leading the pack as we get to know Long Time Mary, Earp’s vocals pierce through the melody set down and links seamlessly in with the percussive drumming. The vocals are intense but never overpower as they rest and the lead break is taken up by Bambani’s fingers caressing the keys. Intoxicating blues.
A debut album full of blues shades and hidden depths, never overproduced the warm live slightly dangerous sound is captured in the studio. You can expect a full-on live performance on the strength of A Rebel’s Story, Big Wolf Band’s debut album. The album never shocks but as A Rebel’s Story unfurl you are never left disappointed.
The title track in the middle of the album has a harder rockier edge. The title has a raw energy contained within the control of musicians in the studio. Live, it is easy to imagine the track stretched out with lead breaks that up the pace and leave you breathless as a rebel hound.
A quartet of songs with love in the title brings this stylish and enjoyable album to its close. I Don’t Love You opens with a classic blues beat fast with an urgency and the vocals have an ear-pleasing tonal quality. You know exactly what is meant in a song about love ending it. There is no future for this love story. What is clear Big wolf Band have a future delivering blues that give a contemporary edge to the blues. They may not be shaking any Willow Tree or delivering the unexpected what they are delivering is blues with ear appeal.
EIGHTdoodle paws out of TEN …
- Heaven’s Got The Blues
- Done Wrong By You
- Hot Blooded Woman
- Darkest Of My Days
- Long Time Mary
- Rolling With Thunder
- One More Time
- A Rebel’s Story
- Been Here Too Long
- Love That Hurts
- I Don’t Love
- Love Isn’t Free
- If I Ever Loved Another Woman