From The Blues To Your Shoes
Glas, a popular local band who are out gigging in pubs a clubs on a regular basis and are invited back again and again, they were a hit at Tenby Blues Festival, so they are doing something right and the band have now delivered their second album their growing phalanx of fans have been clamouring for. Glas is Welsh for Blue and are from Blackwood, South Wales the home of The Manic Street Preachers and that is where the commonality ends as the trio of friends deliver a mix of R’n’B, Country, Rock N’ Roll, and Blues they play the music they love.
The album is a perfect showcase for the band with James Oliver larger than life not be in the centre of the stage but is central to the band with his guitar skills, whether playing slide or electric he sets the tempo and gives the band a clarity of sound. Up front is bassist David John whose vocals are clear but at times lacks emotion and tonal texture; ensuring that these two outgoing musicians are contained in a musical form and shape is the job for drummer Huw Hannon and he does this well.
The opening track is one of the self-penned numbers on the album and has quickly become a staple of the set list, The Sky Turned Red And My Face Turned Blue this seven minute track gives every musician a chance to show their skill, this is a track that would have been improved with some judicious editing as the individual parts work but as a whole it is just too long. Whereas Fleur-de-Lys Rag another self-penned number has a tempo that sets your feet tapping a fitting ditty for a local village. She’s Long Gone has some good bass playing and the beat drives the track along with some timely intervention from James on guitar. Robert Johnson’s; Dust My Broom is a permanent fixture on any of their set lists as James has the chance to demonstrate his skills with the slide in his lead break.
This low-budget independently produced album, From The Blues To Your Shoes has been requested by their growing band of fans and they will be delighted to be able to take a little bit of Glas home with them as it does showcase this local band so that you can hear the essence of the Glas sound far and wide as the last track says Glas are Ready, Willing and Able to play.
Bluesdoodles gives this CD SIX doodle paws out of TEN ….
The Sky Turned Red And My Face Turned Blue
The Causing Of It All
She’s Long Gone
Dust My Broom
Shake Rattle & Roll
Shake Your Money Maker
Ready, Willing And Able