Review: Bill Daison Band – Blues Still Burning

Posted on: Friday, Aug 3, 2007

“Blues Still Burning” (self-release)

From just outside our area, the Bill Daison Band from Stafford, are a trio consisting Bill Daison (guitar and vocals), Chris Bevington (bass) and Ron Rolph (drums), augmented by ex-Climax Blues Band member, Derek Holt, who guests on acoustic bass and keyboards, and also produced the album.

Ten tracks of mainly blues standard, and a couple of originals, cover most blues bases – opening with “Ashes In My Ashtray”, with its jazzy feel, followed by Robert Johnson’s “Waking Blues”, with some nice slide from Bill Daison.

The acoustic “Rag Mamma” lightens the mood, with a vocal reminiscent of the late, great Rory Gallagher – without knowing it I would guess he is a great influence on Bill Daison – it also features some lovely acoustic guitar and great work from the rhythm section.

The band swing on the instrumental “Intermission”, followed by the slow blues of “Little Brown Bird”, featuring more fine blues soloing from Bill Daison; with another highlight being a rocking take on Elmore James’ classic “Shake Your Moneymaker” – which is probably a live highlight for the band!

I could have probably done without Ron Rolph’s solo spot on “Faffi”, but found the closing “Out For A Duck” pleasant, with more nice slide guitar.

To sum up, a decent workmanlike release, not really up my street, but I’m sure the band do the business live – check them out in the Midlands.


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