Review: Bare Bones Boogie Band – Tattered & Torn

Posted on: Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013

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Bare Bones Boogie Band – Tattered & Torn


The Bare Bones Boogie Band are a ‘must see live’ to be able to get the true impact of the music of this band. Their album ‘ Tattered & Torn’ gives an overview of the style of blues/rock that give the band their calling card.

Fronting the band is Helen Turner on vocals, providing a sound reminiscent of a cross between Janis Joplin and a female Robert Plant . On guitar is Iain Black and providers to the rhythm section are Trev Turley on bass and Andy Jones on drums.

The first track ‘Love Like Leather’ has the taste of 70’s rock, with great vocals from Helen. ‘Springtime’ is a more bluesy number and provides a platform for Helen’s vocals. In ‘Black Coffee’ I hear shades of Janis Joplin, with ‘Cheating Again’ having a cool blues feel.

‘Passion and Pain’ is a slow sexy blues with some great drum work and guitar. While ‘Appreciation’, an up tempo track which has nice rhythms with shades of Led Zeppelin. ‘Dig A Little Deeper’ had some great guitar on the intro and the track has some good phrasing. ‘Meet Me In The Morning’ provides meaty rhythms and some nice use of fuzzbox.

‘Sweet Release’ is a slow rock ballad and is very well sung. ‘Time To Be Free’ is an up tempo track leaning towards Southern Rock. The final two tracks, ‘Son Of A King’ , a slow ballad with competent vocals and ‘Seven Miles To The Stadium’ , an uptempo blues/rock with shades of Fleetwood Mac, complete this well put together album.

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive

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