Review: Robbie Hill & The Blues 62’s – Price To Pay

Posted on: Saturday, Dec 21, 2013

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Robbie Hill & The Blues 62’s – Price To Pay

(Music Avenue/Blues Boulevard)

Young Scottish singer and guitarist Robbie Hill was a promising newcomer to the blues scene when Otis Grand advised him to head to Helsinki and stretch his parameters. This CD proves how he heeded the big man’s good advice.

Once in Finland, Robbie teamed up with American bass player and songwriter Jesse King from Oregon, and (later) local drummer Tatu Pärssinen and together they made this recording.

The sound is that of the classic British blues – ‘Bad Woman’ has strong echoes of Peter Green in its melodic yet passionate guitar playing – but with a contemporary edge in some places and a time-honoured rock approach in others. One or two numbers could do with a little pruning, but for a debut set, it shows an impressive degree of confidence and maturity.

NORMAN DARWEN

www.blues-boulevard.net

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