Review: Jamie Williams & The Roots Collective – Dug Deep, Found Steel

Posted on: Sunday, Jan 12, 2014

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Jamie Williams & The Roots Collective – Dug Deep, Found Steel

(Ashwill Records)

Here you will hear elements of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Petty and Ry Cooder, with perhaps only that last name really belonging in these (web) pages – but Jamie and his associates often play at blues events, and despite the strong sounds of Americana that this band evokes, these events tend to take place in the band’s native south-east of the UK.

Maybe though, that Essex connection helps to explain why the band in several places also has a gritty sound that made me think of the sound of The Kinks of the mid-sixties (or imagine The Feelgoods with acoustic guitars), and there are a couple of numbers that would definitely pass as blues in most contexts – take a listen to ‘Stone Drunk’ and ‘I Want To Be Happy’.

I’ll also just mention Nick Garner’s fine blues harp blowing on the majority of the tracks before I close by advising you to check this out is you do indeed have a fondness for Americana.

NORMAN DARWEN

www.jwroots.co.uk

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