Review: GT’s Boos Band – Steak House

Posted on: Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014

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GT’s Boos Band – Steak House

The GT’s Boos Band are hard hitting blues rockers hailing from the heart of Scotland. The four piece are led by front man Greig Taylor on vocals and John Boos on guitar, with David Atkinson on bass and Stephen Coetzee on drums, with guest Jim Harcus on harmonica.

Most of the tracks on this self release, debut album, ‘Steak House’, are self penned. The album was recorded and mixed by Lewis Hamilton.

The first track and the name sake of the album ‘Steak House’ is a lilting blues, with Howlin’ Wolf in mind. A great raw sound with super ‘gravel’ vocals and ace guitar and including guest harp input. Next to wet the palette is ‘Letham City Blues’ an uptempo, rocky track with a hint of Free. Some great rhythms and excellent vocals and guitar work.

Slowing the pace right down ‘Lonely Nights’ is a haunting blues number with excellent guest harp, not unlike ‘St James Infirmary’. Superb guitar sounds and solos on this track and it was sung with passion, probably my favourite track on the album. Just to make sure you are awake, the next track ‘All Night Long’ is an up tempo rockin’ number with heavy rock guitar solo with fuzz box overtones, love it!

Next a great classic rock number ‘Whiskey And Women’ with guest harp. Continuing the rock theme, ‘Show Me The Money’ starts as a slow rocky number with some great guitar work, changing tempo halfway through.

‘Whorehouse Blues’, a Motorhead number, provides a raw blues/rock sound including guest harp. Following this, a rocked up version of the classic Son House blues number ‘Death Letter’, with full on rock guitar solo.

Slowing the pace down again’What I’m Wishing’ has a great feel with a pretty impressive guitar solo and heartfelt vocals. The last track on this refreshing album, ‘Crucfixion Blues’, is a standard upbeat blues, with good input of blues harp.

The album has a good mix of standard blues and classic rock. Greig Taylor has a great voice reminiscent of Paul Rodgers of Free and perhaps I hear the influences of another Scot, Alan Nimmo from King King? But this does not detract from the individual style and sound of the band, with distinctive vocals from Greig Taylor, some superb guitar solos from John Boos and the tightness of the rhythm section keeping the band on track. A great listen and well put together album.

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive

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