Review: Josh Hoyer And The Shadowboxers – self-titled

Posted on: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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Josh Hoyer And The Shadowboxers

(Independent release)

Josh Hoyer – the name might not mean much yet, but singer, keyboards player and sometimes sax-man Josh has been a booker and promoter for the well-known (no, let’s amend that to “legendary”) Zoo Bar in Lincoln, Nebraska – which may ring a few bells, especially if you are familiar with Magic Slim.

Not that hard-core Chicago blues is Josh’s speciality. Here he leads his vastly experienced nine piece band – guitar, bass, drums, three horns and three backing vocalists – through a strongly soul-inflected set, though one with strong influences from both blues and funk.

Think of the Stax sound with tinges of 60s New Orleans – mind you, ‘Til She’s Lovin’ Someone Else’ is pure Crescent City and should delight followers of Doctor John. Out front throughout the whole album is Josh with his totally convincing vocals, meaning that this release is well worth investigating.

NORMAN DARWEN

www.joshhoyerandtheshadowboxers.com

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