Review: The Voodoo Sheiks – Borrowed & New

Posted on: Sunday, Jun 15, 2014

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The Voodoo Sheiks – Borrowed & New

(Self-release)

There is plenty of up tempo R& B on this album, with a penchant for Dr Feelgood, ZZ Top and John Lee Hooker.

The band are Slowburner Dave on guitar, harp and vocals, Adrian Thomas on guitar, Andy Pullin on bass and John Coombes on drums. The first five tracks on the album, were self penned by the band.

The first track, ‘Sprint’ is an up tempo number with some good harp playing from Dave. Following this is a Feelgood – esque track, ‘Lone Star Groove’ , great R&B. The octane is raised in the next up tempo number , ‘Lucky So So’ with some class drumming from John. A change with ‘Bitter (and then some)’ as this leans towards swing.

‘I Wouldn’t Treat A Dog That Way’ is another ‘high octane’ harp driven track leaning towards Dr Feelgood or ZZ Top. ‘Boogie Man’ and ‘Don’t Lie To Me’ fall in the rockin’ blues genre and were played with gusto, super guitar on these. A great take on the classic John Lee Hooker number, ‘Boom, Boom’ and they also did justice to the Wilko Johnson classic number, ‘She Does It Right’.

‘Hog For You Baby’ is a good down to earth R& B track, then we move to the two final tracks ‘Looking Back’ and ‘I Can Tell’ both have that Feelgood edge to them, excellent.

A great well played and lively take and if you like the high energy pub rock side of the blues, you’ll like what you hear on this album. All good stuff!!

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive

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