Review: Backbone Blues Band – Made In Britain (EP)

Posted on: Friday, Oct 3, 2014

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Review for the BACKBONE BLUES BAND – EP – ‘MADE IN BRITAIN’ – 2014 Self Release

Hailing from the Thames Valley area, the ‘Backbone Blues Band’ have made a name for themselves in the USA, where they have played on many occasions. They are now raising their profile back in the UK with the promotion of their EP, ‘Made In Britain’. All the tracks on the album are self penned.

As a five piece band, their music falls into the realm of ‘smooth blues’ with soulful vocals, not unlike that of the late Michael Burks, with hints of Robert Cray. Fronting the band on smooth vocals and bass is Duncan Highet, with Frank McConnell and Tony Seaman, both on lead and rhythm guitars. Tickling the keys is Steve Pearce with Martin Jezzard keeping the rhythm on drums.

The first track on the album is a Chicago style blues, ‘Gonna Miss You’, with some super slide guitar and excellent vocals giving a full on sound. Next ‘Look How Hard I’m Loving You’, a rockin’ rhythm & blues number, with great vocals from Duncan and harmonies from the guys.

With a leaning towards an older blues soul sound, a slow number ‘Be Tender’, shows the versatility of the band. Then back to the Chicago feel with ‘Back To The Start’, giving us a cracking guitar solo and superb vocals.

The final track on this well put together EP gives us an up tempo rockin’ number, ‘Dead A Long Time’ with Duncan doing great justice on vocals.

All in all a well played, good honest blues album with some exceptional vocal input from Duncan. They gave us a mix of takes from good Chicago blues and soul based blues to rock. A high class band and well worth watching out for.

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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