Review: Struggle Buggy – Tear ‘Em Down

Posted on: Sunday, Oct 12, 2014

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Review for STRUGGLE BUGGY – CD – ‘TEAR ‘EM DOWN’ – 2014 Self released

Struggle Buggy describe themselves as ‘an acoustic ‘good-time’ blues band, playing Delta, ragtime, Hokum, jug band with a little Chicago blues thrown in for good luck!’ Their aim is to bring ‘fun’ back to the blues, and the album ‘Tear ‘Em Down’ certainly does that.

The band features well established blues duo Lee Bates on National guitars and vocals and Billy Newton on harmonica and vocals. Playing alongside are Paul Summerson on bass and Keith Smith on drums.

The album gives a great selection of old blues classics from ‘Rattlesnake Daddy’ and ‘Rag, Mama, Rag’ by Blind Boy Fuller, to rockin’ it up with Big Bill Broonzy’s ‘Midnight Steppers’. There’s some nice slide guitar input on Wille Dixon’s ‘Crazy For My Baby’ and Blind Willie McTell’s ‘B&O Blues No2’, a great classic sound of the era, with superb blues harp playing. There’s also a bit of classic 12 bar blues with ‘Blues Before Sunshine’ with good authentic sound.

Some ‘fun’ time with a ditty of ‘Your Biscuits Are Big Enough For Me’ and a bit of ‘hoe down’ with ‘Tear’em Down’ and the name sake of the album. The final track on this real blues album, is a great take of the classic Robert Johnson number ‘Terraplane Blues’.

A well put together album taking us back to blues basics for a refreshing change. Well worth a listen.

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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