Review: Bad Bob Bates – Bridge Street

Posted on: Thursday, Feb 5, 2015

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Review for BAD BOB BATES – CD – ‘Bridge Street’ – 2014 Self Release

Described as “Hard hitting, foot stomping, Americana meets dirty blues and rock” is not far wrong! On this brilliant album, ‘Bridge Street’, Bad Bob Bates has put together a mix of raw stomp with lashings of country tones and Americana.

Bad Bob Bates – aka Chris Davison, is usually seen on the road as a one man band, multi-stringed performer, with stomp and drum. On this album he gives his charismatic gravelly vocals and plays various stringed instruments and percussion, but has the addition of other guest musicians, – Ronnie Semple on harmonica, Ally Lee on keys and percussion, and Andrew Milburn on drums. The album was produced by Ally Lee and Chris Davison and all tracks are self-penned.

The first track ‘Brothers Son’s’ has a bit of the ‘wow’ factor. A raw take with great slide guitar and harp, with simple percussion and superb gritty vocals, it is roots at its best. Following, an earthy rockin’ blues with an edge, ‘Hell To Pay’.

Slowing the pace, ‘I’m On The Floor’ has some excellent acoustic input and has a country blues feel. Then onto another slow and haunting blues, ‘Cryin’ Time’. Next an interesting blues rock number with ‘Let Me Be Your Doctor’. Some excellent guitar, slide and electric.

Great lyrics on the stomp, ‘The 27’, with superb slide guitar on this 12 bar, love it. Moving into a track with a Feelgood flavour, ‘Can’t Be That Hard’ is up tempo and rockin’, rhythm and blues at it should be played.

The penultimate track ‘Good Enough’ is a slow acoustic number, with simple percussion and added bass. The final track, ‘Bridge Street In The Rain’, on this interesting album, has some great sound effects. With a story line, it provides a very different take. It is a really well mastered track, with a raw sound and fabulous harp playing and keys input with superb guitar.

For me, the album hits the spot. A great listen for driving on the highway and it will be a fixture in my car!

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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