Review: Balkun Brothers – ReDrova

Posted on: Thursday, Mar 19, 2015


Balkun Brothers – ReDrova


Do you like your blues-rock driving and dirty? If you answered “yes”, then do check out this first full length album from this Hartford, Connecticut three piece, formed in 2010 by brothers Nick and Steve Balkun (drums and vocal/ guitar respectively, bass duties being handled by Caleb Battersby)..

The music is mostly hot and sweaty, with elements of the British blues-rockers of the early 70s – Led Zeppelin certainly, Peter Green probably, and maybe Humble Pie, but I also wondered about the Black Sabbath styled guitar break on the opening ‘Oh Yeah! (Last Jam)’. The title track flits between a soul inflected blues-rock and psychedelia, whilst the powerful resonator guitar driven ‘Got My Boots On’ should appeal to fans of Eric Sardinas. There is some Johnny Winter in there too. That kinda sets the pattern for this very enjoyable release.

‘Sally’s Blues’ is a pretty straightforward slow-to-mid tempo track, with something of a vintage John Mayall feel, but ‘Fried Pickle Party’ is an unnecessary acoustic interlude before the high energy slide workout of ‘Slidin’ Butt’ puts things back on track, leading into the lovely Elmore James styled ‘Tell Me’.

The final number, ‘Too Damn Long’, has a Hill Country touch, with hints of the North Mississippi All-Stars – and by the way, I should mention that all these names are only for comparison. The band are in no way mere copyists; rather they just seem to have absorbed these influences. Nothing at all wrong with that – as this set shows, there’s actually plenty right about it!


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