Review: Nobody’s Business – Home Grown

Posted on: Friday, Mar 20, 2015

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Nobody’s Business – Home Grown

(Self release)

Bristol boys Danny Ward and Colin Elliott team for some fine folk-blues from the Avon delta. Sonny and Brownie often loom large here as accomplished guitar picker Ward and harmonica man Elliott deliver a refreshingly simple album of self-penned material.

‘Dirty Rag’ is an early delight, an accomplished ragtime runaround with neat picking and chugging harp. Mississippi John Hurt is recalled in the excellent ‘Early In The Morning’ while ‘The Same Old Bone’ is pure trad folk-blues with masterly playing from both and some particularly hardcore bad-luck lyrics, his woman left him on the day his dog died, the dog’s loss seemingly harder to bear!

‘Slim’s Blues’ is a stark, slow slide through an almost eerie sparseness, the slight chill only heightened by a short magic spell of wailing, yet still understated, harmonica.

There’s a couple of tracks which are more folk than blues some giving Elliott the chance to take lead vocal and prove he is no guitar slouch either. ‘Chasing Rainbows’ is also particularly fine, recalling the often maligned Ralph McTell at his best.

The set finishes with the harmonica stomp of ‘Loopin’ Boogie’ with lots of fine looped interplay in what is generally a refreshingly underproduced affair. The organic approach is enhanced with a vexed final outburst of “oh shit, my bloody phone’s ringing…..” I couldn’t quite make out the ringtone but my bet is that it was bluesy.


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