Review: Ghost Town Blues Band – Hard Road To Hoe

Posted on: Thursday, Apr 23, 2015

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Ghost Town Blues Band – Hard Road To Hoe

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This is a rather versatile outfit out of Memphis, Tennessee. They can tackle the tough, slow blues-rock of ‘Nothin’ But Time’ which is a little Zeppelin-esque and the raw, dirty Hill Country stomp of ‘Dime In The Well’ as convincingly as the whimsical ‘My Doggy and the rotgut whiskey soaked country tinged closing track, ‘Road Still Drives The Same’.

Among the other tracks, ‘Big Shirley’ is a supercharged rocker, ‘Mr Handy Man’ is a brass band tribute to Memphis musical hero and blues figurehead W.C. Handy, ‘Hate To See Her Go’ is a tough but humorous slab of bluesy R&B, ‘Tied My Worries To A Stone’ is gritty blues-rock, and ‘Dead Sea’ leans towards Americana, with some excellent slide guitar work by bandleader, singer and songwriter Matt Isbell.

It is not difficult to understand why this outfit managed second place in last year’s International Blues Challenge – but I suspect they won’t be satisfied with that, they’ll be pushing for the top spot!

NORMAN DARWEN

http://www.ghosttownbluesband.com/

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