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Showing posts with label Jimmy Bowskill. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jimmy Bowskill. Show all posts

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Rick Fines - Solar Powered Too - New Release Review

 


I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Solar Powered Too, from Rick Fines, and it's a soft blend of blues, tropical and folk music. Opening with Below The Surface, a smooth acoustic ballad, Rick Fines accompanies him vocal on Cuban Tres and Baritone Guitar. With it's solid melody and accomplished vocal and guitar work, this is a fine opener. With traditional blues guitar riffs and slide by Fine and Roly Platt laying in some really nice harmonica, Worry be The Death of Me is one of my favorite tracks on the release. Country style blues, Laundry On The Line, is nicely executed by Fines with tight finger patterns and warm vocals. Another of my favorite tracks on the release is Tex Mex styled, That's What Makes You Strong with Melissa Payne joining on vocal, Alec Fraser on bass, Gary Craig on drums, and Jimmy Bowskill on Mandolin. Very nice.  Slow, country style ballad, One Lone Loon has a beautiful melody and with singing pedal steel guitar by Bowskill, paired with Fines on guitar and vocal makes for a very nice track. Fines' resonator slide work on upbeat Never Let Go, really adds great texture to this radio style track. Wrapping the release is acoustic blues, Scared To Dance with it's prominent finger picking and solid vocals by Fines. This is a solid effort and enjoyably fast. 


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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Terry Blersh - Play It All Day - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Play It All Day, from Terry Blersh and it's a nice mix of cool tracks. Opening with Treat Me Right with it's Latin rhythm, Blersh on lead vocal flashes some real tasty guitar riffs over Shamakah Ali on drums, Collin Barnett on bass Michael Fonfara on Hammond and lance Anderson on piano. Nice opener. Charging right into R&B track, It's All Right, this track is all about rhythm with Garth Vogan on bass, Al Cross on drums, Anderson on keys, Art Avalos on percussion and smoky sax work by Gene Hardy. The vocal blending of Blersch and John Finley is really super. With a fusion of jazz and R&B and slick guitar lead, title track, Play It All Day, is a top radio choice with really nice backing vocals by Quisha Wint. The Girl Outside My Window has a cool island/reggae/tex mex feel with John Mays on vocal and Denis Keldie on accordion. Boogie track, King Creole has a super stride with solid vocals, tight bass lines by Dennis Pinhorn and stylized guitar work by Blersh with nicely articulated piano work by Anderson and nice horn compliment by Simon Wallis. Tex Mex track, Early Morning Rain has a particularly soothing feel with soft vocals and harmonies and mandolin by Jimmy Bowskill, Keldie on accordion and rimshots by Cross. very nice. One of the nicest tracks on the release is ballad, Only One with an extremely rich melody and certainly the best vocal track on the release with only minimal backing. Excellent! Wrapping the release is I'll See You In My Dreams with a cool "Chet Atkins" feel. Accompanied by Bowskill on mandolin, this is a super closer for a really entertaining release. 

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Ruf Records artist: The Jimmy Bowskill Band - Back Number - New release review


Jimmy Bowskill has released his 5th cd and the new one, Back Number is has all of the components of a winner. The cd is comprised of 11 band composed tracks, 9 which were composed by Bowskill alone. Linger On The Sweet Time has a distinctive sound of clean early blues rock with the kick in the turnaround. May be a hint to bands like Humble Pie and Black Crowes but this is really fresh with cool rhythm, vocals and guitars. Little Bird has a strong blues rock base with a little funk twisted in for fun. Bowskill is a talented guitar player and takes a little unpretentious stretch on this track. I don't mean to slight the rhythm section who carries a solid part of the music with Daniel Reiff on drums and Ian McKeown on bass. Spirit Of The Town is a very strong ballad which sets up for a really cool guitar solo that is sure to satisfy most slide hunger. I really like it. i want to mention again that Reiff's work on drums is particularly clean. Sinking Down is built off of solid riffs from earlier times and is really strong. It's interesting to see how Bowskill melds the British interpretation of blues rock with pure funk and the hard edge and comes out with his own sound. Extensive guitar work on this album is certain to enamor blues rock enthusiasts and attract rockers into the fold.I really like the overdriven tone that Bowskill gets from his guitar on Broke Down Engine. The most straight forward blues on the recording, although still a rocker is a great interpretive modern blues track. Least Of My Worries, the last track on the release is much softer and sure to get massive airplay with a catchy hook and really smooth vocal harmonies. I'm sure that this release will be well received.
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hellhound on My Trail - Jimmy Bowskill


Jimmy Bowskill has done a lot in his musical career. He has opened for Dickey Betts, Garth Hudson, ZZ Top, Deep Purple and The Sam Roberts Band. He has toured internationally including shows in Germany, Ukraine, France, Mexico and at the World Expo in Japan in 2005. He has also received a Juno Award nomination for Best Blues Album. All this and he's only 19 years-old.

Jimmy seemed destined to be a musician. Born in Toronto on the same day as B.B. King, he was raised in Peterborough, Ontario in a household filled with the music of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. While he played hockey from the age of 3, once he picked up the guitar at 10, he put everything he had into mastering the instrument. Like any kid of the nineties, he could've been inspired by Nirvana or Radiohead, but instead he was drawn to the blues.

"It just seemed so real," explains Jimmy. "It's just a really soulful music and it comes straight from the heart. There's nothing used to hide anything. It's just straight up."

A year after first picking up the guitar, he convinced his father to drive him to downtown Toronto to meet Jeff Healey at the legendary guitarist's original blues club. Busking on the sidewalk, Jeff came outside to witness this kid prodigy and personally invited him in for a jam session. In 2002, Jimmy released his first CD, Old Soul, a mix of covers and originals that earned him international attention. "It's a neat thing to have," says Jimmy of the album he made at age 11. Albums released by Jimmy are Old Soul (2003), Soap Bars & Dog Ears (2004) Jimmy Bowskill (2008).

Now 19 years-old, his 4th album "Jimmy Bowskill Band Live '09" has seen remarkable praise from the Blues world's most talented musicians and critics.
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