Monday, September 14, 2015

The Whiskey Brothers – Bottle Up and Go

Okay, so they’re not really brothers (and they’re drinking beer instead of whiskey on the CD insert!) but that’s pretty much the only artifice on this brand new, lovingly put together set of blues numbers old and new. Recorded more or less live (with Jim Simpson, the dude behind the legendary Henry’s Blue’s House in the 60s and 70s...he also went on to discover and manage a certain Black Sabbath...on production dutiesRichard Heath and Gerry Smith clearly know their Ma’s (Rainey that is) from their elbow and they’ve picked some real blues beauts to cover from the title track, a rollicking run through Tommy McClennan’s Bottle Up and Go, on to a poignant (not always an easy task on such a familiar tune) Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out  and some surprisingly authentic sounding self penned numbers including pick of the bunch Walkin’ Blues (dang, you can almost taste the dust). With a debut this good maybe next time they'll make it a double eh? 

Bottle Up and Go is out on Big Bear Records on October 1st 2015 and the band hits the road...albeit mainly Brum's inner ring road...on their Hometown Tour throughout September, October and November. Details right here

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