The Blues Bones Saved By The Blues

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Submitted by Iain Patience

An excellent 11-track debut release from a top-quality Belgian band with some simply glorious fretwork and a truly mature feel to the music, with almost the entire package self-written and self-produced.

This is pacey, purposeful and rocking modern blues with a clear nod to tradition but a confidence that allows the band to step beyond the usual old hackneyed formula.  The result is an album that positively roars along at times showcasing  the individual talents of the band's five member musicians. Vocals are strong and roaring from Nico De Cock with some Rory Gallagher-like fretwork from guitarist Stef Paglia. The whole thing is underpinned by a thick base of Hammond organ from Edwin Risbourg, Bass by Geert Boeckx and drums from Dominique Chistans.

This is a band worth looking out for and one that clearly has a vitality and confidence often missing in similar sized outfits. 'Saved By The Blues' is a welcome addition to the blues music of Europe with a Belgian band that knows its stuff and is fast developing, growing a European fan-base and following. An album and band to watch out for, for sure.