Album Review’s


Retro-Vibe Music

Independent

“Six String And A Stetson”

A modest £8 – available instore now.

Review – “This cd has a powerful intro and is recorded with a live feel. We have played it four times already today! It just grabs you and demands that you listen! It has an authentic, seasoned feel and could have been recorded back in the day. Just how albums should be, no over production, just pure foot tapping Blues & Southern Rock, like ZZ Top (original – not the commercial stuff!) meets Country, Rory Gallagher and Stevie Ray Vaughan in a bar somewhere and they Jam! The album sounds as if it has always been. Don’t miss this! This band are destined to go on and do great things! PLAY IT LOUD!” We do… reviewed by Claire.

 

Musipedia

Independent

“Six String And A Stetson”

 

Right I’ll get this out of the way now, I you don’t like Stevie Ray Vaughan (Why wouldn’t you?) then The Luke Doherty Band will not be for you; however if you, like me love the smooth Texan guitar tone of SRV and old school honky-tonk blues playing at it’s finest then TLDB will be for you. The man himself handles the six strings with some serious chops, 12 bar blues is the name of the game with the same kind of reverbed strutting guitar work as SRV as well as Billy Gibbons and Rory Gallagher and if these comparisons aren’t indicators of his talent then I don’t know what is. Happily is band are no slouches, from the opening slavo of Solar Flares On The Sun we get cowbell pounding percussion from Simon Parratt and the parping blues harp of frontman Paul Morgan who also has voice that sounds like a soul singer after too much honey whiskey and while he doesn’t stand out too much on the first track bassist Ant Biggs is the shuffle behind Hope Some Rain Will Come. The album gives you the full spectrum of blues playing as Caught In This Light has the choo-choo shuffle of Howlin Wolf  or John Lee Hooker while Fantasy Girl and 0834 has the cheeky, sleazy lyrics of ZZ Top although Standing On A Rock is pure Top, while 100 Bricks has a little of Hendrix in it’s gospel-like offering and we go back to Rory and SRV on Hey Man and Fish Bone. This is a true blues album from the Newport guitarist, old school blues played with soul and a live-in-the-studio feel, turn it up and let your booty shake!      

 

Blues Matters

Independent

“Live At Cambridge Rock Festival”

 

This is an album recorded at the festival and released as an album with no post production; it is what it says on the cover the band playing Live At Cambridge Rock Festival. Without post-production you may lose the tweaks that create a polished sound but the advantage here is you get what it says on the tin; a mono recording using the on stage microphones only and taken straight from the mixing desk including blemishes and engineer alterations! This is a band that loves to play the blues and the heart of the group standing off-center stage and back behind his hat is Luke Doherty on his guitar who delivers blues with a rock and full of driving rhythm that is embellished with licks and riffs. The album is full of raw emotion that a live performance brings whether covering The House is Rocking or delivering a medley of Hendrix. Paul Morgan with his gravelly full-on vocals are the perfect foil to the stylish pure guitar work from Luke this pair of front-men have the support of a rhythm section full off enthusiastic beat, Simon Parratt on Drums and Ant Biggs on Bass. This live album shows what they are capable of and will make his many fans excited about the forthcoming studio album out very soon. Until then we have Luke Doherty live doing what he loves to do play the guitar to entertain you.

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