Thursday, February 21, 2008

Back Door Slam : Could They Be The Best UK Blues Band Since Fleetwood Mac?

At only an average age of approximately 20, Isle Of Man blues rockers Back Door Slam have been setting the blues rock world on fire as of late. Featuring the incendiary yet tasteful guitar work combined with soulful vocals of Davy Knowles, this trio has talent to spare. Wowing audiences across the U.S. during their recent tours, they've also attracted the attention of The Who, receiving an invitation to open for the Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers on the opening night of the UK Peel Bay Festival in May of 2007.

The band released their debut album 'Roll Away' on June 18, 2007 in the Isle of Man. It was then released on July 1, 2007 in America and due for a UK/Europe release later in the year. The 10 song disc (plus 1 bonus track) includes live favorites "Come Home" and "Too Late", along with poignant love song "Too Good For Me", new composition "It'll All Come Around" and one cover - 1920s blues classic "Outside Woman Blues" (originally recorded by Blind Joe Reynolds but most famously covered by Cream on their album 'Disraeli Gears'). The title track, "Roll Away" is an acoustic, imagery-laden reminder of the band's Celtic roots and a strong testament to singer Davy Knowles' versatile songwriting abilities. Belying their relative youth, this is a stunning debut that recalls the heavy blues of Cream and Hendrix while retaining a melodic classic rock sensibility which beckons the listener to want to hear it over and over, making this surely one of the best releases of 2007.

Currently on tour in the U.S., including an appearance at the massive Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee June 12-15, which will see these talented youths alongside Robert Plant/Alison Krauss, Pearl Jam, Metallica and The Allman Brothers amongst many others, this is a band who seemingly is on a meteoric rise to fame.

To stream 40 minutes of their show 02-08-2008 at Oxford MS go here:

Promo video for "Come Home" :

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