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ALL ABOARD THE BLUES ROCK TRAIN- BOB MALONE, VAN WILKS, JORDAN PATTERSON, BILL DURST -review BY JOHN EMMS

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First things first, none of these recordings are straight up blues albums.

And that is the key to their appeal.

Secondly, each one of these blues rock veterans are REAL players.

No pretend “shite”‘ here folks.

Bob Malone Mojo Deluxe-Best known for working with John Fogerty, Malone simply kicks butt on this album.

I thought I had reviewed this in 2015 but checked and no I was wrong. Strange because it’s on my fave list of albums when I’m out driving.

Funky Wurlitzer chops and Hammond B-3 organ at the highest level collide with killer vocals on Toxic Love, the gutsy I’m Not fine and things get heated up with clavinet funky goodness on Don’t Threaten Me (with a good time). Excellent guitar work from Bob Demarco.  .

Van Wilks-21st Century Blues-A monster rock recording, 21st Century Blues is the kind of rock that should be ALL OVER radio.

Hell, every track has a killer hook or riff.

Golddigger may have a slinky feel via SRV Texas, but it’s the songs like Strange Girl, the ultra hip title track, the straight up She Makes Me Crazy and  Livin’ On Borrowed Time a tour de force rocker that stick like glue.

Billy Gibbons co-writes Drive By Lover and Christopher Cross helps out vocally and on guitar, but this is ALL Van Wilks with a killer band.

Jordan Patterson-Back On Track Recording Project-Beautifully recorded and mixed this album just sounds great.

Songs like Can We Fall In Love Again, Do You Believe, and You’re My Girl simply are hook deep, ear pleasing tracks where the band and the players mesh into a natural vibe.

Elsewhere their is a funky Lenny Kravitz vibe to Living Without Your Love, Favourite Boy has a Charlie Musselwhite on steroids kick and Play My Song rips a snaky riff to the ceiling and back.

Not enough can be said how good the band vibe on this album is.

Crank this up and just watch people say “wow’

Bill Durst- Good Good Lovin-Fired up and riffing into Tres Hombres party mode Durst, bassist Joe DeAngelis and drummer Corey Thompson rip on their latest.

The title track checks Tobacco Road for inspiration, while Got Love smokes up a Bad Company vibe underpinned by a Thundermug shot of Canuck rock.

The track I Regret To Say is a stunner of atmospheric guitar love, while King Snake Roll snaps up Ol John Lee grinning in heaven.

Best of all, this album just sounds like fun and should get a ton of play.

Party on the patio or any concert hall this will move ya!!!

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, songwriter, online radio host and performer.

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