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Bongo Boy Records Backroom Blues, Vol. One

by Various Artists

A Collection of modern Blues & Blues influenced artists who work within the Blues and Blues Rock genre.
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Miss Stacey
Plainfield Slim & The Groundhawgs
3:07 $0.99
2. Sugar Rush
Blind Lemon Pledge
3:37 $0.99
3. Miss Ruby Kirby Blues
Paula Boggs Band
3:38 $0.99
4. All I Got to Say
Big Bone Daddy
3:09 $0.99
5. Inside My Head
Vin Matteo
4:03 $0.99
6. Promised Land
Big Bone Daddy
3:13 $0.99
7. Gone
3:30 $0.99
8. New York's Finest
Kimon & The Prophets
4:15 $0.99
9. Rat Race
Vin Matteo
3:41 $0.99
10. Roadhouse Sons (feat. Trevor Sewell)
Roadhouse Sons
4:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
Steel Notes Magazine Review | A modern blues and blues rock compilation, “Bongo Boy Records Backroom Blues Volume One” features several artists who showcase their own take on the blues. This album gathers blues and blues inspired artists from across the country, including those who are more established and those who are starting to gain a larger following.

Plainfield Slim & The Groundhawgs begin the album with their track “Miss Stacey”. The harmonica playing steals the show on this traditional blues infused rock number. There’s a danceable groove and an inviting vibe to this song, making it a great choice to start the album.
Blind Lemon Pledge is next with a song that’s nearly as clever as his name, “Sugar Rush”. Though comparing sex with candy has been done many times before, the double entendres of the lyrics are funny and the traditional music is seriously good and makes this one of the best songs of the collection.
The Paula Boggs Band follow with their contribution, “Miss Ruby Kirby Blues”. The wailing guitar that opens this track carries the emotion of the song throughout. The slow grind groove on this tale of a strong-willed lady blazing her own trail recalls late nights in smoke filled bars, befitting the title character. The vocal duet brings additional dramatic flair, helping both the song and the band stand out.
Next is “All I Got To Say”, the first of two songs included here from Big Bone Daddy. The gravelly growl of the vocals on lyrics like “I thank the Lord every day/That’s all I got to say” front a bass driven mid-tempo number that describes his gratitude for the good woman he’s got.
Immediately following is “Inside My Head”, a rockier, more modern take on the blues and it’s the first of two songs from Vin Matteo included on this album.
The sixth track, the second here from Big Bone Daddy, is called “Promised Land”. The down and dirty groove fits the lyrical theme of lost hope and despair. It’s also one of the most traditional sounding blues songs of the set.
Next is KickBend with their song “Gone”. This song blends a modern rock sound with a bluesy vibe. The piano’s music hall feel and the sound effects of popping scratched vinyl add charm to this fun, up tempo song.
The eighth song is “New York’s Finest” from Kimon and The Prophets. This is a crunchy blues rock number, sounds not unlike “Get Your Wings” era Aerosmith. Describing a long late night of trying to avoid the cops while partying hard in NYC, this song features strong storytelling backed with solid music complete with some excellent boogie woogie piano. Theatrical bluesy, boozy fun—a stand out song and my favourite on this album.
“Rat Race”, the second offering from Vin Matteo, is next. Continuing with his more modern rock blues style, this song about doing what you can to get by in the world has an interesting bass driven rock groove that would have benefitted from having the bass more prominent in the mix.
Roadhouse Sons featuring Trevor Sewell close out the album with their contribution “Roadhouse Son”. Featuring a traditional blues riff and lyrical theme of seducing a young lady in the audience with the music, this song snaps with energy and joy. A fun, catchy song, it’s well chosen to close out this collection.

“Bongo Boy Records Backroom Blues Volume One” is an enjoyable listen.



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