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Hard and Heavy

by Bill Durst

Texas-style Blues Rocker serves maximum guitar, groove and feel with classic British Blues side dish. Dig early ZZ or Zep? Great songs. New! Love in the house.
Genre: Blues: Blues-Rock
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1. Devil and the Deep
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2. Your Love
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3. I'm Your Man
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4. Heartless Man
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5. Kadia
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6. Sally At the Door
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7. Gimme That Something
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8. Blue Rain
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9. Angels Fly
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10. Fly Away Home
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Bill Durst - Hard And Heavy
Durstwerks 8884

All Songs Written By Bill Durst and Joe DeAngelis
Copyright SOCAN 2013
Copyright Durstwerks 2013

1. Devil And The Deep 3:57
2. Your Love 5:39
3. I'm Your Man 4:24
4. Heartless Man 3:48
5. Kadia 3:45
6. Sally At The Door 3:48
7. Gimme That Something 4:22
8. Blue Rain 2:59
9. Angels Fly 2:55
10. Fly Away Home 3:03

Bill Durst: Guitar & Lead Vocals
Joe DeAngelis: Bass and Backing Vocals
Sandesh John Fernandez: Drums
Corey Thompson: Drums on I'm Your Man

Produced and Engineered by Darren Morrison
Mixed by Darren Morrison with Bill Durst
Mastering by Stephen Marsh for Marsh Mastering, Hollywood, Ca.
Recorded at Big Room Studios, London, Canada
Design & Layout by Brandon Steven
Cover Photo by David McDonald
Durstwerks 2013

Bill Durst Awards and Nominations

Awarded – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2014
Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2014
Nominated – Electric Act of the Year, Maple Blue Awards 2014
Awarded - Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2013
FanVoted -“Bill Durst Live” Cd voted #5, Top Can. Blues CDs, Blind Lemon Blues 2013
Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2013
Awarded – Best Canadian Live Blues CD “Bill Durst Live” 2013, Blues Underground
Network
Awarded - Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2012
Nominated - Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2012
Nominated - Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2011
FanVoted – “The Great Willy Mammoth” CD into the Top 20 Canadian Blues CDs 2011
Blind Lemon Blues
Nominated - Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2010
Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2010
Nominated - Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2009
Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2009
Nominated - Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2008 Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2008
Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2007
Inducted – Jack Richardson Hall of Fame, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2006
Nominated - Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2006

Blues Underground Network CD Review of Bill Durst – Hard And Heavy

“Hard And Heavy” marks the second album I have received from Canadian Blues Rocker Extraordinaire Bill Durst, of which his previous release “Live”, I wrote, “I received Bill Durst’s newest album “Live”, a few weeks back and I must say that I really can’t get enough of this great Blues Rockin’ masterpiece. It is absolutely great from beginning to end and certainly one of the most entertaining Live albums I have listened to, so far, in 2012.” This album impressed me enough, that I had no problem awarding it Best Canadian Live Blues Album in my 2012 Year End Review. After listening to “Hard And Heavy”, just once, I must say that I already have the same level of excitement that listening to ‘Live” gave me, maybe even more.

“Hard and Heavy” consists of ten great Tracks, the songs are all originals written by Bill Durst and Joe DeAngelis. Bill Durst is a very prolific song writer having written and recorded over 100 songs on ten albums.

Joining Bill Durst (Guitar/Lead Vocals) on “Hard And Heavy” is Joe DeAngelis (Bass and Backing Vocals), Sandesh John Fernandez (Drums) and Corey Thompson on Track 3 “I’m Your Man”. Joe DeAngelis offers up his expertise as longtime co-writer with Bill Durst and longtime band mate from previous incarnations, most notably “Thundermug, a hugely popular Canadian band that was active from 1970 to 1976 and from 1991 to 2001 they released eight top 30 Canadian singles and five albums.” Corey Thompson joined Thundermug in 1991 when it reunited.

What I get the most out of not only “Live”, but also “Hard And Heavy”, and that is the sound on these albums reminds me a lot of ZZ Top, the good early Bluesy Rock era. It is that sound that makes Bill Durst’s music so unique, especially amongst Canadian Blues Rockers, for whom no one comes close. Also take the fact that Bill Durst, “has long been compared to the best guitar player/singer/entertainers anywhere in the world”, and you have the perfect Trifecta needed for really great rockin’ albums.

Picking 3 favourites was not an easy task as “Hard And Heavy” hits you with one great tune after another, but never the less, I chose the opener, “Devil And The Deep”, Track 7 “Gimme That Something”, and the close “Fly Away Home”. Both “Devil And The Deep” and “Gimme That Something” were great ZZ Top style rockers, with laid back Vocals and Grinding Guitar. This is the kind of stuff I can listen to all day. “Fly Away Home” clocked in as the second shortest song on “Hard And Heavy”, but it was packed with the most amount of lyrical and musical punch. Really loved that one…

“Hard And Heavy” marks the first submitted album that I have received for 2014, but in my books, I really feel that when the dust settles after all the other new releases hit the air waves, it is “Hard And Heavy” that will still be very near the top, if not still at the top, of my favourite Blues Rock albums of 2014.


“Hard and Heavy” is a real winner of an album, with a sound like no other you are likely to hear this year, and as with Bill Durst’s previous release “Live”, I enthusiastically give “Hard And Heavy” my highest rating of 5*****.

For those of you whom like your Blues Rock in the styling of ZZ Top and beyond, “Hard And Heavy” is a must have beauty.

Review by John Vermilyea for Blues Underground Network

BILL DURST – BIO 2014

Bill Durst, always an audience favourite is a Canadian Blues Rock Roots artist who has long been compared to the best guitar player/singer/songwriter/entertainers in the world.
He has written and recorded over 115 songs on 11 albums including 8 charted radio hits.
Bill has opened for or shared the stage with Areosmith, Yardbirds, Rush, John Mayall, BTO, Savoy Brown, Bobby Rush, Little Feat, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Edgar Winter Group, Rick Derringer, Jeff Healey, Steve Strongman, Ted Nugent, Jack De Keyser, Johnny Winter, Monkey Junk, The Blues Brothers, David Wilcox, Bob Seger, Downchild, Sly and the Family Stone, Slade, L.A. Guns, David Clayton Thomas, Guitar Shorty and many more. Mr. Durst has toured across North America and in Europe and tours extensively in Canada.

As a kid growing up in Wingham and then London, Ontario (which is halfway between Toronto and Detroit), Bill was heavily influenced by Motown R&B and Toronto’s Psychedelic Soul music as well as the British Blues Invasion and Jimi Hendrix. Bill’s entrance onto the national/international stage was with his classic rock band Thundermug formed from London R&B bands in 1969. By the summer of 1972 they had a number one hit and a fan following in Eastern Canada. The band went on to record a total of 5 albums, (3 albums in the early/mid 1970s and two CDs in the mid 1990s). Bill put out his first two solo releases in the mid eighties but it wasn't until the early 2000s that he got some real career momentum.

In 2003 Durst declared his intention to start up a “little, fuzzy, psychedelic blues band”.
Since then Bill and his co-writer Joe DeAngelis have produced 4 full length CDs:
The Wharncliffe Sessions (2005), The Great Willy Mammoth (2009), Bill Durst Live (2012), Hard And Heavy (2013).
Bill Durst was inducted into The Jack Richardson Hall Of Fame 2006.

“Bill Durst is…a consummate blues rocker, with killer guitar chops, a distinctive voice and the heart of a showman...a master songwriter…Bill’s style of Southern/Texas blues rock lends itself well to Durst’s guitar skills, which are prodigious.”
- Rex Bartholomew, Los Angeles for Blues Blast Magazine, November 2013

“a fantastic guitarist, Durst is also a gifted entertainer…he was singing in the soul of the songs…growling, almost crying, screaming, or subdued, the man can do it all.”
- Luc Meert, Belgium for rootstime.be, December 2013









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