Black Boot Trio
When you think of country music Ottawa might not be the first place you think of in Canada, but the Black Boot Trio might well change that way of thinking.
I tossed Eternal Return on the CD player and BAM!!! this trio hit their stride from the opening chord of Four Horsemen, a rousing number with a gospel feel.
Overall this is country that has a bit of a 1950's rock feel, a sprinkle of gospel stylings on a few cuts, and in the end a sound which is a cut above the derivative sound of much of the country hitting the airwaves these days.
Steve Fair, Steph Bennett and Geoff Taylor make up the trio which was initially formed in 1990, and has gone through a number of bassist changes culminating in Taylor's arrival. Along the way the band has recorded four albums, Eternal Return the latest effort.
Fair is the voice of the trio, and he has a voice which crosses genres easily. He sounds great on a near blues/rock song such as You Are Love, as well on the more country-centred efforts.
For example I Bought Some Books has a near Johnny Cash-like beat, and Fair handles it smoothly.
With nearly two decades in the business, the Black Boot Trio has a polished sound. Again with its '50's rock underlying beat, it isn't music that fits a lot of radio spots, but if you like country with an edge and a difference you won't go far wrong finding this one.
You can find the trio at www.blackboottrio.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov 28, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada