Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Review -- BOOMCHIX -- Surprise ... Surprise

The Boomchix are another of the emerging country bands out of Vancouver – it seems like Calgary crossed the mountains.
This is a group which has reached back to an earlier time for the roots of their music, but have managed to nicely adapt the older style to something current. By bringing the past to the present they have a rather unique sound which still has more of a country heart than does most of the country getting airplay on public country radio today.
The sounds of the Boomchix comes from the vocal efforts of Janice Dunbar and Barn Wilkins, who are strong individually, but truly shine when they come together on harmonies. Dunbar for her part plays guitar, while Wilkins adds mandolin, which is a must for music with the roots this band has.
Together these gals are wonderful. I love songs such as 'Til the Searchin's Done, The Edge, Bliss and Let It Go, all songs which should make it to radio but probably won't.
This is where country belongs. The Boomchix know enough about country to be true to the style, yet are wise enough to use elements of rock, well controlled in their application, to enhance the music, not take it over. Too much country today is rock in an ill-fitting country disguise. This is not that. This is country, pure and simple, it just knows enough to draw the best from the past and the present while keeping it real.
Country fans you have to check them out at

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Jan.2, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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