Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Review -- SLOWBURN -- All About The Journey

Coming at us out of Edmonton, AB., is a band that may not be a household name in the world of Canadian blues just yet, but that could well change if they keep pumping out material like their All About the Journey CD.This is a blues CD that is just that, blues. It's not an art nouveau version of the blues. It's straight ahead music with a familiar blues beat that is unmistakable in its sound, and in my book a band can never go too far wrong with a hearty dose of heart and soul in their music.Slowburn is a five-piece unit including; Bruce Watson, Nathan Anderson, Kyler Schogen, Todd Colbourne, Phil Wilson-Birks. Of the group Watson is the one who offers up the vocals, and he does a darn fine job of it too. He has an honest blues voice, one that while maybe not purely memorable as say a Big Dave McLean, it is one that takes the listener into the world of blues easily. Just sit back and enjoy the ride.As for the music, again no one member of Slowburn stands out here with mouth-dropping solos, but as a unit, they cook it up just fine. There aren't any soft spots here either.In fact, this CD is best described as solid. Even when it comes to selecting a favourite cut, it's not easy. Slowburn keeps it real from start to finish, with a nice range of songs. Again, to their credit, there are no soft spots in the material selection either.This is the band's second disk, a follow-up to a six-song, self-titled debut effort. Coming on the heels of an EP, All About the Journey is a strong step forward into carving out a bigger name in the genre.Check Slowburn out, and give them a listen, you won't be disappointed in their style of the blues. They are on the 'Net at

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct. 29, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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