THE BLUES BONES Saved By The Blues

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THE BLUES BONES Saved By The Blues

Clichés imminent …here goes; Belgian chocolate, Belgian beer are just two quality products, but with the Blues Bones you can safely add the blues as a genuine tourist attraction. If you visit their excellent website at www.thebluesbones.be you can’t fail to be impressed, and there’s a fine selection of live performances there on video. They’re a meaty five-piece with the extra ingredient of Hammond organ, and when you have a front man with the in-your-face name Nico de Cock, you’re already half way to legendary status.

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There’s eleven fine tracks here, ten of which are good originals, and throughout Stef Paglia’s spicy guitar amply leads the way as a demonstration of musical confidence. I especially liked Find Me A Woman and the eponymous Saved By The Blues, and the six minutes of Runaway are a delight.

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This isn’t just European blues. It’s international, with all the pungent flavours of Mississippi, Chicago and Louisiana bubbling to the surface. So let’s hear it for the Belgians – this is as tasty as any beer or chocolate.

ROY BAINTON