Saturday, April 23, 2011

Review: The Rambleers "Roots"

The Rambleers debut album "Roots" is foremost an album for lovers of classic blues-rock guitar licks. The influence of Rory Gallagher, Led Zeppelin and  Lynyrd Skynyrd is palpable. By attempting to travel this well-worn road The Rambleers, have set themselves a virtuoso level of musicianship to aspire to and in the end, to be judged against.

The guitar, drums and bass in particular are lovingly delivered with some skill on songs like "Roots"and "Ebb and Flow" in particular. The vocals bizarrely have a touch of Madchester about them in places with a deep rooted swagger, whilst also touching the more obvious blues rock keystones. Slide guitar led, folk jamboree  "New Years Day" is one of the albums softer highlights. While "Dirty Blue" pays homage to the call and response origins of the blues itself. 

It would appear that The Rambleers have done the unthinkable and created a credible Irish blues record.

You can catch The Rambleers live every Sunday in The Mezz or check out for live dates and further details.

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