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Backbone

Fast losing their reputation as the “best kept” blues secret in the UK, Backbone Blues Band are setting a pace to 2016 and ‘17 with a busy and varied schedule.

Although still a British rarity; they are better known in the USA than in the Thames Valley, from where most of them hail, and with their 6th annual tour of the States under their belt in October 2015, the band are tipping their hat at the next twelve months here at home.

Their reputation is growing fast and has attracted the attention of visiting American artists Loomis Hamilton and Larry Garner for whom they’ve played support, as well as the UK’s young slinger, Laurence Jones who they’ve recently shared a stage with at Reading.

Their second album ‘Which Way To The Blues’ was released in late summer 2015, and received a glowing review in Blues in Britain magazine; they said ‘an album full of highly enjoyable goodies by five guys at the top of their blues’. Their first album in 2013 ‘Made in Britain’ enjoyed similar reviews and was promoted live on the famous Sonny Payne’s radio show in Helena Arkansas, ‘King Biscuit Time’. “More of a privilege than a promotional stunt, Sonny’s a genuine hero of the blues” commented Duncan Highet, the band’s bass player and singer.

They’ve played from ‘Beale to Bourbon’ on their USA tours, including Beale St in Memphis, King Biscuit Festival in Helena, the Balcony Music Club in New Orleans and the world famous Ground Zero Blues Club, where they have an entire Sunday dedicated to them under the billing, “The Big British Blues Brunch”. They fold all that experience into their performances back in the UK. Influenced by the old blues men and inspired by the new, their music has blues at its heart, and is threaded with soul, rock and country and delivers a style that’s both eclectic in its construction, but unmistakably “Backbone” in its delivery.

“What we’ve learned most from our tours of the Delta, is that as well as the music, you have to put on a show. Just playing well isn’t enough” says Tony Seaman one of the band’s guitarists. “You can’t just shuffle on stage in old jeans and a scruffy T-shirt, you have to pay your dues and pay respect to the music and audience”. Frank McConnell the other guitarist in the band expands on the theme, “We play songs. Yes it’s plainly the blues, but not predictably so; well written, well-constructed and well-executed songs is what try to do, we also work hard on the covers we play and give them the full Backbone treatment too”.

Backbone are a band that have clearly worked hard at what they do. With a tight rhythm section, creative guitars and keys and soulful vocals, they deliver a sound that grooves when it swings and punches well above its weight when it rocks.

Backbone Blues Band are Duncan Highet (Bass / Vocals), Martin Jezzard (Drums), Tony Seaman (Guitar / Vocals), Frank McConnell (Guitar) and Steve Pearce (Keyboards).
Go see them, they know their work.