The Haven Club – August 23rd

Havenclub2New date added to the building gig list towards our upcoming USA tour later this year.  We return the fantastic Haven Club in Oxford  time supporting the fabulous Mike Vernon and the mighty combo. Looking forward to seeing all our old friends again

USA Tour confirmed – 2018

Hi all, just wanted to update you with confirmation of our US tour this September/October. Starting in New Orleans on the 29th September 2018 and moving up the delta to open the Saturday morning on the main stage of the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena. Rounding off the week with our usual slot at the Ground Zero Blues Club where we host the “Great British Blues Brunch”. If you’re around please come along and say hello.

23rd March – The Face Bar, Reading

Hi everyone, just wanted to invite you all along to the first gig of the year at The Face Bar in Reading on the 23rd March 2018. We’ve been a bit busy over the last few months bringing to life all the new songs ready for our new album which we hope to have on sale later this year… watch this space. Some exciting plans afoot for all you ‘Boners” which include a possible invite back again to the King Biscuit Festival in Helena. Keep tuned and look forward to seeing you all again in March.

Ilfracombe here we come

Looking forward to seeing all our “Boners” this weekend at the Ilfracombe Rhythm and Blues Festival. We will be playing Saturday night at 17.00 doing our best to get the night off to a great start. IMG_0835

The Haven Club – Oxford

Big thank you to everyone at the Haven Club last Thursday where we had the honour of supporting the fab Eddie Martin. A great turnout on a school night and a big thank you again for the encore and very warm support.DSCN0573

Busy time over the summer

It’s been a busy time over the summer with Backbone playing some great gigs and Festivals. From the Harlington Centre again welcoming them back to a very successful handful of appearances at this years “Great rhythm and Blues Festival” in Colne. The band is getting better and better so make sure you grab a chance to see them at one of the upcoming gigs, details in the gig guide.

Backbone plays at Dusty’s, High Wycombe 28/06/17

As you pass the squash courts, looking out at the village cricket team in the midst of a tense run-chase, you could be forgiven for wondering if sat nav has led you astray. But in these apparently unpromising surroundings, John ‘Dusty’ Dunsterville and his team have established a thriving blues club with a loyal and enthusiastic membership, here tonight to witness the second visit of Backbone Blues Band.


Regular readers of this publication may recall that Backbone were the subject of the ‘key to the highway’ feature in the July issue, and tonight’s audience got a first hand taste of how the band’s performance has been honed by the experience of a series of trips playing in America’s ‘deep south’. It’s clear that when the night’s earnings are the contents of the tip bucket and a slice of the bar-take, as is often apparently the case in the states, the job is to entertain, not simply to turn up and play.


Having seen the band perform on several occasions, I’m familiar with their style; tight, well structured songs which give justified prominence to Duncan Highet’s excellent soulful voice, and to  Frank McConnell’s fluid and emotive lead guitar. As usual they played a mix of original compositions from their excellent ‘which way to the blues’ album, interspersed with well chosen covers. Tonight those included a staple of their set, Coco Montoya’s excellent ‘am I losing you’ and a couple of new additions – Michael Burks’ moody slow blues ‘make it rain’ (adorned by Steve Pearce’s tasteful piano noodlings), and SRV’s ‘tightrope’ – the latter introduced with the band’s typical self-deprecation “we’ve been trying to get this one right for years!”


The quality of the playing and tightness of the band attest to a bunch of guys who take their blues seriously. The banter with the audience and the smiles amongst the band-members reveal their desire to enjoy the experience and make it an enjoyable one for the audience. This is clearly the case when Tony Seaman steps into the limelight to sing and play lead on the band’s bluesy take on ‘house of the rising sun’ – a real crowd favourite; and to lead the band through the stomping ‘ain’t no use’ from their album. A classic ‘call and response’ number to round off their set.


The rousing calls for ‘more’ from this knowledgeable crowd bore testament to the band’s excellent show. If you get the chance, I’d strongly recommend you grab the chance to catch Backbone, and to visit Dusty’s; neither will disappoint…


Dusty’s Blues Club – High Wycombe

Just a big shout out and thank you to everyone who came last night to see us. It’s our second appearance at Dusty’s and we are alway made to feel welcome. Thank you all for continued support, and for buying albums (did we mention that?)

Blues in Britain July 2017

Absolutely delighted that we have a double page spread in this months Blues in Britain (July 17)BiB July 17 page 1BiB July 17 Page 2

Paul Jones show Radio 2 on Monday 5th June

We’ve hit the big time! Beale to Bourbon was played on Monday 5th June at 20.00 on Paul Jones famous Blues show (I suppose we are now!) Download the show on implorer for radio and listen to some of the best blues music from past to present – INCLUDING US