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

The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival – Colne

Hi all, just posted two fab gigs at The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne Lancashire. Backbone fought off hundreds of bands this year to win TWO prestigious slots in TWO different Roadhouse venues. We’re playing the Colne Legion from 2.30-4.30, then the Duke of Lancaster 6-8, both on Saturday 26 August. Here’s the link to the festival website – you can find us under the Roadhouses button

www.bluesfestival.co.uk/line-ups/road-houses

Backbone supports “The Blues Band”

At this years Ilfracombe Blues festival, Backbone Blues Band will be supporting “The Blues Band” on Saturday the 11th November. It will be a fantastic 3 day event running from Friday the 10th till Sunday the 12th with literally dozens of fantastic Blues acts. Early bird tickets based on 4 people sharing are an amazing £102 ppp for 3 great days of music and self catering accommodation. Get in touch with Backbone for your special tickets.

Supporting Rebecca Downes – 11th Feb in Fleet

We are delighted to be supporting the fabulous Rebecca Downes on the 11th Feb at the Harlington in Fleet. Rebecca was voted best female blues singer in 2016 so whatever you do don’t miss this show.