is a great little blues band from Moncton, New Brunswick in eastern Canada. Together for about six years, the group already has three CDs under its collective belt. Wire & Wood
is their first recording for a big-name label. NorthernBlues is developing a habit of bringing otherwise "regional" talent to the forefront of the North American blues scene. Glamour Puss
is off to a good start with this disk and CD launch party/concerts are booked across Canada as far from home as British Columbia. The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival
in Fredricton closely follows their hometown CD bash as do numerous TV/radio appearances on national networks.
With the single exception of John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom Boom
the material on the album was written by band members Travis Furlong, Roger Cormier and Don Rodgers. Sax man, Don Rodgers penned Swingin' Gin
, an outstanding instrumental played in the style of the jump bands of the fifties. Roger Cormier wrote a few outstanding pieces in the Acadian/Cajun style and some fine blues including the thoughtfully witty Six Feet Down
is another Cormier original, sung in French, and reminding me of the legendary Quebec rocker, Robert Charlebois.
Guitarist Travis Furlong is certainly a B.B.King disciple and a brilliant soloist. I especially enjoyed his original Blues For Sheilah
. It's one of the two instrumental tracks on this session. Furlong wrote Wire & Wood
, a logical choice for the "title tune." Great guitar work by Furlong and Michael Jerome Browne make this track a gem.
This is an exciting group and I'll bet it we won't have to wait very long for a follow-up CD. I'll be very surprised if Glamourpuss doesn't garner an award nomination of some sort in 2004.
The album hits the shelves on September 2nd.