[twitter style=”vertical” float=”left”] [fbshare type=”button”] [google_plusone size=”standard” annotation=”none” language=”English (UK)”] Bryce Alastair & the Booze-N-Blues plays a new form of blues & alternative rock. Cruises through the woods of mid Michigan with his grandfather Keith and listening to old broken blues tracks from Robert Johnson, Buddy Guy and southern heroes like Lynyrd Skynyrd have been major influences on him. He started playing guitar and drums at the young age of 7. At 22 he can still be caught plucking through the night with band mates and fellow musicians.
Bryce moved to Jacksonville, FL at the age of 18. After five months of recording in his home studio while on the family property in a trailer in Marion Springs MI, Bryce wanted to pursue his musical career, and thought that moving to the home of his favorite rock band (Lynyrd Skynyrd) would have been a good way to start.
Bryce has written over 200 songs and eight of these can be directly heard on his latest album, “Gimme Some More”.
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The album opens with “Your World”. Dirty, muddy and swampy. Chunky rolling drums accompanies Bryce’s reverberating acoustic six-string and blustered voice throughout the agitated start-stop verses and choruses of this rocker.
“Love & Lost” and “Vampire Love Song” quickly confirm that the dominant factor in Bryce Alastair & the Booze-N-Blues, is above-all, the heavily strummed acoustic guitar and craggy acid vocals supplied by Bryce. The sound production is torbid, raw almost to the point of sound distortion, matching the band’s wild jamming-blues style to perfection.
The title track, “Gimme Some More”, seems like it was recorded to exactly contradict my previous statement. The song is clean sounding, sweeter than the first 3 tracks, more conventional and driven by a catchy lead guitar riff.
“Helpless” arrives just after “Serenity”, and if you’re really into the blues, you’d be thinking that it’s just about time. Any blues album without a slow heart-wrenching lament, would be missing something. Bryce Alastair doesn’t let the flock down with this slow burner. Heavy guitar riffs and sizzling solos are all included in this package.
Bryce even goes one step further with “Cheap Whiskey”. Getting low down and dirty, with some mean layered rhythm guitar riffs, that reek of the famed “Double Trouble” rhythm section. This is the true grit Texas guitar sound.
The album “Gimme Some More” closes off with “Sally’s Song”. And it closes much in the same way it started. Dirty, muddy and swampy, with Bryce’s gravely and torturous voice punishing the melody line with every single word.
If you like your blues rugged, rough and ready, then give Bryce Alastair & the Booze-N-Blues a thorough listen.
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