CD Review - Almost Broke by Poor Boy
A review of Almost Broke by the blues band Poor Boy.
CD Review - Poor Boy - Almost Broke
CD Review – Poor Boy – Almost Broke
7 out of 10
The feelgood blues band ‘Poor Boy’ have released a sold set of Blues and Rock covers in ‘Almost Broke’
The five piece is led by the singer and harmonica player Paddy Wells, and also features the guitar players Tim Firth and Gary Whitaker, and the engine room of drummer John Kemp and bassist Frederick Hiebler. They invest well worn blues covers such as ‘You don’t love me’ with a confident swagger, and inventive musical interplay, whilst the album closer of ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ is a soulful version, featuring emotive harmonica and guitar in its extended coda.
A funky, complex version of ‘Nickels and Dimes’ gives the rhythm section, and the guitarist something to get their teeth into, whilst Charlie Musselwhite’s ‘Sundown’ is an unusual choice for the band, but makes perfect sense in this arrangement.
‘Cold shot’ is taken at a slower pace than SRV did, but is once again a worthwhile addition to a lively album that is well worth tracking down, but once again, with the blues, the band are probably best seen live.
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