Kilborn Alley Blues Band released their fantastic Four yesterday and we will discuss it in greater detail in the coming days but I thought it would be cool to again let you get a taste of the record before I tell you how awesome it is. Ooops. A little late on that. Let me try it again. I thought it would be cool to give you a taste of the record and let you see the band live before I tell you what I love about the record and why I think you will too.
I posted a performance of them doing "Change My Ways (A Couple Of Days")" on their recent UK tour. Here's another song from Four from the same performance and once again, it's one of my favorites on the disc. "Wanderin'" is a cool breeze and shows off a little harmonizing.
Kilborn Alley Blues Band was nominated as Band Of The Year last year at the Blues Music Awards and they've won awards for their contemporary approach to traditional roots music and it's one of the things I love most about them. I've seen them nominated in both Traditional and Contemporary categories. Those in charge of the "labeling" aren't quite sure what to do with them. It may make it difficult to win an award when no one is sure where to put you -- although they have won them -- but that's a surefire sign you're deserving of one.
You can hear their love and knowledge of the great music of the past in what they play but their approach and sound is completely their own. They're also a band in an era when that's becoming rarer. This isn't a collection of egos who stand in a circle impatiently waiting for their "spotlight" moment. They play together, in the pocket, the way it's supposed to be done. Josh Stimmel may be the "lead" guitarist but he's just as likely to step back and play rhythm while Andrew Duncanson takes a solo. It's four guys, on stage, supporting one another and supporting the power of the song. They do it on the record and if you check out the video below, you'll hear them do it on stage. They do it the right way -- their way -- because they don't know any other.
Check out Four and do it now.