No Place to Hide
That Roadhouse songs are regularly played along with Allmans, Johnny Lang, Bonnie Raitt and Etta James discs by DJs in the US, and indeed worldwide, speaks volumes..... This music travels and it must be said that the 'wheels on the bus' are the band's own compositions and their dynamic arrangements. It has been clear from gigs during recent months that the songs new to the band's repertoire were something special!!..........Gary Boner, guitarist / singer, has already established a name for himself as a fine songwriter, but he has excelled himself this time! Gary is chief writer who tends towards (often epic) storytelling. Boner is aided and abetted on the delivery of these tales by the pool of female vocalists who work with the band in the studio and live - Anne, Sue and Lorna. Most groups would be glad to have any one of these singers aboard and they are part of what makes Roadhouse a band to see live!! Add to this the storming and solid rhythm section and you have a powerhouse act who meet the demands of producing fine music and superb live performances...... The atmosphere attained on their songs is a tribute to the players, witness Anne Campbell's gorgeous reading of 'Brooklyn Blues'. 'Lost Along The Way' has echoes of Traffic's 'Pearly Queen'; the chorus'd guitar of 'Slip Away' will stay with you like a small stone in your shoe. Jules Fothergill's love of Derek Trucks' slide style has contributed to his own skipping fluidity. Every track seems to kick off with such confidence that you would think these numbers had been played for decades. 'Lost In Pain' has Jefferson Airplane hanging chordal stabs and a characteristic joint vocal and is one of the best tracks on this release; that 'Couldn't Get To Sleep' was worth revisiting is beyond doubt and again it's edgy tension is warmed by a unison vocal chorus and an empathetic rhythmic base. If LZep's 'Battle of..' ever did it for you, try this. The whole CD is a wonderful and varied collection of songs played to the highest standard by a group of fine musicians. It deserves to take the band on to a higher level......