The Jimmy Bowskill Band review…06-09-12

THE JIMMY BOWSKILL BAND

BACK NUMBER

RUF RECORDS  1175

TAKE A RIDE–LINGER ON THE SWEET TIME–SALTY DOG–LITTLE BIRD–SPIRIT OF THE TOWN–SIN’S A GOOD MAN’S BROTHER–SINKING DOWN–DOWN THE ROAD–SEASONS CHANGE–BROKE DOWN ENGINE–LEAST OF MY WORRIES

 

 

Toronto-based Jimmy Bowskill recently turned all of twenty-one years old, and has just released his fifth album, “Back Number,” for Ruf Records.  Jimmy’s a killer guitarist, and, as he’s gottn older, he’s matured as a singer.  Joining Jimmy is Ian McKeown on bass and Daniel Reiff on drums.  For this set, Jimmy also  got the band members involved in the writing process.

 

A true power trio, the fellows delve deeply into blues-rock territory, and several of these cuts might remind some listeners of vintage Black Crowes.  Check out the acoustic opening of “Sin’s A Good Man’s Brother,” which gives way to Jimmy’s blistering leads, and builds to a frenzied, crashing climax.  Jimmy loses first his love, then his pride as his woman takes off with another man in the rapid-fire “Down The Road,” while Jimmy wrote the slow blues of “Spirit Of The Town,”  which pays tribute to his hometown of Baillieboro, Ontario, and the changes he’s seen there as he’s grown.  The set closes with a swingin’, acoustic number written by Ron Sexsmith, “Least Of My Worries,” this one featuring Jimmy on piano.

 

We had two favorites, too.  Nautical references abound in the funky, ribald, double-entendre’-filled “Salty Dog,” and its story of “rockin’ the boat tonite!!”  And, Ron Sexsmith also shared writing credits with Jimmy on “Little Bird,” a cool story where today’s trend of social networking catches a cheatin’ lover red-handed thru a series of “tweets!”

 

With recent sets from Samantha Fish, Oli Brown, and now, Jimmy Bowskill, label founder Thomas Ruf has his fingers on the pulse of the future of the blues!”Back Number” is Jimmy’s hardest-rockin’ set yet!  Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow.

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