Lena And The Slide Brothers review…November 13, 2019….

LENA AND THE SLIDE BROTHERS

IV

RETRO U ART RECORDS

YOUR KIND OF WOMAN–SNAKE BOOGALOO–NOT YOUR FAULT–BLUE SIDE OF THE TOWN–ELDORADO–RIGHT TRAIN, WRONG TRACK–LATE NIGHT WATCHDOG BLUES–NEW KIND OF SOLDIER–I CAN’T BELIEVE IT–BOURBON RIVER BLUES JAMBOREE

Lena And The Slide Brothers hail from Finland, and have just released their fourth overall album, aptly-entitled, “IV.”  Led by the supple, range-defying vocals of Lena Lindroos, the band’s sound is also expanded by the twin guitar attack of Matti Kettunen and Yks Putkinen, who play alongside each other or off one another equally well.  The ten originals herein run the gamut from Delta-inspired blues, classic Chicago-sounding blues, as well as some cool roots-rock.

One of those rockers leads off, as Lena proclaims, “I’m Your Kind Of Woman, you just don’t know it yet!”  This one has a cool Joanne Shaw Taylor or Bonnie Raitt feel to it, and the slide guitar accentuates the whole thing.  A poignant song chronicling the life and times of a seven-year old boy forced to flee from invading soldiers in World War II follows him throughout his life up to the present, and is entitled “Not Your Fault.”  This one has a spooky, swampy vibe enhanced by the percussion and guitar.  “Eldorado” blasts off into John Lee Hooker’s “endless boogie” territory, while that classic Chicago sound is at the root of one of our favorites.  Yep–our girl is all over a lover, with “where have you been all night long,” the humorous “Late Night Watchdog Blues!”

The set closes with our other favorite.  A trip down to the Delta and the cast of characters of the “Bourbon River Blues Jamboree,” is highlighted by excellent guitar from both Matti and Yka, and Lena has a lot of playful fun with the vocal.

It is easy to see why Lena And The Slide Brothers are so well-received in their homeland and abroad.  A beautiful vocalist, excellent musicianship and lyrics that draw from the traditions of the blues and that are geared toward today’s crowds make “IV” a red-hot set of boogie and blues!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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