Roll Away CD (2007)

Artist: Back Door Slam

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Great freshman effort by Back Door Slam

by on 5/1/2008

This is one fun CD to listen to! These kids are alright! My only issue is that the CD opens with what I consider the strongest track, but that is not to say that htere is anything wrong with the other tracks. Pretty darn good CD!

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Formed whilst still at school around 3 years ago, members Davy Knowles (guitars/vocals/mandolins) , Ross Doyle (drums) and Adam Jones (bass) have been firmly rooted in blues music from a young age. After giging around their native Isle of Man for 2 years, they have spent the last year extensively touring America, playing festivals like Austin City Limits, SXSW, Download & Lollapalooza and supporting legends like The Who, Styx, REO Speedwagon and Grammy Award winning fellow Running Media artist Corinne Bailey Rae. They launched their debut album Roll Away in 2007, which has recently risen to number 7 in the Billboard Blues Chart.


Label Blix Street Records
SKU 204736818
UPC 739341008726
UPC 14 00739341008726
Format CD
Release Date 6/26/2007
Author Back Door Slam
Technical Info
Engineer Dave Armstrong
Producer Dave Armstrong; Dave Armstrong
CatalogID 10087
Lable Name Blix Street Records
Released 07/01/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 48m : 38s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00739341008726
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: 'Lucy's Dad' (cello); Dave Armstrong (keyboards); Ross Doyle (drums); Shane Kerwin (percussion); Christine Collister, Christy DeHaven, Shaz Cleator, Rob Cross , Christy D., Dave Cain, Joe Carter Hawkins, Davy Knowles (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Dave Armstrong; Rupert Coulson.
Recording information: DAM Studios, Isle Of Man.
Arranger: Dan Clarke.
Who would have thought the guy who sang "money for nothing and your chicks for free" could inspire a kid to grow up and become one of the most promising bluesmen of his generation -- at the tender age of 20? The listener doesn't need to know the back story of this slamming, high-intensity Isle of Man-based blues-rock trio led by multi-talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist Davy Knowles to be inspired by the band's blistering excitement. But like all tales of great blues makers, origins are important, so here goes: at age 11, Knowles was in the car with his father and heard Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing," which changed his life and put him on a mission to explore Dad's vast record collection. This included John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Rory Gallagher. Then Knowles started listening to their influences, soaking up Blind Willie Johnson and Robert Johnson. Back Door Slam's in-your-face debut rumbles out of the gate with the rollicking rocker "Come Home," a perfect intro to Knowles' crisply sizzling licks and gruff, wise, and pained-beyond-his-years vocals. The slow-burning "Heavy on My Mind" is the song Clapton wishes he wrote, with Knowles completely capturing the legend's vibe and intensity while bringing fresh invention to that style. After another edgy jam session ("Outside Woman Blues"), Back Door Slam simmer down ever so slightly for the gently percolating "Gotta Leave," which gives Knowles a chance to express the deeper emotion of his artistry. And the sparse, acoustic guitar-driven "Stay" and the title track are a fine examples of his strong emotional songwriting without much adornment or backup. Other tracks like "Too Late" and "Too Good for Me" have country-rock crossover potential while never letting listeners forget they're listening to a true blues heart. Back Door Slam are the second solid discovery Blix Street has made in the last decade; the label's first, the late songbird Eva Cassidy, became a posthumous sensation in the U.K. before touching millions in the U.S. Back Door Slam also have the potential to be successful on both sides of the pond. ~ Jonathan Widran
Professional Reviews
Down Beat (p.83) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The slow blues 'Gotta Live,' in particular, shines for his growing confidence."
Disc 1
1 Come Home
2 Heavy On My Mind
3 Outside Woman Blues
4 Gotta Leave
5 Stay
6 Too Late
7 Takes A Real Man
8 It'll All Come Around
9 Too Good For Me
10 Roll Away
11 Real Man - (Bonus Track)
Product Attributes
Artist Back Door Slam
Label Blix Street Records
Music Format Compact Disc
Patrick MacDonald, Seattle Times I heard the spirit of Jimi Hendrix coming from the open, street side windows of a joint called B.D. Riley's. It was 'Red House,' executed superbly by a surprisingly young trio called Back Door Slam, from the Isle of Man in the U.K. The club was packed and so was the street outside. Folks were transfixed by this kid on guitar who played with a fiery spirit and sang with conviction, making the song his own.
Jason Hood, Time Out magazine If Roll Away isn't a hit then every rock music writer (myself included) is responsible. The album is a grenade launcher; it's an incendiary device, it's a melodic, melancholy and effervescent cannon ball set to music.
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