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Review: Jon Amor Blues Group

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Jon Amor is well known round these parts! Although from over the border in Devizes, he has been a regular visitor to Frome over the years – indeed, recently playing two solo acoustic dates here and visiting the FromeFM studio to record an interview with yours truly too! Now back in full band mode, the debut full length ‘Jon Amor Blues Group’ CD is due for release on the 19th September. Click the image above to be directed to their website with details on how to buy. They will also be appearing at a Blues Night at Frome Rugby Club on October 28th.

Some of the tracks on this album have been available as a free download EP previously, although I believe the album versions are newly re-recorded and mixed. Opening up with ‘Holy Water’, an uptempo track full of spiking guitars, a nice simple way to start. Next, something from the mentioned EP, with ‘Juggernaut’, which sounds just like something that big! A great, repeated riff anchors the track and some nice drumming sounds throughout make this a great tune. ‘Make It Your Trouble’ follows and as well as a cool title, is a cool song with a great guitar break.

‘Repeat Offender’ is another previous EP track, with an almost familiar blues riff it’s selling point and quite a dirty sounding chorus, this one will sound great live. Next up is ‘Sweetheart’, almost a pop song, very catchy – you can hear this one now on their website. Track six sees the shortest song, ‘Angel In A Black Dress’, quite an aggressive sounding vocal and sound before ‘The Underdogs’ comes along, with its fantastic guitar riff and spot on tempo. This is definitely one of my favourites on the whole album.

Then we come to the big slow blues sound of ‘When The Time Comes’, all 6 minutes and 32 seconds of it. Again, the drums sound great on this one, they captured the sound perfectly. Another stand out moment. From that one, to perhaps the ‘maddest’ song on the album, one we have played on Blues Train previously – ‘She Thought I Was An Eagle’ – a frantic tempo until the part near the end that just cry’s out for an audience to join in with some ‘woh-wohs’! I love this track. The big ending comes with ‘You Know It’s Only Love’, which has been previewed already on YouTube at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD-AA4wzRlQ&feature=youtu.be&hd=1 . Once more, the sound of the song is nailed on, very cool guitar and another catchy tune to round things off superbly.

This is a highly recommended album for you to invest in. What is great about the whole project, is that this band are right here on our doorstep and are as good as anything else you are likely to find elsewhere. Many thanks to Jon for sending me the advance copy and for all his support for the show and FromeFM in general! Hear my interview with Jon, as well as an exclusive acoustic track from the man himself, here: http://fromefm.co.uk/pcasts/media/110713jonamor.mp3

Me 'n' Jon!

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