Gary Hoey - 'Dust And Bones'

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Gary Hoey - 'Dust And Bones'

His powerful gravelly voice and true mastery of Blues guitar make this combination a real winner.

Massachusetts born Gary Hoey has always had music in his blood. He dropped out of school to play in some of Boston's music clubs, has taught guitar, guested on many Rock stages over the years whilst also putting out no less than twenty albums, including this release. 'Dust And Bones' sees Hoey progress from the authentic Blues of 'Deja Blues'; he turns up the drive and wrings the soul of out his Stratocaster.

Laying down its Southern Bluesy slide guitar intro, 'Boxcar Blues' is riff and lick-laden with attitude. The basic groove from Hoey, bassist AJ Pappas and drummer Matt Scurfield is deep, tight and low. The track sounds like Led Zeppelin backing a master Bluesman like Eric Clapton or Robert Johnson here. Talking of great guitar players, the album pays homage to many of Hoey's influences, including Brian Setzer on 'Who's Your Daddy' where he plays some fantastic Blues runs which really hit home. Then, in a Johnny Winter style tribute, we're taken back to Classic Blues; 'Steamroller' is more of a freight-train with a Blues heart, thundering on down the tracks and with some sweet bottleneck action mid-track. The one and only Lita Ford pops up on 'Coming Home', dueting with Hoey on this ballad which has great lyrics and true feeling echoing throughout this song, making it a kick-ass track. Hoey co-wrote some tracks on Lita Ford's 'Living Like A Runaway' album, so it's clear the musical association has continued and borne fruit.

The Robin Trower-inspired 'This Time Tomorrow' has a David Gilmour-esque echoey riff to it, which rings out over the vocal as the track builds and receives some searing lead guitar work. 'Born To Love You' has a Jimi Hendrix 'Crosstown Traffic' vibe to it, there is so much feel to every note played on this track, its electric. Title track 'Dust And Bones' kicks off with some glassy clean tones before kicking in its deep Rocky heart and soulful vocal. Album closer 'Soul Surfer' is perhaps an unusual choice as it's a much gentler affair than other tracks, but it takes some clean tremolo work and turns this into a dreamy Blues number.

Gary Hoey has successfully melded a variety of tones, feelings and styles to bring a magical soundscape to the world. His powerful gravelly voice and true mastery of Blues guitar make this combination a real winner.

Paul Sabin

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