The Bonnevilles – Folk Art And The Death Of Electric Jesus

Twenty Stone Blatt Records

Twenty Stone Blatt Records

Rory Gallagher would’ve loved these guys.

No matter how the late Irish guitar genius’ music was shaped by various studio/producer combinations over the years, his finest moments were in the live setting, where the sweat, grit, and grease of his Mississippi-by-way-of-County-Cork blues mojo was free to run. And that’s just exactly what The Bonnevilles are all about, as well.

Pay attention, now: percussion monster Chris McMullan and guitarist/vocalist (and occasional keyboardist) Andrew McGibbon Jr. aren’t Irish lads trying to sound like they grew up on the Delta; they’re honest-and-true bluesmen – pure and simple. They may have Celtic souls, but this is the real shit that knows no country codes, boys and girls … the blues is the blues.

Folk Art And The Death Of Electric Jesus is wild and wooly – a masterpiece of just-enough-production-to-keep-stuff-from-exploding by Belfast-based sound wizards Walter d’Goon and Jon Moorehead. Nobody was bothered by squeals, sizzles, crashes, or thumps: the tape rolled while McGibbon and McMullan played these tunes like they could save the world from itself. The only thing that could get you any closer to sitting on McGibbon’s amp in the middle of Graham House Studio would be a sweat-soaked scratch-and-sniff panel in the multi-fold liner notes.

Click HERE to read the rest of my review at Jambands.com

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