Six piece band BLUERIDGE from Yorkshire, in England, includes five brothers who were all brought up on country music from a very early age. They awoke daily to the sounds of Jimmie Rodgers, Lefty Frizzell, Jim Reeves and Hank Williams. With the help of their parents the brothers went out in front of live audiences playing their own brand of country music.
This their first CD, It is a combination of their own songs and favorite covers.
The album get's underway with "Alabama Bound," a song written by lead singer Alec Hicken. This a catchy tune that deservedly saw activity in the European charts for them not long ago.
First of the covers on the album as the boy's do a credible version of the old Gram Parsons classic, "Hickory Wind," a song that has been covered many times over the years by artists like The Byrds and Emmylou Harris among many others.
The title track, "Morning Light" is next up and this is a good country/rocker with a very catchy riff that stay's in your head. This is another original and was written by Mal Hicken.
As far as British country music bands go, this next track, John Prine's "Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness," is probably the most performed song around. I have heard many different variations on the song, some good, some bad, this one here is certainly one of the better one's.
The boy's do a fair cover of Clint Black's "Killing Time," before taking on Eric Claptons classic, "Wonderful Tonight," a good song, again much covered, but unfortunately it doesn't work for me this time round.
"Honky Tonk Machine" is another original song, once again written by Alec Hicken, that should prove to be popular with the linedancers, while "Tequila Sunrise," a favourite of mine by the Eagles, is given an average cover.
Another original, "Country Girl" is the bands latest single and is climbing the European charts as I write, hitting #15 in it's first week. This is a good song, written this time by non band member Alan Frost, especially for the band. This is another that could prove popular with the linedancers.
Merle Haggard's "The Running Kind" is another popular song among British bands on the circuit, and Blueridge do a credible version of it here to close the album.
This is a good first effort from Blueridge, with the lads proving they can write good original material. I hope they carry on in this vein, as British country music can certainly use good original songs.
If you get the chance, catch the band on a gig somewhere and pick up the album!