The Paul Garner Band BIG ROAD BLUES

Progressive Roots Records …

Exciting UK-based blues guitar-organ-drums trio’s third and strongest release to date

Trail blazing guitarist Paul Garner is a rivetingly (sic) good guitar player. So says BBC Radio 2 blues show host Paul Jones. Legendary blues producer Mike Vernon also slings praise on the outrageously creative/’UK-born, New Zealand-raised musician, who plays in Mike’s Big Combo band.

But BIG ROAD BLUES is not all about Mr Garner or the guitar. As Mike adds: Do not underestimate or overlook The Paul Garner Band. Their new release is full of grooves, strong melodies and songs, and some outstanding playing from all members.

Paul Garner on guitar and lead vocals, Claudio Corona on Hammond organ and keyboards, Jason Ribeiro on drums. Claudio multi-skills on bass duties from the keyboard seat. They deliver nine superbly versatile originals and two carefully crafted covers: Robert Johnson’s Preachin’ Blues, and JB Lenoir’s The Whale Has Swallowed Me.

Incendiary guitar, sizzling organ and consistent ‘in the pocket’ drum skills across all 11 tracks. Buckets full of groove, emotion, soul and attack. That hard to nail authentic feel – and most of all; passion and a great big blues heartbeat. Nods and respect are paid to their influences, but they take risks and drag the blues into the 21st century.

The Paul Garner Band released their two critically acclaimed albums WHAT COLOUR WILL YOU SEE in 2008 and 3 GET READY in 2012. But this one is leaps and bounds richer in song quality and balanced ensemble performance.

Some will mention Robben Ford, UK star Matt Schofield and Jonny Henderson in the same breath as the Paul Garner Band. Not me… Paul, Claudio and Jason have something quite mouth-wateringly different going on here, surely destined to make their 11th year together a very special one indeed. Simon Redley

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