Hailing from Australia, blues rocker Gwyn Ashton comes armed with a battered Fender Stratocaster: a new kid on the block making additional noise and carving out his own turf. Another gunslinger coming to town.
It seems Ashton's strategy is to come out with a big selling record to get him recognition in touring America. That in itself is a hard dollar and he will need all the luck he can get.
Releasing "Prohibition" can't do him too much harm. Gwyn reminds you of the teenager you once were. The kid who drove his (or her) parents nuts cranking up those Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath records. Eventually you discover the blues but you cant leave the rock 'n' roll alone.
Ashton is the mirror to that world we once lived in. You can't get angry at him. It's the classic syndrome of a bluesman turning it up and bastardizing the blues.
And does he know how to convolute it. "Back To You" can find a good home on an AC/DC record with it's Angus Young riffs. Ashton can win the Good Guy Award for ripping it up on Rory Gallagher's "Secret Agent."
At least Gwyn can write his own songs and Gallagher's "Secret Agent" is the only cover on the cd. But you can tell he borrows those Texas licks from the all too obvious sources. "Aint My Style" is a Texas shuffle you haven't heard before.