JB's Wiretag Band hails from Sweden, and has put together a CD of rock/blues songs that talk about cars and women that somewhat modernizes the car songs of the Beach
Boys, and other 60's groups, with snippets of Elvis, modern country guitar, Texas blues, smoky jazz clubs, rock-a-billy, and Chicago blues. How's that for a combination.
These guys obviously have a lot of influences that they throw into their music, which adds interest and avoids having a boring CD.
Some samples from the CD:
'Cadillac Night'- the CD opens up with a jump boogie rock song in a 12 bar format, with a vocal that reminds me of early Elvis.
'It Hurts Me So' - Slow blues but not Texas style, more towards the Chicago style of Buddy Guy or Robert Cray.
'Electric Hot Rod Woman' - Rock & Roll with a piano boogie beat. Gravelly vocals add to the roadhouse feel of this song.
'Lallo's Boogie' - This is a fast instrumental that mixes modern country picking with tinges of Texas tone.
'I Need You Tonight'- The one song not self penned by Janne Berglund, If your going to use someone else's song, Z. Z. Top is a good choice. A number perfect for slow dancing. Understated vocals add to the smoky feel of this song.
'Midnight Moon' - This is a fast shuffle, with a great vocal, that reminds me of the band Chicago actually, particularly with the horn stabs throughout the song. There's an excellent boogie breakdown about halfway through the song.
'Racing Queen' - Solid boogie-woogie beat on this one with a blues-rock vocal style.
'Shadow Dance' - For a decidedly different direction, this song sounds like a 50's medium tempo jazz number with laid back vocal style and guitar doing jazz style comp chords, with jazzy piano backing adding the fills.
'Six String Shooter'- This song is has elements of Texas blues with a hint of modern country which reminds me a bit of Smoken Joe Kubek and Benois King.
'That's Why I Love You' - this song is pure rock-a-billy, and fans of Brian Setzer would love this one.
'Crazy Clown' - This is a fast instrumental with country and blues influences. These guys can pick as well as sing.
'The Blues is Leavin Town' - This song channels Eric Clapton of the late 70's, and is one of those that could easily be done in an acoustic manner.
Bottom Line: This is a good CD, which contains a variety of musical styles, which showcase a wide range of influences. This is one of those CD's where the more you listen to it, the better you like it. I think this band would be pretty good in a live situation. The production is generally good to excellent. My first listen I would have given this CD Two out of five stars but after listening to it several times, I am revising it up to three out of five stars.
Guitars & Vocals - Janne Berglund
Drums - Per Lindvall
Bass - Ulf "Rockis" Ivarsson
Piano - Erik Andersson
Tenor Sax - Dave Kurdzionak
Producer - Janne Berglund