Wily Bo Walker & E.D. Brayshaw
Stone Cold Beautiful
Release Date 22nd May 2015
Wily Bo Walker is a solo singer-songwriter; on this album the Glaswegian has teamed up with guitar maestro E.D. Bradshaw to create Stone Cold Beautiful with the backing vocals from Karena K adding extra tonal range creating six tracks full of musical colour and interest.
Opening with Storm Warning, a bluesy track where the storyline hits cinematic proportions when the melody rises to a crescendo and you are on the road with a storm looming and coming up fast, with its powerful blues/rock anthem guitar chords this is a six-track album heading out of the starting blocks with some mighty licks. Loudon Wainwright 111’s Motel Blues, brings some country acoustic blues into the mix a stylish delivery suiting Wily’s vocals. The other cover has opening guitar that is stylish with hints of Gary Moore as the notes sear through the blues tempo and the vocals growl and draw out the words giving them a dark blue effect with the desperation of Loan Me a Dime. This is blues that is steeped in misery and the backing vocals from Karena K adds a bitter-sweet air that makes the track work so well. September Red is a melodic, full sounding track with backing vocals that take on choral proportions as autumn fades and leads to Winter Blue. The album finishes with Killers On The Run full of percussive drive and keyboards that hook you up to the lyrics sung by Wily in his distinctive gravelly Tom Waits infused vocal delivery; leaving you with a smile at Stone Cold Beautiful’s delivery of blues with a rocky attitude. This is an album of six songs that span many shades of blues and for nearly forty minutes you are transported to music that entertains, and blends rock with blues in perfect proportions it is a pity not more tracks to really explore the potential of the music they offer.
1. Storm Warning ( E.D. Brayshaw/ Lesley Brayshaw)
2. Motel Blues (Loudon Wainwright 111)
3. Loan Me a Dime ( Fenton Robinson)
4. I Want To Know (Wily Bo Walker)
5. September Red (Wily Bo Walker)
6. Killers On the Run
Bluesdoodles gives this CD SEVEN doodle paws out of TEN ….