Review: Ash Wilson – Broken Machine
Wilson Brothers Music (April 2017)
Reviewer: Dan Mann
I’ll start this review by saying I hadn’t actually heard of Ash Wilson until a promo copy of ‘Broken Machine‘ dropped through the letterbox. However, I’m more then a little pleased that this particular CD landed on the mat.
Talk about an album that ticks many boxes when it comes to my own particular tastes in music. From the outset your greeted with a four and a half minute onslaught of superior blues rock in the shape and form of ‘Show Me How To Love You‘. A real foot stomper of a track that had me reaching for the volume to crank it up!
Ash is certainly no slouch when it comes to twanging on that guitar with vigor, but tracks like ‘Word Of A Woman‘ show that he can lay down a rich, multi layered song filled with feeling and emotion. Reading the accompanying notes, I saw who the musicians were filling the rest of the positions, and boy has Ash got a band behind him. With drummer Phil Wilson and bassist Roger Innis from Laurence Jones’ band and Bob Fridzema of King King on Keyboards, there is a solid bedrock to the album.
Thankfully the production on ‘Broken Machine‘ helps etch out the finer points of the music without falling into the trap of bloated and booming which is all so often the norm these days.
Not only would I strongly suggest you grab yourself a copy of this album when it’s released in a couple of months, but I’d also suggest you catch Ash Wilson on tour with Dan Patlansky in March and April.
All in all it just goes to show the future of blues & blues rock is looking very rosy indeed…