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Review: Boneyard Dog – Bluesbound Train

AOR Heaven (November 2016)

Reviewer: Dan Mann

When Boneyard Dog were first announced, the names on the line-up instantly made me interested in what they might produce. Well the fruits of their labour is now here, and it’s from a fruit tree groaning under the weight of talent and ability.

Regular readers will know my penchant for some decent blues rock, and boy ‘Bluesbound Train‘ has it in spades! The brainchild of vocalist Rob Mancini and guitarist Davy Kerrigan, the album was already underway before the addition of legendary keyboardist Tony Carey and renowned drummer Ron Wikso.

We start off with the intro ‘Atchafayalla‘ complete with vinyl crackling & blues soaked harmonica, it sets the scene for what’s to come perfectly.

To me the album resembles a mixture of American band Tangier and Bernie Marsden, so a big tick in the box for me.

Rob Mancini’s vocals take on a smoky quality, with some fantastic riffs from Davy Kerrigan. The combination of Rob’s bass and Ron’s drumming, together with a first class production give this album a polished feel but still leaving large hints to those whiskey soaked bars.

As with any album that I thoroughly enjoy, it’s always incredibly difficult to pick stand out tracks. So here goes…

Hundred Guns‘ is a track I keep returning too. A perfect blend of blues rock mixed with hints of southern rock. ‘Paid My Dues‘ is just a great blues track, think Gary Moore mixed with Jeff Healey. Davy Kerrigan takes on the vocal duties (as well as on Hell And Back) and what a terrific voice. ‘Fire Down Below‘, a great tongue in cheek blues rock number, another track I’ve repeatedly played. And finally the title track ‘Bluesbound Train‘ Just superb.

If for a sake of balance I was to be at all critical, I’d say ‘Lay Down The Law‘ doesn’t fit as well as the other tracks. Not that it’s a bad track, far from it. Just seems to stand out a little from the others.

So there we have it, an album that will be knocking on the door of my Top 20 albums of 2016. Here’s hoping they follow this up with another album.

 

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Boneyard Dog is an Irish Classic/Blues Rock Band founded in 2015 and the brainchild of German/Italian Rock Singer Rob Mancini (Hotwire, Crush, Rob Mancini Band & Scar For Life) and Irish Blues guitar hero Davy Kerrigan.

Added to the line-up in early 2016 was American rock drummer Ron Wikso, an established artist known for his recording and touring work with some of the best musicians and known entertainers in the world including Cher, Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Foreigner, David Lee Roth (Van Halen), The Storm, Gregg Rolie (Santana/Journey), Eddie Money, CCR (Creedence Clearwater Revisited), Player (featuring Ronn Moss & Peter Beckett), Randy Meisner (the Eagles), Denny Laine (Paul McCartney & Wings/The Moody Blues), Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon/Ted Nugent/Jimmy Barnes), Michael Monarch (Steppenwolf), Dave Meniketti (Y&T), George Burns, Sammy Davis Jr., Peggy Lee and many others.

Half way through the writing of the debut album, Mancini contacted Tony Carey, former keyboarder of Richie Blackmore’s Rainbow. Carey played on the classic albums ‘Rising’ and ‘On Stage’, in the Rainbow line-up including Ronnie James Dio, Cozy Powell, Jimmy Bain and Ritchie Blackmore, touring the world for 2 years. He has recorded and released over 40 records, and produced records by John Mayall, Chris Norman, David Knopfler, Joe Cocker, and Peter Maffay (Germany’s top-selling rock artist). He has done several film scores and published well over 1,000 songs. Initially planned as a guest keyboarder on one of the tracks, Carey was impressed by the material and offered to fill the slot as keyboarder on the entire album.

Staying true to their roots in rock’n’roll music, a style all members are involved in for over a decade, the band also implemented their love and passion for blues into the project. With a lot of experience, compassion and inspiration the foundations are set for a new Classic Rock album that will find many new friends and listeners.

Mancini’s and Kerrigan’s song writing are combining harmonies, killer riffs and solos as well as creative lyrics to create an outstanding work of art.

Boneyard Dog recorded their debut album ‘Bluesbound Train’ between March and September 2016 at Total Control Studio Austin/Texas and GMG Studio ONE in Donegal/Ireland. The album was produced, mixed and mastered by Rob Mancini. In August 2016 the band subsequently signed to German label AOR Heaven.

Soundclips in advance:

Hundred Guns (Edit)

Lay Down The Law (Edit)

Mother Lode (Edit)

Outside the music business, the band is involved in philanthropy, having created the Boneyard Foundation, a foundation benefitting victims of motorcycle accidents or their immediate families. The bands proceeding from the track ‘Lonely Road’ featuring Marc Lynn (Gotthard) and the accompanying video will go towards the Boneyard Foundation.

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