Jax and Matt without their customary headgear
Showing his true blues roots guitarist Jax Sedgewick slips in Keef Richards style riffage giving a very tasty vintage Rolling Stones feel particularly on "Fools Heart" . On other songs showing a different style he's throwing in Ted Nugent southern fried power chordage before delving deep into his gig bag for some decidedly funky riffs on "Breadline". The percussion and bass are taken care of by Andy Bates and Matt Eden working very tight together hitting the groove right down the middle, really great to hear two guys who are bolstering each others performance rather than competing . Hoss Thompson gruff vocals sound those of a guy who has been smoking Marlboro for at maybe forty some years ( I don't think he has really), deep melodic without pushing it to comic book American he treads the line of not sounding "too British" as the bands core content obviously demands and while he's doing that he plays some mean riffs on a still very new Les Paul.
Hoss and that tasty Les Paul
Andy secure in his drum castle
Though generally Thirteen Stars are bluesy they are often faster paced and certainly will tackle much more complex composition than traditional blues while still keeping quite light on the instrumental solos. I've had 'White Raven' on heavy rotation and after around a thousand road miles I can set it firmly into the class of driving music I'll be hitting the road with it loaded come Monday morning . I regularly found myself tapping along and it certainly does eat up the Motorway miles so I'd certainly recommend it for a Xmas gift . It is bound to please whether you want it for a friend who enjoys the styles of Skynyrd or ZZ Top or The Stones or for yourself dammed fine idea. Remember when Johnny Van Zant got together to form his band they wanted to be the US's Stones now the circle has come back round and we have a band that you might easily describe as England's Skynyrd in the same way a bit different but right on the money.
News for our friends in the US that Thirteen Stars are planning a pilgrimage to the US in 2016 so you could just get a chance to be the first to catch them rocking in the South an occasion you don't want to miss out on.
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