Roll Away

Blix Street
Release date
24 Sep 2007
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Come Home 4:15 8,372
2 Heavy On My Mind 5:18 4,345
3 Outside Woman Blues 3:26 4,414
4 Gotta Leave 5:48 5,118
5 Stay 5:35 3,513
6 Too Late 2:56 3,613
7 Takes A Real Man 4:40 3,672
8 It'll All Come Around 3:56 3,727
9 Too Good For Me 4:53 2,976
10 Roll Away 3:36 3,617
11 Real Man 4:06 2,700

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✤ Back Door Slam — Roll Away ✤

Who would have thought the guy who sang “money for nothing and your chicks for free” could inspire a kid to grow up and become one of the most promising bluesmens of his generation — at the tender age of 20? The listener doesn’t need to know the back story of this slamming, high-intensity Isle of Man-based trio led by multi-talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist Davy Knowles to be inspired by the band’s blistering excitement.

But like all tales of great blues makers, origins are important, so here goes: at age 11, Knowles was in the car with his father and heard Dire Straits’ Sultans of Swing, which changed his life and put him on a mission to explore Dad’s vast record collection. This included John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and Rory Gallagher.
Then Knowles started listening to their influences, soaking up Blind Willie Johnson and Robert Johnson. Back Door Slam’s in-your-face debut rumbles out of the gate with the rollicking rocker Come Home, a perfect intro to Knowles’ crisply sizzling licks and gruff, wise, and pained-beyond-his-years vocals. The slow-burning Heavy on My Mind is the song Clapton wishes he wrote, with Knowles completely capturing the legend’s vibe and intensity while bringing fresh invention to that style. After another edgy jam session (Outside Woman Blues), Back Door Slam simmer down ever so slightly for the gently percolating Gotta Leave, which gives Knowles a chance to express the deeper emotion of his artistry.

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  • DizBusta

    I discovered this album, grew to love it, and then the band spilt!!!

    1 Feb 2009 Reply

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