Man - this thread is getting a little dusty…..
Sadly, with the demise of Guisborough’s Blues Club, Ham-bone didn’t manage to swing by close enough to catch him in the UK at the start of the month, but via pre-Sale on his website I have managed to get hold of a copy of his new album Basics. That’s just about made up for missing the man. Not that he has a Bonamassa type output, but this is the equal to 2007’s Ain’t Just Temporary.
Looks like Ham-bone has got for a “field-to-table” approach, recorded, produced & mixed by himself at his own studios and the result has a cleaner, leaner sound as if he’s crystallised the essence of his music. That characteristic Texas beat is there, the horn sound, the mighty harmonica and above all 13 fine songs with a total playing time of over 70 minutes with included outro jam on Funky Little Brother.
Looks like Hamilton has also had a bit of a time with things, his young son being diagnosed with Congenital Hyperinsulinism but as Bluesmen do, Sugar Baby is an upbeat tribute and the little tyke Bo Jordan is somewhere on the album playing maracas.
So, Texas; if you’re looking in and on-call rota allows, you may want to get yourself over to Keys Lounge in Fort Worth on the 8th September as its the album launch party so you can bet there’ll be plenty of table walking
All those who believe in psychokenesis raise my hand........