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Blues âNâ Trouble: Try Anything Twice (Moonbeam Music)

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UK release date 17.06.2013

An apt title for this album from Scottish boys Blues N Trouble, considering this is the second coming of this record. First released last year and getting a re-birth due to their popularity on the live gig and festival circuit lately. By no means overnight sensations, BNT have been around the block; releasing some 13 albums since 1985. At one time mega blues producer Mike Vernonâs âhouse band,â and backing visiting US blues stars galore. They were the band behind Lazy Lester on his award-winning come-back album and scooped a WC Handy award.

With their Chicago blues inspired sound, and a new line-up, they are not a band churning out stale 12-bar blues covers. This year they are nominated in the British Blues Awards for song of the year; the title song of this album, which is also the lead track on the Jock's Juke Joint 2 compilation of Scottish Blues bands - nominated for Best Album in the 2013 British Blues Awards.

âTry Anything Twice, âis their first release in nine years and has eight of their own songs on it, along with five covers. Bo Diddleyâs âCadillac,â Bill Haleyâs âRock The Joint,â Slim Harpoâs âKing Bee,â Sonny Boy Williamsonâs âBye Bye Bird,â and Psychotic Reaction by American garage rock band Count Five from 1965.

Fronted by founder member, singer and harp player Tim Elliott, BNT 2013 are a hard driving, rockinâ blues bunch who take no prisoners. They have toured worldwide, worked with many blues giants including BB King, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Pinetop Perkins, Charlie Musselwhite and Junior Wells.

Tim is joined by Sandy Tweedale on guitar, Angus Rose on keyboards and guitar, Rod Kennard on bass and Andy Munro on drums. They have recently been backing the wonderful Maggie Bell at various festivals. Their debut recording was a single, "Old Time Boogie", in 1983, followed by another one, "Mystery Train", in 1984. They turned pro and released their debut album "First Trouble", in 1985. "No Minor Keys," came out in 1986, featuring Robert Cray and the late, great Ian Stewart of the Rolling Stones on piano. "Hat Trick", produced by Mike Vernon was released on the revived Blue Horizon label in 1986, and then "Lazy Lester Rides Again," again produced by Vernon where the Scots backed the Louisiana blues harp legend and for which they received the prestigious WC Handy award. This album was reissued in 2011. "With Friends Like These" -Mike Vernon produced â released in â89, and âDown To The Shuffle", won a British Blues Connection award in 1991.

Now celebrating their 30th anniversary, this album is a fitting way to do it in style and at the same time, give UK blues fans a nudge in the ribs to say, âHey. We are still here doing it for you, and we are not done yet.â Let the party begin..........Mine's a pint a heavy!
Words SIMON REDLEY

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