Mighty Mojos
Album: Hook Line And Sinker
Label: Self Released
Tracks: 11

Rough and ready roadhouse blues rock from the Ballymena quartet that's kicking up a storm and becoming increasingly hard to ignore.

Small wonder really when you spend an album's time in the company of singer Alan Ward's appealing soused vocal chords that sound like they've been steeped in Jack Daniels' secret ingredient since birth. That he also blows a mighty fine blues harp only adds to the appeal.

Behind him is a lean mean rhythm section machine in the shape of former Them engine room Dave Kennedy (drums) and Ali McKenzie (bass); while songwriter/guitarist David McClean reveals a tasty slide guitar to augment his bag of six string tricks that draws on influences as diverse as Wilko Johnson, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Page and Paul Kossoff.

Between them they cook up a piquant gumbo of 60s/70s-flavoured blues-rock, with just a little country on the side. There's no dallying with funk, or meandering down a jazz alley, these songs are all about unpretentious good time rock 'n' roll. The title track is as good a signpost as any with its uncomplicated lyrics, honest-to-goodness structure and fully committed performance. Variants include the swagger of CindyLou, the R&B romp of Come On in My Kitchen and the Nashville twang of Back To You.

Covers of Muddy Waters' Can't Be Satisfied and Chuck Berry's arrangement of Tampa Red's Don't You Lie To Me display all the correct vintage roots, while the inclusion of Keb Mo's Am I Wrong puts the band in touch with the more contemporary blues sounds.

Nick Churchill