Roadhouse the band

Roadhouse the band


Below is a comprehensive discography of recent
Roadhouse albums. Where available, click on the song titles to
hear an MP3 snippet of them. All CDs are available from us at
gigs, or you can order by email (£12 each + £2 p+p – email us
here). Alternatively,
“No Place To Hide” and “Roadhouse and Friends, Live!” are available
from the online store at
Blues Matters!
 gods-and-highways  Gods and Highways and Old Guitars


Gods & Highways & Old Guitars


What initially strikes me about the CD is the stunning photography on the cover. Just like an old Camel CD from the nineties, Dust and Dreams, it portrays John Steinback -era America when everything was bust and broken. For any first time listeners the symbolism of the guitar case in the boot of the clapped out car on the cover soon becomes evident. Roadhouse are pure guitar-driven blues rock with a tinge of Southern boogie. Opener Hell on Wheels shows that founder member, chief bottle washer, singer, co-guitarist and main song-writer, Gary Boner is in sparkling form, along with fellow guitarist Danny Gwilym, boosted by the ever dependable rhythm section of Bill Hobley (bass) and Roger Hunt (drums). Then there is the band within the band that is the wonderful Mandie G, Sarah Harvey-Smart, and Suzie D on vocals. Skin Walker clocking in at seven and a half minutes is a native American tale accentuated by Gary’s narrative, accompanied by an electro-acoustic guitar pattern.  The title track has Mandie G handling pitch perfect vocals before the guitars slip into jam-band mode. Katrina takes the listener to the devastation of New Orleans post hurricane. Suzie D does a remake of The Big Easy again with superb guitar work. With a hint of boogie, co-writer Sarah Harvey-Smart does a brilliant job on Slow Down. Country rocker, Spirits Across the Water has beautiful backing vocals. Blues Motel has a riff which could have been plucked from early ZZ Top, showcasing the great vibe Mandie G has with Danny’s guitar work. Like Spirit before it, closer Sinner has an eighties feel to it. This album certainly gets my vote for one of the outstanding British releases of this year. Mr Boner works tremendously hard on his own musical vision and, in my humble opinion, he and his wonderful band have pulled it off.

Clive Rawlings

Dark Angel Dark Angel Roadhouse Review from Maverick Magazine**** Root-rockers roar back with a classic

Roadhouse’s music has always been different, country-rock,
heading into roots and blues, with a dark, cinematic world view,
the still back routes of America laced with the dirtier back streets
of London. This is the band’s 11th album and is the pinnacle
of their achievements, rumbling, roaring and screaming in pain
while never losing track of the country undertones.

Under the leadership of guitarist/singer/songwriter Gary Boner,
the band have been constantly pushing back the boundaries, and
from the opening ringing tones of Too Tired To Pray you’re
in the Roadhouse world. There are few such bands who can get away
with expansive pieces, but such is Roadhouse’s mastery that
the eight minutes of the majestic title track seem normal.

The album’s success is in part due to Boner’s growing
maturity as a writer, part of it is the band’s latest in
a long line of lead guitarists, Danny Gwilym, whose playing takes
things to a new level. There’s an inventive, rich, bluesy
rock ‘n’ roll warmth, but there’s also the air
of an early Clapton; imagine Cream playing in a roadhouse. Boner’s
chugging, jangling rhythm is incessant and the solid rhythm section
of Roger Hunt (drums) and Bill Hobley (bass) is still there from
the very beginning is still there. The band’s unusual vocal
approach is still there, too, a trio of female singers (Mandie
G, Kellie Marie Hobbs, Suzi D) who at one moment appear to be
adding backing to Boner, then switch to a lead harmony, then solo
lead. The constant changes create an ensemble feel, rather like
the Band where the boundaries of lead vocals were forever blurred.

Of the tracks, Boner’s Working Class Gospel Drinking Blues
is a favourite (with Gwilym’s gut-wrenching lead guitar),
but there are lighter numbers such as So Over You, co-written
with Gwilym and Hobbs. A classic

sea of souls Sea of Souls  Rock & Reel MagazineRoadhouse are clearly keen to make up for lost time. The London-based
blues rockers now front three female vocalists and surprisingly,
it works, with the singers taking it in turns on House Of The
Rising Sun, The Lying Game and Tumbling Down to pitch for the
kind of damaged souls who inhabit the small hours.Everything within this band serves their songs, so when the
guitar burns, or the cymbals crash, it means something —
it stokes the fire, builds the tension. Even more than before,
Gary Boners lyrics capture the feel of the emotionally and
materially desperate, adrift in their own land, revealing the
plight of a man at times very close to the abyss, as he struggles
with the task of eking out a living for his ragged (and totally
copacetic) little band.

There are some people out there who, myself included, appreciate
songs that reach further inside, due to the lyrics or sincerity
of the singer’s voice. If you understand, then you’ll
need to discover this work of distinctive mournful majesty.

Colin Palmer

broken land Broken Land Nick Dalton Maverick “RoadhouseBlues Matters BRMCD20061****

Triumph from Britain’s leading country rockers

The London roots rockers who never stand still release another
album with yet another line-up. They get through guitarists
faster than Rod Stewart gets through wives. Yet that does mean
they?re always on edge, always pushing forward. Some might have
felt that losing British guitar prodigy Jules Fothergill could
be a setback but mainmain Gary Boner has found an excellent
(and very different) replacement in Canadian Drew Barron.

The songs are still a raging country-roots blend of imagery
– rivers, trains, desolate countryside – but the
textures are different again, Barron bringing a softer, mystical
feel up against Boner?s rock jangle.

Roadhouse’s trademark twin girl singers – more than backing
vocals, sometimes soloists but always there like a wind whistling
around the Boner/Barron twin guitar attack – are still
there. Yet different – one of the band?s earliest members,
Mandie G, has returned, joined by newcome Fiona McElroy, the
latter taking centre stage on the choogling, spine-tingling
rocker Still Haven?t Found.

The set kicks off with a classic Roadhouse rampage, White Water,
great tune, great guitars and male-female vocals winding around
each other.

The rhythm section of Roger Hunt and Bill Hobley (band originals
along with Boner) are darker and dirtier than ever as they tackle
moody originals like Pulp Fiction and the West Coast-sounding
The Big Easy. What?s also impressive is how the band manage
to take what some might see as a hoary covers and turn them
around. All Along The Watchtower becomes a bleak barroom workout,
complete with smokey sax by Fred Schmid. And Knocking On Heaven?s

The Spanish guitar driven Mexican Nights is a new approach for
the band before they return to familiar ground for the rampant
finale Last Train Home. A killer record from a band who deserve
to be much bigger. ND


No Place To Hide Blues Matters
Records / BMRCD20045
“Every track seems to kick off with such confidence that
you would think these numbers had been played for decades. Not
so, most are relatively recent compositions… The record ends
with the reflective ‘Killing Time’ but believe me you’re not killing
time listening to this crew. The whole CD is a wonderful and varied
collection of songs played to the highest standard by a group
of fine musicians. It deserves to take the band on to a higher
level. I strongly recommend it…”
– Blues Matters

1. No
Place To Hide
2. Slip
3. Lost
Along The Way
4. Brooklyn
5. Blue
6. Long
Way Home
7. Don’t
Point That Thing At Me
8. Lost
In Pain
9. Couldn’t
Get To Sleep
10. Killing
and Friends, Live!
Blues Matters Records / BMRCD20038
2004 – “If you weren’t present,
I’m sorry you missed this gig. This disc will at least help you
understand the wonderful audience reaction that you hear…”

– Blues Matters
1. Telling
2. Backstreets
3. I
Loved Another Woman (Joe Hollywood)
4. Please
Don’t Leave Me (Noel Brown and Drew Barron)
5. First
Time I Met The Blues (Damien McCabe and John O’Leary)
6. I
Loved Another Woman (Robin Bibi and Pete Sargeant)
7. Blues
8. Voodoo
9. Preacher
2002 – “A
true original Brit band who manage to combine elements of country
and blues into their own individual sound. The influences are
all there but the result sounds like nothing other than their
own. Oft likened to the Band, or Creedence there’s now a bigger
dollop of New Orleans in the mix… Rich, Hot and Powerful. ****”

– Maverick Magazine “Blues-tinged to the max, this set sees
the fresh air of a West Coast/Airplane breeziness which propels
the tracks through various soundscapes and the overall sound is
aurally panoramic and all the better for that. The songs are delivered
with vigour and pride… Quality and soul in equal measure, there
may not be a better homegrown release this winter…”
– Blues
1. Desert
2. Blues
Highway (Radio Edit)
3. Ride
On The Wind
4. Voodoo
5. One
Last Roll
6. Dark
7. Serve
You Right To Suffer
8. When
Mountains Fall
9. Night
10. Blues
2001 – “Dark,
twisted sounds from sharp London band who have honed their cutting
edge roots style around the pubs and clubs for some time now.
A heavy, intoxicating blend full of desperation, great riffs and
monster tunes. ****”
– Maverick Magazine
1. Dark
2. Preacher
3. Love
On The Run
4. Devil’s
5. Help
6. Bitter
7. Time
To Tell The Truth
8. Winter
9. Backstreets
10. Firewalking
2000 – “Twin
guitars, a sense of desperation, and the turn of a good tune,
Roadhouse music at it’s best”
– Country Music International

1. Been
On This Road Too Long
2. When
Mountains Fall
3. Stormy
4. Telling
5. Living
On The Road
6. The
7. Down
To The Water
8. Here
I Stand
9. Whiskey
10. Across
The Border
1999 – “Sometimes
they come on like a latterday Creedence, sometimes they get into
a trancelike groove and stay there. Their best album yet.”

– Country Music International
1. Runaway
2. Lost
3. Take
The Money and Run
4. That’s
What Love Can Do
5. Too
Hot To Handle
6. Get
Off My Land
Of The Night
1997 –
“Glad and greasy like Creedence on a hot Saturday night…
A great party record”
– Country Music International
Coming Back
1995 –
“Solid, Powerful and Accomplished” – Time Out

1. On
The Road Again
2. Ain’t
Coming Back
3. Couldn’t
Get To Sleep
4. Are
You Sure Hank Done It This Way?
5. Sure
Nuff Yes I Do
6. Let
It Out
7. Not
Fade Away
8. Rock
Me Baby
9. Devil’s
10. Under
Blue Skies
11. Backstreets
12. Pack
Fair And Square

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