Blues For Hard Times
Blue Empress Records / Only Blues Music
The Queen of Australian Blues returns here with Blues For Hard Times, a record which shows exactly why Fiona Boyes has laid claim to the aforementioned title for so long. With an ease born of playing this music for years, Boyes strolls through a selection of mainly original tunes – simple fingerpicked, down-home numbers, a bit of N’Awlins swing thrown in, a shuffle here, a rag there, there’s nary a note wrong with this one.
And it’s the playing which holds this one up – lyrically, it’s great and Boyes’ voice is as fine as ever, but that simple guitar style of hers is what breaks through and shines. Whether playing resonator, acoustic or electric, Boyes makes it real, she makes it shimmer, plus with the addition of the legendary Bob Margolin on a track or two, this is the mark of a great blues record.
Samuel J. Fell