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James Leg + The Bonnevilles
James Leg (aka John Wesley Myers of the Black Diamond Heavies, Lee County Killers) has just released his third solo album, Blood On The Keys.
Back in his days with the Heavies, Leg laid the foundation for his solo work with his down-n-dirty keys, fervent live performances and trademark gruff black snake moan.
Following the success of his acclaimed 2015 solo album, Below The Belt, Leg recorded once again at the Masonic Sounds located in a Masonic Lodge in Dayton, KY, and had the album mixed by renowned producer/engineer Jason Soda ( GospelbeacH, Everest) at SodaCuts in East LA.
Leg, the son of a Texas preacher, started playing piano when he was just six. Raised on southern gospel music, he began preaching at the church his father pastored at the age of 14. Two years later he became infected with the lure of rock-n-roll and eventually alcohol and drugs. It was this contrast of good & evil, heaven & hell that would affect not only his music – solo and otherwise – but also his impassioned live performances evoking some sort of fervid snake-handling Pentecostal preacher in the middle of a lung- busting, jugular- popping sermon ( just replace the slippery vermin with a fifth of whiskey and Leg pounding on his signature Fender Rhodes and you get the picture).
‘Harbours wildfire in his breast’
‘There is nothing like a Leg record and there never will be, no one plays like him, no one growls like him, and certainly no one rocks like him.’
‘Leg shows his talent for surprisingly soulful ballads.’
‘This is a rare raw delight. All hail the Reverend.’
‘Long live rock and soul and pianos and devil horns.’
The Bonnevilles are shaking Northern Ireland in a way it hasn’t felt since Van Morrison & Them obliterated Club Rado in 1964 and Stiff Little Fingers blew apart The Trident in 1977! The Bonnevilles don’t so much play punk blues as use it as a spring board to create a completely new genre. Their new album Arrow Pierce My Heart is evidence of a band at the top of their game. The Lurgan duo take Mississippi Hill Blues and Punk Rock and mix into their own unique dark Northern Irish Punk Blues stew.
‘Ulster power-duo combine punch with songwriting panache-Coruscating filthy fuzz!’
‘The Bonnevilles who, on the basis of their excellent new LP Arrow Pierce My Heart, can surely lay claim to being one of the finest garage punk blues duos in the whole world right now.’
THE IRISH TIMES