BONEYARD DOG – Bluesbound Train (2016)

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Bluesbound Train” is the 12-track debut CD from BONEYARD DOG to be released tomorrow via AOR Heaven Records.
Boneyard Dog maybe a new band but they have an impressive pedigree in that the core duo of singer Rob Mancini (Hotwire / Crush) and guitarist Davy Kerrigan, are joined by drummer Ron Wikso (Foreigner / The Storm / Eddie Money) and former Rainbow keyboard player Tony Carey.
If that wasn’t impressive enough among the guests musicians is legendary bassist Neil Murray (ex Whitesnake, Black Sabbath) and Marc Lynn of Gotthard fame.

As we heard in his recent solo albums, Rob Mancini has lovely, slightly roughened vocal which suits the bluesy hard rock on here and on ‘Mother Lode’ he reminded me of Eddie Money. The title track fairly steams out of your speakers, with Davy Kerrigan firing off tasty riffs all over the place while Tony Carey adds in a piano riff and Hammond fills.
Getting Tony Carey involved is a master stroke as his keyboard playing really adds a classy stamp to the proceedings.

Then they can funk it up a little on ‘Paid My Dues’, again the guitar playing of Davy Kerrigan shines through and classic rock aficionados will love the solo. ‘Lay Down The Law’ tips a nod to ZZ Top – loving the riff and vocals on this one.
Lyrically they tackle the usual suspects like relationships, the classic blues refrain of reflecting on life (‘Hell And Back’) and get a little naughty on ‘The Fire Down Below’ – say no more!

BONEYARD DOG - Bluesbound Train (2016) inside

Boneyard Dog were after an old-school hard rock sound and I’d say job done. Staying true to their roots in rock’n’roll music, a style all members are involved in for over a decade, the band also implemented their love and passion for blues into the project.
“Bluesbound Train” is a very, very good Classic Rock album that will find many new friends and listeners.
Let’s hope this is more than a one-off and that they can play some live dates as the songs on here are crying out to be played live.
Highly Recommended

01 – Atchafayalla
02 – Mother Lode
03 – Kingdom of Your Company
04 – Lonely Road
05 – 100 Guns
06 – Bluesbound Train
07 – Paid My Dues
08 – Lay Down the Law
09 – Hell and Back
10 – Heartbreaker
11 – Fire Down Below
12 – Boneyard Dog

Rob Mancini (ex Hotwire, Crush) – vocals
Davy Kerrigan – guitars
Ron Wikso (Foreigner, The Storm, Eddie Money) – drums
Tony Carey (ex Rainbow) – keyboards
Neil Murray (ex Whitesnake, Black Sabbath) – bass
Marc Lynn (Gotthard) – bass on “Lonely Road”
John Pratt (Firefly, Roxbury Drive) – backing vocals


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