Monday, December 12, 2011

Back Door Slam

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"Back Door Slam"

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Every few years a pop artist or group comes along that conjures up the sounds of one "golden age" or another.

For about 15 minutes 20 years it ago it was Lenny Kravitz. More recently, we had Amy Winehouse and just this year, Adele.

Many of these artists fashion superstar careers mining this retro gold. Others register barely a blip.

For this episode of the Burning Dervish Podcast, we are going to focus on one of those lesser-known artists who hit the scene, made some noise and went their separate ways.

Back Door Slam was formed in 2003 on the Isle of Man. Focused around the work of blues guitar prodigy Davy Knowles, Back Door Slam was cut from the same mold as Cream, Rory Gallagher, ZZ Top and Warren Haynes vehicle Gov't Mule.

The band gained momentum relatively quickly, playing hundreds of gigs across a very small period of time, culminating in prime support slots for bands like The Who and at festivals including Lollapalloza and Bonnaroo.

In early 2009, as the band was poised to work on its second full-length record, they posted a message on their website to their fans stating their intention to break up. The members went their seperate ways with Davy Knowles more or less keeping the band name, recording and touring as "Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam".

Here we have a stealth live recording from the Mercury Lounge in New York City, from early 2008 just as the band was beginning to take off. While this is a very fine recording, you will note the usual limitations of a concert captured this way...Music fans owe the taper a debt of gratitude for preserving a hell of a show.
  1. Outside Woman Blues
  2. Heavy On My Mind
  3. Gotta Leave
  4. Riding With The King
  5. Too Good For Me
  6. Come Home
  7. Tear Down The Wall
  8. Almost Cut My Hair
  9. It'll All Come Around
  10. What In The World
  11. Hometown
If you like what you heard, please remember to support the band. Their works are still in print. Until next time…Peace.

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