Artist: Savoy Brown
Album: Ain't Done Yet
Genre: Blues Rock
Label: Quarto Valley Records
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue)
- All Gone Wrong (4:14)
- Devil's Highway (6:08)
- River On The Rise (5:02)
- Borrowed Time (4:14)
- Ain't Done Yet (3:57)
- Feel Like A Gypsy (6:04)
- Jaguar Car (4:22)
- Rocking In Louisiana (4:03)
- Soho Girl (4:20)
- Crying Guitar (4:36)
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Legendary British Blues Rock band Savoy Brown led by founding member Kim Simmonds, announces the August 28th release of their exciting new album, “Ain’t Done Yet”, on Quarto Valley Records. The new album follows Savoy Brown’s critically acclaimed 2019 album, “City Night.”
“The new album continues the approach I’ve been taking with the band this past decade,” says guitarist/singer/songwriter Kim Simmonds, who formed the band in 1965 in London, England, and is one of the longest-running Blues Rock bands in existence. “The big difference with the new album is the multi-layer approach I took to recording the guitar parts. It’s all blues-based rock music. I try to find new and progressive ways to write and play the music I’ve loved since I was a young teenager.”
Energetic blues has been the calling card of the band from the beginning. Blues Rock became the catch-all phrase in the late 1960s to describe the band’s music along with that of contemporaries including Cream, Fleetwood Mac, and Jimi Hendrix.
Along the way, Savoy Brown has toured continuously, making it one of the longest-running blues-rock bands in existence. Through the years, the band has headlined concerts at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, the Fillmore East, the Fillmore West, and London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall.
Savoy Brown, having established national status in the 1970s, provided other groups opportunity. Kiss opened the bill on a Savoy Brown national tour as did ZZ Top, The Doobie Brothers and many, many more acts.
A resident of the USA since 1980, bandleader Simmonds has received many accolades himself. These include placement on the front cover of Guitar Player magazine, enshrinement on the Hollywood Rock Walk of Fame and acceptance in many regional “Halls of Fame” in the USA and Canada.
Savoy Brown helped spawn the 1968 UK Blues Rock boom and later opened the eyes of many 1970s, American teenagers, to their own home territory blues artists.
The British R&B boom of the early 1960s led directly to the British Blues Explosion in 1968. The original London R&B boom led by The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Yardbirds, The Pretty Things and, to some extent, The Beatles, quickly moved into mainstream pop and left a vacuum in the London clubs.
This vacuum, in London, was filled in the mid-1960s by John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers featuring Eric Clapton and Savoy Brown’s Blues Band featuring Kim Simmonds.
“Ain’t Done Yet” kicks-off in high gear with the album’s first radio focus track, “All Gone Wrong”. “I’ve always liked All Gone Wrong, and it’s one of my favourites on the album,” declares Simmonds.
Savoy Brown will support the release of “Ain’t Done Yet” with a late summer tour that extends through 2021.
The three-piece lineup includes Kim Simmonds on guitar and vocals, Pat DeSalvo on bass and Garnet Grimm on drums. This trio has established itself as the longest-running consistent line-up in the band’s history, now going strong for more than 10 years. ~Blues Matters
Take the six minute six second drive down ‘Devil’s Highway’ which follows that cracking opener – it’s a languid lonely drive that has a little Cris Rea, a little Dire Straits in the mix, and it’s a surprisingly smooth ride but it’s that lead guitar that shines above the horizon driving you on.
And there are eight other great songs here that come at you from all angles like the Folkier, slide-infused ‘River on the Rise’; the stuttering barroom blues of ‘Borrowed Time’ and the traditional swing and groove of the title track ‘Ain’t Done Yet’.
When you add the variety that comes with the likes of the stripped back acoustic shuffle of ‘Rockin’ in Louisiana’ versus say the darker, fuzzier Hendrix-touched ‘Soho Girl’ you not only get a nice rocking ride but you end up with an album that reinforces the axiom – Savoy Brown clearly ‘Ain’t Done Yet’…
by Mark Rockpit