The songwriter ASH WILSON is already considered one of the most important blues vocalists and exciting contemporary guitarists in England.
His debut album is out this Spring via Wilson Brothers Music with Cadiz Music Distribution.
The album, entitled “Broken Machine” has Ash working with his brother PHIL WILSON [drums, mixing and co-writer] along with such talents as Roger Inniss (bass player, Laurence Jones) Bob Fridzema (keys with KING KING and Dana Fuchs) and guitarist Jesse Davey (the Hoax) who plays on track “The Hitcher.”
The cotton years and the Delta Blues are evoked with album opener “Show Me How To Love You” that has all the chuff and piston-slide of a heavy locomotive pulling into a one-horse town and the kind of rusty grind you might usually associate with the Band of Gypsys. Shimmering acidic squirts and fanciful flees into fitful electric escapades.
And if you like guitar-driven spangly burnin’ angst then title-track “Broken Machine” also delivers.
Here the vocals from Ash are audacious, powerful and lucid. This song’s about a tricky relationship… you know one of those states of being when things aren’t quite working. The gears and cranks seem out-of-kilter. The song has an appropriate doughy bounce while a soulful Hammond persists in the lagoons left by a cranky riff.
Clap-along track “Worlds Gone Crazy” seems so very appropriate in Trump/Brexit Land. This might be light-hearted but it’s always best to sweeten your bad news.
The fleecy emollient track “The Hitcher” is a late-night cruiser of a song. With mercurial and cathartic guitar and a mineral oil voice that cools things off.
The ballad “Holding Hands” completes this supercharged yet often temperamental album.
Here Ash explores the painful stain left by lost love. A study on the permanent state of imperfection caused by antecedents and undeniable consequences … this is full of great passion and emotional feeling and incredible vocal work to boot.
The songs on “Broken Machine” often reach boiling point: here is intense blues rock with attractive vocals, volatile guitars and lots of inventive, well-formed compositions.