Reviews & Promotions
The Scotsman - Edinburgh Festival
The Lawnmower are a Liverpool-based rhythm and blues band built in the same classic Chicago mould as John Belushi's Blues Brothers...
This is music that grooves, hard and strong enough to make you get up and dance again and again. It's nearer to Hamburg 1960 than Edinburgh 1990's and all the better for it...
Can blue men sing the whites? On this evidence, at least, they most certainly can. The rhythm and blues, rock and soul night out was a good time to remember for a long time to come.
William Cook THE SCOTSMAN
Blueprint - National Blues Magazine
Al Peterson's Liverpool band have put together this all original 12 track CD...
Opener "Lawnmower Man" has a solid marching bass line and good breaks by both piano and harp. Next, the first of the trilogy "D J Blues" is a slow blues with some tasty guitar and soulful sax. "Give Me A Brandy" is an uptempo slab of classic R 'n' B complete with honking horns. Perhaps the best two tracks follow, "Call The Doctor" is a mid-paced chugger, whilst "The Train" is a classic rolling train song with some really good harp and guitar. The second of the trilogy, "Father's Father" is an anti-war song dedicated to John Lennon. There's a well constructed instrumental "Groovin' With Mr N" and the CD closes with a real rocker "Shake Your Hands With The Devil", some mean slide guitar here.
This band is instrumentally strong with
tasteful and telling solos from all and the vocals are good too. The
original material stands up well and the overall feel is New Orleans R 'n'
B with a slightly jazzy edge.
R Jim Greaves BLUEPRINT
Performance: * * * *
Audio: * * * *
With a pedigree which includes Simply Red's Mick Hucknall, the signs were promising from the start. Here is Rhythm 'n' Blues I can relate to.
The Lawnmower , as they call themselves, will be a welcome addition to the collection of any fan of Bo Diddley, Junior Walker, The Yardbirds and that cross-over area between The Blues Brothers and Paul Jones's Blues Band.
Although mostly based on a strong 12-bar, the songs are all driven along by a solid rhythm section, punctuated by perfectly-timed stabs from the trumpet/sax combination. And talking of timing, the drumming is absolutely superb; flawless and interesting with it.
This is intelligent music. Not oppressively so - in fact, even the tracks which lie heavy with meaning are still taken at a pace. There is a 'blues trilogy', tracks 2, 7 and 9 (why not together...?) with an essentially peace-loving message.
These three, and especially "Babylon Blues", are dedicated to John Winston Lennon. I'm sure he would approve.
So "Rockin' Rhythm and Blues" is an accomplished piece of work, but is it enjoyable? Well, yes, it is. I would have preferred a rather more growling or husky vocal but the light vocal style suits the jaunty swing of the album - about half the tracks are phrased in triples - and I would have liked some better sleeve notes to show who is doing what, and when.
When Mick Hucknall started as lead singer with this band he must have known they were a promising bunch. It must have been quite a wrench to leave them behind. Maybe now is the time for them to realise their potential. You have the disk details, don't let me stop you!
Graham Vine DREAM RADIO