Monday, January 7, 2019

Bert Wray Blues second album release Hometown Hostage..tales of hometown relationships

Bert Wray Blues recently released their sophomore album Hometown Hostage on the local Charlotte NC indie label Third Lock Records (established 1986). The album is a concept record about the relationship with one’s hometown and features artwork by Knoxville TN comic/rock’n'roll artist Tommy Smith. The music takes you on a tour of hometown living whether you stayed, escaped, ran away, or came back. The record is full of the band’s unique brand of alternative blues rock that is grounded in a fusion of the long underground music history of its members and their love of swampy blues boogie. 

Bert Wray Blues is an alternative blues-rock band from Charlotte NC. The band has released two albums Gut Bucket Radio (2017) and Hometown Hostage (2018). Slide guitarist-singer Bert Wray leads the band on a high energy ride of all-original juke joint rockers. Bert is joined by drummer Mitch Cooper and bassist Dave Wall. The band has played festivals, music halls, and dive bars across North Carolina while the Gut Bucket Radio album has received airplay on Charlotte's 99.7 FM The Fox and many internet radio stations. 

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Marty's review: This 2nd album release by Bert Wray Blues combines clever lyrics with a poetic story-telling vibe about the trials and tribulations of hometown life. The 8-tracker invites you in and takes you by the hand on a tour of what sounds like a small town but could be anywhere you wish to be. The sound is a very rootsy Americana/alternative-blues rock with some excellent slide guitar by Bert Wray and a well-rounded rhythm section that drives along with an upbeat and positive tempo. Take some time out and have a listen to this outstanding release and enjoy the visit.