Del Bromham

"In the late 60's the first wave of guitar idols were Page, Clapton and Beck. Bromham's past work should be re appraised as he clearly slipped through the net"

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Del Bromham guitarist and leader of legendary Rock band STRAY has recorded a critically acclaimed solo blues album "Devil's Highway", mainly  Bromham penned songs, in the style and spirit of the old bluesmen who were his original inspiration to take up a guitar. 

On hearing a pre release copy fellow guitar great Mountain's Leslie West grabbed Del to add his presence to and enhance the content of their European wide "Blues to die for" tour.

Following on Del's enjoyment of his previous visit(s) to Tropic for a Stray performance, he has agreed to a rare solo performance of both songs from "Devils Highway" and several acoustic re-workings of Stray standards.
 

Review

This solo offering from Del Bromham is the latest step in an attempt to bring one of the long lost UK rock/blues guitarists back to public recognition. Del formed Stray in 1969 and they never really split up and still exist, having toured with both Mountain and Iron Maiden last year. Bromham is currently out on tour with Leslie West and presumably airing this new material, and dates are being booked for his new band - The Devils - later in the year.

But back to Devils Highway: Nine homegrown numbers and two covers - Lonnie Johnson's Careless Love and Arthur Crudup's That's Alright Mama - recorded in a semi-electric, self-recorded way. And there's some good songs here, especially the opening title track and The Well's Run Dry. Bass, drums and piano all rattle away on the jaunty Ain't Love A Wonderful Thing, whilst House Of Love reminds me of the Spencer Davis Group. It's a mixed bag of styles with the bluesiest outings being on Train and the reprise of Devils Highway. Not a bad effort at all and I look forward to hearing these songs worked up to full band status when they tour in Scotland in November.

Chris Simmonds - Blues Matters - in a review of Devils Highway - May 2004

 

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