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Classic Album Review: Beau Kavanagh & the Broken Hearted | Vibra King Blues

This Montreal trio toe the line between jump blues, rockabilly and juke-joint rockers.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Blues bands are a dime a dozen. Blues bands that write all their own material are a little harder to find. And blues bands whose tunes show as much potential as those of Beau Kavanagh and the Broken Hearted are few and far between.

This Montreal trio of young guns, fronted by fretboard whiz-kid and singer Kavanagh, deftly toe the line between bouncy jump blues, raved-up rockabilly and down-home juke-joint rockers on this 10-tune debut. Kavanagh might need to focus his sound and style a bit — he can’t seem to make up his mind whether he wants to be Stevie Ray Vaughan, Brian Setzer or Colin James. But make no mistake: Once these boys add a bit of seasoning to their meat ’n’ potatoes sound, they’ll be an irresistible blues-plate special.