Review:'Blue Highways, The' 'The Blue Highways EP'
- Genre: 'Blues'
- Release Date: '23rd August 2019'
London four-piece The Blue Highways have, in just eighteen months of existence, supported Iris Dement at The Sage in Gateshead, and Bennett Wilson Poole on their first UK tour. No small achievements for a band without even a release to their credit.
And here it is.
They’ve got all aspects of Amricana and more going on here – bluesy stomping riffs, piano, some bold horn work, big choruses and energy – and that’s just on ‘He Worked’, while there’s a soulful swagger and a Motown swing in evidence on ‘Blood Off Your Hands’. ‘Matter of Love’ is a total Springsteen lift, and the last of the EP’s four tracks, ‘Have You seen My Baby’ skips into hillbilly country with its slide guitar and banjo action.
No question it’s well executed, but it’s so, so derivative. Still, the commercial appeal is obvious, so no doubt they’ll be massive.