Listening to On Sunburst and Thump and that’s the two words that keep pushing their way to the front of the line.
If the second album is the difficult one, and the third is when a band set out to prove they have that longevity gene, then this is Dixie Fried placing their cards down on the table and committing to being in this game for the long haul.
Damn they could have just called this one Game Changer without being accused of arrogant self aggrandisement, or maybe ironically dubbed it We aint going anywhere, and no one would have batted an eyelid at that either.
Bands are supposed to take one steady step at a time when climbing the career ladder, but here we have the duo reaching high and getting a solid grip on a rung that is usually reserved for acts who have been around the block far more times than they have.
It has been said, and said often, that Scotland isn’t short of the good and the great when it comes to blues bands that understand how to rock, and it’s not unusual for them to be referred to as punching above their weight, but if anyone is at all unsure of the fact of that statement then this is the album that can be waved in their face as proof of it.
Cue up the blues festival appearances for 2018 and by this time next year no self respecting fan of the genre will be unaware of who they are. The boys did good.