Dave Harris, John R. Hunter and George Fenn are three veteran Victoriaarea performers, so veteran that they have 50 years of playing experience between them. Harris may be best known as a busker on the streets of Victoria and has recently been performing as a one-man band when not in this group. He has in fact written a book on oneman bands called “Head, Hands & Feet”. John R. Hunter is a drummer/vocalist/ songwriter, most recently working with Bill Johnson (he was here with Bill for the Summit) and Harpdog Brown. Bassist George Fenn hails from Winnipeg and has played with Bill Johnson & Harpdog since arriving on the island. The trio has been performing together for nine years and have a live album but this is their first studio effort. They have certainly gone all out, with guests, back up singers, a horn section and a batch of very good uptempo original songs. Harris handles most of the vocals and plays guitars, harmonicas, fiddle & viola. “Facebook”, by Harris, is the no-longerunusual diatribe against but it rocks and has great horns, played by Gene Hardy & The Capital City Horns. “Johnny Two Four” is Hunter’s feature, he sings with great gusto about what the drummer does in this jump blues. Harris sings a delightful rhumba-flavoured “Let’s Go To Mexico”, with David Vest on piano, those horns and Harris on viola – a treat indeed. “Showing You The Door” again by Hunter, slows the pace slightly for a Harris vocal asking a friend to stop talking about his dissolving relationship. Hunter wrote and sings another jump blues called “John’s Blues”, a 12-bar autobiography with Bill Johnson taking the lead guitar solo. Harris has some nice harp solos over the horns. Johnson sticks around for “Feed The Machine”, a Chicago-styled rocker pointing out how tough it is for working people these days. “Bluesville” is a harp workout on the “Rollin’ & Tumblin’” tune. With no guests or horns this is as close as Harris gets to his one-man band sound, shades of Dr. Ross. There are fourteen songs here and all are of a remarkably high standard, it’s available, with audio samples, at cdbaby.com/harrishunterfenn.

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