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Backwood Spirit: Backwood Spirit

Hailing from the glorious country of Sweden, Backwood Spirit, brings their Nordic flair to the forefront on their take of the 70's Rock and Soul sound on their debut self titled record. Fans of classic great Bluesy Rock and Soul in the vein of Free and The Small Faces, along with modern era bands like Rival Sons and Blues Pills will easily give this band a new home in their collection.

Featuring vocalist, Göran Edman (of Yngwie and the great fabulous John Norum fame) and band founder/guitarist/songwriter, Kent Engström, the duo begin work on what would become their debut album, Backwood Spirit. All told, a record filled with 8 tracks filled with endless amounts of passion and bluesy spirit. Edman emotes so much soul in his vocals that they are soothing, dripping with conviction and also pain felt. What would 70's Bluesy Rock be without THOSE type of vocals? Mr. Marriott & Mr. Rodgers are being done awfully proud here!

Whether it be songs like "Take Me Home" with its slow shuffle and heartfelt crooning or the 'Black Crowes' vibe of "Piece Of The Peach" or the record ending "Water Of Change/Rainbow", complete with a slight little nod to Rush's epic masterpiece, "Xanadu" in its intro, Backwood Spirit deliver an authentic 70's Revival experience that is not deceptive.

This debut record from Backwood Spirit is so steeped in the backwoods country of the Southern U.S. goodness, that you will be hard pressed to convince anyone that these are Swedes dropping all this smooth and tasty Bluesy goodness. Engström's guitar is perfectly played with taste and touch, ala Paul Kossoff, with no offhanded wankery here, just seasoned and spiced so nice. In 2017, it just shows that the 1970's were such an important era for music and its Classic Rock/Blues and Soul are being will preserved by the likes of Backwood Spirit. Man do I love the Swedes and their never-ending stream of great, great music!

Backwood Spirit:
Kent Engström-Guitar
Göran Edman-Vocals
Niclas Boson-Bass
Peter Emilson (Keyboards)
Tobias Åslund (Keyboards in the Studio)

Track Listing

  1. Gimme Good Lovin'
  2. Piece Of The Peach
  3. Ain't Got Love
  4. Take Me Home
  5. When Loves Comes Around
  6. Soul To Soul
  7. Get Wings
  8. Water Of Change/Rainbow

Added: March 21st 2017
Reviewer: Butch Jones
Related Link: Band Facebook Page
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Language: english

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