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James Leg (aka John Wesley Myers of the Black Diamond Heavies, Lee County Killers) has just released his third solo album, Blood On The Keys.
Back in his days with the Heavies, Leg laid the foundation for his solo work with his down- n- dirty keys, fervent l ive performances and trademark gruff black snake moan.
Following the success of his acclaimed 2015 solo album, Below The Belt, Leg recorded once again at the Masonic Sounds located in a Masonic Lodge in Dayton, KY, and had the album mixed by renowned producer/engineer Jason Soda ( GospelbeacH, Everest) at SodaCuts in East LA.
Leg, the son of a Texas preacher, started playing piano when he was just six. Raised on southern gospel music, he began preaching at the church his father pastored at the age of 14. Two years later he became infected with the lure of rock- n- roll and eventually alcohol and drugs. It was this contrast of good & evil, heaven & hell that would affect not only his music - solo and otherwise - but also his impassioned l ive performances evoking some sort of fervid snake- handling Pentecostal preacher in the middle of a lung- busting, jugular- popping sermon ( just replace the slippery vermin with a fifth of whiskey and Leg pounding on his signature Fender Rhodes and you get the picture).
Harbours wildfire in his breast. - MOJO MAGAZINE
There is nothing l ike a Leg record and there never will be, no one plays l ike him, no one growls l ike him, and certainly no one rocks like him. - NO DEPRESSION
Part Howling' Wolf, part Iggy Pop, he' s the new standard- bearer for the for the rebels, the new punk in a land of posers. - ELMORE MAGAZINE
Leg shows his talent for surprisingly soulful ballads. - R2
This is a rare raw delight. All hail the Reverend. - CLASSIC ROCK
Long live rock and soul and pianos and devil horns. - POPMATTERS
Ulster power-duo combine punch with songwriting panache-Coruscating filthy fuzz! - Classic Rock 8/10
"The Bonnevilles who, on the basis of their excellent new LP Arrow Pierce My Heart, can surely lay claim to being one of the finest garage punk blues duos in the whole world right now."- The Irish Times
"Arrow Pierce My Heart" contains The Bonnevilles best work, and it's quite a statement!" - Dan Hegartys, Album of the week RTE
Arrow Pierce Your Heart is a scuzzy punk blues gem - Ralph McLean BBC Radio Ulster
The Bonnevilles are shaking Northern Ireland in a way it hasn't felt since Van Morrison & Them obliterated Club Rado in 1964 and Stiff Little Fingers blew apart The Trident in 1977! The Bonnevilles don't so much play punk blues as use it as a spring board to create a completely new genre. Their new album "Arrow Pierce My Heart" is evidence of a band at the top of their game. The Lurgan duo take Mississippi Hill Blues and Punk Rock and mix into their own unique dark Northern Irish Punk Blues stew.
Lead singer and guitarist Andrew McGibbon Jr had this to say to the Huffington Post when they exclusively previewed & streamed "Arrow Pierce My Heart"...
"We decided to write a love album, hence the title Arrow Pierce My Heart, but we aren't balladeers so it ended up littered with our usual topics—death, rising from the dead, murders, drinking, drugs, sex, revenge and more revenge, but that's ok.
Because we're Irish, which isn't so much a race of people as it is a death cult, we deal with this stuff so you don't have to and our idea of love is a dark love not the sickly sweet kind. Not so much roses and kittens but whiskey and shame, and that too is ok. We take our responsibility as the conduits of the Gods very seriously. The human experience is about sinning and failing; that's where the acid is and that's what we try to write about."
Selected tracks from Arrow Pierce My Heart
Arrow Pierce My Heart is out now released on Alive Natural Sounds