Early review of Friends Of The Blues 2


“The lead singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist and founding member of April Wine has reinvented himself and the results are nothing short of incredible.” Reflections in Blue – October Reviews

Myles Goodwyn
Friends Of The Blues 2
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This, the second in a series of recordings by Myles Goodwyn, has a bit of something for everybody. The lead singer, songwriter, guitarist, pianist and founding member of April Wine has reinvented himself… and the results are nothing short of incredible. Friends Of The Blues 2 is a delightful mix that, while staying pretty much within that area we call Swing, is not afraid to look at its many aspects. I found “Even Singing Cowboys Get The Blues” particularly interesting. Who yodels these days? Goodwyn, who handles lead vocals, guitar & piano is backed throughout the album by Bruce Dixon & Richard Pallus on bass, and a list of drummers that includes JR Smith, Scott Ferguson, Mike Carrol, and Blair MacKay. Background vocals are furnished by Reeny Smith and Lisa MacDougall. Adding to the excitement is an array of special guests who have an obvious affinity for the blues. This disc has everything I look for in an album…smoking guitar licks, piano, incredible lyrics that often have a comedic twist and more. Myles had written most of this material while working with the Canadian rock band and stashed it away for use on the album he would ultimately record. With the exception of Bobby Womack’s “All Over Now” all of the tunes on the album are written by Myles Goodwyn. This cat has a real talent for the blues. I would hope that there will be more to follow. Be sure to check out Friends Of The Blues (cat. #270328) as well. You’ll be glad you did. – Bill Wilson