Album Review: Virtue & Vice by Hornbuckle
Self-Produced: Available at http://www.hornbucklemusic.com
Not since ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughn has there been a band that could wind a mean bar room boogie and bring the blues home like the Hornbuckle Brothers.
Michael & Brian Hornbuckle take their inherited skill and bring serious fire to the front house in Virtue & Vice, their latest, and what will probably be recognized as one of the best new independently produced albums of the year.
Hornbuckle, a self-described Blues/Rock/Soul band out of Denver CO, sells themselves short, better to be described as duet of Guitar Driven Power, their music is soaked with hard work, blood, at tears…. The result is an album that crosses the divide and could be loved by everyone that lends an ear.
The resurgence of blues oriented songwriting is not their style, listening to songs like “One Foot In The Grave”, “Beautiful Rain”, “Angels, Addicts, Poets and Thieves” and the title track “Virtue & Vice”, you know these two have traveled down the blues highway on a half a pack of cigarettes, a ¼ tank of gas and no spare in the trunk.
Hornbuckle is the real deal, no question about it.
No excuses given and no quarter taken, both barrels locked and loaded, Michael & Brian have started to make the name Hornbuckle synonymous with Rock & Blues.
Virtue & Vice is a triumph of musical mastery at its core, and I recommend this to your musical collection highly.
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