· BRYCE JANEY - Burning Flame (GYR112) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. Chrome Horse
02. Long Ways Home
03. Guitar Playing Fool
04. Can You Feel It
05. The Stealer
06. Stone Cold Killer
07. The Revenuers
08. Special Ryder Blues
09. The Last Goodbye
10. Organic Man
11. Burning Flame


FORMAT: Audio CD / Wallet
GYR112 - $14.99

Outstanding ninth solo disc by this awesome blues/rock axeslinger from Iowa featuring 11 tracks of excellent, dynamic, deep, soul-powered, bluesy heavy guitar power trio rock that stands tall in a class all its own. Bryce Janey is a killer guitar slinger who unleashes a righteous, earthy, low-down, ass-kickin' set of hard, electric rockin' blues complete with seriously kool six string mojo, soulful whiskey soaked vocals & strong songs on the impressive, classic "Burning Flame" disc. An essential blues guitar rocker that is Highly Recommended to music fans of Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower, Eric Clapton, SRV, Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, Billy Gibbons ala vintage ZZ Top, Doyle Bramhall II, Tony Spinner, The Janeys & all other top-shelf, world-class blues/rock guitar cats including Bryce Janey's other excellent discs.


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01. Chrome Horse
02. Long Ways Home
03. Guitar Playing Fool
04. Can You Feel It
05. The Stealer
06. Stone Cold Killer
07. The Revenuers
08. Special Ryder Blues
09. The Last Goodbye
10. Organic Man
11. Burning Flame

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· reviews ·

Bryce Janey’s newest CD, Burning Flame, has been the only disc in my vehicle all week, and I haven’t had the urge to pop in a different disc yet. That’s just how good this album is. Chock full of Texas style blues about motorcycles, guitars, bootleggers and lost love, with a little swamp thrown in; this eleven track album features the Dan “DJ” Johnson on bass guitar, Eric Douglas on drums and Tommy T-Bone Giblin on the Hammond organ.

Janey brings us in with a strong opener, “Chrome Horse”, a blues-ridden rocker, sure to be a favorite of motorcyclists everywhere. When I hear this one, I think of how great it would be to hear it on the FX television show, Sons of Anarchy.

If you asked what songs really jump out, I would certainly include the Jimi Hendrix influenced “Can You Feel It?” - Johnson’s killer bass line drives this one, while Janey lays down some smoking guitar licks. “Guitar Playing Fool” is one I really feel. Giblin’s Hammond shines through as Janey sings about making a living playing music.

There are a couple of covers on the album worth mentioning. The first is “Special Ryder Blues” by Skip James, which Janey has definitively made his own. I love the bass line on this one, and overall this is one of my favorite cuts on the whole album. The second cover, “The Stealer”, a Free cover originally recorded in 1970, which has a new more eerie swampy personality. Another nice selection from the swamp is “The Last Goodbye”, and this is one I am instantly drawn to. Janey lets loose and the guitar seems to play itself. I really like this one a lot.

Janey has set the bar up another notch, one upping himself again. Burning Flame is absolutely enjoyable from start to finish. It is definitely worth exploring.

Phillip Smith - Philly Cheeze Blues (November 2013)
 


The American Bryce Janey is an early bird. At the age of 13, he was already in the blues rock trio The Janeys with his mother on drums and his father, BillyLee, on guitar. The Janeys played both in the region and all over the country, from Chicago to Los Angeles. Bryce is still part of The Janeys but decided in 1995 to pursue a solo career in addition to the band. Currently, "Burning Flame" is his ninth solo album. His previous albums got good reviews everywhere. In 2007 he was even inducted into the Iowa rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and in 2011 he was winner of the Iowa Blues Challenge. Bryce was already at all the major festivals in the USA, including the Kansas City Jazz & Blues Festival, Buddy Guy's Blues Fest in Chicago and at the Ribfest in 2012 in Fort Wayne and the Mississippi Blues Festival in Davenport. "Burning Flame" includes eleven songs of which nine are written by Janey himself. One can best compare to those of Doyle Bramhall II, Tony Spinner, Robin Trower and ZZTop.

All at once we hear the screaming guitar in "Chrome Horse." It is a song about the love for the engine and has a pleasant and driving rhythm. Bryce has a good strong voice, ideally suited for this kind of number. This song is sure to be regularly heard on bikers festivals. The guitar will play a leading role the whole album. That's not surprising because Bryce is a true guitar virtuoso. After this tantalizing good opener, he follows up with "Long Ways Home." Only the rousing guitar can feel what that lesser offset. "Guitar Playing Fool" is about Bryce's own life as a guitarist. It's all about the guitar and everyone can hear because the guitar sounds phenomenal. It is a strong song that you cannot get enough of. The Hammond of Tommy T-Bone Giblin is not dominant, but during the entire number subtly present, and thus gives a very nice added value to this song. Powerful and mighty bass lines of Dan DJ Johnson are the basis of "Can You Feel It." Here we certainly hear Hendrix influences in the vitriolic sharp guitar playing of Janey. The older ones among us will immediately recognize the original band behind "The Stealer" because this version of The Free (1970) is one of two songs that Bryce has not written himself. It has a very swampy bog sound. It remains after more than forty years, still a prime number. "Stone Cold Killer" is about a lost love. The rhythm section of Eric Douglas on drums and DJ Dan Johnson on bass play a solid, tight, pumping rhythm and on top, Bryce Janey puts his talents as a guitarist once again in the spotlight.

"The Revenuers" opens to the sound of the slide guitar, again a number that pulls out all the stops and where the Hammond escorts us into the chorus. The original delta blues number "Special Ryder Blues" by Skip James is already much more than half a century old and Bryce Janey has put this song in a whole new look, say, made ​​almost unrecognizable. Much fuller with sharp guitar riffs. Nice that a song more than seventy years old gets recognition in this way. In "The Last Goodbye" we hear hear the same swampy blues sound we always found on the numbers of Tony Joe White. "Organic Man" has some of the same sound. The last song is the title song, "Burning Flame." It's a slower song where Hammond Tommy T-Bone Giblin plays a leading role in fine form and Bryce Janey gets the maximum from his favorite instrument. The fierce guitar on top of the warm rolling Hammond sound should run all day for me.

For the production of "Burning Flame" Bryce worked with Joe Romagnola. The recording, mixing and mastering Bryce did all by himself. Janey should be proud of his ninth solo album because it is a great cd. Especially for those who love the guitar this is a must and, for many rock and blues fans, this would be a nice package under the Christmas tree.

Walter Vanheuckelom - ROOTSTIME.BE (DECEMBER 2013)
 



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