Following Chris Buck‘s fortuitous performance with Sally Ann Evans, Buck & Evans – with the aid of fellow Welsh compatriots Bob Richards (drums) and Dominic Hill (bass) – was born. Despite only having been around since 2013 they have garnered a lot of plaudits, having played alongside Slash at a benefit concert in Arizona to rave reviews, as well as the deserved praise poured on last year’s delightful eponymous debut EP.
Recorded live at the famous Rockfield studios in South Wales, whose roll call of past musicians is as star-studded as it is long; Robert Plant, Oasis, Queen, Kasabian, Rush and Motörhead to name but a few. The “Live at Rockfield” EP is another delicious, but painfully brief, taster of these soulful, blues rockers.
From the smooth opener ‘Impossible’ it is clear that Chris Buck‘s expressive guitar playing is the perfect foundation for Sally Ann Evan‘s powerhouse vocals. The band take a leaf from a myriad of artists, primarily amongst them the workaholic Joe Bonamassa, but Jimi Hendrix also gets a look in on the irrepressibly addictive ‘Moonlight’, where Buck‘s axe frolics along in lively ’60s fashion amongst a loose, almost jazzy, rhythm. Bob Richard‘s marching drum-style leads us into ‘Screaming’, which sees off the EP in classic rock style.
“Live at Rockfield” is a great but frightfully short EP that showcases just why you should get into Buck & Evans. With a joint tour with Buffalo Summer just finished, and performances at Camden Rocks and the inaugural Ramblin Man Fair to look forward to, their ascendancy has only just begun.