Early press releases declared that, with the advent of Bo Walton, rock ’n’ roll would “never sound the same”. The problem with making such a claim is that once rock ’n’ roll doesn’t sound the same, it’s no longer rock ’n’ roll. Of course, these days almost anything can be – and often is – called rock ’n’ roll, even heavy metal and hardcore punk. But to the purist, rock ’n’ roll is a specific genre, firmly rooted in 1950s America.
Bo’s music is full of joyful homages and references to legendary riffs and lyrical phrases. The song structures are in a classic vein, with clearly defined verses, singalongable choruses and deceptively complex guitar solos. Meanwhile, Bo Walton’s vocal delivery is, by turns, smouldering and sultry and whoopin’-and-hollery. Thankfully, like his old-school heroes, Bo is also more than capable of holding a tune without resorting to today’s overused pitch-altering technology.
It’s only right that Bo should be moving slightly away from the current vogue for rockabilly and shaping his own sound. Because this English singer/songwriter with a profound love of American rock ’n’ roll could soon be spearheading the second British Invasion.
Bo’s next single, Only A Dream, is due for release on 20th May, 2013, with CD singles available now from the “Shop” page.