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 latest rock ‘n’ roll album, Faster Than Time, was released on 28th February, 2014 on Jump Jack Records and is now available on download from all good sites…