The Bluefields: Pure

Southern US rock veterans join forces.

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The Bluefields are something of a Nashville supergroup. Members include Dan Baird of Georgia Satellites and Jason & The Scorchers’ Warner E Hodges, brought together via various twists of fate, and they offer a promising concoction.

It’s one that encompasses the good-time, ‘goin’ down the church-house, baby’ rock’n’roll you’d expect from such protagonists (the lick from Keep Your Hands To Yourself rears its head on multiple occasions), as well as harder rock notes and brooding sensibilities.

Some of the ‘get yer lighters out’, ‘isn’t life hard’ balladry is a little laboured – Don’t Let Me Fall, for instance, is pretty but rather U2-ish contemporary soft rock. It’s fine, but not where they shine. On the other hand it’s a joy to hear three veterans embracing their experiences because when they gel to maximum effect – as on the brilliantly bad-ass She’s So Sick – it’s ace.

Best listened to while cruising through a desert, wearing aviators… yeah.

Polly Glass
Deputy Editor, Classic Rock

Polly is deputy editor at Classic Rock magazine, where she writes and commissions regular pieces and longer reads (including new band coverage), and has interviewed rock's biggest and newest names. She also contributes to Louder, Prog and Metal Hammer and talks about songs on the 20 Minute Club podcast. Elsewhere she's had work published in The Musician, delicious. magazine (opens in new tab) and others, and written biographies for various album campaigns. In a previous life as a women's magazine junior she interviewed Tracey Emin and Lily James – and wangled Rival Sons into the arts pages. In her spare time she writes fiction and cooks.