Video: Simon McBride – is he ‘the British Bonamassa’? See for yourself…
Belfast’s Blues-Rocker talks touring and gives you a taste of his live show ahead of UK dates
Every sharp-dressed blues guitarist with a pair of sunglasses might be chasing the ‘next Joe Bonamassa’ title, but Northern Ireland’s Simon McBride – whose accomplished sound is a natural fit for a future blues-rock superstar – isn’t too bothered about wearing that particular crown.
“I don’t worry too much about what other people are doing,” comments McBride. “At the end of the day, everybody is going to compare me to someone else. I don’t really care, to be honest. I just love creating music. Nowadays, there are a million guitar players doing what I’m doing.”
But the Bonamassa comparisons are unlikely to stop any time soon. McBride’s last album, Crossing The Line, takes the modern blues rule book, sticks it in the oven on high until burnt and then drop-kicks it out of the kitchen window. But that’s not to say McBride doesn’t pay dues to the greats who’ve influenced his own brand of guitar bluesmithery.
“I’ve got a lot of respect for Joe Bonamassa,” he says. “He took blues rock and brought it back to the forefront. I’m not a massive fan. For me, he sounds too much like Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. But I have to hand it to him – he’s a great player.
“People have compared me to Rory Gallagher and Gary Moore. If people compare me to Gary Moore, that’s great because he’s one of my all-time heroes. People just hear things. Maybe it’s just the Irish thing!” (Jamie Hailstone)
See for yourself if the comparisons are justified by watching the video below and then catching him on tour.
Songs on the video: 1.Go Down Gamblin, 2.Down to the River (from the debut album ‘Rich Man Falling’), 3.Alcatraz, 4.No Room To Breathe, 5. Dead Man Walking (from the album ‘Since Then’).
Wed, 4 Dec 2013
NEWCASTLE, United Kingdom
Thu, 5 Dec 2013
GLOUCESTER, United Kingdom
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Fri, 6 Dec 2013
WINCHESTER, United Kingdom
Sat, 7 Dec 2013
LONDON, United Kingdom
Sun, 8 Dec 2013
DEAL, Kent United Kingdom
Mon, 9 Dec 2013
OXFORD, United Kingdom
Tue, 10 Dec 2013
BILSTON, Wolverhampton United Kingdom
Wed, 11 Dec 2013
GLASGOW, G2 8DL Scotland
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For more info, http://www.simonmcbride.net/