During the lockdown, several bands have turned their attention to playing live streams. But there has been one band that has grabbed our attention in the process and that’s British husband and wife blues/rock duo When Rivers Meet.
The pair have been attracting thousands of viewers at their regular live streaming shows, and deservedly so. Amid the pandemic, the band have also finished recording their debut album “We Fly Free”.
When Rivers Meet are performing music that is instantly recognisable as blues. It’s got that old school sound, but with a bit of a contemporary twist.
Opening track “Did I Break The Law” makes you immediately sit up, and shout what is this? I want more. The duo brings together beautiful vocal harmonies, which are accentuated by dirty slide guitar licks – now that’s a winning combination for sure, particularly in tracks such as “Walking On Fire”.
“I’d Have Fallen” has a slightly more Americana twang about it. In places, it reminds us of Johnny Cash’s take on “Hurt”. Whilst “Battleground” has been receiving regular airplay on rock radio in recent times, and on the strength of this song alone, it’s easy to understand why. Then just when you think it can’t get any better along comes the atmospheric number “Breaker of Chains”.
For blues lovers “We Fly Free” is a purist’s paradise. Who would have thought the unmistakable sounds of the Mississippi Delta stretched as far afield as Colchester?