It’s great to see the return of a vintage rocker. Gary U.S. Bonds arrived on the scene in 1960 with his single, New Orleans
and the record peaked at #5 on the Billboard Charts. Gary followed up with Quarter To Three
and School Is Out
the next year. In 1962 the young singer struck gold with Dear Lady Twist
. Bonds faded into the shadows for almost two decades until he formed a friendship with Bruce Springsteen who had long admired Gary’s style. Aided by Springsteen’s production wizardry, the singer generated solid hits with Out of Work, Daddy’s Come Home
and This Little Girl Of Mine
Here’s Gary Bonds again after another absence of two decades with the aptly titled Back In 20
. Accompanied by his regular band, the Roadhouse Rockers
, the ole rocker is joined by pals, Bruce Springsteen, Dickey Betts, Southside Johnny
and the wonderful Phoebe Snow
. Together, they turned out an awesome disk. Back In 20
is a product of M.C. Records, one of the premier blues outfits, and while not a "Blues Album" in the strict sense, this release will please the most discriminating fans. Gary Bonds sounds great and breathes fire on the new disk.
It’s difficult to single out any particular songs on an album like this. Honestly, I can’t find a mediocre track anywhere. It’s great entertainment from an honest and seasoned performer. Add the special guests and a hot, hot, hot band and you have one helluva session. OK, I’ll pick a favorite track. It’s Bitch / Dumb Ass
featuring a duet by Bonds and Phoebe Snow and some tasty guitar by Betts and Leimbach. Back In 20
will hit the shops on June 1, 2004. Get a copy to play at your summer BBQ parties. Play it loud!