Legendary…a blues/rock institution…true innovators. These are just a few of the ways Savoy Brown has been described over the past forty years by music critics and fans.
One of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown, with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm, helped launch the 1967 UK blues boom movement that brought blues music back to the USA invigorating the style forever. In the process, the band became part of the framework that launched the rock and roll music of the 1970’s. Their influence now stretches into modern rock as we know it today.
Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown – The Devil To Pay, released on Ruf Records in 2015 – and marking Savoy Brown’s 50th year as pack-leaders of the British blues scene – The Devil To Pay was born during a white-knuckle burst of inspiration. “We recorded the album in April 2015 at SubCat Studios in Syracuse, New York,” reflects Kim. “I record very fast, within two or three days, and most of the work is done in a single day.
While too many of Kim’s peers fall back on creative autopilot in the modern age, this latest album is a testament to a questing writer, with endless gas in the tank and a talent for pulling old genres in bold new directions. “Ain’t Got Nobody” opens the set with an aching lament from the bandleader’s lone electric guitar. The barreling “Bad Weather Brewing” and “Grew Up In The Blues” raise the temperature, while the buoyant bounce of “Oh Rosa” finds Kim’s inimitable fretwork jousting with a lusty harp.