Steve Boyd's Hoodoo HipshakeI can’t recall the last time I heard a debut album as fully realised as this one.

Co-bandleaders/songwriters Steve Boyd (guitar/vocals) and Paul Fiddes (drums) have assembled an all-star band of Melbourne musicians who contribute horns, Hammond B3, electric and pedal steel guitars, double bass, and backing vocals to a bunch of songs whose influences are as varied as the ingredients in a gumbo. Funk, rock, zydeco, jazz, gospel, blues and soul are all represented on these infectious songs that could have been born in New Orleans. One of many highlights is a soulful homage to the much admired Melbourne guitarist Spencer P. Jones.

Hoodoo Hipshake is out now.

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