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« Without a doubt the most unique voice in Australia right now! Prepare to weep tears of joy. » Ugly Phil – Triple M
« There is something inexorable about the progress of that massive sand blasted voice and those rolling piano figures; something undeniable about the dark images crowding the lyrics; something dangerous about the snarling guitars, growling horns and clawing rhythms. ….. This is hearfelt music that can sweep you into its shady world, and have you flirting with a little good ol` fashioned evil, or smiling at the sly wit . » John Shand – Author of Jazz – The Australian Accent and critic for the Sydney Morning Herald.
Wooden Kimono Bruce Elder`s review in SMH, June 12 » If there is a sure – fire formula for musical success, leading to lots of regular work and critical acclaim, it has to be New Orleans style piano playing mixed in with boogie and blues, that is both hot and cool, sensuous and intimate, raw and loads of fun. Think only of Fats Domino, Fats Waller, Dr. John, Jon Cleary, Tom Waits and our own home grown performer with the unforgettable name, Pugsley Buzzard.
His technique is simple: a voice with all the smoothness of a corrugated dirt road leads to effortless, raw honesty; an exceptionally good and rich backing band; a bunch of songs that range from » Aces and Eights » , lazy, piano based blues with a dash of soul, through » Chained », powerhouse New Orleans- style blues that wouldn`t be out of place in the repertoire of the late Howlin` Wolf to the dark, smoky menace of » Black Dog », with some wailing, fat baritone saxophone from Adam Simmons.
The result is an album that is deeply rooted in African – American musical traditions and still sounds fresh and original. The most impressive aspect of this very impressive album is that not for a moment do you feel that Buzzard is an imitator or an imposter. This is so authentic and persuasive that if you were told he arrived in the country last week after a residency in some steamy New Orleans club, you`d believe it. He is that good. »