Review by Paul Monkhouse for MPM
Blues rock powerhouse Big River have been making big waves from their Kent base for a number of years now, their finely honed swagger and soul turning ‘the Garden of England’ into a cross between Tennessee and New Orleans.
Having regularly toured the length and breadth of the country, the band have become renowned for their ability to play with an almost telepathic tightness and have finely honed their own brand of firecracker rock ‘n’ roll.
Now sporting new frontman Adam Barron (formerly of Mick Ralphs band), the quartet have put out this brand new and long awaited single and it’s a glorious tip of the hat to some of their legendary influences.
Given a real retro production sheen by producer Jim Riley, ‘Don’t Hold Out’ conjures the vibe of The Small Faces and Free perfectly, it’s feelgood atmosphere and lyrics a Summer breeze to the senses.
Recorded old school on analogue equipment, this is another big step forward by the band and one that should see them acknowledged as writers of truly classic and quality material. Your perfect soundtrack for the sun, Big River have nailed it yet again.