Current State Of Blue

No Refund Band

Independent Recording Artist 2014

Review by David Bowling


The No Refund Band has returned with their second album of no-nonsense blues. Current State Of Blue finds singer/guitarist Randy Jackson, guitarist Mike Crownover, bassist Rik Robertson, sax player Anthony Terry, and trumpet player Jim Brady releasing another album of solid electric blues.

The album contains nine original compositions among the 12 tracks, which fuse elements rock and some funky rhythms into their brand of barroom blues. The horns drive the songs and allow the band to change moods and tempos. There is the straight forward blues of “Buy The Blues, the rock oriented “St. Louis Bound,” which are off set by the gentler “Current State Of Blue.” Through in covers such as “Bell Bottom Blues,” “Still Got The Blues,” and “Mississippi Queen” and you have an imaginative group of songs that would fit any blues lounge or bar.

Current State Of Blue is an album worth exploring for any aficionado of the blues. It will be money well spent and a refund won’t be needed.