Balkun Brothers

Self produced 2015

Review by David Bowling


Guitarist/vocalist Steve Balkun, drummer Nick Balkun, and bassist Celeb Battersby have climbed to the top of the Connecticut and New England music scene. Now they have released their first full-length album titled Redrova.

While their sound fuses a number of styles, they are at heart a blues band. Their approach begins in the Southern Delta with some basic rhythms. A sometimes funky bass provides the foundation for Steve Balkun’s electric guitars excursions. It all adds up to a sort of power blues trio.

“Last Jam (Oh Yeah!),” “Bippidee Bop,” “Sally’s Blues,” and “Too Damn Long” are all excellent examples of their energetic approach. The songs also have the length to allow the band to improvise and explore a song’s textures.

The Balkun Brothers continue to hone their sound. Redrova may be a little rough around the edges but it has a lot to recommend it.

Rating: ***