2015 – Dixiefrog Records
By Phillip Smith; Jan 30, 2016
The new self-titled album from the multi-award winning Balkun Brothers is simply put, electric, incredible and rocking. Hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, The Balkun Brothers consists of guitarist/vocalist Steve Balkun, and his younger brother, drummer/vocalist Nick Balkun. Balkun Brothers contains a dozen ripping white-hot blues-rock songs produced by one of my favorite blues guitarists, the amazing Popa Chubby.
From the get-go, the Balkun Brothers hit the ground running full speed with “Been Drivin’”, serving hard-nosed blues with a heart-racing delivery. This song gets the adrenalin flowing like the Mississippi. They keep that energy going in “I Know What Ya’ Did”, and “She Got it All”, both full of catchy riffs and swampy slide guitar. I get totally swept away in “Control Yourself”, and love the Zeppelin-esque vibe present in “Cold Heart”. The only cover song on the album, Johnny Winter’s “Mean Town Blues” is a sheer delight. Steve keeps it rolling on guitar as Nick keeps it tumbling with a cool hypnotic beat. The album closes with the sweetly performed, acoustic selection “Rainy Day Front Porch Blues”. Background audio of passing cars on a wet street add a nice touch of authenticity.