Album Review: George Dyer Band – Puff The Dust

Californian guitarist George Dyer, currently based in Wrocław, has teamed up with other local musicians for an impressive debut album that truly embraces the Blues. 

If there's one thing ‘the Blues’ seems to do time and again, it is to be revived or revisited. The album we're reviewing today is a prime example. 

American guitarist & vocalist George Dyer has created something rather special by teaming up with Polish bass player and guitarist, Maciek Mandrykowski and Rafał Biłas respectively, with Mexican drummer Mart Sanchez completing the line-up.

Since they all got together, the international band have played numerous gigs on the touring circuit, won awards and become recognized players in Wrocław's music scene. Now they've joined forces again to record their first studio album.

It all starts with ‘Sinner’s blues' and its Hendrix-influenced opening. The powerfull riff makes a strong statement about owning up to all the bad things bluesmen do, all thanks to some lightening-hot guitar solo work. Next up is ‘Wrong woman blues’ with it’s ZZ top Texas Blues feel. This fast-paced track has some slick riffs and you can clearly hear latin influences in the rhythm section too.

Things suddenly get funky and a little jazzy with ‘Untrustworthy woman’. The song has a fun-vibe and light-humorous motif, making it the kind of track you just wanna get up and dance to! The mood then changes again with’ Slow Jam in A’, which doffs its cap to Jeff Beck and demonstrates the power of instrumental music. Full of emotion, tension and release, it's a beautiful piece of work.

The title track ‘Puff the dust’ is Blues Rock from start to finish with a few unexpected changes, hooks and double stops along the way. This interesting composition is one you'll want to listen to numerous times to spot all the intricacy going on.

‘Wasting time’, a Blues Shuffle reminiscent of the late 1950’s, incorporates many familiar trappings and some nice additional touches. Meanwhile the modern sounding ‘Shoot you down’ arguably captures the ‘George Dyer Band’ sound best. Its wailing vocals, wah-wah solos, funky bass and creative drumming are all hallmarks of the band.

Finally, ‘Tribute to Cornell’ recognizes late session musician Cornell Dupree with a display of laid-back whisky-sipping guitar prowess in the key of C.

In his debut album, George has guided us through the Blues via youthful, energetic vocals and an all American spirit. As a personal fan of the Blues, I find it particularly pleasing to see the genre continue to inspire and evolve. ‘The George Dyer band’ have done a neat job at showcasing some of the variety that can be found in the Blues, while putting their own unique stamp on things at the same time.

Whether you are a seasoned blues fan or relatively new to this kind of music, this offering is well worth listening to. ‘Puff the Dust’ is available to buy now via bandcamp.com. You can pick up a physical copy tomorrow night at Nietota, when The George Dyer Band will perform live as part of their album launch party. 


Terry Clark-Ward

Terry has lived in Wroclaw since 2000 and has written and contributed to many published books as well as being the host and creator of Radio RAM’s English language show ‘Sunday Lunch’. He also works as a voice over artist and Television presenter of ‘5 o’ Clark’ on national TV channel ‘ATM Rozrywka’. His real passion, however, is writing for Wroclawuncut!

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