Box & Dice
DISTINCTIVE NEW ALBUM FROM AUSTRALIAN FIONA BOYES!
Fiona Boyes plays deep Blues, influenced by a myriad of traditional regional styles. She has carved an international reputation as a blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, and American reviewers have described her as a ‘musical anomaly’ and ‘Bonnie Raitt’s evil twin’!
Equally at home on acoustic or electric guitars, her mostly original repertoire is like a Blues travelogue. Listen to her play and you’ll hear pre-war Delta slide, single chord Mississippi Hills grooves, intricate country blues finger picking along with material drawn from the classic blues sounds of New Orleans, Chicago and Memphis. Fiona continues to joyfully explore the music she loves with recent acquisitions such as cigarbox guitar and a rare National Reso-Lectric Baritone adding new textures to her live shows and recordings. Reference Recordings is excited to announce the worldwide release of her brand new album – Box & Dice! – her first recording with her long-time Australian rhythm section, drummer Mark Grunden and Dean Addision, double bass.
A distinctive finger-style guitarist, her soulful, authoritative style has earned her unprecedented recognition overseas as an Australian artist. Winner of the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Fiona has also received Blues music’s highest international accolade with 4 successive USA Blues Music Awards nominations for both her electric and acoustic playing.
In 2014 Fiona was the first Australian blues musician to be invited to play at prestigious USA traditional acoustic festival ‘MerleFest’, followed by an extended European tour of jazz and blues festivals, clubs and cultural centers in 7 different countries.
Come and enjoy an original, intriguing road-trip through the Blues!
“I love it when an “authentic” blues artist forces the blues police to re-adjust their judgment on the validity of that artist’s work even though that artist’s back story doesn’t fit the cliché of who a “real” blues artist should be.” —Blues Blast Magazine
“Anyone who is lucky enough to have listened to this will clearly understand why Fiona Boyes copped the International Blues Challenge in 2003 as a solo act and had been nominated for Blues Music Awards four years in a row. … A fellow writer who had been on October’s Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise emailed me that Fiona Boyes was the musical highlight of the cruise. Pick up Box & Dice please, and you’ll see why.” – Pete Sardon, Blues Music Magazine
“Delighted with her recent acquisition of handsome cigar-box and National Resolectric baritone guitars, Australian Fiona Boyes puts them to the test on her latest release. Sure enough, those guitars have plenty to say in discourses with her true-blue vocals. Her songs are conduits of flammable or relatively tranquil emotion.…” —Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat
“A truly excellent release from a guitar master of pure class.” —Iain Patience, Blues Magazine
“… Boyes raspy voice is highly expressive. If you haven’t heard her lately, you must seek out this import.” —Richard Ludmerer, Making A Scene
“I just received the newest release, Box & Dice, from Fiona Boyes and it’s a gritty, bluesy guitar fest.” —Bman’s Blues Report
“Like her songs, most of which are her own compositions, each guitar has its own unique sound. … “Box & Dice” will do nicely to introduce you to the talents, both as a singer/songwriter and Blues guitarist, of Fiona Boyes. Because when you can write, sing and play like Ms. Boyes, it matters little where you’re from, her music speaks volumes. Universal Indeed.” —John Crossett
“Fiona Boyes is an amazing blues performer from Australia with a great husky voice and a love for unusual instruments. This self-produced album features simple but effective arrangements. …” —Rhetta Akamatsu, BlogCritics