Kjell Gustavsson Rhythm & Blues Orchestra – Down At The Saloon
Format: CD / Label: Rootsy Music
Releasedatum: 30 november 2018

Tekst: Iain Patience

Down at the Saloon is one of those surprise releases that turns up delivering a knock-out blow. Who, what, where? you ask yourself. The answer in order being: KjellGustavsson& his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra; an album that absolutely boils, full of wonderful blues-edged fun and talent; a band from Sweden recorded and released bySweden’s, Malmo-based independent label, Rootsy. This is a truly excellent album.

Ten self-penned tracks, bulging at the seams with full-tilt R&B, and a nine-piece band that covers all bases from guitars, drums, Memphis horns to driving squeeze-box and searing vocals. I had the good luck to catch this band live recently and will add that they really can produce the goods. Anyone with even a passing interest or love of US band, the Mavericks, will certainly enjoy this one. If anything, this band has a much clearer true-blues and roots grounding than their American counterparts.

If there’s a real surprise here, it must be why we’ve never heard of this top-quality outfit before now. It appears they have been around for many years in their native Nordic homeland where they already have an ardent following. It’s a lucky thing for the rest of us that Rootsy have elected to push out this simply wonderful release, so the rest of us can hear this band and play catch-up with their music. Make no mistake, this is a fabulous album. I absolutely love it.


1. Golddigger
2. Blues Is Just A Passing Bird
3. Spellbound
4. Where The River Flows
5. Easy Come Easy Go
6. Down at the Saloon
7. Oh Friday
8. Tejano
9. So Cold and Lonely
10. Heart of Stone