Gwyn Ashton’s Two-Man Blues Army album is a live, powerhouse guitar and drums power-duo recording. Ashton, himself, is an accomplished world-class touring guitarist/frontman, singer, songwriter and performer. His eclectic slide-style incorporates blues, country, rock and roll, and funk.
Released on Fab Tone Records (through Cadiz Distribution) his album Two-Man Blues Army emphasises Ashton's songwriting, his slide guitar skills and production and engineering credits.
Two-Man Blues Army
"A two-piece blues avalanche for fans of records how they used to make 'em. There are plenty of sonic and tonal highlights for blues-rockers to get their teeth into. From the high-octane Texas-style blues of Meltdown At The Hoo to the slow menace of One-Way Ticket to The Blues, The standout moment being Cross Road Blues, where a hypnotic tremolo riff builds to a haunting harmonica-led breakdown. This raw showcase of a telepathic duo exploring their blues is well worth cranking up." - Guitarist
The album (Two-Man Blues Army) roars into life with a raucous onslaught of soupy, swampy, scruff-of-the-neck revved up Hendrix-y electric guitar, as the appropriately-titled "Meltdown At The Hoo" hits top gear and hammers away at your senses! The whole album of killer tunes represents a definite melding of traditional blues-meets-the-21st century.- Gear
"Two-Man Blues Army is a masterclass in rocking garage blues, a feast of big riffs, killer guitar tones and searing vocals. More importantly, the record crackles with the raw, spontaneous energy of a live show, something often absent from many modern blues albums." - Guitar Buyer
“Equipped with just guitar, vocals and drums, this duo march into battle taking on every blues-rock trick in the book, successfully blasting them to a new level. The duo format leaves plenty of room for Gwyn's muscular licks that induce the 'wow' factor time and time again. No-nonsense, brutal and invigorating.” - Guitar & Bass
Two Man Blues Army is Australian fretmeister Gwyn Ashton's follow-up to 2007's universally acclaimed 'Prohibition' album.
While 'Prohibition' was a gleeful return to the joys of the '70s power trio, this is a significantly different beast - and I use the word 'beast' advisedly.
As the title suggests, Gwyn has ditched the bass guitar and has opted for Full-Frontal Guitar/Drums Attack Mode. Truth be told, I was feeling a little apprehensive after reading the sleeve notes, fearing a dumping of the Rory Gallagher cap-doffing in favour of a White Stripes soundalike with all the nakedly commercial crap that goes with it. How wrong can you be? This is blues/rock guitar assault of the highest order and I fu*king love it!
The album roars into life with 'Meltdown At The Hoo' - an instrumental name-check of every blues/rock style you've ever heard - and is followed by ten blistering tracks that every fan of the genre will gorge on like a hyena at a lion-kill.
Nine of the eleven tracks here are self-penned; the exceptions being incredible versions of Robert Johnson's 'Crossroad Blues' and Blind Willie Reynolds' 'Outside Woman Blues', both made famous by Cream, both blowing Cream's efforts clean out of the water. A little light and shade is added with the subtle acoustic slide of 'Junior Got a Blade', but normal service is resumed with the mercurial 'Ain't Nobody's Fool' and the guitar crash and burn of 'One Way Ticket To The Blues'.
It is unlikely that Gwyn Ashton will get either the plaudits or the commercial rewards that this effort deserves, but it is one of those rare albums that make you punch the air and yell 'Yeeeeessssss!!!!!' and for that reason alone he should be very proud of it”. – Get Ready To Rock, Review by Alan Jones