Rockin', Rollin', Swingin', Stompin' with...
Uncle Charlie & The Riverside Stompers

Empire Records, EMP-CD-108

When Carlos A. Del Bosque moved to Seville from his hometown in the mid-north of Spain in 2005, he found some of the best musicians in Seville. Since the mid '90's Carlos, also known as Uncle Charlie, has been a member of bands such as Jungle Tigers, The Rollin' Miles, Lonely Cats and Anabel & The Rock-a-Bells. With these bands he has released several albums and toured throughout most of Europe, he's even been to Japan! The musicians he found in Seville did have great experience too, in bands like Blue Mountain and Uncle Williams. The boys came together to play American Roots music. After a couple of hot rehearsals, Uncle Charlie & The Riverside Stompers were born. They started playing in the main spots of the area, getting a warm response from the audience. Now they are ready to storm any stage in the world! Uncle Charlie & The Riverside Stompers are playing covers of great artists such as Charlie Feathers, Hank Thompson, Don Woody, Carl Perkins, Hank Williams, Johnny Burnette, Ronnie Self, just to name a few. They love every kind of American Roots music and try to keep their sound as close as they can to the likes of all those original artists and musicians they love! This album is recorded in three different sessions at "Sevilla Suena" Studios in Seville, Spain. It is produced by Uncle Charlie himself.

Now you all know a little about the history of Uncle Charlie and his Riverside Stompers now, we give this album a spin. The opener "I Get The Blues" is a right-on Western Swing with a Bluesy tone in it. The voice of Uncle Charlie is just perfect for this song! At the next song "Big Fool" our Uncle Charlie is on the Rockabilly side with a bassplayer I just get jealous at, I play the bass too as you may or may not know. After "Bottle Baby Boogie", a nice little song with a lot of steel guitar, we go a little uptempo with "Make Like Rock & Roll". If you're missing that beautiful sound of the steel guitar after some Rockabilly, you gonna like "When I Saw Your Face In The Moon" and "Gonna Roll & Rock". In "Sweet Temptation" is a leading part for the fiddle which is played by Félix Roquero and for the steel, played by Pablo Laborda, a very good and nice combination! Over to a balad that's called "Something I Said", I think everbody had the same problem as sung about in this song at one time or another...

So, over to an old school Rocker: "Mobile Alabama", and if I may say so: very steady beat here! Grab a beer and listen to "Six Pack To Go", then you take another beer and sing along with Johnny Burnette's song "Rock Therapy". The fiddle is back on "Baby I'm Ready" and it's going strong! The last track on this album is one to cool down, it's a great instrumental where the guys are showing their musical skills, with a catchy title: "Bye Bye Blues". This Album has it all: proper Western Swing, Hillbilly and pure Rockabilly! Rock on!!

I Get The Blues / Big Fool / Bottle Baby Boogie / Make Like Rock & Roll / When I Saw Your Face In The Moon / Gonna Roll & Rock / Sweet Temptation / Something I Said / Mobile Alabama / Six Pack To Go / Rock Therapy / Baby I'm Ready / Bye Bye Blues

Uncle Charlie & The Riverside Stompers are:
Carlos A. Del Boque (Uncle Charlie) - Vocals, Guitars
Rafael Colmanarejo (Rafa) - Drums
Pablo Laborda (Paul) - Steel guitar, Guitars
Antonio Sánchez (Tony) - Doghouse Bass

Very special guest: Félix Roquero, he played Fiddle on "Bottle Baby Boogie", "Sweet Temptation", and "Baby I'm Ready".

More information:
Empire Records (BeNeLux)
P.O.Box 264,
4380 AG Vlissingen 

Reviewed by Rockin' Kees, 2008