Here’s what critics and music reviewers have said about Backtrack Blues Band releases and music from the past:

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"If Paul Butterfield got together with Fabulous Thunderbirds, then you have some idea of the musical storm created here. It is heady stuff with impressive performances throughout. It may not be the country blues of the original rural folks who created the genre but it certainly swings with a New Orleans vibe on Shoot My Rooster and some mean and dirty licks on Your Funeral, My Trial by Sonny Boy Williamson - great song title and the title of a Nick Cave album."
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— Paul McGee, Lonesome Highway, February 2017

"They totally see the big picture on "Your Funeral, My Trial", as someone’s about to go all "Hey Joe" all over Miss Take. There’s actually a respectful ode to those big gals – "Heavy Built Woman", way nicer than the Reverend Billy C. Wirtz's "Roberta", the fat chick song of all time. "
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— Bill Locey, Rock n Roll Call, March 2017

"This is blues par excellence, raw essential blues and quintessentially this type of music is what the term was designed for! When a group have been together for as long as these guys have in their third decade, then you know you’re on the right road to musical Shangri-La, if nothing else based on the fact that they have survived and played with and for, la creme de la creme."
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— Tom Walker, Blues Matters Magazine UK March 2017

"The Florida quintet may physically prowl Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg, but, stylistically, home is off in Chicago. There, with a satellite branch down in Texas, too; especially whenever Kid Royal turns up the string from his lead guitar. Front man Sonny Charles is both the source of all the burley-toned harping as well as the booming vibrato singing."
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— Baltimore Blues Society, March, 2017

"It seems every year when I come up with my Top 10 list I always discover as yet undiscovered gem. This year Way Back Home by the Back Track Blues Band certainly fits that distinction. Way Back Home is the fifth release from this longtime Tampa Bay staple."
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— WA Blues Society, March, 2017

"They are stepping up to the national stage with their latest release, "Way Back Home". Sonny Charles' originals have a quintessential sound of blues standards that can stand toe-to-toe with the classics. This is some cool contemporary blues that really know its roots!"
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— Roger and Margaret White , Big City Rhythm & Blues Magazine, February, 2017

"If you like your blues with biting lead guitar and soaked in great harp playing, you'll like "Way Back Home". Charles is a top class harp player and there is much of the muscular power of Kim Wilson in his playing. Royal is a fine lead guitarist, playing solos and fills that flow with an almost inevitable certainty, sounding like Freddie King, with a hint of Albert Collins. This is a very impressive, very enjoyable release!"
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— Rhys Williams, UK, Blues Blast Magazine, February, 2017

"The songs drip with guitar and harp and you just can't help tapping your feet to the infectious rhythms. Their sound is reminiscent of the early electric Muddy Waters, with the harp getting plenty of air and there's lots of tasty Texas-inspired guitar throughout. Another great blues band to watch out for!"
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— John Knighton, Fatea Magazine, UK, January 2017

"This is blues par excellence- raw essential blues! Every track on the CD is an absolute better, each having something to commend them. In truth, this album is the best I've been fortunate enough to review. Musically, this disc is flawless, the arrangements and the vocals are superb and the instrumental renditions truly magnificent ! "
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— Tom Walker, Blues Matters Magazine UK January 2017

"Taking their name from a Little Walter song, Florida-based Backtrack Blues Band have been performing together continuously since 1980. Lead singer/harmonica player Sonny Charles is the band’s chief songwriter, Kid Royal plays lead guitar, Little Johnny Walter rhythm, Stick Davis bass and Joe Bencomo drums."
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— Al Hensley, Rhythms Music Magazine, January 2017

"When Chicago and Texas blues meet, then The Backtrack Blues Band appears. An experienced, super- teamed band, they have been playing for more than 30 years since the group was founded in Florida. All the experience they have gathered along all these years is present in this new work, and brings to the forefront the stellar work of the two guitar players, the electrifying harmonica and the great vocal contributions. All this makes this album one of the best published this year, resulting in a high spirited and totally crushing recording ! GREAT ! "
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— Vicente Zumel, La Hora del Blues, January 2017

"Although influenced by Little Walter (what blues harp outfit hasn't been?), let me say right off the bat if you are in any way, shape or form a fan of Paul Butterfield's Blues Band, you are going to want to track this down. The big blues honchos in Tampa, Florida, Backtrack Blues Band is out with their 10 cut, fifth release that is basically a battle to get yourattention with harpist Sonny Charles squaring off with guitarist Kid Royal."
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— Peanuts, January 2017

"Backtrack Blues Band....excellent traditional blues ! Good solos, very good harmonica, excellent vocals and exactly the type of blues I like."

— Mike Penard, I.S.A. Radio, France, December, 2016

"On its new release, "Way Back Home", the Backtrack Blues Band has delivered an exciting harp and guitar infused album that really hits the mark. The group has been one of Florida’s leading original blues acts for decades, and those years of performing have paid big dividends on this record. The solid grooves, stellar guitar, electrifying harmonica, and vocals make this CD one of the best blues releases of 2016. Reminiscent of the sounds of Paul Butterfield and the early Fabulous Thunderbirds, the songs on this record are true electric blues with lots of soul and energy."
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— Peter Holmstedt, Hemifran, Sweden, December 2016.

"On the opening cut, "Goin to Eleuthera", as in the island stop in the Bahamas, you can almost feel the warm ocean breezes and the gentle island vibe. That is just one of six originals penned by Sonny Charles. The funky "Tell Your Daddy" has the swampy feel of Excello Records, while "Shoot My Rooster" is pure, vintage Chicago and "Heavy Built Woman" swings hard. The entire disc has a nice live in the studio feel and it really plays a key role in capturing the band's energy and enthusiasm. Thank goodness they're still being done that way!
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— Graham Clarke, Blues Bytes, October/ November 2016

"No pun intended, but the real "draw" of the Backtrack Blues Band is the multi-wheezing prowess of Sonny Charles and his collection of harmonicas. The various tones and dynamics that Charles employs is impressive, and I’d love to have an instructional dvd of this one!"
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— George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly, October 2016

"Backtrack Blues Band - Way Back Home is 10 out-of-the-box fabulous traditional Blues tracks. The band focuses on harmonica driven Chicago Blues with Sonny Charles leading the way, joined by Kid Royal on lead guitar, Little Johnny Walter on rhythm guitar, Stick Davis on bass guitar, Joe Bencomo on drums, and special guest Victor Wainwright layering in piano. Latonya Oliver and Dana Merriweather add their lovely background vocals to make this release one to own."
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— Debra C. Argen, Luxury Experience, October 2016

"The self written material is very good, the pick for me is the infectious Heavy Built Women whose chorus I sang along to which caused a ‘looks could kill’ stare from my wife when she heard me, very clever lyrics and some excellent lead harmonica playing from Sonny, a surprising cover is Phil Lynott’s Baby Please Don’t Go which gets the rocking blues treatment, all in all a great mix of Chicago blues by a very polished band who have hit the right note with this release."
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— Blues Matters, UK, November, 2016

"Produced by Charles W. Ross and George Harris, Way Back Home has a nice, thick, analog sound, avoiding the brittle sharpness of many modern productions. 6 of the songs are originals and 4 are covers, including a couple of Sonny Boy Williamson II numbers. ‘Authentic’ is a big word these days when it comes to a lot of things, and as far as the blues go, it doesn’t get any more authentic than Way Back Home."
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— The Rock Doctor, October 2016

"Great fifth cd of the Backstrack Blues Band, Chicago blues like Paul Butterfield and the early Fabulous Thunderbirds. You can hear the band rode many miles together. They sound firm and solid, the team-playing is remarkable. Great guitar, piano and harmonica work. It’s been a long time since I listened to such a great blues album."
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— Peter Jacobs, www.keysandchords.com, October 2016

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