Life as a feather. Original Stray (who’ve been out celebrating their 50th anniversary) guitarist Del Bromham’s solo career may date back to the late 70s, but this is only his third album. It’s certainly his most personal, although ironically Stray fans will recognise his songwriting style which is broader than the blues of his first two albums.
Sixty-six-year-old Bromham confronts some of the trials and tribulations of his generation by cranking up his guitar until it stings, and delivering an array of riffs and solos that prove his musical marbles are intact. As are his emotional marbles, despite some hard knocks. The title track is about the death of his daughter – about the cruellest fate any parent can face. Wicked Man questions whether he may in some way be responsible for the hard knocks, Let It Go and Monkey are about learning to unburden yourself.
His lyrics are human rather than spiritual, even when he’s appealing for mutual respect on My House, and you probably have to be there or thereabouts to appreciate them, but his blues rock is ageless.