'Boxcar Special', the first offering from the Chris Mawer Band,
is a vigorous blues album distilled with cool West Coast tones. Frontman
Chris Mawer delivers witty lyrics with a rich vocal styling as he lays
down confident bass lines. Adam Pringle plays guitar with charisma and
finesse. George Brugmans (ex Detonators) drives the beat with solid,
lilting west coast shuffles.
While writing 'Boxcar Special', Mawer and Pringle drew on their
experience touring Australia with Los Angeles-based Italian Blues
guitarist Enrico Crivellaro and
bassist and vocalist Finis Tasby, also from Los Angeles, in 2004.
"Crivellaro is one of the best blues guitarists around today. He taught
me a lot about arranging
blues music. Tasby is a fantastic musician who's been playing since the
late 1950s. Touring with him completely changed my approach to playing
about Tasby's life reminded me of what the blues is all about," says
Mawer. 25-year-old Mawer (pronounced 'Moore'), from Wollongong, has
played with other Blues notables such as Jan Preston,
Harper, Ray Beadle, Lil' Fi and Robert Susz.
Mawer draws inspiration from Bassists Bill Willis of
Jimmie Vaughan's Tilt a-Whirl Band and
Preston Hubbard of The Fabulous
Thunderbirds. He looks to Albert King
for lyrical prowess, James Harman for outstanding phrasing and Chris
Cain for performance technique. He began gigging at 15 and met Pringle
in 1998 when they both played in popular Sydney Blues band the Midnight
Ramblers. Mawer, Pringle and Brugmans have played together since 2001.
"Blues music is honest. It deals with everyday ups and downs in a unique
way," says Mawer. "I'll always have the Blues - it's my life. I feel
driven to get out there and keep the craft alive," he says.