Blues Blast Logo BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE
Pekin, IL
TG And The Swampbusters
Swamp Tooth Comb | Album Review
May 5, 2015


Hamilton, Ontario's Tim Gibbons is an eclectic roots artist. He is an experienced and accomplished musician who has worked on a variety of projects and styles, but roots music is his forte. On this CD he has shifted from banjo as his primary instrument to the electric guitar. He takes a bayou approach to his music and there is a distinct swampy-ness to his approach that belies his Canadian roots. Tim Gibbons leads the band and is joined by Swampy Joe Klienfeltr on bass and Patch on drums for this CD of nine original cuts.

The sound is very much out of the bayou. On the vocals Tim takes a gritty and almost minimalist approach. The guitar work is also not over the top; it blends with the overall sound, a slow delta sort of groove. Even when there is a big solo one can sense restraint- there is no desire or need for over the top histrionics. Laid back and cool seems to be their mantra... MORE





Blues Blast Logo NATIONAL BLUES REVIEW
Ann Arbor, MI
Swamp Tooth Comb by TG And The Swampbusters
Album Review
April 2, 2015


TG and the Swampbusters play some down-home blues on their new release Swamp Tooth Comb. It's perfect with a cold beer on a hot day.

You would think that TG and the Swampbusters were from way down in Mississippi after listening to Swamp Tooth Comp. This album oozes with that sweat-soaked early country blues of Son House and Elmore James. It turns out that they are from Canada; Hamilton, Ontario to be exact.

The band is Tim Gibbons (TG) on guitar and vocals with "Swampy" Joe Klienfeltr on bass and Patch hitting the skins. TG’s vocals sound like a cross between J.J. Cale and Keith Richards, with a hint of Bob Dylan. His tone is relaxed and easy. With his vocals mixed with the laid-back feel of the album, you have music that is great to listen to. Kick off your shoes, sit back on the porch with a tasty beverage in hand, and dig in... MORE





Rust Magazine LogoRUST MAGAZINE
Atlanta, GA
A Love Letter to TG and the Swampbusters
by Eric Petersen on January 14, 2015

Here at RUST Magazine we liked roots-rocker Tim Gibbons' new project so much, we actually wrote him a love letter instead of a review:

Dear TG and the Swampbusters,

We love you. You are so cool. We love the way you play guitar and we love your funky down-low beats. We love the way you keep it so real, and we love how you write your songs. We love your swagger and your style and we love your new CD Swamp Tooth Comb.

You are our very favorite roots rockers. We listen to your album all day long and at night and we play it in the car and we nod our heads up and down while we drive down the road. We told all the other kids at school about it too! We think you are awesome.

So, if you're not dating another music magazine, can we go steady?

Love, RUST Magazine





Rootstime LogoROOTSTIME BELGIUM
Luc Meert
Jan. 15, 2015
www.rootstime.be



(The translation doesn't always come out perfectly, but they LOVE it)

GOOGLE TRANSLATE: Tim Gibbons, Canadian singer and guitarist-songwriter with his band The Swamp Busters a very beautiful album marketed. "Swamp TRooth Combine" is the name of the gem. The latter may take you quite literally because with a total playing time of half an hour that is what we are concerned that the low side. Although this may be illustrative of the quality that you get to hear the nine songs written by the man himself. The trio, besides TG, vocals and guitar, you get Swampy Klienfeltr Joe on bass and Patch heard on drums, offers us a tasty cocktail of blues, country and rock. Although Gibbons started his musical career as a drummer in, say, garage bands, he is primarily known as excellent banjo player. With this release, however, he resolutely opted for the electric guitar and is the parent said that he did so with gusto.

The promising opener service "Bayou Preacher" is cataloged as a rocking country blues song. It is here for the first time and not the last time that Tim made us spontaneously think of Lou Reed. The same narrative voice timbre on a damn interesting number. The high level is held at the à la Reed rocking "Who Wants To Dance With An Old Ding Dong". We can only guess who is responsible for the appreciated contribution bluesharp but succeeded the least you can ask. The subsequent, but much too short, "Poor Boy Hey Hey" is perhaps the most catchy song by all but especially us know rawer "The brooder" to impress. It seems conscious improvisation but do not be fooled because multiple spins can not let you but be impressed by the orchestrated chaos that what the first song seems to expose. What more to Delta blues tending is again "Country Side Of Town" although more rocking or better descriptive seems to sound.

Our absolute favorite is the us again to Lou Reed remembering "Cornpone" with the subtle slide work woven in and ditto bluesharp this song is a guarantee for the repeat button here at the house. We always get to Lou Reed but also looms the ghost of Johnny Cash were sometimes at this fine publication. There really is no note only weakness in this release. The closing duo "Play Me Some Blues & Keep It Country" and "The Bone Of Contention" is called as varied as interesting. I will probably not the first and certainly not the last one when listening hereof The Grateful Dead record and that in itself says a lot about the overall quality that we could listen to the last half hour. "Swamp Tooth Comb" is a particularly fascinating record of an extremely talented trio! TG AND THE SWAMPBUSTERS - SWAMP TOOTH COMB

ORIGINAL: Tim Gibbons, deCanadese singer-songwriter en gitarist heeft met zijn band The Swampbusters een bijzonder fraai album op de markt gebracht. "Swamp TRooth Comb" is de naam van het kleinood. Dat laatste mag je best letterlijk nemen want met een totale speelduur van een goed half uur is dat wat ons betreft wat aan de lage kant. Hoewel dit ook illustratief kan zijn voor de kwaliteit die je te horen krijgt op de negen door de man zelf geschreven nummers. Het trio, naast TG, zang en gitaar, krijg je ook Swampy Joe Klienfeltr op bas en Patch op drums te horen, serveert ons een smakelijke coctail van Blues, Country en Rock. Hoewel Gibbons zijn muzikale carrière startte als drummer in, zeg maar, garage bands, is hij voornamelijk bekend als uitstekend banjo speler. Met deze release koos hij echter resoluut voor de elektrische gitaar en het weze gezegd dat hij dit met verve deed.

De veelbelovende opener van dienst "Bayou Preacher" is te catalogeren als een rockende countryblues song. Het is hier voor het eerst en niet voor het laatst dat Tim ons spontaan deed denken aan Lou Reed. Hetzelfde verhalende stemtimbre op een verdomd interessant nummer. Het hoogstaande niveau wordt aangehouden op het à la Reed rockende "Who Wants To Dance With An Old Ding Dong". We hebben er het raden naar wie verantwoordelijk is voor de gesmaakte bijdrage op bluesharp maar geslaagd is het minste wat je kan stellen. Het hierop volgende, maar véél te korte, "Hey Poor Boy Hey" is misschien wel de meest aanstekelijke song van allen maar ons weet vooral het rauwere "The Brooder" te imponeren. Het lijkt wel bewuste improvisatie maar laat je vooral niet misleiden want meerdere luisterbeurten laten kan je niet anders dan onder de indruk zijn van de wat georchestreerde chaos die de song eerst lijkt bloot te geven. Wat meer naar Delta blues neigend is dan weer "Country Side Of Town" alhoewel rockend meer of beter omschrijvend lijkt te klinken.

Onze absolute favoriet is het ons opnieuw aan Lou Reed herinnerende "Cornpone"met het subtiele slide werk erin verweven en dito bluesharp is dit nummer een garantie voor de repeat knop hier ten huize. We halen steeds Lou Reed aan maar evenzeer doemt de geest van Johnny Cash bijwijlen op, op deze prima uitgave. Er is echt geen enkel zwak punt op deze release te noteren. Het afsluitende duo "Play Me Some Blues & Keep It Country" en "The Bone Of Contention" is even gevarieerd als boeiend te noemen. Ik zal wel niet de eerste en zeker niet de laatste zijn die bij beluistering hiervan The Grateful Dead noteert en dat op zich zegt al veel over de algemene kwaliteit die we het voorbije half uur mochten beluisteren. "Swamp Tooth Comb" is een bijzonder boeiende plaat van een uiterst getalenteerd trio !





Bman Blues LogoBMAN BLUE'S REPORT
Jan. 9, 2015
Booze Records artist: TG and the Swampbusters - Swamp Tooth Comb - New release review
www.bmansbluesreport.com


I just received the newest release (January 13, 2015), Swamp Tooth Comb, from TG and the Swampbusters and it's bluesy, swampy and fun. Opening with Bayou Preacher, is an easy blues country rocker featuring Tim Gibbons on Lou Reed like vocal and guitar, Swampy Joe Klienfeltr on bass and Patch on drums. Who Wants To Dance With An Old Ding Dong? is a Jimmy Reed like blues rocker. Underloaded harp work and an electric guitar solo with a little country/rockabilly flair. Hey Poor Boy Hey is a cool Crossroads like track with a stripped down ZZ Top feel. Possibly my favorite track on the release. The Brooder is a raggedy rocker with a rough edge. I like this track and think it's the rough edges that I like the best. I always like it when a band doesn't try too hard to sound professional. Very cool! Country Side of Town is a country influenced rocker with a simple beat. Think JJ Cale. Cornpone again visits Lou Reed territory but with simple slide guitar and harp. Relaxed and bluesy. Hot Money is another good rocker. If you like that Keith and the Winos with loose rhythm and random solos this may be you gig. I like it! Play Me Some Blues & Keep It Country is an interesting blend of Grateful Dead and Steve Winwood. With it's basic blues format and simple guitar and harp riffs it is simple and direct. Wrapping the release is The Bone Of Contention, a simple rocker with simple yet tasty guitar riffs, Reed like vocals and simplicity. I like this release. It's not Joe Bonamassa... and that's good! (Nothing against Joe)





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You can hear TG and the Swampbusters on these playlists:
At The Crossroads Blues Radio
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Earshot CJSR Radio
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WMHB Radio Top 40 Blues Chart
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Blues Blast Logo GUELPH MERCURY
Guelph, ON
By Robert Reid


TG and the Swampbusters
Swamp Tooth Comb (Bent Knees Music)

These acts would be right at home at Kitchener Blues Fest

Hamilton's Tim Gibbons' claim to fame comes with having played on Daniel Lanois' soundtrack to Billy Bob Thornton's Oscar-winning film "Sling Blade." He even provided one of the songs, "Lonely One."

Having dumped the banjo for the electric guitar, the gravely voiced Gibbons is back with "Swamp Tooth Comb."

Backed by Joe Klienfeltr on bass and Patch (no last name) on drums, the trio delivers nine corn pone rock songs that move and groove, slip and slide, shake and shuffle... COMPLETE ARTICLE