The other day we were thinking we’d like to hear Chris Rea get his funk on with Tower Of Power, maybe doing a cover the Yardbirds‘ “I’m A Man.” Then we heard BluesMix and realized it’s already getting done…and then some.

With 160 live dates around the UK and Europe every year, including residencies at the London Troubadour and Jazz After Dark, BluesMix is a trio of funky players who bring road-proven chops and crowd-tested tunes into the recording studio.

The results are cuts like “Real Life,” a steady groove that draws on northern blues and soul scene of their hometown (where they’ve opened for the likes of Ian Siegal and the late Amy Winehouse) blended with the soulful effervescence of the early days of T.O.P. and Cold Blood and other funky cats from Northern California (where, incidentally, they once opened for Elton John).

After you download this top track from their latest album, Biding My Time, go see them at their site and buy the rest of their stuff.

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