Jake Chisholm: Diamond In A Coalmine Review

Diamond In A Coalmine is the debut full-length album from Canadian blues rocker Jake Chisholm. The album features nine tracks chock-full of riff driven blues rock. Chisholm has been an in demand session player in the Toronto blues/jazz scene and shows on Diamond In A Coalmine that he’s more than ready to take the helm of his own band.

“I’m Gonna Let You Be” kicks off the album and Chisholm’s alluring vocals bring the listener in right from the start. Chisholm’s guitar playing and vocals are going to draw some comparisons to Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys. While The Black Keys have moved toward a more polished and produced sound over the past few years, Chisholm captures a vibe similar to The Black Keys’ earlier work.  Chisholm definitely has a knack for catchy hooks and great guitar riffs, especially on “Let’s Do It Again,” and “That’s All They Could See.” Diamond In A Coalmine also features two covers, Robert Johnson’s “Traveling Riverside Blues'” and The Young Rascals’ “You Better Run.”

On Diamond In A Coalmine, Jake Chisholm lets it be known there is a new star in the making on the blues rock scene. There are no tricks or fancy production on this album, Chisholm just delivers blues rock the way it was meant to be played, raw and dirty. Diamond In A Coalmine is a great start to what looks to be a very promising solo career for Jake Chisholm.

The Review: 8.5/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Let’s Do It Again
– Don’t Take It So Hard
– That’s All They Could See
– When Love Goes Wrong

The Big Hit

– Let’s Do It Again

Review by Pete Francis

Buy the album: iTunes

Pete Francis

Pete Francis is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blues Rock Review. Pete founded Blues Rock Review in 2010 because he felt there was a major void in how the blues rock genre was covered. Pete is the host of Blues Rock Weekly and a co-host on the Blues Rock Show.

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