BluesAngels / Press

“This CD is a collection of 14 songs - 11 original songs and 3 tastefully chosen songs, penned by Randy Newman, Mississippi John Hurt and John Lee Hooker. The music is mainly Hill Country Blues style, using a variety of instruments including Banjo, Mandolin, Washboard, Banjo-mandolin, Kazoo & Harmonica. The instrument variety allows the music to have crossover feels to the sound inspired by Hillbilly, Appalachian Blues, Folk, Gospel, Roots and Piedmont Blues. The original songs are penned mainly by Tom Flood and some co-writers. From the CD cover blurb he seems to have family connections to the literary world, and as a result the songs are lyrically beautiful and artfully crafted. This CD has an old country blues feel; raw and organic with a warmth of familiarity about it. I really enjoyed every moment of this CD and would highly recommend it to anybody to add to their collection.”

“I grew up watching Sonny and Brownie, Taj, R-Bone Walker, Jr. Wells, Albert King and so many more live at the Ashgrove in Hollywood, Ca. My childhood friend and bandmate was Juke Logan (harp) and we played with Gene Vincent among others. Later he would go on to play with Etta, Muddy, JL Hooker, Albert Collins, Ry Cooder, Los Lobos, Lucinda Williams, Dave Alvin, and many many more. He passed recently, but would have loved the original soul you inject into the blues you play.Your music is pure, raw, dusty and rusty dirt fun... and I can tell you guys are havin' too much fun!”

Lucky Jack

“The BluesAngels-what a great kick off for Andrew Strong and The Commitments at The Entrance Leagues Club last night! Here’s Tom Flood, nice and clean with the washboard, banjo, harmonica, guitar, and assorted vocal bits. Pixie man – charismatic banjo, harmonica and washboard man. Then there’s Cec, the seated Cec Bucello, perched under the mandolin, banjo mando, guitar,above the stompbox and behind much of the singing - versatile and talented string and stomp bluesman. Lost almost in background where you always find the double bass, Smilin’ Frank Russell – I smiled at him once when he wasn’t looking – but I didn’t see Smilin’ Frank smile once {although I am told he is a barrel of laughs} even though I was looking all the time (apologies Dylan Thomas). Who cares, Smilin’ Frank’s bass playing is tops and right in there.So, a trio, bluesy and swampy. It is what it is, rustic, thimbled, skiffled with percussion and assorted acoustic strings. We luved 'em.”

“BARBS - BluesAngels Acoustic Roots & Blues Sessions is a great new regular event for acoustic roots music on the Central Coast of NSW.”

“Blues Angels packed them in and left them calling for more. The Troubadour was full to overflowing on Saturday 26 February. No wonder. The Blues Angels were playing. These are not just one of the best groups on the Central Coast – they have a unique and amazingly captivating sound that marks them out clearly as one of Australia’s leading original acoustic music groups. At their heart is Tom Flood – singer, poet, and multi-instrumentalist ( banjo, guitar and blues harp), who brings an extraordinary charisma to the blues and gospel-inspired down on your luck music that the Blues Angels do so well. Together with Frank Russell on the double bass and Cec Bucello on a mean sounding guitar, they played haunting and evocative jazz-era and blues-inspired music that was often original yet always had a feeling of familiarity. It had us all crying out for more.”

“The Blues Angels at folk club The Troubadour folk club will feature rootsy blues band The Blues Angels at its next meeting on Saturday, February 26, from 7pm at the CWA Hall in Woy Woy. The trio of Cec Bucello, Tom Flood and Frank Russell will perform with a lineup of banjo, double bass, guitar, mandolin and harmonica. "The Blues Angels will swing you with a hoedown, lonesome back hills harmonies, rip-roaring bluegrass and foot-stomping blues, gentle love ballads, miserable late night blues, swinging folk, and general acoustics," said club president Ms Marilyn Russell. ”

“Then The BluesAngels, another local Duo comprising Bruce and Tom gave us a serve of ever-lovin Old style Folk/Blues Porch Music. And what a porch we joined them on. Guitar, Harp, Banjo and two Vocals. Sublime ”

“Nice to meet up again-really enjoyed your set. Let me know once you have your music ready and would love to have it on the program. Cheers Colin”