Brian Fraser’s fourth album ‘Passing The Time’ heralds a new band and a new sound. Fraser’s trio incorporates harmonica, percussion, lap slide guitar and didgeridoo. The result is his best work to date.

The Brian Fraser Trio weave their music around ancient tribal rhythms. The album finds Geelong-based Fraser moving away from his traditional fingerpicking technique to embrace the slide steel guitar, his style suggesting that of 1920s Bluesman Blind Willie Johnson.

Mick Reid, on harmonica and backing vocals, hails from Boston, USA and has 20 years of blues harmonica experience behind him. Benny Owen, on percussion, didgeridoo and backing vocals, has previously toured with Blues legend Matt Corcoran and has performed with Ash Grunwald.

Passing The Time is drenched in dark, pensive tones absent in Fraser's previous work. A rendition of Bobby Blue Bland’s Ain’t No Love laments a cold and brutal world. Back Up Against The Wall paints a portrait of a life going nowhere. Fraser’s version of Blind Willie Johnson’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine is a tense glimpse at religious paranoia. The Cap Fits and Bo Diddley’s Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover injects the album with buoyant pearls of wisdom. The album’s finale, Noone’s Coming Home, is a cathartic release of nervous tension.

“There isn’t a weak link anywhere on this splendid CD, performed by a monumentally talented man” - Rhythms Magazine

The Brian Fraser Trio - Passing the Time