Crossing The Line – Simon McBride’s critically acclaimed 2012 CD – is included in the Best of 2012 picks by Classic Rock and it’s sister magazine ‘Blues’, and is featured on the cover-mount CDs of both magazines. It rounds off a memorable year in which Simon released two albums. First was Nine Lives, a collection of live recordings and acoustic tracks, followed in September by Crossing the Line.
Simon McBride – Crossing The Line
McBride is now one of the best blues rock players anywhere in the world – GUITARIST magazine
From the air-raid guitar riff that opens Lead Us Away, Simon McBride’s Crossing The Line is an album that demands your attention. This third studio album stretches his talent, rejects the conventions and clichés of blues-rock, and delivers his greatest set of songs to date.
Crossing The Line is a tale of two cities. The sleeve photos were shot by the railway tracks near Belfast’s Titanic Museum, and Simon’s hometown was also the backdrop for the recording of the rhythm section. Just as pivotal was Annapolis, Maryland, where Simon was invited by Paul Reed Smith – founder and namesake of the legendary US guitar firm – to track lead guitar and vocals in his private recording studio. Given his association with icons like Carlos Santana and Dave Navarro, it’s testament to Simon’s talent that Smith rates him so highly. By the time these 11 tracks reached New York for mixing by Peter Denenberg (the veteran producer and engineer whose CV takes in everyone from Deep Purple to Robert Cray), it was clear Simon was armed with an album that truly delivers on his potential. Watch the video. This is the sound of a world-class talent.