Posted April 2022
Say those names in rock and roll circles and some people come to mind. Bonham, of course, conjures the memory of Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham and the current career of his son, Jason. After watching the interview below, you’ll begin to also think of Deborah Bonham. She happens to be the sister of John and aunt of Jason.
Bullick (as in Peter Bullick) is known for his signature guitar work with Paul Rodgers on his Free Spirit concerts and tours of the UK and the States. Together they form the husband/wife team of Bonham-Bullick. Together they royally rock.
I recently interviewed Deborah and Peter about their new self-titled album, These two are and what a lot of fun they were to talk to. It's an album of blues covers that are not the typical blues covers that you would expect to hear. One of them you’ll hear me talk a lot about it with them is the Bernard Fowler song, ‘See You Again,’ from his album, ‘Bura’.
From that opening salvo all the way till the end, the album is just amazing. Thirteen tracks of great music and great blues. I know that you will really love it. I also think you will really love this laid-back, light-hearted approach to talking about that album and the music in general throughout this whole conversation that was recorded and provided below.
Beneath the interview video is the bio/press release that will fill in more details about Deborah and Peter. Be sure to purchase the album Visit their website (here) to order their new album and to see when and where they’ll be performing near you. Also, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
The Boomerocity Interview With Bonham-Bullick
The youngest of three children, Deborah Bonham grew up in a musical family, where all siblings had an amazing introduction to music. Deborah’s Mom and Dad were music lovers, regularly playing the music of Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller. They were also fans of renowned trumpeters Harry James and Louis Armstrong and vocalists Mahalia Jackson, Lena Horne and Frank Sinatra. Deborah’s older brother Michael was a photographer and DJ of Northern Soul and Motown, her eldest brother John was, and still is, considered one of the greatest drummers who ever picked up a pair of sticks. It was Deborah’s two brothers’ love of soul, blues and rock music that sparked her passion for singing from an early age.
Since those early days, Deborah has established herself as one of the finest blues, rock and soul singers the UK has produced. She has released a number of critically acclaimed original albums and her outstanding concert performances at the Royal Albert Hall, London Palladium and the 2018 USA Stars Align Tour with Paul Rodgers and Jeff Beck, all garnered rave reviews.
“Strong voiced, personable and quite the rock & roll singer. This woman, Deborah Bonham (the sister of the late Led Zeppelin drummer) earned a standing ovation at the end of her set, clearly a welcome addition to the tour.” (Stars Align Tour, Paul Rodgers, Jeff Beck, Ann Wilson, Deborah Bonham, Holmdel, New Jersey) – Elmore Magazine
Deborah Bonham -The best female vocalist and tightest band we should have been hearing for the last 20 years —An arena- worthy show in a (New York) club!” Carol Miller Q104.3 – Get the Led Out
Belfast born guitarist Peter Bullick, lauded by the press for his passionate playing, paid his dues playing clubs and theatres across the UK and Europe for many years. The constant touring allowed Peter to develop his own style while holding dear guitarist Rory Gallagher and others who were a big influence on his playing. Of all the guitarists that influenced Peter it was Paul Kossoff with whom he connected with the most. It was fate that eventually Peter would meet up with Deborah and form The Deborah Bonham Band. Years later Kossoff’s influence on Peter’s playing made a strong impression on Paul Rodgers, who selected Peter and the rest of The Deborah Bonham Band to back him on both his Free Spirit tour of the UK in 2017 and the 2018 USA Stars Align Tour.
“Guitarist Peter Bullick constantly showed why Paul Rodgers touted him as a replacement for Kossoff should Free ever reform. His bluesy but always economic fills and solos lit up the stage.” – Tight But Loose
It was after the 2018 Stars Align Tour that Deborah and Peter signed with the California based Quarto Valley Records. Deborah and Peter wanted to recognise that this was a joint band venture and changed the name from The Deborah Bonham Band to Bonham-Bullick. The new album, under the new name Bonham-Bullick, showcases more of Deborah’s powerhouse vocals and Peter’s masterful guitar work, with one blistering solo after another. This is a Bonham-Bullick songbook of interpretations of some great obscure soul, blues, rock and gospel songs spanning seven decades. The Bonham-Bullick album takes you on a journey with songs from amongst others, O.V. Wright, Johnnie Taylor, Ann Peebles, Bernard Fowler, Mark Lanegan, Charles Brown and Betty Harris. Throughout the recording process of the album, Deborah and Peter have shown a deep respect for the original songs while reaching deep to make each song an exciting new adventure for the listener. After the album was recorded, it was Deborah’s lifelong friend, Robert Plant, who suggested sending the album to Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios for renowned engineer Tim Oliver to mix and master. The Bonham-Bullick album will be released on Quarto Valley Records in April 2022.