High Hopes: RavenEye
Genre-swapping guitarist on ditching the blues for “heavy rock at full volume”.
Most bands and musicians embark on changes of musical direction at some point in their lives. Few, though, go to the extent of putting aside a promising solo career in one genre to form a band in another.
But that’s exactly what up-and-coming blues guitarist Oli Brown has done by forming power trio RavenEye. As a solo artist, Brown has toured all over the world, shared stages with Buddy Guy and John Mayall, and has a mantelpiece crammed with British Blues Awards gongs. But there was always another creative itch he wanted to scratch. “I wanted to do like an Etch A Sketch on my musical career,” the 26-year-old explains. “Wipe the slate clean and start from the very beginning.