One man, one guitar and a lifetime of influences make up Hard Times, the unprecedented debut album by Marcus Bonfanti. That lifetime may be just 26 years long, but the young Londoner, of Italian and British parentage, has packed enough playing into that time to create a distinctive sound, which may doff a cap to the very heart of the blues but is entirely his own. With three years touring the world as a sideman with Sandi Thom, and hundreds of gigs with his own blues band, Marcus Bonfanti has the heart and soul of a confirmed bluesman, with the face of a rock star.
For those who like there blues dirty, then you won't be disappointed...As debut albums go, this is a mighty fine piece of work...Old blues men from the Mississippi delta would sell their soul to the Devil to make music like this. -- themusiccritic.co.uk
If there's a gap between Seasick Steve and Jack Johnson, Bonfanti is the person to plug it.
-- Independent On Sunday, March 29th, 2009
The way Bonfanti plays his blues, with energy and passion, is a credit to him...Hard Times may have to swim in a big pond but it shows no sign of drowning.
-- Maverick, April 2009