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BJ's Rock-In-The-Blues-Club
The Minstrel, Eaves Green Road, Chorley, PR7 3PF
Every Thursday evening from 9.30pm
Admission Free

Band and gig info' from Lucas Campbell on mob 0784 221 5346
(email: rockintheblues@btinternet.com)

 

 
December 2014 Gigs
 

4th Dec 2014 THE HEXMEN   Hi Octane R&B
11th Dec  2014 THE COTTONHOUSE SHAKERS   blues/rock/soul...
18th Dec 2014 SLYDER   blues/rock
25th Dec 2014 No Gig - Christmas Day    
1st Jan 2015 THE EXTRAS   Hi Octane R&B
 

Our aim is 'Keeping Live Music Alive'

We provide a platform for bands in a friendly atmosphere with appreciative audiences. Some of the bands that started out and played at BJ's on a regular basis have found success. All the bands that play at BJ's get a great reception and always want to return and it remains fully booked for a year ahead. The venue provides a mixed genre of blues based music to suit all tastes... so if you like a variety come and join us!
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Reviews:

THE COTTONHOUSE SHAKERS, 11th December 2014

© Copyright 2014 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

© Copyright 2014 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

The COTTONHOUSE SHAKERS from the Blackburn area take a popular cover and put their spin on it by giving it a soul/blues swing/Jazz/funk edge, it’s a stretch from the normal but makes interesting listening and they achieve this very well indeed, the bands musical abilities know no boundaries.  

Gary Ward founder and frontman on lead guitar and lead vocal is a musician of great skills and his work load is tremendous writing and playing in other bands as top musicians do.

Neil Canning another busy musician on keyboards brings to the table many attributes, but his musical arrangements with Gary are brilliant ‘Green Onions’ by Booker T was one such number.

Next we have the rhythm section of Derren Lee Poole on bass guitar and Tim Jackson on drums a solid performance throughout a great understanding from this pair.

This eclectic mix of covers makes a statement from the band and that is anything is possible with the right approach, covers from the likes of Albert King, B. B. King, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Miles Davis, Muddy Waters, Led Zeppelin, Nina Simone, Tom Waits and many more just great entertainment from a band that SHAKES things up a bit, away from the norm.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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THE HEXMEN, 4th December 2014

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© Copyright 2014 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

This band hails from Liverpool and George Hexmen front man and founder has taken this band from its conception in the late 70’s to present and in that time has toured all over the UK and mid Europe.

There is no doubt that he has become over the years a beacon for live entertainment and still gets that buzz live music gives.

A new era starts and a new CD is forecast and more live shows both here and Europe, there is no stopping this powerful in your face brand of energetic Rhythm and Blues.

George on lead vocals and harp and plenty of Liverpool banter takes no prisoners and gets to business with’ Ridin’ on the L&N’, Long Grey Mare, Treat Her Right, Messin’ with the Kid, Hoochie Coochie Man, Come On In, ending the first set with Gloria, the Van Morrison hit.

Colin Guthrie superb on lead guitar a gifted musician played his last gig with the band and is moving to pastures new we wish him well. The rhythm section of Mike Cain on bass guitar and on the drums Matt Shaw they have an association going back over 25 years and it showed amazing work from this magnificent pairing.

The second set cracked off with Woolley Bully, 29 Ways, Lonely Avenue, That’s It I Quit, Bull Frog Blues, Bad is Bad, King Bee, and Smoke Stack Lightning.

The dancers danced the crowd shouted for more, a night of live entertainment from a band that has it all.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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THE CHEATING HEARTS, 27th November 2014

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© Copyright 2014 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

This five piece band from the Rossendale area of the Northwest gave a sensational performance to say the least, with an array of popular covers with flavours of Blues, Americana, Pop, Rock and Roll and Country something for everyone’s taste.   

 Fronting the band were the harmonising voices of James Gansler on guitars and mandolin and Maria Brothers on guitar they were superb. Nick Cornell on keys and vocals, giving a full back sound and his interplay with the lead guitar work of James was spot on, all musicians of the highest calibre, they made it look easy.

The rhythm section of ‘Shug’ Millage on bass guitar and Mike Smith on drums were the backbone of this fantastic band, not a beat out of place.

The band covered hits from Chuck Berry, Bonny Raitt, Lindisfarne, Ace, The Band, The Faces, and many more.

This was excellent entertainment from a band that creates great vibes from their catalogue of popular classics.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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THE POWER 3, 20th November 2014

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© Copyright 2014 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

Jeff Earl Jerome the bands front man on lead vocals and bass guitar, with Phil Grundy on vocals and lead /slide guitar and on the drums Chris Hughes, they are three very experienced musicians based in Liverpool and are well worth watching. This is an amazing trio and have been together now for about 3 years and have entertained extensively throughout the Northwest blues circuit. A superb blues cover band they take you back to the golden age of Blues/Rock.

The voice of Jeff is tailor made for this genre and he has perfect pitch, with a pumping bass he really hits the spot. Phil with his riffs and flicks gets down and dirty with some memorable slide guitar work and Chris as the drummer drives the band on with Jeff as the rhythm engine hits overdrive.

The band kicked off the first set with ‘Rock & Roll Hoochie Coo’ along with ‘Cold Shot’ ‘Stormy Monday’ ‘Tore Down’ ‘Current Situation’ a great rendition of 'Superstition’, 'Ain’t No Sunshine', and to finish ’Oh Well’ bringing this brilliant first set to a close.

The second set powered on and the heat turned up with ’Frankenstein’ to start ‘La Grange' and 'Boom Boom' linked, followed by ‘You Don’t Love Me’ ’Damn Right I Got the Blues’ ‘Travelling South’ ‘Black Betty’ ’Just Got Paid’ ‘Texas Strut’, the crowd wanted more, so to finish they did ‘Laundromat’. This was a great show from a band that never disappoints, a fantastic array of Blues/Rock to get your bones gyrating.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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THE LOL GOODMAN BAND, 13th November 2014

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Lol Goodman the founder and frontman of the band, on lead vocals and lead guitar is also the lyricist /composer of the bands music, and has penned all but one of the tracks on their latest CD entitled TAUTOGY out now, following on from the band’s first CD entitled OLD DOG ‘n’ LICKS in 2013.

The Lol Goodman Band over the years has had personnel changes, but now have a keys man Rod Mayall, yes, the brother of the British blues legend John Mayall as a permanent fixture.

The rhythm section of James Horrocks on bass and time served veteran musician John Firth on the drums.

The band’s base is in Manchester and are regulars on the Northwest pubs and clubs circuit and blues festivals nationally.  The blues music of the 60’s and 70’s are the inspiration for this band and as a result they have buried themselves in this British blues tradition.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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BEETROOTJAM, 6th November 2014

This bands new approach to the blues is one man’s vision, and that man is Mal Green.

Mal is a one man driving force for self-promotion, and music making, combining a fusion of genres with a blues spine and producing some great songs.  Mal has his own record label Green Dog Records and gets involved root deep with other musicians that wish to pursue a career in the music business.

The band’s new album, eight tracks in total entitled STRAWBERRY is a no-nonsense retro mono LP and a CD package this is by no means a raw production. The band gave us a taste of the new material from Mal Green, arranged and produced by BeetRootJam, recorded and mixed at Home Sweet Home Studios Salford.

Mal has a prolific writing record an explosion of lyrics that keeps him pretty busy all year round. It does not surprise me that this new recording just tells you what he’s about.

The band members are Mal Green on lead vocal, harmonica and lead guitar.  On an electric double bass is Dave Luvin, who hails from Kansas City USA and has a history of performing here in England with several bands, and with new member Mark C Fitton on drums. In the studio was Brian Walsh on tenor sax, with Marnie Jayne Holdsworth Green and Toni Amanda Holdsworth completing the studio line up.

This was an enjoyable gig all round, with excellent musicians, a great blend of music, a professional attitude from the word go and definitely on the money, all this from a premier music maker and a gentleman that is Mal S. Green.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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NIGHT TRAIN, 30th October 2014

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© Copyright 2014 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

This Northwest band gave us a blend of original blues penned by Alec Martin and a compendium of classic Blues and rock and roll, something for everyone’s taste.

Alec Martin on lead vocals and blues harp and guitar is a pillar of the music circuit for the last 25 years or so he has performed all over the region with his band.

On lead guitar is Wally Rumsey a blues rock guitar man through and through he was just terrific.

The rhythm section the pulse of the band was on drums Rob Pusey and new to the band Hadge Weller on bass.

The band gave us a taster of their new album entitled ‘The Silence Spoke’, with Death Angel, I Forgot your Name, Howlin’, Broken Heroes, Shadows of the Night, I Said Yeh.

The second set was the mix of blues and rock and roll, with Help Me, I just Wanna Make Love, I Put a Spell on You, Bullfrog and then a medley of rock and roll, with Roll Over Beethoven, Whole Lotta Shakin’, Luceille, Oh Carol, Roll Baby Roll and to finish off with ‘Gloria’ and ‘Bring it on Home to Me’.  the crowd just danced the night away and the night rocked.

This band likes to entertain and they did on the eve of Halloween they were spookily good.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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Backwater Blues Band, 23rd October 2014

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© Copyright 2014 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

This trio of blues musicians have been together for 14 years and Colin Walker has been the bands front man, lead guitarist and lead vocalist for all that time. The band is based in Stockport, Greater Manchester and are very busy gigging in their own back yard, so it was a privilege to hear them perform in Chorley here at the Minstrel, the audience thought so too, they got a great reception.

Colin puts his heart and soul into his beloved blues he played out of his skin. With a gifted voice that just lends itself to the blues genre and wicked in the guitar department he can do no wrong.

The bands rhythm section was on fire, steadying the ship with controlled power, the booming rock solid bass guitar of Arthur Cowdrey and the busy drums of Mark Isherwood, superb.

Jeff Levy Makor not for the first time came as guest guitarist he has known the band for years. A guitarist again of the highest calibre he brings to the table a free style Santana feel to compliment the band, exquisite.

The band’s first set included cover from The Allman Bros, Bad Company, Howlin’ Wolf, Bobby Charles, Free, Jimi Hendrix.

The second set the band delivered covers from Ten Years After, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Fleetwood Mac, Santana, BB King and Neil Young. This was a show to savour a great night of the blues brilliant.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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Black Cat Bone, 16th October 2014

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© Copyright 2014 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

© Copyright 2014 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

The band travelled from Preston, Southport and Stockport to entertain the packed crowd here in Chorley and they really rocked the blues.

Frontman and lead vocals Richie Richardson was just superb. Richie’s vocal range for the plethora of covers the band played was amazing, he just has that tone, and very much a Joe Cocker sound alike on ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ and Aerosmith’s ‘Walk This Way’ and Lead Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ he is a vocalist that gets very close to portraying the original versions.

The magnificent lead guitar work from Tom Walkerdine again was brilliant, and with very little technical assistance from his foot pedals, his riffs and solos were top drawer, enough said.

The rhythm section, this pairing of these two high calibre musicians was fabulous, with Ben Titus on a stunning bass and Stu Robinson on drums, they were tight, and steered the band on, and I suspect that their heart beats were in time, amazing.

The bands second set was as good as the first, they started with Aerosmith’s ‘Sweet Emotion’ then ‘Black Dog’ by Led Zeppelin, ZZ Tops ‘LaGrange’ and ‘Just Got Paid’ they covered AC /DCs ‘Back In Black’ and a stunning Who medley, ‘My Generation’ ’See Me Feel Me’ ’Pinball Wizard’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ and an encore of ‘All Right Now’ by Free.

This was an amazing gig by this hard working band that enjoyed their time here, we certainly did.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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The Jon Casey Blues Band, 9th October 2014

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© Copyright 2014 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

The JON CASEY Blues band travelled from the Liverpool area to debut here in Chorley and what a show they gave. The band that has been together for about 2 to 3 years are a breath of fresh air, they are a blues band of the highest calibre, and the BJ’s faithful enjoyed every minute. Jon Casey who is only 24 years of age, played and performed like a veteran blues man, he is a new talent and we will hear a lot more of him in the coming years, his vocals were clear and concise, and the bands mix of sound was spot on, an enjoyable experience from the beginning.

Steve Faulkner on bass guitar and vocals, a gentleman and a veteran of the Liverpool music scene and has played with some great bands over the years, Ocean being one, and he has been on the charity circuit for many years, a true professional.

David Goldberg on keys and vocals, another stalwart of Liverpool’s musical history, he plays with Liverpool Express and Rumours of Fleetwood Mac. David and Steve have an association going back longer than they liked to admit. Lastly Jimmy Mac on drums one of the leading lights in the percussion department, just terrific.  The bands ever growing repertoire of blues classics reaches the young as well as the mature, they gave us covers from Eric Clapton, Cream, John Mayall, and Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac, Rory Gallagher, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Bonamassa.  The band also gave their rearrange blues version of the Bill Withers hit ‘Ain’ No Sunshine’, it was brilliant, the whole show was. 

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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Full Fat Boogie Band, 2nd October 2014

The FULL FAT BOOGIE BAND from the Fylde coast came to entertain the faithful here at BJ’s with a change of personnel that did not deter from this bands excellent gig, such is the talent of these veteran musicians, who are celebrating 25 years on the road . Guest musician Raymond Williams on his tenor sax and baritone sax when required stepped in to front the band on this occasion. With his powerful forthright vocals and great sax playing he was a formidable force and was well received.  Simon Knowles played bass guitar for the absent regular bass player Andy Houghton and a great job he did as this was the first occasion in a live situation. The twin guitars of Steve Gregg and Dean Kelly and the drums of Peter Crouch rounded off this hard working band. The band's CD entitled I SCREAM COLNE is a cover CD with the exception of ‘Leavin’ on That Train’ penned by Andy Houghton.   Covers from their CD are Dr Feelgood, Monkey, You Don’t Love Me Baby, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Sweet Nothing, C’est La Vie, That’s Life, Shake a Tailfeather and Enjoy Yourself.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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Tin Pan Alley, 25th September 2014

September's live music month here at BJ’s ended with an exceptional talented band from Lancaster. TIN PAN ALLEY came to entertain and that they did. Fronted by Nigel 'Tanny' Tanton on lead guitars and lead vocals, he gave an outstanding performance. Tanny’s guitar work is legendary he certainly nails the classic riffs and solos and his vocals certainly hit the spot. The rhythm section off Graham Goral on a wicked throbbing bass and Kevin ‘Cochise’ Cook on drums were just brilliant together, musicians of the highest calibre.  The first set included classics from Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin and to finish the set the song 'Free Bird' from Lynyrd Skynyrd, the crowd went nuts, brilliant stuff. The second set kicked off with ‘I Thank You’ from ZZ Top, followed by Joe Bonamassa, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Free, Montrose, Gary Moore, with Led Zeppelin to finish, classic after classic a brilliant show from a band that have set the bench mark for others to follow, fantastic.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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Rhythm Zoo, 18th September 2014   http://www.rhythm-zoo.com/

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Well the 'Zoo' are back! It was a welcomed return to BJ's for the popular band 'RHYTHM ZOO'.

Hailing from Shrewsbury, Harrogate and Bradford, Andi Hall fronts the band on sultry vocals, with Phil Dean on amazing lead guitar. Keeping that rhythm going were Pete Betts on bass and Dermot Hall on drums and what a great set they did with a mix of self penned tracks and covers.

The opening number, a slow blues 'I Just Want To Make Love To You', was pure class. Andi's sexy vocals were superb and Phil's guitar work just faultless. Funking it up next with 'Good Girl Bad Girl' then 'Part Time Love' with an excellent guitar solo from Phil.

A bit of a 'rockin' number, then on to a smokingly 'hot' version of the Robert Cray track, 'Playing In The Dirt'. Slowing the pace, we moved onto  the excellent T Bone Walker's 'Stormy Monday' which was sung with passion by Andi, with Phil's guitar solo that was just awesome, a brilliant take.

'Steal Your Love' gave us 'full on' power from the rhythm section, Pete and Derm, on this earthy rockin' track with strong vocals from Andi. To finish the first set a great up tempo gospel influenced number 'Whole Lot Of Water' .

Kick starting the second set, Andi was in her element with the rockin' blues, 'Wild, Wild, Woman'. Onto  the self penned  '12 Bar Blues' with great vocals from Andi again.  Slowing the pace, a slow sultry blues 'Never Going Back To Memphis' with a haunting guitar solo from Phil.

A classic  12 bar rhythm and blues with 'Tore Down' next, with drums and bass working well. Then onto 'rock God' Phil taking lead vocals for the classic Cream number 'Badge'. A brilliant take  and what a great voice.  A slow blues next with 'Coco Blue', before moving on to 'I've Got My Mojo Working' for a bit of audience participation. Guest Beryl was invited to the stage with her tambourine yet again!

For the penultimate number of the evening, rockin' 'Sweet Home Chicago',  got the dancers up. The final number, the classic Doors track 'Road House Blues',  was a fantastic finish to great evening. Here's hoping we will see the amazing 'Rhythm Zoo' back at BJ's next year.

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer      http://www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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The Shakers, 11th September 2014   http://www.theshakersbluesband.co.uk/

© Copyright 2014 Rosy Greer. All Rights Reserved.

The SHAKERS describe themselves as -  "a hard rockin' rhythm & blues band, from deep down in the Fylde Coast Delta" - and I'll go with that!

Playing at the prestigious BJ's 'Rock in the Blues' Club, Chorley, they gave the crowd a full on performance of their 'Shakerboogie' with some classic covers.  Fronting the band on vocals, slide guitar, guitar and harmonica was John Carroll, on rhythm and excellent lead guitar was Chris Peacock.  Keeping that rhythm going was Brian Hunter on bass and vocals with the powerhouse of Craig Holland on drums.

The evening kicked off with a great 12 bar blues and classic number 'Sweet Home Chicago'. Taking the slide guitar into the audience, John set the scene for the evening. A great guitar solo from Chris gave us the 'full on' power opener.

A couple of Hendrix classics followed with 'Foxy Lady' and 'Red House', then a change with a Ray Charles number 'Unchain My Heart' with Brian on well sung vocals. John brought in the harmonica for the Little Walter number 'My Baby', again with Brian on vocals which had a leaning towards jazz.

A bit of harp led blues boogie with the John Lee Hooker classic 'Dimples', then on to the final number of the first set, 'Stormy Monday', with guest guitarist Javon Aziz. A nice bit of the 'youth of blues' as this young man is only 17!

Classic 'Crossroads' opened the second set, followed by 'Little Red Rooster' with great slide guitar. Another guest, Beryl, took to the stage with her tambourine, for 'I've Got My Mojo Working', then onto a 12 bar blues, 'Framed'.

Some harp driven classic Howlin' Wolf,  with 'Who's Been Talking', nice funky overtones and good guitar solo. Then moving on to a Peter Green classic 'Oh Well', drummer Craig kept the power house going. To finish off the evening a couple of R&B numbers 'Walking The Dog' and 'Treat Her Right' with an encore of 'Hoochie Coochie Man'.

A great evening's entertainment with classic 'Shakerboogie' rhythm and blues.

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer      http://www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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Doctor Truth, 4th September 2014

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This five piece band based in the Manchester area have had a few changes to their personnel over the years, but now it seems they have settled down to incorporate the wonderful soul blues voice of Jocelyn Knight, who has an impressive CV, working in the past with M People no less.  With other top bands seeking her vocal services and for work in the recording studios this lady of the blues is busy making music.   Chris Roach on lead guitar is well known on the Manchester band scene, a musician who works his guitar with that picking Blues/Jazz feel at times. The rhythm section is as good as it gets with Rick Lacey on the drums and Mike Collinge on bass guitar.  Rick is a top musician, again a drummer who has many styles to suit the band type you can see him play in a few Northwest bands when the need arises. Mike Collinge a well-respected bassist and a perfect match for Rick that is hard to beat. Mike has a solid sound and an easy going style that lends itself to the blues genre. The one element that was missing from this impressive line-up was keys man Paul Ashton who was on holiday.  The band played original works off their CD “Code for the Road”.   Doctor Truth heels the soul, and a tonic for them blues.

Keith Blackledge.

National & International Music Reviewer.
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Stealer, 28th August 2014

STEALER are a four piece rock/blues cover band that pride themselves on performing authentic renditions of the vintage bands from the 60’s and 70’s. They do it with a no-nonsense matter of fact approach.  Steve Clegg lead vocal and frontman for the band is a veteran vocalist who thrives on the pub rock scene and the intimacy of the audience, he engages them with a little light banter has he introduces cover after classic cover.   Steve G on lead guitar is a class musician his rendition of Parisienne Walkway’s amongst others was spot on.  Steve B is their bass player and backing vocalist, he has a relaxed manner and his bass line on Keep on Running was brilliant, alongside him completing the rhythm section was Anthony Da Souza a hell of a drummer and he kept it together for the band, White Room, and Substitute and Fool For Your Loving stood out for me.  The classic covers kept coming, in their second set, The Seeker, Rosalee, and Wishing Well, and a lot more just fantastic.  This band gives you a show, the audience wanted more, and the band went home happy playing to a crowd that appreciates its classics.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer.
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