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Broome Farm, Peterstowe, Ross on Wye : 4th July 2007
A quick furtive glance through this months Broad sheep magazine found an interesting advert needing further investigation. It transpired that Kent Duchaine was in town, so off we went. The venue was indeed a barn, quite comfortable with a bar and BBQ. Around 150 people turned up for this gig and only £5 to get in. Mike our host explained how he saw Kent at the Miners Arms in the Forest of Dean and was able to book him for this gig on his current tour of the UK.
Proceedings got under way with a band with no name – honest apparently these four youngsters had got together for only the fourth time and as yet had no name! What was really remarkable was their music, what a warm up band! The highlight was a rendition of Otis Rush’s All your Love but a version in the style of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. These youngsters are good enough and should get out more often.
Kent opened with Sweet Home Chicago which everyone warmed to. And so the stories started, tales of Bukka White, the house the Brits bought, the first and second wives, his son – Miles, potential third and fourth wives and so on all interspersed with some wonderful music. An enthusiastic audience barked and howled through Little Red Rooster and then we were introduced to Leadbessie his beat up 1934 National steel guitar. More stories ensued and then we were into Willie Dixon’s Seventh Son. A cover of Fever and even Percy Sledge's When A Man Loves A Woman.
The second set got off with Shake Your Money Maker and then the Johnny Shines story. Rock Island Line followed and a superb version of Walk On. The evergreen Summertime, Robert Johnson covers and wow it was all over. An encore of When The Saints Go Marching In and it really was all over.
There’s another event in September and if possible I’ll be there.
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