Review : Cadillac Kings – Warrington Blues Club – 09 Dec 2005
Posted on: Wednesday, Dec 14, 2005
Hurrah! – Grahame Rhodes sends me the following excellent review. Before I paste it in let me confirm just what a great gig it was…..OK here goes with the review.
This was a great way to round off a most enjoyable year at Warrington Blues Club with The Cadillac Kings â€“ Britainâ€™s finest exponents of classic blues and swing â€“ and a lot more besides â€“ with a guaranteed good time for one and all!
With the band line-up now settled â€“ Mike Thomas (lead vocals and slide guitar), Gary Potts (harmonica and vocals), Mike Adcock (piano and accordion), Del Van Dee (guitar), Orlando Shearer (stand-up bass) and â€˜Uncleâ€™ Roy Webber (drums) â€“ they form a slick, tight outfit, who play with great skill and passion â€“ with plenty of room for humour!
Two marvellous sets saw the dance floor often full as they powered through a high-energy show of tunes from the current â€œHighway 17â€ release and some choice covers, from heroes and influences like Billy Emerson, Joe Liggins and James Harman.
Itâ€™s almost impossible to pick favourites as the whole show was a blinder â€“ particularly a second set segment of Louisiana tunes – a sort of tribute to the resolve of the New Orleans community after the terrible Hurricane Katrina â€“ from Professor Longhairâ€™s â€œIn The Nightâ€ to Clifton Chenierâ€™s rousing â€œOh Lucilleâ€, with Mike Adcock strapping on the accordion for that authentic feel.
The great â€œIcepickâ€™s Confessionâ€, popularised by James Harman, saw Gary Potts and guest harmonica man Ken Peace blowing up a storm; with another highlight being the late, great William Clarkeâ€™s â€œLollipop Mamaâ€, with a snatch of â€œShake, Rattle & Rollâ€ thrown in for good measure.
Guitarist Del Van Dee now seems to have found his feet within the band and his playing was possibly the highlight of the night â€“ from his Junior Watson-esque solos to some top-notch rhythm playing.
The fun was rounded off with a well-earned brace of encores â€“ the title cut of â€œHighway 17â€ â€“ great harmonica from Potts, and a return to the stage for Ken Peace on a rollicking â€œIâ€™m Leavinâ€™ You Babyâ€. Simply great stuff!
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