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 – Britain’s finest exponents of classic blues and swing – and a lot more besides – with a guaranteed good time for one and all!

With the band line-up now settled – 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 ‘Uncle’ Roy Webber (drums) – they form a slick, tight outfit, who play with great skill and passion – 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 “Highway 17” release and some choice covers, from heroes and influences like Billy Emerson, Joe Liggins and James Harman.

It’s almost impossible to pick favourites as the whole show was a blinder – 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 – from Professor Longhair’s “In The Night” to Clifton Chenier’s rousing “Oh Lucille”, with Mike Adcock strapping on the accordion for that authentic feel.

The great “Icepick’s Confession”, 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 Clarke’s “Lollipop Mama”, with a snatch of “Shake, Rattle & Roll” 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 – from his Junior Watson-esque solos to some top-notch rhythm playing.

The fun was rounded off with a well-earned brace of encores – the title cut of “Highway 17” – great harmonica from Potts, and a return to the stage for Ken Peace on a rollicking “I’m Leavin’ You Baby”. Simply great stuff!

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