Review : The Blue Hyenas – Hookers – 10 Nov
Posted on: Monday, Nov 20, 2006
The Blue Hyenas at Hookers November 10th
It was always going to be difficult to put on a gig when Robben Ford was playing up The Wirral but all I can say is that our American guest would have had to have played out of his skin to have bettered the guitar virtuosity of Sandy Tweeddale who put on one of the best displays we have ever heard at Hookers. Fitting then that it was to be the last gig at the rugby club.
Whether he was playing straight twelve bar Chicago style or screaming Hound Dog Taylor or Li’l Ed slide, he was the complete master. Backed up a solid rhythm section they treated the sparse audience to two and a half hours of great covers and a few self penned tracks.
Covers in the opening set included a lively arrangement of Rock Me Baby, followed by a more conventional Born Under A Bad Sign by Albert King and then the slide came out for Jim Jackson’s Kansas City Bound. The second set opened with four solo acoustic tracks which quite frankly were stupendous. JJ Cale’s Cocaine was followed by The Stones Satisfaction which integrated the Smokestack Lightning riff throughout. The Rev Gary Davis’ Say No To The Devil was then followed by Broonzy’s Key To The Highway – all wondeful stuff.
The Stratocaster was then reintroduced for Magic Sam’s Boogie followed by Li’l Ed’s I Feel So Good with lashings of wonderful slide work.(Nicked your adjective there Grahame!!)
The final track was a segue of Hey Mona, Not Fade Away and Voodoo Chile which got everyone on their feet. We’ll certainly be booking these boys again – in fact I hope to be able to persuade them to come down to The Nantwich Festival in April so watch out for them.