Review: Connie Lush and Blues Shouter at Alexander’s, Chester
Posted on: Monday, Dec 11, 2006
Two cracking nights! Out Of The Blue in Liverpool on Wednesday (6th), immediately followed by Connie Lush and Blues Shouter in Chester on Thursday. It can’t get any better than this, can it?
Still glowing with success from a festival in Calais, Liverpool’s finest ever blues ensemble stormed Alexander’s with their customary mix of energy, humour and artistry. Connie was in superlative form, John Lewis mesmeric on guitar and Terry Harris and Carl Woodward flawless in the engine room.
Their two sets comprised some self-penned favourites, including “Dog” and “Shopping”, and an array of covers ranging from the raunchy “Love Me Like A Man”, through the slide guitar-enhanced (You Keep Me) “Hanging On” to the wonderfully delivered “24 Hour Blues”. The off-handedly whimsical and self-effacing John Lewis powered his way through James Cotton’s “Boogie Thing” before the band delivered a rip-roaring backdrop to Connie’s superb vocals on a fast-moving gospel number. To end the show, two Nina Simone songs – “Nobody” (with Carl’s immaculate drumming as sole accompaniment) and a fabulous version of “Feeling Good” – embraced a fine, bluesy rendition of “Tobacco Road”.
Yet more variety was introduced in the form of two brilliant encores: Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” and the Etta James classic “I’d Rather Go Blind”. As always, after basking in a performance by Connie and the boys, the punters went away uplifted and with smiles on their faces. Priceless.