Review : The Stumble – Warrington 23 Feb 2007
Posted on: Sunday, Feb 25, 2007
Warrington R&B Club, at Warrington Town FC: 23 Feb 2007
The second gig of the year at Warrington R&B Club saw a visit from the fast-rising North West band, The Stumble – now a force to be reckoned with nationally, following on from the release of their fine “The World Is Tough” album and a string of live dates.
The band – Paul Melville (vocals), Colin Black (guitar), Jonny Spencer (guitar), Simon Anthony (saxophone), Dave Heath (bass) and Boyd Tonner (drums and vocals) – are now a well-oiled machine, who provide a heady mix of blues and soul influences, covering all bases from Chicago to Memphis and New Orleans!
A short acoustic set kicked off the evening, before an excellent crowd, with highlights being two vocal tour-de-forces from Paul Melville on Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine” and the Sam Cooke classic, “Bring It On Home To Me”; with drummer Boyd Tonner getting in on the vocals with Big Bill Broonzy’s lively “Keep Your Hands Off Her”.
Two rollicking electric sets covered much of their fine album, with some choice covers – from full-tilt up-tempo numbers to some slow blues – all featuring the band’s excellent stage presence and musicianship. The first set started a bit shakily with “You Upset Me Baby”, but featured the great “All Over Again” – a slow blues with dynamite solos from Colin Black and Simon Anthony, and superb vocal delivery from Paul Melville – what a fine singer this guy is, with bags of soul and grit!
We were taken down South for the rousing “Back To Louisiana” and the New Orleans rumba of “Saturday Night”; with slide driven “Small World Baby” being another treat.
The second set saw the band in full swing on a majestic “Let The Good Times Roll”, but the standout for me was an excellent “Ain’t Nobody’s Business” – a timeless blues that the late, great Freddie King did best in my humble opinion, and Colin Black showed what a great guitarist he is. Jonny Spencer showed off his fine slide licks on Hound Dog Taylor’s “Gimme Back My Wig”, before the evening was rounded off with “Train Kept A Rolling”, which saw the dance floor full!
The Stumble seem set for an excellent 2007, with a full gig list and radio play – check them out next time they are in your area – a good night is certainly guaranteed!
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