Review : Sonny Black – Worthenbury – 30 March 2007

Posted on: Monday, Apr 2, 2007

March 30th Sonny Black at Worthenbury

Sonny Black has for many years been regarded as one of the UK’s finest blues guitarists and these days he performs virtually all his gigs acoustically and either solo or duo. At Worthenbury on Friday he was accompanied by Chris Belshaw on bass who had played on the Paul Jones session with Sonny two weeks ago.
Again, the venue was packed near to capacity and Sonny and Chris sat relaxed with legs crossed and then for the next two and a half hours mesmerised the audience with some of the most sublime guitar work heard in years.
The sets varied from some of the most diverse sources as Marvin Gaye’s “Heard it through the grapevine” to Kathy Kirby “Secret Love” to Jesse Fuller’s “San Francisco Bay Blues” to Davy Graham’s “Angie”.
Sonny used 6 string and National Steel in equal measure and the styles varied from Robert Johnson to Django Rheihardt to Blind Blake with some great slide work on the National Steel. on the beautiful “Kelly’s Blues” dedicated to his daughter.
All the time, Chris kept up a steady languid bass which complemented Sonny superbly.
This certainly one of those memorable gigs that will be remembered for a long time with the only problem being …when can we get them back.


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April 2nd, 2007 at 21:33
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Nice review Pete – sounded a great night! What’s the story with George – hopefully nothing too bad!


Pete Evans

April 2nd, 2007 at 22:54
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Thanks Grahame – All is well with George. He is however doing a lot more with other projects and bands eg Daniel Smith, The Barcodes etc
I was misinformed when I was told that George might have been appearing with Sonny. Chris has been his regular bass player for a few months now. See you at Nantwich.