Review: Cadillac Kings – Oswestry – 26 Oct

Posted on: Monday, Oct 29, 2007

The Ironworks, Oswestry: 26/10/07

The UK’s premier purveyors of blues and swing, The Cadillac Kings, delivered their customary storming live show at the splendid new venue in Oswestry, The Ironworks – a great room, with excellent sound and viewing all around!

The core of the band – Mike Thomas (vocals and guitar), Gary Potts (harmonica and vocals), Mike Adcock (piano and accordion) and Roy Webber (drums) – were augmented by the depping madcap Geordie, Pete O’Brien on the stand-up bass, and great London-based Kiwi guitarist, Paul Garner.

Catching up with the band after some 12 months, they sounded as good as ever, with the two new boys and a good sprinkling of new songs, destined for a soon-to-be recorded third album, livening up the show – with an appreciative audience dancing from the first number!

The boys were down to business with the rollicking “Bombshell Blonde”, featuring great harp from Gary Potts and Mike Thomas’s slashing slide guitar; and the equally raucous “Shim Sham Shimmy” – a great r&b swing tune.

Other first set treats were James Harman’s “Stranger Blues” and the new “Mr Nip & Tuck” – featuring some of Mike Thomas’s finest wry lyrics about the perils of plastic surgery! The band have not always taken themselves too seriously on stage, but with Pete O’Brien aboard he takes the fun to a new level – from his manic grimaces to his antics with his double bass – great stuff!

The second set included more new tunes – including the Lazy Lester-style “Trouble In Store; the Hooker-boogie of “Chain Gang Boogie”; and the Louisiana-flavoured “Less Is More” – one of a few songs featuring some great Mike Adcock accordion.

The band always seem to be able to find fantastic lead guitarists, and young Paul Garner is no exception – some truly marvellous Hollywood Fats/Junior Watson style solos, and great rhythm work – a great find for the band!

A top night was rounded off with the hilarious “Who’s Been Lickin’ My Chicken?” – as ever dedicated to Bernard Matthews – from the “Highway 17” release – sending a primarily non-blues audience home very happy indeed! A great night from a lovely bunch of guys – and definitely one of our finest live blues bands – long may they prosper!


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