Vintage: 08 Aug 1996
Posted on: Saturday, Jan 26, 2008
DOWN AT ANTONE’S
Alexander’s Jazz Theatre, Chester: 08/08/96
For those who like their blues loud and authentic with bags of feel, there was a treat at Alexander’s last week in the shape of Down At Antone’s, one of the best bands on the North West circuit.
The band – Ken Peace (harmonica), Neil Partington (vocals and guitar), Bill Price (bass) and Andy Willis (drums) – play a mix of Texas and West Coast styles, with some Chicago thrown in.
Starting with two instrumentals, the band were soon into their stride with a cracking “T-Bone Shuffle” followed by The Fabulous Thunderbirds “Rock With Me”, with Neil Partington’s superb guitar playing and Ken Peace’s energetic harp blowing to the fore.
Over two great sets the band played a mix of songs from their influences – James Harman, Rod Piazza and The Fabulous Thunderbirds – as well as number like the funky “Shakey Ground” and the slow blues of “I Smell Trouble”, with Neil Partington’s guitar again impressing.
The band bowed out with Rod Piazza’s “Sinister Woman”, which featured an audience walkabout from Ken Peace and deserved solos for the rhythm section of Bill Price and Andy Willis.