Review: The Blues Blasters at Warrington RnB Club: 25 Jan 2008

Posted on: Sunday, Jan 27, 2008

The Blues Blasters are a Stockport-based outfit, who tend to restrict their gigs to that area of the country. However, unlike many bands that choose not to travel far, they possess considerable ability and put on a very entertaining show. It was fitting therefore that their first visit to the Warrington club attracted such a large audience.

They began the first set with three numbers penned by the band’s singer/harmonica player, Chris Gee: the fast-moving “Louisiana 12 Bar”, “Big City, Small Town” (a medium-paced shuffle) and the upbeat rocker, “Honey (You Should See Me Now)”. “Route 66” led the way to another couple of fine, original numbers: the heavier-rocking “Rollin’ Stone” and “Love Me Just A Little”, which featured some lovely piano from Paul Minshull. The slow blues, “Full-time Lover”, allowed lead guitarist John Brett to strut his stuff, while “Ain’t No Place like Home”, with its boogie-woogie beat, was embellished by some tasty harp work from Chris Gee. “Oh, Carol” then promoted John Dickinson to lead guitarist before the set ended in shuffle mode.

The second set opened with a superb version of “You Never Can Tell” and the original boogie, “You’re Humbuggin’ Me”, one of many numbers that appear on the band’s most recent CD. A helping of western swing saw John Brett switch to slide guitar, which he retained for a fast-moving portion of rock and roll. They were contrasted with a slow and bluesy number, with John Dickinson back on lead guitar. The bouncing “Learn To Treat Me Right” was followed by a splendid shuffle that featured a catchy bass line from Andy Schemet and some fine interplay between Brett and Minshull. The rocking “Voodoo Man” made way for the swinging “Old Time Boogie”, two more helpings of rock and roll and a foot-tapping instrumental. The set was concluded with SRV’s “The House Is Rockin’”, which delivered more great keyboard playing and culminated in a fine harp solo. Special mention should also be given to drummer, Henry Quick, who was impeccable throughout the show.

It was a very enjoyable way to start 2008 at Warrington and the band fully lived up to their billing description coined by MC and Promoter, Ray O’Hare, ‘blues with a smile’.

Lionel Ross



January 28th, 2008 at 08:11
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Indeed! It seems that the Bluesblasters are indeed formed from the ashes of the great band I used to see The Marauders.

Great to see them still shuffling the blues 20 years since those great nights at the White Lion in Huddersfield.