Vintage: May 2000
Posted on: Wednesday, Jun 4, 2008
bluesinthenorthwest.com vintage review
Hooker Blues Club at Wrexham Rugby Club: 25 May 2000
It is very rare for a genuine Chicago bluesman to visit this area, but fans at Hookers last week were treated to Jimmy Burns only club date, backed by Manchester’s finest, The Harpbreakers.
The band kicked-off the evening with a high energy 45-minute set, highlights of which were the Texas-flavoured “Think”, Jimmy Rodgers “Rock This House”, and the evergreen, “I’m Just Your Fool”.
Mississippi-born Burns then joined the band for an excellent two-hour set which included songs from his two fine Delmark albums, “Leaving Here Walking” and “Night Time Again” – and some well-chosen covers.
An opening blast of BB King’s “Whole Lotta Lovin” and the soulful “I Smell Trouble” showed what Burns is all about – a fine guitarist, with flurries of note a la BB and Albert King, and also possessing a lovely voice.
Other highlights from his albums were the ballad “Talk To Me”, about his need for young female company – purely for conversation, mind you! Also a treat was the shuffle of “Leaving Here Walking” and Curtis Mayfield’s “Gypsy Woman”.
Burns was having a ball – as demonstrated by his often raucous laughter – and was also happy for the band to share the spotlight – and here we were treated to some fine guitar and harmonica from Tony Roach and Nigel Dunne.
A marathon show ended with young Wrexham guitarist Matt Nicholls invited on stage to play some fine licks on “Woke Up This Morning”.
Special mention must go to The Harpbreakers, who only met Jimmy Burns three days before the gig, and acquitted themselves admirably.