Vintage: May 2000

Posted on: Wednesday, Jun 4, 2008 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.



Pete Evans

June 4th, 2008 at 22:28
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One of our most memorable nights that Grahame, and still Jimmy’s only club date in the UK.
A nicer man would be hard to meet and someone whom we have talked about bringing over again. We recorded that gig and I still regularly play the cd. You can get an idea of what the night was like from the excellent Delmark dvd of Jimmy and his band recorded at B.L.U.E.S. in Chicago last year.
Ian,Paul and I have met Jimmy a number of times since in Chicago and every time he spoke about that gig.



June 4th, 2008 at 22:38
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He sounds great. I’ll be seeing him about 4.30 tomorrow afternoon in Grant Park, Chicago – 1st day of Blues Fest. Can’t wait!



June 5th, 2008 at 15:13
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Steve – I hope you have a great time. Let us all know how you get on. You can always write a whole post for the site and let us see any photos that you sneak. Enjoy!