Vintage: November 2001
Posted on: Sunday, Jun 15, 2008
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Hooker Blues Club at Wrexham Rugby Club: 17 November 2001
American harmonica master RJ Mischo made a rare trip ‘up North’ to show he is one of the leading players around, backed by the impressive German band, BB & The Blues Shacks.
Mischo hooks up with the band on his European visits and they provided sterling backing as well as kicking off both sets on their own.
BB & The Blues Shacks are Michael Arlt (vocals and harmonica), Andreas Arlt (guitar), Henning Hauerken (upright bass) and Andreas Bock (drums). They kicked off the night with Little Walter’s “You’re So Fine” and the swing of “Ponytail Blues”, before RJ Mischo took to the stage and delivered some quite stunning harmonica playing in a variety of styles.
Two sets included a mix of songs from his fine albums and some instrumentals which allowed Andreas Arlt to show off his superb guitar chops – with T-Bone Walker a major influence.
Highlights included the rocking “I Don’t Care” and the up-tempo “Red Headed Woman”, and the swinging “Cool Disposition”.
The band’s second mini-set included a brace of songs from their new “Midnite Diner” cd – “Your Cash Ain’t Nothing But Trash”, and Slim Harpo’s “I’m Gonna Miss You (Like The Devil)”, with fine harmonica from Michael Arlt.
A rousing encore of “Oh Baby” saw Michael Arlt and RJ Mischo sharing vocals and the harmonica microphone to end a hugely enjoyable night.