Review: King King – Telfords Warehouse, Chester – 27 Feb 2010

Posted on: Tuesday, Mar 2, 2010

King King - revisited

KING KING

Telford’s Warehouse, Chester: 27.02.10

In keeping with the high quality of Saturday night bands at Telford’s Warehouse, this was a superb first appearance from Glaswegian blues guitarist Alan Nimmo, with his four-piece, King King – a few older blues fans and the Telford’s regulars were treated to a rip-roaring 75 minute set.

Apart from Alan Nimmo on guitar and lead vocals, the band comprised of Lindsay Coulson (bass) and Bennett Holland (keyboards), with the much-travelled Wayne Proctor  (Aynsley Lister, Jon Amor and Ian Parker, to name but a few) depping on drums, for Craig Blundell.

The band was only formed last year, but already has had major acclaim for their blistering live shows, both on the festival and club circuit, and has a prestigious session on the Paul Jones Radio 2 blues show under their belt – Nimmo’s guitar work dominates the sound, with his great voice, but Holland’s funky keyboards give the music a slightly different edge, the Sheffield-based player having worked with Groove Armada and Richard Hawley.

They were straight out of the blocks with the driving “Six In The Morning”, and another track from their EP, the lovely mid-tempo “Heart Without A Soul”. A couple of longer, slower tracks may have been somewhat of a gamble on a Saturday night in a bar packed with non-blues fans, but they were carried off with aplomb – even getting audience participation on a take of John Hiatt’s “Feels Like Rain” – as Alan Nimmo admitted, ‘stolen’ from Buddy Guy’s arrangement; and the gorgeous Eric Clapton/Robert Cray song, “Old Love”.

Nimmo’s guitar work is something to behold, incorporating many shades of all the Kings – BB, Albert and Freddie, but embellished with his own style – all learnt as he said, from older brother, Stevie – his partner-in-crime in The Nimmo Brothers. A word too for the seasoned rhythm section – quite excellent and unfussy all night, and among our finest!

A rousing end to the set saw a rollicking “Mr. Highway Man”, and the band demanded back on to stage, for a funky romp through the legendary Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish” – great stuff indeed, and another top Telford’s night!

GRAHAME RHODES

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