Review: The Blues Gang – Alexander’s Jazz Theatre, Chester – 21 Nov 2010
Posted on: Saturday, Nov 27, 2010
The Blues Gang is a blues-based quartet from the Liverpool and North Wales area comprising Steve Wright on guitar and lead vocals, Alan Lynch on bass guitar and backing vocals, Jonathan Starkey on keyboards and Roy Martin on drums. On this cold and rainy evening, they warmed the appreciative audience at Alexander’s with two excellent sets that fully demonstrated the considerable musical abilities of the four band members.
They opened the show with “It’s Not What It’s All About”, a splendid original number penned by Steve Wright, and proceeded to deliver a varied set of cover versions. Particular highlights of the first session were fine versions of Joe Bonamassa’s “Asking Around For You”, John Mayall’s “Pieces And Parts” and The Boneshakers’ “Cold Sweat”.
The second set started with Robben Ford’s “Start It Up” and “Taste of Your Love”, another excellent original composition by Steve Wright. The highlight of the set was a terrific rendition of Michael McDonald’s “Nothing To Nobody”. There was also a fine version of John Mayer’s “Gravity” before the set concluded with Robert Cray’s “The Forecast” and JB Lenoir’s “Talk To Your Daughter”. A most enjoyable evening was then drawn to a close with two encores: Bonamassa’s “I Don’t Believe” and BB King/Gary Moore’s “Since I Met You, Baby”.
All four members of the band have impressive musical pedigrees, which is clear in their highly skilled individual and ensemble playing. They are certainly deserving of a wider exposure, which would surely expand their existing loyal fan base.
We didn’t get a photo so we have used one provided by the band