Gig: Cry Baby and The Hoochie Coochie Boys – Alexander’s, Chester – 09 Jun 2011

Posted on: Wednesday, Jun 1, 2011


Cry Baby and The Hoochie Coochie Boys
Alexander’s – Chester
9 June 2011

On the back of appearances at Hebden Bridge and Newcastle-Under-Lyme Blues festivals, Cry Baby and The Hoochie Coochie Boys will be making their debut at BB’s Blues Club, Alexanders, Chester on Thursday 9 June 2011.

Cry Baby and The Hoochie Coochie Boys who hail from The Potteries have built a reputation of delivering solid driving grooves across a wide range of blues styles. Their sets include original numbers as well as covers given a ‘coochie twist’.

With this six-piece band as well as drums, bass, guitar and vocals, you also get; harmonica, keyboards, mandolin, accordion and on occasions have been known to pull out the maracas.  Their versatility was touched on in a recent gig review (Keith Blackledge):

At the Hop Pocket, Chorley, BJ’s Blues Club, Lucas Campbell, presented the return of a very popular band from the Stoke area, Cry baby and The Hoochie Coochie Boys. This six-piece band gave the packed audience two sets of Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Rock, Country and even Cajun flavours. A fantastic mix of numbers that kept the crowd captivated from first to last, the temperature was raised, and so was their musical genius, a terrific show.

The band was formed in 2008,and it’s no surprise to me that they have been very busy since, playing at venues all over the country. Rob Wilkinson, alias CRY BABY, played blues harp and vocals, he must have lungs of leather to perform the way he does simply stunning. On the rhythm guitar, and lead vocal, we have the VOICE, of Graham Sells, it’s rumoured that every morning he gargles with gravel and rusty razor blades to give that distinct sound, what ever it works. We have next a very talented guitarist, who played the lead, plays slide guitar and mandolin, and backing vocals, yes you get your worth with this guy, no bargain basement offers here, Vince (the Guv) Cutcliffe, praise be.The responsibility for a great sounding bass guitar was Trevor (Roll Up) Pinson, part of the backbone of the band, along with the drummer Andy (The Motor)Carr, I think he taught Charlie Watts ,a thing or two, nothing but style from him. Every band that has a keyboard player in their ranks has my respect, no exception here, Freddie Pirotta ,he only joined the band this January and was an instant nugget of pure gold, what a find, his playing gave a jazz / blues feel, he also plays a mean accordion.

Well that’s it, a good night was had by all I was exhausted.

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