Review: Tin Pan Alley – BJ’s Blues Club – 2011

Posted on: Sunday, Jun 12, 2011

At the Hop Pocket Public House on Carr Lane, Chorley, BJ’s Blues Club presented by music guru Lucas Campbell, hosted the return of the Lancaster based band, TIN PAN ALLEY.

This blues/rock, power house of a trio, driven by front man Tanny Tanton on lead guitar and vocal, took us on a musical journey and gave a high octane, but well balanced, professional performance.

With crisp guitar work, solos and riffs – playing with teeth and playing slide guitar with an empty beer glass – the band delighted the packed crowd at BJ’s and rocked the house.

They played two sets of stinging classic blues/rock numbers from the likes of Cream, ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Free and many more.

The band includes the steady pounding sound of bassist Andy Elliot, who gave a tireless energetic performance, switching styles to suit the mood.  On the drums was Kev Cook a great drummer, the engine of the band and giving an articulate display – certainly Mister Dependable.

It is no wonder that this hard working, crowd pleasing band will be featured on the British stage at this year’s COLNE Blues Festival in August.  They are well worth more than a look.

My thanks to TIN PAN ALLEY for a great gig and, as always, to presenter Lucas for another successful night’s entertainment.  My thanks also to the BJ’s faithful for supporting blues, keeping the bands on the road and keeping live music alive.

I will return after a short break, have a great summer.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

Freelance Drummer and music reviewer Northwest

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