Review: The Cadillac Kings – Betty Lou

Posted on: Wednesday, Jun 15, 2011

‘A’: “Betty Lou”
‘B’: “Eight Ball Jack”
(Limited edition 7″ vinyl single, with free cd version – Flathead FR450001)

Any release from the ‘national treasure’ that is The Cadillac Kings is always welcome, and here’s a belting single from the leading swing and blues band . . . currently comprising of Mike Thomas (vocals), Gary Potts (harmonica), Mal Barclay (guitar), Henri Herbert (piano), Paul Cuff (upright bass) and Roy Webber (drums) . . . available as a 7″ single, with a cd copy generously thrown in for good measure!

The storming Mike Thomas-penned “Betty Lou”, sees one of the finest lyricists around on top form . . . as he bemoans his lady’s shoe buying habit, and how it is coming to an end! A concise 3:01 features the band firing on all cylinders, with short and snappy solos from Messrs. Barclay, Potts and Herbert . . . a driving blues that hits all the spots, and shows what fine musicians the whole band are.

The flip-side, “Eight Ball Jack” is a Thomas/Barclay composition, with lovely ‘doo-wop’ vocal harmonies, probably from Gary Potts and Roy Webber, and some terrific T-Bone Walker-flavoured guitar work from Mal Barclay, and the driving rhythm section of Paul Cuff and afore-mentioned Roy Webber . . . a fun and joyous 2:43.

As ever, totally recommended from me . . . just a great band and as nice a bunch of fellows you could ever meet!


Check out the band’s website . . . for purchase details.

Also see the excellent, in the studio video, for “Betty Lou” here



Pete Evans

June 15th, 2011 at 07:38
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Brilliant – what more can you say…



June 15th, 2011 at 19:11
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. . . . and blistering . . . . 🙂


The Hexmen

June 17th, 2011 at 16:41
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The Hexmen play The Flying Horse, Rochdale tonight @ 10pm