Review: The Steve French Band – BJ’s at Hop Pocket, Chorley – 18 Aug 2011

Posted on: Thursday, Sep 15, 2011

The Steve French Band
At the Hop Pocket Chorley,
18th August 2011

This fantastic blues trio from Sheffield let rip at Bj’s blues club in their debut Chorley gig.  They had your foot tapping from the off.  The band are influenced by Cream, Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Freddie King and many more, something for everyone.  They pride themselves on making their sound so good that they have their own Logic P A system in place for a balanced sound.

The band played some of their original work ‘Dead Man Walking’, ‘Head in The Ground’ and ‘Perfect Game’.  More of the band’s work will be available, this is work in progress, the album should be finished by Christmas 2011.

The bands website is worth a look to hear their live music www.thestevefrenchband.com.

Steve French the band’s front man who played lead guitar and lead vocals took us through a serious blues journey, his powerful play was passionate and precise and his licks came from guitar legends all over the world.  Breathtaking!

On the bass was Paul Mallatratt, he has played bass for a while, starting in swing bands, then on to funk and soul, and now the blues.  On the drums was the delightful Sheena Savage, a sessions musician and drum tutor: Her specialty the blues genre – of course!

This band does have a lot of experience, their play was tight and very professional and they gave us a gig that went down to the roots of the blues.  If you like live blues music you have a band here that is just soaked in it.

Keith Blackledge

Music Reviewer for the Northwest.

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