Vintage Review: Hideaway Blues Band – 04 Jul 1996

Posted on: Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012

Alexander’s, Chester

Alexander’s Thursday electric blues nights continued last week with two great sets from the Glasgow-based Hideaway Blues Band.

The band has emerged as one of Scotland’s premier blues bands with constant gigging and prestigious support slots with giants such as Gary Moore, Mick Taylor and Walter Trout.

Kicking off with a brace of blues classics like “The Thrill Is Gone” and following on with “”Rock Me Baby” and “19 Years Old”, the band showed what they are all about – with Ricky Hardy’s gritty vocals and rock steady bass playing and the contrasting guitar styles of Colin Black and Alan Wheeler driving the band along with some superb playing.

As well as covering other classics, such as “Just A Little Bit”, the band also played several songs from their “Nice Work If You Can Get It” CD, including “Big Black Car”.

However, the highlights of the night were Elmore James’s “Baby Please Set A Date”, with Colin Black playing some raucous slide guitar, and a Hendrixy version of “Red House”, which featured Alan Wheeler on vocals and guitar, with a romp through Howling Wolf’s “Tell Me” for the encore.

Mention must also be made of Scott Pentland’s muscular drumming which, with Ricky Hardy’s bass, completed a solid, no-frills rhythm section.


(First appeared in The Chester Chronicle, 12/07/96, the gig was 04/07/96)

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