Vintage Review: Bobby Mack and Night Train – Alexander’s Chester – 04 April 1996

Posted on: Thursday, Jan 19, 2012

Alexander’s Jazz Theatre, Chester

Texas guitarist Bobby Mack and his band Night Train stopped off at Alexander’s and pulled in another full house.

The Austin-based bluesman was en-route to the Burnley Blues Festival and on this, his third tour of England, was promoting his new album, “Sugar All Night”.

Kicking off with the rocking “Somebody’s Reading My Mail” from the new album. Mack’s brilliant guitar playing and soulful voice soon had the audience won over.

The rock-tight Night Train are all great musicians but keyboard player Mark Goodwin is a superb foil to Mack and took over the vocal chores on a couple of songs.

Comparisons with the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan are inevitable with Bobby Mack’s guitar playing – both were Dallas-born, Austin-raised, and even hung out together with the Austin blues fraternity in the early ’70s.

Other  highlights on the night were the slow “Don’t Put No Headstone On My Grave” and the Fabulous Thunderbird-ish rocker “Torture By Telephone”, as well as Willie Dixon’s classic “Wang Dang Doodle” and Slim Harpo’s often covered “Shake Your Hips”.

A two year residency at the famous Antone’s club in Austin, supporting such legends as Otis Rush, Buddy Guy and Albert Collins obviously rubbed off on Mack and he has a great stage persona.


(First appeared in The Chester Chronicle, 19/04/96, the gig was 04/04/96)

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