Review: King King – Telford’s Warehouse, Chester – 27 Mar 2012

Posted on: Wednesday, Mar 28, 2012

Led by Glasgow-born guitarist Alan Nimmo, King King made their third appearance at Telford’s Warehouse, and as ever, delivered a powerful set of rocking blues. The band, who are one of the most exciting and tightest around, also comprised of long-time bass player Lindsay Coulson, the much in-demand drums of Wayne Proctor – who has played with the likes of Jon Amor, Aynsley Lister, Oli Brown and Ian Parker – and the sparkling keyboards of Joel White.

The band are led by Nimmo’s fearsome guitar playing, influenced initially by the three Kings – BB, Albert and Freddie – but he is also the owner of a hugely impressive soulful voice. A 90- minute show featured several tracks from last year’s “Take My Hand” album, and one new number and some choice covers. The new “A Long History Of Love” looks set to be a live favourite . . . a searing soulful ballad of epic proportions, with Nimmo’s afore-mentioned guitar and vocal most engaging, ably assisted by White’s fine keyboards and the great rhythm section of Proctor and Coulson.

The Fabulous Thunderbirds “Wait On Time” was delivered with aplomb, as was the rocking album opener “Lose Control” and the funky driving title cut of “Take My Hand”. The highlight of the set was the band’s masterful cover of the Clapton-Cray song “Old Love” . . . a lengthy example of the use of dynamics – Alan Nimmo taking his guitar down to where you could virtually hear a pin drop, and gradually increasing the volume . . . . with great harmonies from Joel White and Wayne Proctor.

Other treats were the lovely “Heart Without A Soul”, and the manic boogie of “Gravy Train”, with some downright dirty guitar tones from Nimmo; and the first King King song written, “Six O’Clock In The Morning”.  A well-deserved encore saw a romp through Howling Wolf’s “Mr. Highway Man”, to round off a fine evening from a great band.

GRAHAME RHODES

www.kingking.co.uk

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