Review: Rhythm Zoo – BJs Blues Club, Chorley

Posted on: Thursday, Apr 19, 2012

Thursday, 5th April, 2012

This five piece band travelled from Shrewsbury, Cheshire and Derbyshire to entertain the packed crowd at Chorley and they were not disappointed. The band gave a good account of themselves and their stage craft was of the highest order.

Andrea Jones, known as Andi, has a rich blues soulful voice and demonstrates this as she feels the blues from head to toe.  Andi has surrounded herself with some very fine musicians indeed – none more so than John Anderson on sax and flute. John’s performance gives the band a full bluesy/soul feel – mood music as I call it, and it sounded just brilliant.

Ace guitarist Carl Smith played a fabulous rendition of that popular number “Stormy Monday” – he was just excellent throughout the gig . The rhythm section was in the capable hands of a fabulous duo. On bass guitar was Dave Wilmore and on the drums was Dermot Hall, these two talents kept the band on course and drove the band on from number to number – a cracking performance by these two.

The band played numerous covers from their vast repertoire and featured Tom Petty, Robert Johnson, Etta James, Elmore James and Jackie Payne and many more, they also did their own original number the title track off their EP “Crazy Kitten Blues”, which I believe had some commercial success for the band.

Rhythm Zoo are currently constructing and writing material for their new album this I am told will be more traditional blues but it’s flexible and nothing is set in stone as things develop and go forward, Andi suggested to me.

Rhythm Zoo are going places and I wait with bated breath for the release of their new CD –  if it’s as good as the last we are in for a treat.

Keith Blackledge –  Independent Music Reviewer for the North West

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