Review: The Billy Walton Band – True Blues Club, Earlestown
Posted on: Sunday, Apr 22, 2012
Sunday, 15th April, 2012
On the second night of the ‘blues extravaganza’, brought to you from The True Blues Club, Earlestown in association with WA 12 Radio (who were broadcasting the gig live on the internet) was a band from the heart of New York, U.S A – The Billy Walton Band. This four-piece band have been embarking on a 21 day tour of the Midlands and North of England following an earlier tour a few years ago covering London and the Home Counties.
This bands performance knocked me out, not having seen or heard of them before. Billy Walton fronts the band and plays guitar and is the lead vocalist, he is just a brilliant artist and formed this exciting blues rock band. I am over the moon to have had the opportunity to witness such an amazing talented band, a truly brilliant performance.
The bands roots are firmly in the blues/rock genre but they experiment and mix this to have maximum impact on an audience and it works superbly. The band have an album out entitled “Crank It Up” -this is what the band’s about and what they do live on stage – it’s the New Jersey Shore experience, a musical journey that is gaining momentum – they just roll it up and spit it out, fantastic.
The band comprises of: On tenor sax Richie (Taz) Taskowitz – a honking, abrasive, full-on, no holds barred musician, who at the tender age of 14 began playing and earning dollars – shivers down the spine stuff, a magic display just another level. On the bass guitar, and one half of an exceptional rhythm section was William Paris. He has had a long association with Billy and I do believe he is the rock on which the band is built – he just takes care of business. The other half is just an amazing drummer playing above his years and I can’t praise him enough – he goes by the name of Johnny D’ Angelo, strong, steady and controlled power – terrific.
If you were not on the planet then you have an excuse! If you were home then you missed out on what I describe as a coming together of musical talent that I have never witnessed before. I have to say that there are already talks taking place to have them back in the autumn. Let’s hope that is the case you wouldn’t want to miss this a second time – I know I won’t.
Keith Blackledge, Independent Music Reviewer for the North West