Gig: Bill Sheffield and Dave Saunders – Alexanders, Chester – 17 May 2012
Posted on: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
THUR 17th MAY – BILL SHEFFIELD + DAVE SAUNDERS
Alexanders Jazz Cafe + Bar,
Rufus Court, Chester. CH1 2JW 01244 340005
Adv £8.00 Door £10.00 Doors 8pm
Although the foundation for Bill Sheffield’s music is the Blues, the live concert contains elements of many other genres’; folk, country and gospel. Classifying it as Blues may be too limiting. ‘Americana’ may be the better description. Honest, gutsy, and passionate, an evening orchestrated by Bill Sheffield promises to be an unforgettable musical experience.
The big bluesman from Atlanta, Georgia is again accompanied by The Producers bassist Dave Saunders. The award-winning Producers pack out venues all around the country so this is a fantastic pairing. Those lucky enough to have seen Bill before know what a great singer/ guitarist and powerful performer he is. With his huge voice and stunning slide guitar this man puts his heart and soul into every show.
He was guitar legend Roy Buchanan’s vocalist, touring with Roy throughout the United States and featuring on Roys Polydor album “In the Beginning”. His experience of working for blues greats such as Big Mama Thornton, Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters (Godfather to Bills daughter!), Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Ray Vaughan (it’s a little known fact that SRV actually opened for Bill Sheffield once!) and his laid back yet energy laden stage style has made him many friends in Europe where he is always made very welcome.
In press reviews from concerts Bill Sheffield was singled out as an “outstanding live performer and possibly one of the best natural players and forceful vocalists that has ever visited these shores from the US”.
Some of the accolades already given to the “Hearing Things” album…
“The more I listen to this album the more I think it’s the best acoustic music I’ve heard”………. “Simply stunning”……… ‘This is a superb album and a must buy for all lovers of acoustic music’
– BLUES MATTERS 2004