Review: Dennis Jones Band – Live At The Temecula Theatre (DVD)

Posted on: Sunday, Sep 16, 2012


Dennis Jones Band – Live At The Temecula Theatre (DVD)

(Blue Rock Records)

The concert took place on New Years Eve, 2010 at the Old Town Temecula Theatre in Temecula, California. The performance by Dennis, guitars and lead vocals, with Michael Turner; drums / backing vocals and Sam Correa; bass / backing vocals, held the audience spellbound for over an hour.

Although, most of the numbers making up the set were mainly from the album “‘The Pleasure and Pain”, there is an early version of  “The Best That I Can”, from his newly released “My Kinda Blues”.  The playing is clear, crisp and tight, with no frills or fanfares; simply eighteen well crafted numbers that showcase the formidable talents of Dennis, Michael and Sam.

The running time of the set of just over an hour and a quarter rushes by in a mixture of stunning shuffles, immaculate and passionate vocal delivery interspersed with sparkling solos and frenetic fretwork.  The camera work is solely focused on the band giving you the same views as that of the audience with only the occasional close-up of the band, there are no arty, twisted or interesting camera angles to contend with; which thankfully saves the viewer from contorting their heads and bodies to see properly and more importantly, enjoying the splendid music being played.

At the end of the evening Dennis changed head attire from a white trilby to his familiar battered blue / grey stetson and  dedicated the number “Hot Sauce”, to his grandfather, who as Dennis explained was a lover of old fashioned country music and it was only now that he understood why he loved the music so much. This is a very fine addition to the bands body of work, caught in their prime with no pretensions. Also, a live recording is a bonus for us who cannot catch the bus to see them.



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