Review: Dr Truth – BJs Blues Club at The Hop Pocket, Chorley

Posted on: Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012

Dr Truth – BJs Blues Club at The Hop Pocket, Chorley

20th September, 2012

Dr Truth – a modern blues band – still retain a very good bedside manner when it came to entertaining the packed crowd at Chorley.The five piece band from the Manchester area play their own brand of the blues, contempary and original but the blues none the less. Chris Roach on lead guitar and Mike Bowden, lead vocalist and front man, and co- founder of this successful band, have penned most of the original works on display, mixed with one or two blues covers, they also gave us a taster from their new album still being worked on with three new songs written by the multi-talented keyboard player Paul Ashton.

On the album they have two talented backing singers the “Sweet Dicivas” – Joy Hewlett and Heidi Burford – they are both solo singers in their own right but teamed up about six months ago for these live performances and the sessions at the recording studio. Julian Latimer on the bass guitar is an exceptional player with vast experience. He has played with Wayne Fontana and other top bands over the years, and he stepped up to the plate to stand in for resident bass player Dave Luvin. The other half of the rhythm section is drummer Rick Lacey – he is one of the best known drummers in the North West and assists other bands when the need arises and when he’s not doing that you will find him doing session work in the studio.

This band should be on the National Health and are a tonic for any occasion –  they are musicians of the highest order and will make you feel very well indeed.

Keith Blackledge, national and international music reviewer.

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