Review: The Power 3 – Dr Bobs Blues Night at The Fishwick Ramblers Club, Preston

Posted on: Monday, Nov 26, 2012

Saturday, 17th November, 2012

The Power 3 played their blues at this ‘new venue’ promoting live blues music. The band from the North West of England has risen like a phoenix from the ashes of former bands, and decided to get together and create The Power 3, and as it turns out it wasn’t a bad idea at all.

The band have an extensive repertoire of the blues spanning the decades, some of which I hadn’t heard for a while – such is the bands commitment in bringing something different to the table. This splendid trio of musicians cracked off with “Rock ‘n’ Roll Hoochie Coo”, a Johnny Winter number, followed by covers from B. B. King, T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Popa Chubby, Bobby Bland, John Mayall, and more – a catalogue of the blues, and given the treatment by the bands lead singer and bassist, Jeff Earl Jones, just brilliant, and a blues voice to treasure.

Not to be out done step forward Phil Grundy on lead guitar/slide guitar – just exceptional playing. He exchanged the lead vocals with Jeff to give him a bit of a breather, and with a bit of jovial banter throughout the show it just flowed effortlessly. The other half of this impressive rhythm section was Ray Wong making his drum kit hum with delight – another very experienced musician.

The second set from the band was as cracking as the first with “La Grange” from ZZ Top, “Romance Classified” by Buddy Whittington, an old favourite from Jimi Hendrix” Red House”,  “Spoonful” the Willie Dixon hit, “Crossroads” By Robert Johnson/Cream and “Looking Back” by John Mayall, all sung by Phil.

The Power 3 as a blues band have only been together for approximately 18 months and are a band that will give you a show to relish. So the next time you hear of them playing at a gig near you go and have a listen I’m confident you won’t be disappointed. (No pressure then guys, no pressure.) Thank you.

Keith Blackledge

National & International Music Reviewer

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