Review: The Cheating Hearts – BJs Blues Club at The Hop Pocket, Chorley

Posted on: Tuesday, Dec 4, 2012

Thursday, 22nd November, 2012

It was a fantastic night’s entertainment by this band from the Rossendale area of the North West, and  it wasn’t hard at all to resist tapping your feet and giving your dancing shoes a work out to the sounds and brilliant musicianship of this very professional outfit. The crowd from the very start knew they were in for a treat.

James Ganzler, the bands front man on lead vocal, guitar and mandolin, set the pace with songs from Chuck Berry, Lindisfarne, Dylan, James Taylor, Fleetwood Mac, Bonnie Raitt the list seemed endless, just rocking good country/blues with the bands musical arrangements to give it a lift. The rhythm section was in full flow on the bass guitar Shug MIlliage and on the drums Mick Smith they were worth their salt and drove the band on a terrific understanding between them.

Nick Cornell on electric piano and vocal was just brilliant, he brings to the table a full back sound and his solos were inspiring one of the best I’ve heard all year. Sadly Maria Brothers on vocal and second guitar was taken ill at home before the gig and did not take any part in the performance, we wish Maria a speedy recovery, however there was a surprise in store for the buzzin’ crowd, step forward maestro of the guitar, lap steel, and mandolin, Mr Simon (busy fingers) Brady, what a talented musician, he could do no wrong and was a special find to assist the band in making the night a very successful one indeed, excellent.

The crowd were happy and showed their appreciation encore, bravo The Cheating Hearts.

Keith Blackledge

National & International Music Reviewer

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