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

Posted on: Saturday, Jan 5, 2013

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Thursday, 27th December, 2012

This excellent four piece band from the Liverpool area graced the stage once more and gave a terrific full on energetic show, as we expected from frontman lead vocal and Harp genius we know as George Hexman. With his selection of ‘gob irons’ in a wooden box by the base of his mic stand he selected his harp and with a quick tuneful blast the band where ready and away they went.

The band gave a blues and R&B show second to none. “L&N” was the first of their repertoire followed by “Homework”, “Long Grey Mare”, ” Sefton Street”, “Treat Her Right”, “Messin’ With The Kid”, “Hoochie Coochie Man”, “Come On In”, and finished their first set with “Gloria”, the whole first set was a blur and certainly set the pace for the rest of the bands performance – the atmosphere was electric you could taste it.

Alongside George was bassist Noz Easterbrook – Mr Right Hand Man – he was just brilliant on a great sounding bass and he played it like a lead at times, very busy indeed. The other half of this exceptional rhythm section was on the drums Wayne Dangerous – I was surprised that he had his Gretsch kit still standing after the gig, amazing stuff.

A new addition to the band since the start of this summer, although known to the band for some years, was lead guitarist Colin Guthrie, and what a player! You could have imagined you were listing to Stevie Ray Vaughan at times and his experience as a lead guitar player goes back to the power rock days of the 70s & 80s – a good grounding for any guitarist, and he knew all the moves, licks and fills – just tremendous.

Sometime in the New Year there are plans to record a new CD but with their punishing schedule, gigging all over the country and in early 2013 to France and Belgium, it’s finding the time and space to do it explained George – but we must try sooner rather than later. The second set was as pacey as the first beginning with “Woolly Bully” and a melody mix with “Bad Is Bad”, “Bullfrog Blues” and finishing with “Smokestack Lightning”. What a show, what a band – I was HEXED but in a nice way.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National and International Music Reviewer

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