Review: Forty4 – BJs Rock-In-The-Blues at The Hop Pocket, Chorley

Posted on: Sunday, Mar 3, 2013

Forty4 – BJs Rock-In-The-Blues at The Hop Pocket, Chorley

Thursday, 28th February, 2013

The return of this very busy and talented five-piece band from the Liverpool area entertained a packed crowd here in Chorley. They really do deliver and are excellent musicians in every aspect. They played their ‘Blues/Rhythm and Groove’ with a funky edge and in addition gave us a selection of original works off their latest CD entitled “44 Minutes”, penned by the very talented writer and musician Neil Partington, on lead vocal and rhythm/lead guitar.

Paul Starkey on lead guitar – a stunning performance from him, and I expected nothing else (from the school of Eric Clapton). We next have Glen Lewis on keyboards – he gives the band that full back sound, a keyboard player with venom, just superb. The rhythm section, the heart of any band, was on drums Nick Lauro – a no-nonsense steady performance from him. As far as I’m concerned he’s top drawer.

On a sad note the bassist Steve Brown, who has been with the band for some time, has had to stop performing due to illness, we all wish him the best. His replacement, step forward Bill Price – a long-time friend of the band and a musician of some repute with over 30 years clocked up, and has played with numerous bands including The Lushtones, The Lawnmower and Down At Antone’s.

The crowd were dancing the band were buzzin’ – a fantastic night to remember, they just get better and better.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National & International Music Reviewer

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