Review: The Drivetones – True Blues Club at Earlestown Conservative Club, Newton-le-Willows: 05/07/13
Posted on: Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013
Wow! That’s the first thing I can say about this most excellent blues band from Whitchurch, Shropshire. I first saw these guys at The Theatre of Blues Festival in Shrewsbury in April and was impressed by their performance then …. nothing’s changed!!
The line up for The Drivetones are Cleo Hill on vocals, Willie Robinson on guitar, Dean Titchen on guitar and keys, Ieuan Edge on blues harp, Pete Attwood on bass and Phil Griffiths on drums. What a great chemistry between the members of this band, which showed in the ease of their performance.
They were playing to a packed house at the True Blues Club and had a great rapport with the audience from the start. Cleo, who has an amazing voice reminiscent of Grace Slick or an early Elkie Brooks, belted out some fantastic numbers, including some self penned by the band. One of the tracks, ‘Blue and Lonesome’ a slow blues, really showed what a great voice Cleo has.
Willie played some superb blues guitar with great feeling for the slow numbers but upped the pace for the rockin’ tracks, while Dean provided great rhythm and excellent ‘secret’ keyboard playing in which he excelled on ‘Somebody Like Me’, a great funky blues number.
Ieuan Edge played a mean blues harp, especially on the Willie Dixon track ‘You Can’t Judge A Book By Looking At Its Cover’. A very understated harp player with an ease of playing.
In the back line rhythm section some great bass playing from Pete on the up tempo, soul blues track, ‘Watch Yourself’ . A sound bassist, who works well with the competent jazz drummer Phil. Not a ‘flash’ drummer but a bedrock to the band.
The band had some great audience participation for ‘I’ve Got My Mojo Working’ …. a very enthusiastic crowd!!! They finished a very sweaty set with a well deserved rowdy encore. What a fantastic evening and a fantastic band. If you get the chance to see them please do, you won’t be disappointed!!!! Let’s hope we see more of this worthy blues band at the blues festivals next year.
ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive