Review: 44 Pistol – The Hop Pocket, Chorley: 22.08.13

Posted on: Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013

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The tantalising trio that are 44 Pistol gave a lively and energetic gig putting their stamp on some great blues covers mixed with some original material from their CD “Served Raw” – twelve tracks that “ooze the blues”.

Pete Wearn on lead vocals, blues harp and rhythm guitar and the band’s front man, gave an exceptional performance, his stamina levels are worthy of an Olympian. Ashley Jones on lead guitar and backing vocal was on fire he gave a no no-nonsence gritty, passionate display, with plenty of licks and flicks, just ace; and lastly on the drums Mick Askey on a minimal half kit but plenty of power (and without a bass man) high concentration levels are needed, just superb.

The band travelled from the Stafford area to an enthusiastic, packed, crowd here that came prepared with their dance shoes packed. Pete Wearn is also a bit busy making the instruments, and on display were two guitars, one made from a cigar box and the other from an oil can that he played (I’m not kidding Seasick Steve).

If you like your blues a bit gritty and a bit pacey definitely energetic then this is for you, this was 44 Pistol, at the ready, to truly entertain us, and nobody was holding a pistol to my head just brilliant plain and simple.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

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