Review: The Wayne Carrick Band – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Hop Pocket, Chorley: 07.11.13

Posted on: Thursday, Nov 14, 2013

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The Wayne Carrick band returned to Chorley and entertained a packed house. The band entertain in a style of their own, by taking classic blues covers and cleverly re-arranging the pieces to keep it fresh and alive, this works really well.

The level of musicianship is always top draw, from Wayne on lead vocal and lead guitar, with Matt McGrory on blues swing guitar – a great style, just excellent artistry from these two talented musicians. The rhythm section was terrific with a solid spot on performance, excellent bassist Dave Linley and new band member of three months, Phil Escott on the drums, a tight and good understanding was evident here, and Phil has fitted in well – a good find in my book.

The band opened with “Blow Wind Blow” ,”The Thrill Is Gone”, “Badge”, and “Hoochie Coochie Man”. The band hit the ground running – their first set went on for an hour such is the content of their repertoire. The band started their second set with “Crossroads”, “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and a great interpretation of Stevie Wonder’s, “Superstition”.

The Wayne Carrick Band are a safe bet anywhere; you can always rely on them to give a good show and what a show – the dancers danced and the cries for more ringing in the bands ears – a splendid evening by a splendid band, until the next time gentlemen it was a pleasure.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National & international music reviewer

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