Review: The Cheating Hearts – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Hop Pocket, Chorley: 14.11.13

Posted on: Thursday, Nov 21, 2013


This five piece band from the Rossendale area certainly entertained a packed audience with their blend of country /blues rock. They bring to the table a plethora of covers that get your foot tapping a compulsory reaction, I have to say, their skillful musicianship was evident in every quarter, their balance and full round sound that the band created is in my opinion one of the best I’ve heard.

James Gansler, the bands front man on lead vocal and guitar and mandolin was superb, and directed this terrific band on a journey that captivated the spirit of this genre. Simon Brady on mandolin, lead and slide guitar was brilliant, and his version of Roy Buchanan’s classic “Sweet Dreams” was a cracker.

Nick Cornell – sharp as a razor on the keys, and this guy can play, with not a bad singing voice either, his contribution was brilliant. The rhythm section, the “engine room”, certainly made it happen with a fantastic sounding bass guitar from Shugg Millage, and on the drums Mike Smith this partnership is a nugget of gold.

With covers from Ace, Lindisfarne, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Band, Chuck Berry, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle and many more – just brilliant. The Cheating Hearts are a complete unit of entertainment, no cheating hearts here, honest.


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