Review: The Hexmen – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Hop Pocket, Chorley: 12th December, 2013

Posted on: Sunday, Dec 22, 2013

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The Hexmen are a four piece band from the Liverpool area, which exploded on to the stage and brought the house down with their energetic brand of edgy blues in a cocoon of hot R&B classics to get your feet tapping and your body rocking. The irrepressible George Hexmen on lead vocal and a busting harmonica is a legend in his own lifetime, dating from the Liverpool music scene of the late 70s to the present.

George is the ultimate showman and has always led from the front, with his exceptional musicianship, his witty banter and his historical comic explanations as he introduces the next number from their extravaganza of gut tugging music. Colin Guthrie on lead guitar lists his musical influences as follows, Ritchie Blackmore, Rory Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Bonamassa – and not surprising when you see him play you’ll instantly know why, he is one of the best around.

The rhythm section are a new addition to the band and have been Hexmen for only five months, they are bassist Mike Cain and on the drums Mat Shaw, they have an association and have collaborated in bands for over 25 years, such is their pedigree, and now, form the bedrock going forward as a band. The future looks good for the band, a new album will be started in January and will be produced by Darren Jones who was commissioned to re- master the works of John Lennon’s “Imagine” album, the first since the Apple days.

The Hexmen will be supporting Dr Feelgood at The Tivoli, Buckley, in May 2014, and the band are also embarking on a European tour, taking in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and The Netherlands in the New Year. This band brings to the table their brand of in your face music and for me I’m glad they do, they entertain with great music and a great sound, excellent!

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National and international music reviewer

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