Review: The Wayne Carrick Band – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Hop Pocket, Chorley: 16th January, 2014

Posted on: Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014

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The Wayne Carrick Band are a talented foursome indeed, hailing from the North West of England, and are renowned for putting on a terrific show and that they did to a packed crowd who had their dancing shoes on. These excellent musicians put on a show which lasted more than two hours over two sets.

The band take a classic cover but present it in a slightly different way, with blues/swing/jazz and jive there was something for everyone, keeping the music fresh and alive. Wayne has a vast amount of experience and leads the band with his vocals and excellent guitar work. Wayne has over the years created and reformed bands but always with the blues at its core.

The rhythm section – the backbone of the band – were, on the drums Phil Escott and on bass guitar Dave Linley. This duo played with confidence and distinction, and lastly, Matt McGrory on lead guitar. He has a unique musical talent and has to be seen to be appreciated – his solos and riffs interchanging with Wayne’s were just terrific.

The covers performed were the likes of “The Thrill Is Gone”, “Badge”, “Hoochie Coochie Man”, “I Shot the Sheriff”, “Ain’t No Sunshine”, “Knocking On Heavens Door” and many more – just a brilliant overall professional performance from four talented musicians – enough said I think.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National and international music reviewer

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