Review: Forty4 – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Hop Pocket, Chorley: Thursday, 6th March, 2014

Posted on: Saturday, Mar 15, 2014


This band of five excellent musicians from the Liverpool area is now well established here in the North West. They were formed in 2007 and play to audiences far and wide in clubs, pubs and festivals, such is their growing popularity and style of play. The band brings to the table a unique blend of blues with a funky element, ‘rhythm and groove’ as they describe it and I like what they do.

The band last year put out a CD entitled “44 Minutes” with four covers and six original works penned by Neil Partington-  the bands lead vocalist and guitarist. The album’s first track, a cover entitled “Pack It Up” was given air play on the prestigious Paul Jones Blues show on Radio 2.

Paul Starkey on guitar, along with Neil Partington, have a telepathic understanding in the guitar department. They switch around when the need arises and both these men are exceptional guitarists. Glen Lewis is a master on the keyboard,s with a blues jazz influence here, but his style has many factors and is another gem of a musician. The rhythm section the engine of any band is Bill Price, on a solid sounding bass guitar, and on the drums, time-master Nick Lauro.

The bands mission is to take a piece of old music and make it new by adding the ‘Forty 4’ factor, then taking it to the world, a mission indeed but they are capable of it. The band covered “Hoochie Coochie Man”, “T-Bone Shuffle”, “Get Out Of My Life Woman”, and “I Don’t Need No Doctor” – just a small sample of what can be done with great music done the Forty4 way.


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