Review: After Hours – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Hop Pocket, Chorley: Thursday, 13th March, 2014

Posted on: Friday, Mar 21, 2014

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After Hours, a blues/rock band, hail from the Preston area of the North West and have been together since the late nineties and have delighted crowds up and down the region with blues/rock covers and some of their own original material.

They have appeared at Burnley R & B music festival and in 2009 opened on the British Stage at Colne R & B and blues festival for the famous Blues Matters Magazine, they also appeared at the Dundee Blues Bonanza in 2010 – probably Europe’s largest free festival.

Their CD entitled “Midnight Blues” was struck in 2012 and is a must for any blues-minded fan and is available from the band via their website or at their gigs. Lee Wharton on lead vocal and lead guitar is of the Hendrix/Stevie Ray Vaughan school of guitar playing and does a great job in bringing Hendrix’s music alive in a montage of classics with “Voodoo Chile”, “Machine Gun”, and “Red Patrol”, which has to be seen to be believed – a good crafted work by Lee Wharton.

Doug Long, a veteran musician of the region on a five- string bass guitar and backing vocal, with Ann Batty on drums, completes this rhythm section.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National & international music reviewer

www.afterhoursbluesband.co.uk

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