Review: The Dana Dixon Band – True Blues at Earlestown Conservative Club, Newton-le-Willows

Posted on: Wednesday, Apr 9, 2014

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Once again at this shrine to the blues genre Graham and Steve have engaged the talents of another excellent band. I refer of course to The Dana Dixon Band who through their natural musical talents have wowed the crowds up and down the country on their latest tour.

Dana Dixon, lead vocal and blues harp, with her husband and lead guitarist Dave Dixon; with Craig Hunter on drums and Dan Wiseman on bass guitar, stirred the blues soup to perfection starting with a slow simmer original instrumental entitled “Little Walter Comes to Town”, followed by another original, “Good Rockin’ Mama”, which is the title track of their latest CD. This set the scene and with a plethora of blues classics they went about their business.

Dana and her authentic Chicago style harp playing was just superb – Mama Thornton (1926 to 1984) re-born! This is what I call the blues and I was blown away.

As they say if you were not there you missed a treat, “Thrill is Gone”, “Train Kept a Rolling”, “Let the Good Times Roll”, “Shake Your Boogie” –  just superb blues, and to end “Sweet Home Chicago” . . .blistering.

In July they are on tour with the legendary USA blues harp player and singer James Harman, playing at the Edinburgh and Maryport Blues Festivals plus the Blues Kitchen in London, The Flower Pot in Derby and Redcar Blues Club – all tip-top venues.

I enjoyed the show immensely and I can’t wait to see them again – cracking!

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

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