Review: Hard To Handle – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Hop Pocket, Chorley: 3rd April, 2014

Posted on: Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014

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To start the month of April off with a bang the band Hard To Handle  travelled from the Manchester area, debuting here in Chorley at BJ’s, entertaining an enthusiastic crowd with their brand of Southern blues/rock covers.

Max Cottam some eight years ago founded the band and has along the way played with numerous musicians, with his right hand man Martin Degaris on guitar and recently added to the rhythm section veteran bass man Karl Nadin, and on drums Stu Feilden – as a section they were spot on and drove the band with confidence and the bands overall musical ability was second to none.

Max Cottam, front and centre with his throaty vocals, was excellent and Martin Degaris with his guitar riffs and solos was superb. With a multitude of favourite covers the band rocked the joint with the likes of “The Only Thing That Looks Good”, “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Mustang Sally”, “Summer of ’69”, “Sharp Dressed Man” and many more to boogie to.

Hard To Handle is a hardworking band with great musicians and will always aim to please and will continue to raise the bar musically.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National & international music reviewer

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