Review: Slowburner – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Hop Pocket, Chorley: Thursday, 10th April, 2014

Posted on: Monday, Apr 21, 2014


Travelling from the Midlands and making their debut here at BJ’s Slowburner entertained a packed house and played some vintage blues, sprinkled with original material penned by Paul Bridgwater – the founder, frontman and lead vocalist.

The band formed in 1987 but has had changes to the personnel over time, now with this present line- up of excellent musicians they entertain up and down the country to enthusiastic audiences.

From the very start you knew that they were a class act and found the groove from the first chords struck. Paul vocals were superb; he is blessed with a great range. Mike Bannister on lead guitar was a man on mission great riffs and licks a solid performance throughout – just a fantastic display.

The rhythm section – the glowing embers of Rob Newell on a slow burn funky bass; and on the drums and vocals the explosive powder keg that is Dave Small – this pairing has been cast in heaven.

With a wide range of covers like “Messin’ With the Kid”, “Walk In My Shadow”, “Stormy Monday”, “Midnight Train”, “King Bee” and many more – a volcano gushing – excellent music from a band that are just better than brilliant.


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