Review: Cry Baby & The Hoochie Coochie Boys – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Hop Pocket, Chorley: Thursday, 24th April, 2014

Posted on: Sunday, May 4, 2014


This band, Cry Baby & The Hoochie Coochie Boys,  from the Stoke -on-Trent area came to Chorley to entertain the crowd and that they did.

The band has had to come to terms with losing their front man Graham Sells, who for business reasons is in Brazil for the foreseeable future, and I think the band have made the right decision to carry on performing without him at the helm.

Step forward Rob Wilkinson – he has taken over the lead vocal role and has always played a riveting blues harp and continues to do so with his box of harps by his side. The band gave us a mix of r& b and blues to tickle the taste buds and some old favourites off their CD entitled “Sweet Thing”, released in 2011.

‘The Governor’, Vince Cutcliffe on lead guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, and backing vocals; the rhythm section with new bass man Chris Bevington joining Andy Carr on drums and backing vocals; with Mark Hargreaves on keys and vocals – rounds up this new line-up that is just gushing with talent from every pore.

A guest appearance from vocalist Pamela James, from Longridge near Preston, saw her perform “I Sing the Blues” backed by the band.

This band has plenty of experience to make a fist of it and will continue to write and add to their repertoire I am sure of that, did they entertain – yes they did – the page has been successfully turned.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE – National and international music reviewer


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