Review: The Maz Mitrenko Band – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley: Thursday, 19th June

Posted on: Thursday, Jun 26, 2014

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This powerful blues rock trio driven by Maz Mitrenko on lead guitar and vocal, along with Pete Vickers on a humming electric bass and Pete Rogers (subbing for Phil Brittle) on drums, travelled from the heart of the West Midlands to entertain a select crowd here at this brilliant venue in Chorley.

The band are currently working on a new CD, out later on in the year and Maz gave us a flavour of what’s to come with three original works, the first of these entitled “DA ‘Ja Blues”,  the second “Darkness (At The Heart Of  The Blues)” and the third called “Misty Mountain Blue”, co–written with Doug “Blind Willy” Jones from Tennessee. All three were good honest blues tracks which sets the benchmark for the rest of the tracks on the album I’m sure.

Covers by Jimi Hendrix – “Hey Joe”, “All Along The Watchtower”, and a great rendition of “Copperhead Road”, with two acoustic numbers by Maz, the first, “Out On The Western Plain” and “Goin’ to My Home Town” completed the first set.

The second set was frankly nothing short of brilliant, this was dedicated to the late great Rory Gallagher, who at 47 was taken far too early, for whatever tragic reasons.

Opening the set with “Messin’ with the Kid”, “Calling Card”, “Tattooed Lady”, “I Could’ve Had Religion”, “Brute Force and Ignorance”, “Walk On Hot Coals”, “Too Much Alcohol”, “I Take What I Want”, “Shadow Play”/”Bullfrog Blues” – it just took you back to that fantastic era.

A great night, by a fantastic band, playing original and classic rock /blues –  it doesn’t get much better than this.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National & international music reviewer

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