Review: The Intercity Blues Band – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley: Friday,10th July

Posted on: Monday, Jul 14, 2014


Review for ‘THE INTERCITY BLUES BAND’ @ BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club, The Minstrel, Chorley – 10.07.14

Another great evening for BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club, held at the Minstrel, Eaves Green , Chorley and hosted by ‘rock guru’ Lucas Campbell every Thursday night.

New to BJ’s, ‘The Intercity Blues Band’ from the Liverpool area, took the place by storm with a collection of foot stomping rhythm and blues. Fronting the band on lead vocals and superb blues harp was Archie Moore. On guitar and backing vocals was the nimble fingered Dave Miles with rhythm makers Den Sainter on bass and John Cullen on drums.

The band kicked off the evening with a class opener, a self penned instrumental , ‘Black Finger Shuffle’ with great guitar work from Dave.

Enter Archie to the stage, for a couple of up tempo rockin’ blues numbers, ‘Summer Girls’ leading into to ‘Looking Back’. Great harp playing and vocals. Getting everyone in the mood, a real rockin’ Ruffus Thomas number, ‘Walking The Dog’ followed by some rock n’ roll with Willie Dixon’s ‘Shake For Me’ , in the Howlin Wolf style. Some excellent guitar on these, with Dave on a semi acoustic electric guitar giving that authentic 60’s sound.

Moving into the realms of British blues, a nice take on Peters Green’s ‘Black Magic Woman’, with Den on his home made bass guitar. Then upping the tempo again with ‘Flip, Flop & Fly’ and Peter Green’s, ‘Stop Messin’ Around’. Some excellent power drumming from John and thumping bass from Den. Dave was now back to using his Les Paul, so think Gary Moore!

The last number in this set was a self penned track, ‘It’s A Dog’s Life’. Very ZZ Top, which encouraged plenty of dancers to the floor. John did a superb drum solo in true Bonham style, so a grand end to the first round.

The second set brought us a mix of boogie blues and rock n’ roll. ‘Pawn Shop Boogie’ , a Lightnin’ Moe song, but reminiscent of the Pretty Things had some great basic rhythms. We even got a bit of Hendrix style teeth playing from Dave on guitar, which all added up to the showmanship of the band.

‘Last Night’ was another self penned number. A slow blues with sultry harp playing and a fiery guitar solo. Great vocals from Archie on this excellent track.

Moving into more classic rhythm and blues with a touch of Big Mama Thornton’s ‘Hound Dog’, to ‘Cryin’ Shame’, a Junior Wells classic with a nice rendition of ‘The Letter’. The final tracks for the evening were standards, ‘I’ve Got My Mojo Working’, ‘Shake Your Money Maker’ and for the well deserved encore, ‘High Heal Sneakers’.

A great evening of good music and entertainment was had by all and we hope to see The Intercity Blues Band back at BJ’s next year.

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive

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