Review: .44 Pistol – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley: Thursday, 15th August

Posted on: Sunday, Aug 17, 2014

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This talented trio from the Stafford area played their version of the blues and how, a show that gripped you from the very start. Their style is an energetic, deep rooted, stripped back, dirty and raw, version of the genre they call the blues, and the audience loved it from the word go.

.44 Pistol take a classic traditional cover and with clever rearrangements, and make it their own to suit their needs, and I have to say this is a brilliant way to enjoy the blues genre and is a country mile away from the normal pub blues bands.

Pete Wearn the band’s front man on lead vocal, slide guitar and an excellent blues harpist gave a wonderful performance from the start and left me in no doubt that there is ‘blues blood’ in his veins. A king musician, he gave it everything . . . his sideline is making his own guitars out of old oil cans – very slick indeed! Ash Jones on lead guitar and backing vocals was exceptional. His solos and great riffs told its own story of the electric blues, great work. Lastly a power tower among drummers – the man, Mick Askey.

The band give a choice mix of covers and original material from their CD entitled “Served Raw” from 2011 and their newest CD “Live At The Vaults” – 2014, is well worth checking out. This band is out there and I enjoyed every minute.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National & international music reviewer

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