Review: Rhythm Zoo – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley: Thursday, 18th September

Posted on: Saturday, Sep 20, 2014


Review for ‘RHYTHM ZOO’ @ BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club, The Minstrel, Chorley – 18.09.14

Well the ‘Zoo’ are back! It was a welcomed return to BJ’s for the popular band ‘RHYTHM ZOO’.

Hailing from Shrewsbury, Harrogate and Bradford, Andi Hall fronts the band on sultry vocals, with Phil Dean on amazing lead guitar. Keeping that rhythm going were Pete Betts on bass and Dermot Hall on drums and what a great set they did with a mix of self penned tracks and covers.

The opening number, a slow blues ‘I Just Want To Make Love To You’, was pure class. Andi’s sexy vocals were superb and Phil’s guitar work just faultless. Funking it up next with ‘Good Girl Bad Girl’ then ‘Part Time Love’ with an excellent guitar solo from Phil.

A bit of a ‘rockin’ number, then on to a smokingly ‘hot’ version of the Robert Cray track, ‘Playing In The Dirt’. Slowing the pace, we moved onto the excellent T Bone Walker’s ‘Stormy Monday’ which was sung with passion by Andi, with Phil’s guitar solo that was just awesome, a brilliant take.

‘Steal Your Love’ gave us ‘full on’ power from the rhythm section, Pete and Derm, on this earthy rockin’ track with strong vocals from Andi. To finish the first set a great up tempo gospel influenced number ‘Whole Lot Of Water’ .

Kick starting the second set, Andi was in her element with the rockin’ blues, ‘Wild, Wild, Woman’. Onto the self penned ’12 Bar Blues’ with great vocals from Andi again. Slowing the pace, a slow sultry blues ‘Never Going Back To Memphis’ with a haunting guitar solo from Phil.

A classic 12 bar rhythm and blues with ‘Tore Down’ next, with drums and bass working well. Then onto ‘rock God’ Phil taking lead vocals for the classic Cream number ‘Badge’. A brilliant take and what a great voice. A slow blues next with ‘Coco Blue’, before moving on to ‘I’ve Got My Mojo Working’ for a bit of audience participation. Guest Beryl was invited to the stage with her tambourine yet again!

For the penultimate number of the evening, rockin’ ‘Sweet Home Chicago’, got the dancers up. The final number, the classic Doors track ‘Roadhouse Blues’, was a fantastic finish to great evening. Here’s hoping we will see the amazing ‘Rhythm Zoo’ back at BJ’s next year.

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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