Review: Cry Baby & The Hoochie Coochie Boys – True Blues Club at Earlestown Conservative Club, Newton-le-Willows: 7th November

Posted on: Friday, Nov 21, 2014

This was a terrific show done by true, honest musicians who have over the years honed their craft and enjoy full houses where ever they play, and I am not surprised in the least.

The band travelled from their base in Stoke-on-Trent to perform at this ‘Chicago style’ shrine to the blues genre here in Earlestown, Newton–le -Willows and they took the place by storm. The bands approach is genuine and professional at every turn, nothing less, and it shows. As musicians they will probably pop up anywhere at any time helping out other bands, such is the calibre of these musicians, and their love of rhythm and blues.

The band’s frontman, lead vocalist and harp player is Rob Wilkinson aka ‘Cry Baby’, the way he makes that harp wail is magic. The ‘Governor’ who is Vince Cutcliffe on lead guitar and mandolin is a great guitarist he plays with an easy style but can ‘turn it on’ at the drop of a hat.

The rhythm section of Chris Bevington on bass guitar and Andy ‘Motor’ Carr on drums, this is a great pairing, to put it simply they are damn good, no frills, just solid, as a cast iron backbone. The keys man was Mark ‘The ‘Reverend’ Hargreaves another great musician and gives the band that extra edge to the proceedings, his playing on the bands rendition of ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ was the best I’ve heard this year, just superb.

Playing to a packed house if you missed this one you don’t want to miss the next.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National & International Music Reviewer

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