Live review: The Wayne Carrick Band – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley: 15th January

Posted on: Monday, Jan 19, 2015


Review for ‘THE WAYNE CARRICK BAND’ @ BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club, The Minstrel, Chorley – 15/01/15

It’s always good to hear ‘class’ musicianship – and with the Wayne Carrick Band, that is certainly what we got! It was a welcome return of the NW band, to BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club at the Minstrel in Chorley, where they were certainly a crowd pleaser.

Fronting the band on superb vocals and guitar was stalwart Wayne Carrick, with Matt McGrory on excellent guitar and keys. The rhythm section of Dave Linley on bass and backing vocals and Phil Escott on drums gave the band that certain drive.

Kicking off the evening with Muddy Waters, ‘Blow Wind Blow’ followed by a Rolling Stones classic ‘Under My Thumb’ the scene was set. Moving onto some Clapton influences with ‘Little Queen Of Spades’ and ‘Badge’, this led into an excellent self penned number ‘Leave You Baby’.

Some classic covers followed with Muddy Waters ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ , a bit of reggae with ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ and to finish off the first set a touch of soul with ‘Knock On Wood’.

The second set also gave us some classic covers with Derek and the Dominoes ‘Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad’, the funky ‘Black Cat Bone’ and a great rendition of BB King’s ‘The Thrill Has Gone’. Bringing in a bit of good old rock ‘n roll with Eddie Cochran’s ‘Twenty Flight Rock’ then a couple more brilliant Clapton takes ‘Cocaine’ and ‘Old Love’.

To finish the excellent set, rockin’ it up with ‘Shake Rattle And Roll’ then a bit of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s ‘Pride And Joy’ and a well deserved encore of Clapton’s ‘Early In The Morning’ .

A great performance from ‘The Wayne Carrick Band’, with meaningful vocals, excellent interplay with the two lead guitars, superb keyboard playing and some technically classy drumming, working so well with the full on bass. A great evening with a great band!

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and independent reviewer

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