Live review: The Armadillos – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley: 22rd January

Posted on: Monday, Jan 26, 2015

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We rode on down to The Minstrel cantina, The ARMADILLOS had hit town and these good ole boys were playing. The boys are known in these parts for their western swing, blues and roots ‘n’ rhythm, stuff to get your toes tappin’.

Trail boss Greg Walker goes by the name of ‘The Tone Ranger’ on lead vocal lead guitar and lap steel guitar – a desperado with quick fire banter and a mean right guitar hand.

His old time pal Horace Dogson on rhythm guitar and backing vocals – another veteran cow hand; and the rhythm section of cow poke brander Andy Levy on bass guitar and driving the chuck wagon was Ian Gibbon on drums.

The first set started with “T-Bone Shuffle”, “My Baby She Worships Me”, “Get my Hands On it”, “Desert Skies”, “Spider And The Fly”, and “Steel Guitar Rag” with Greg on the lap steel guitar pulling out all the stops – superb.

The band were in full swing mode for the second set with “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Put Another Log On The Fire”, “Trashy Woman”, “Route 66”, “Ain’t I’m A Dog”, “Miles And Miles of Texas” and a 1955 rendition of Marty Robbins song “Tennessee Toddy” a swing version – brilliant.

The band were on fire and so was the cantina, pass another bucket of country swing – yahoo.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National & international music reviewer

www.thearmadillos.co.uk

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