Live review: Cry Baby & The Hoochie Coochie Boys at BJs Rock In The Blues, The Minstrel, Chorley: 14th May

Posted on: Monday, May 18, 2015


Review for ‘CRY BABY & THE HOOCHIE COOCHIE BOYS’ @ BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club, The Minstrel, Chorley – 14/05/15

I can only say these guys are rhythm & blues at its best. ‘CRY BABY & THE HOOCHIE COOCHIE BOYS’ from Stoke on Trent, returned to BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club at The Minstrel in Chorley, and gave a brilliant show to a packed house. The ‘boys’ are Rob Wilkinson on superb vocals and harmonica, Vince Cutcliffe on excellent guitar, Mark Hargreaves versatile keyboards, Chris Bevington on expert bass and Andy Carr on pounding drums.

Kicking off the evening with some great blues ‘I Don’t Believe’ and ‘I Got News’, bringing in Robs amazing blues harp playing. Moving on to an uptempo Nine Below Zero track, ‘Don’t Point Your Finger At The Guitar Man’, again with superb harp. Great guitar work on ‘More Than I Can Take’ then on to one of the few ballads of the set, ‘A Long History Of Love’, both King King numbers.

A dash of country blues on ‘Living It Down’ then a great take of the Muddy Waters classic ‘I Want To Be Loved’ . A self-penned superb slow blues followed, ‘Come Fly With Me’ with great vocal input. Rounding off the first set, some more King King, ‘One More Time’, giving us a nice bit of wah wah on the guitar, and to finish a great harp led Chicago blues number

The second set kicked off with a rockin’ number ‘Personal Jesus’, then a great take of the Alabama 3 track, ‘Too Sick To Pray’. Upping the tempo a rockin’ rhythm & blues ‘Squeeze Me In’ and a Nine Below Zero number ‘Soft Touch’, excellent!

‘All Your Life’ was followed by a brilliant compilation of ‘Anyway You Want Me’ and ‘Bright Lights’. There was some great slide guitar from Vince, on the Elmore James classic blues ‘Wild About You Baby’ with excellent blues harp from Rob. Raising the tempo again, a Dr Feelgood classic, ‘Back In The Night’ .

‘Turn It On-Turn It Up’ and ‘Take My Love’ led onto the last number a Cry Baby classic ‘Zydeco Boogie’ . A brilliant track with Vince on mandolin giving us a walk about in the audience. Excellent work on keys, giving that authentic Cajun flavour, superb.

A well deserved encore of ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ and ‘Can I Get A Witness’ completed, what had been a buzzin’ night. The musicianship of the band is amazing and all are involved in other projects. They have a new CD in the making, so hopefully that will be available later this year. A well recommended band, so catch them if you can!

ROSY GREERĀ – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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