News: Legendary producer Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo to appear at Colne

Posted on: Saturday, Jun 27, 2015

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THE LEGACY CONTINUES… and legendary producer releases his own studio album after 50 years in the business!

The legacy continues as The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival
celebrates its 26th year of bringing some of the best R & B music to
Colne, Lancashire.

After 50 years in the business, blues producer extraordinaire and Blue
Horizon label founder Mike Vernon – who will be performing at the festival
as Mike Vernon & The Mighty Combo – has finally made his own studio album,
having been involved in making records produced by Eric Clapton, Roachford,
Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, Level 42, Keith Richards, Muddy Waters, Rod
Stewart, Stevie Winwood, Dr. Feelgood, Christine McVie and Bo Diddley to
mention just a handful.

“I have always loved singing … then I took two opportunities during the
Blue Horizon days to have a go at making solo outings – with mixed success I
have to say”. Mike then produced, wrote and performed with The Olympic
Runners (alongside Pete Wingfield, George Chandler and Led Zeppelin alumni,
Joe Jammer) and in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, took on the task of
singing baritone with Rocky Sharpe & The Replays. ” I really miss the buzz
of working in front of an audience – so here I am, a born again rhythm &
blues vocalist.”

The new album from Mike Vernon is a homage to the r&b greats of the
’40s/’50s and is released on 3rd August and titled ‘Just A Little Bit’. “I’m
really looking forward the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival”, said
Mike. And with a band of hand picked musicians that includes Steve ‘West’ Weston (vocal/harmonica), Martin Winning (tenor sax), Geraint Watkins (vocal/piano), Paul Garner (guitar), Ian Jennings (upright bass) and Mike Hellier (drums) -Colne is looking forward to the experience, too. MORE than ‘just a little bit’!

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