Live review: Connie Lush and Blues Shouter at Alexander’s, Chester – 25th June

Posted on: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015

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Connie Lush and Blues Shouter at Alexander’s, Chester – 25th June

For many years, Connie Lush and Blues Shouter have graced the stage at Alexander’s in Chester and it is fitting that they were chosen as one of the bands to lead up to the 25th anniversary of the club’s current owners. Singer/songwriter Connie was in top form and was superbly backed by Terry Harris on bass guitar, Steve Wright on guitar and Roy Martin on drums.

The first set abounded with many of the favourite numbers associated with the band, notably “24 Hour Blues” and “Love Me Like A Man” and some self-penned gems including “Dog” and “Send Me No Flowers”. Connie’s exceptional vocals were at their superlative best while Steve Wright displayed his considerable mastery of the guitar, all expertly underpinned by the rock solid rhythm section.

The second set opened with “Blues Is My Business” and a stream of new, original compositions, including “Shine A Light”, “Falling Down” and “I Don’t Say Goodbye”. All the new numbers were brimming with quality and are in line for inclusion in the band’s next album. They were joined by the well-loved “Shoppin’” and a wonderful version of “Feeling Good”, which meandered in and out of “Summertime” and “Hit The Road, Jack”. As magnificent as that rendition was, it was topped by the encore – a stunning delivery of the Mike Reid/Allen Shamblin masterpiece “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, with Connie’s fabulous vocals brilliantly complemented by a sublime sequence of exquisite chords from Steve Wright.

It was another memorable performance from the UK’s Queen of the Blues, who continues to reign supreme in the face of serious competition from a queue of hopeful successors.

LIONEL ROSS

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