Live review: Poorboy at BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley: 25th June

Posted on: Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015

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This excellent four-piece harp-driven blues band based in Leeds, ripped the roof off with some buzzing Chicago Blues. Frontman Paddy Wells on lead vocal and blues harp was inspirational as he and the band played to a packed house.

Lead guitarist Gary Whitaker was superb, with Frederic Hiebler on a fabulous sounding bass guitar, and new boy on the block is no other than session drummer Rick Lacey – who has over the years played with the cream of North West bands.

The band recorded six tracks in June 2014 at the Cottage Road Studios, Leeds and the title track entitled “Jumpin’” was aired on the Paul Jones R&B show on BBC Radio 2 recently.

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The first set kicked off with “Jumpin’ followed by “Find Someone New”, “I Can Tell”, “That’s Enough”,” Checking on My Baby”, “Walking Through the Park” with the Etta James’s classic, “I’d Rather go Blind”, and finishing the first set with “Every day I Have the Blues”.

The second set started began with “She’s Dynamite”, “Born in Chicago”, “She’s Evil”, “Up the Line”, “Spoonful,” “My Babe,” “Heart attack and Vine”, “Some Days”, “Mellow Down Easy”, “Got My Mojo Working” and finally “Can’t Judge A Book”. An absolute brilliant show by a very hard working band who bring to the table an edgy, gritty, soulful Chicago Blues.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

Independent, national and international music reviewer

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