Live review: Intercity Blues Band – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley: 23rd July

Posted on: Sunday, Jul 26, 2015

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The return of the Intercity Blues Band from Liverpool wowed the crowd with their gritty style of Chicago blues. Archie Moore fronts this four piece band on lead vocal and a wailing harmonica; Dave Miles on lead guitar was outstanding – firmly rooted in the blues genre, he showed what he could do with the Albert King hit “Can’t You See What Your Doin’ To Me” – brilliant work. The engine room consisted of Denis Sainter, on a fantastic sounding bass guitar, along with Mick Andrews on the drums – an experienced pairing indeed and the driving force of the band.

A mix of classic blues and original works – six in all – and the first of these was “Black Finger Boogie” featuring Dave Miles on lead guitar. Big Joe Turner’s “Flip, Flop and Fly” was next – a great rendition of this marvellous number. Two more originals, “Down Hill Blues “and the fantastic “Nothing Going Down” – this highlighted the struggle in Liverpool in the 70s with widespread unemployment.

Slim Harpo’s “I Got Love If You Want It” demonstrated the many skills of Archie’s harp playing; finishing the first set with Howlin’ Wolf’s “Who’s Been Talking” – superb. The second set started with Henry Mancini’s “Peter Gunn”, the instrumental, this was another excellent rendition.

The set also produced covers from The Doors, two more original works, then Peter Green’s “Stop Messin’ Around”, “Route 66”, “I Need You Tonight”, Tommy Tucker’s “High Heel Sneakers”, “Messin’ With The Kid” by Junior Wells and an encore with the classic “Shake Your Money Maker” by Elmore James, bringing the show to a close with the deafening shouts and whistles for more.

If you missed the Intercity Blues Band express catch the next one – you’ll be glad you did.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

Independent national & international music reviewer

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