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BARE BONES BOOGIE BAND 100 Club, London
26 March 2010
Through some good old fashioned hard gigging, London-based Bare
Bones Boogie Band are building a good reputation for themselves as a
potent live act, thanks in no small part to the outstanding vocals of
fiery Scottish blond bombshell Helen Turner, a singer very much in the
mould of the Janis Joplin/Deborah Bonham style blues belters.
On the back
of their recently released self-titled debut album, the band make a
welcome return to the 100 club tonight as guests of The Groundhogs.
kicks off in fine style with Simple Suggestion, a rocker very much in
the style of the Stones with a swaggering riff reminiscent of Honkey
Stones vibe going, the band then launch into a cranked up version of
Jagger/Richards’ very own Live With Me. Another original, Sister
Sunshine, follows which has the feel of Gimme Back My Bullets-era Lynyrd
excels herself in the vocal department on the next track, a cover of
Love In Vain, a really soulful performance.
Strikes Back features some tasteful Kossof-inspired guitar work from
Iain Black before album opener Baby Be Mine provides one of the
highlights of the set - a subtle, creeping riff in the vein of
Steppenwolf’s The Pusher combines with a powerful and catchy chorus.
Throw Me a
Line once again has a Stonesy feel to it and the mean and moody Janis
Joplin cover, One Good Man, gives Helen Turner the chance to wear her
influences on her sleeve.
version of Led Zep’s Since I’ve Been Loving you follows. Now it’s not
unusual for a band to cover a Zeppelin song, but it is unusual to do it
when none other than Jimmy Page himself has been spotted in the
guitarists may have buckled under the pressure, but Iain Black, who’s
guitar work throughout the set was first class, pulls off that solo with
aplomb. The band live up to their name with two full on boogie numbers,
Full Tilt Boogie Man and Mary Had A Little Lamb, to close a very
enjoyable set to rapturous applause from a pretty packed 100 club.
If you like good time rock, blues and boogie, you won't go far wrong with
the Bare Bones Boogie Band and as we approach festival season, expect to
see more of them.
Photos by Nick
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