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BLUES ASSEMBLY 2
Assembly, Leamington Spa,
First up the
talented and versatile Cherry Lee Mewis who played a superb set
on the second stage of this years Cambridge Rock Festival, her style
combines the blues with touches of country and rock-a-billy, she has a
fun easy going stage presence and a seriously good band playing
alongside her and of course her biggest weapon, her fantastic voice.
heavily featured tracks from the excellent Southbound Train album
including the catchy All You Need, the smooth Midnight in Memphis, the
upbeat Western Star and Southbound Train itself and another highlight of
the set was her version of the old standard Wade in the Water.
live performer and a real character, for me a star in the making, and
this performance and her support slot on the Mud Morganfield UK tour
will I am sure increase her fan base.
lady of the blues on stage next, the electrifying blues/rock guitar of
Chantel McGregor who along with her band performed a stunning
set, if anything even better than her performance at Cambridge earlier
in the year where as well as her own set on the Saturday she was also a
special guest during Deborah Bonham's Friday's performance.
included Free Falling, Help Me and an electrifying version of the Joe
Bonamassa track Sloe Gin which brought the house down.
her guitar prowess her powerful vocals also enriched the sound, she is
yet to release an album but when she does I am sure it will cement her
already growing reputation as a blues artist of the highest calibre.
Time for the
guys to entertain for the rest of the evening, first up the full on
blues rock of Glasgow band the Nimmo Bros a four piece outfit who
released their first album in 1998 and featured the red hot guitar
slinging brothers Alan and Stevie who had the hall rocking and rolling
with tracks including Long Way From Everything and the storming closing
track The Shape I'm In, during the last number the audience well warmed
up and completely rocked joined in on the chorus.
Blues Assembly show last year it was great to have such a range of blues
styles in one event and for me this was the headbanging section of the
respected and well travelled Matt Schofield from Manchester up
next up who has been voted one of the ten best blues guitarists in the
country, he is a true master of the blues guitar as he proved in a set
full of traditional blues work outs, extended solos and virtuoso
playing, the stand out tracks for me Ear to the Ground and two tracks
from his latest album Heads Tales & Aces, Live Wire and the full on
groove of Betting Man.
time and after a couple of warm up numbers from his excellent band on
walked the man himself Mud Morganfield the oldest son of blues
legend Muddy Waters to take a high seat centre stage and deliver a set
of full on Chicago blues, looking the king of cool, dressed in a
spectacular gold shirt and with a voice rich and full of character he
delivered a faultless set of blues classics, including of course several
numbers made famous by his father including Baby, Please Don't Go,
Walkin' Thru the Park, The Same Thing and a stunning Hoochie Coochie
tracks Mud had the crowd enthralled with stories about his father, and
it was very touching to hear him talk about his pride in being able to
play his fathers music for people who never had a chance to see him
stopping Mannish Boy closed the main set and for the encore a red hot
Got My Mojo Working finished proceedings in style to end another great
night of the blues here in Leamington, same next year please.
photos by Andrew Lock
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