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BROWN, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Virgil and the Accelerators
The Assembly, Leamington Spa 12 May 2010
It was a case of all the three's at The Leamington Assembly on Wed 12th
May with a fantastic blues showcase, featuring three young, all on the
rise, blues artists and as you have guessed all three of the classic
three piece variety.
First up and
all under 20 years of age (drummer only 16), Virgil and the
Accelerators who powered through their short set which included
original rocker No Turning Back and a superb version of the Stevie Ray
Vaughan classic Couldn't Stand the weather.
Next up the
sensational Joanne Shaw Taylor with a selection of numbers from
one of the best British blues albums of recent years White Sugar.
with the instrumental title track from the album, she played her usual
high energy blues set including the scorching duo of Going Home and
Bones and she slowed things down with the stylish blues ballad Blackest
She has a
rich husky voice and plays a mean lead guitar really looking forward to
her second album, if half as good as her debut it cannot come soon
This is the
second time I have seen tonight's headliner Oli Brown the first
being the superb Blues Assembly at this venue last year (which also
featured Joanne) and if anything he was even better at this show.
more confident, played the crowd to perfection and with his second album
Heads I Win Tails You Lose had more material to choose from.
began with the high tempo opening track from the new album Evil Soul a
track in the vein of Elvis Presley's My Baby Left Me and kept the pace
going with a rocking Makes Me Wonder.
Oli played a
good selection from latest release including the slow burning Speechless
and his take on the old standard Fever performed in speeded up blues
He also visited his 2008 album Open Road with crowd favourite Stone Cold
(Roxanne) and another of his inspired cover versions Black Betty.
evening of blues music by three rising stars of the genre.
and photos by Andrew Lock
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