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WITH GUITARS/Blues Caravan 2011
Boom Boom Club, Sutton 6 May 2011
Guitars/Blues Caravan 2011 is a conceptually updated version of the old
touring blues review. And as this Boom Boom Club show demonstrated GWG
are imbued with such a musical breadth and unbounded vitality that they
transform the blues template into a fun filled exciting show with a
welcome sense of modernity.
In some respects the band's moniker does them a disservice as this is a
very confident road tested outfit with real ability and set of songs
with durable substance.
Taylor on bass/keys and vocals, Dani Wilde on guitar and vocals and
Samantha Fish on guitar and vocals all come from contrasting musical
backgrounds, but any potential musical tensions were rigidly subsumed by
a vibrant collective energy that was firmly anchored by the French
powerhouse drummer Denis Paladin.
over a 100 shows on this tour alone, they've morphed into a great band
with all the subtle nuances, dynamic intricacies and shifts in pace and
structure to go with a jammed out flair that contributes to the organic
development of an impressive set list.
One of the
great things about this 2 set show was the way the band interacted with
the audience as the different personalities endeared themselves to the
crowd with some lively repartee. Who could help but be drawn in by Dani
Wilde's soulful voice which conjures up both deep emotion and a real
feel for the blues.
was Samantha's more trebly vocal range which unerringly mirrored her
shrill Telecaster notes to provide another dimension to the band. On top
of that there was the brooding almost sullen presence of Cassie Taylor
whose sultry vocal style proved to be an extension of some deeply ironic
front line player's coalesced seamlessly as they traded licks, leaned
into some smouldering grooves and rocked out by turns to bring their own
take on contemporary blues.
that the majority of the crowd had never seen the band before and they
weren't disappointed. The first set was topped and tailed by a brusque
version of the Jagger/Richard penned 'Bitch' and a Cassie lead vocal on
the reshaped FM radio staple 'Jet Airliner'.
snaked its way through a mix of the current album and solo highlights in
both quartet and trio format leading to an unexpected tongue in cheek
version of 'Highway to Hell' which rocked!
in the crowd were simply blown away by a band that sized up the crowd
and jabbed them a few times with a sparkling solo or two.
their time before unleashing their best shots in a second set that saw
Sam deliver some stinging lines on the muscular mid-tempo blues 'Down In
The Swamp' and the more animated 'Wait A Minute Baby', on which Denis
provided crisp percussion.
Dani added a humorous intro to her own 'Red Blooded Woman' and
referenced Motown on the equally impressive self penned 'Mr Loving Man'
with both Cassie and Sam providing potent bv's.
Cassie to deliver a knockout punch with the sultry 'Satisfy My Soul' as
her sensual vocals subtly rose above Dani's growling wah wah guitar
work. Cassie also provided one of funniest intros of the night on the
mesmerising 'Wasting Time' with Sam adding another deftly nuanced solo.
Caravan 2011/Girls With Guitars exceeded all expectations and proved to
be a worthy triumph of the sum of its very talented parts.