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MOORE'S BLUES CORPORATION
Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst, Kent
13 September 2011
Photo: Les Lynyard
Its 40 odd
years since his recorded debut with the hugely popular club band
Hackensack and its nearly the 20th anniversary of his current Blues
Corporation outfit, so no better time to catch the former Hackensack,
Tiger, Samson, Mammoth front man and sometime Gerry Rafferty and Uli
John Roth vocalist Nicky Moore.
hugely apt then that he chose this night to introduce us to the latest
member of the Moore musical clan, Nick “Junior” Moore on vocals, who
duly took his place alongside his ever impressive guitar playing brother
And what a chip off the old block Junior proved to be. With the same
stature and on stage exuberance, let alone an eerily similar voice to
his dad, there was no doubting his parentage.
And by the
time Junior had wrapped his tonsils around two of Nicky’s best known
songs, ‘Blues Like Bobby Bland’ and ‘300 Pounds of Joy’, plus a funky
outing with a chorus about ‘borrowed time’, latecomers could have been
forgiven for pinching themselves to make sure Nicky wasn’t already on
But after a well received 5 songs set in which the Moore brothers did
themselves proud, up stepped the man of the moment.
irreverent and brusque front man, he may be a little older and a little
wiser now, but Nicky still retains his swagger and charisma, holding
court with the aid of a walking stick and chair.
But within 5
minutes of counting in the band into a series of bluesy grooves, his was
busy whooping, hollering and shouting at the crowd and generally causing
the kind of light hearted mayhem that perhaps only Nicky can get away
But it’s the
undiminished power of his voice and a wonderful phrasing ability that
sets him aside from his peers. Here is a singer with real power, feel
and presence who understands how to bring the fullest expression to a
lyric, that is when he’s not busy humorously berating either of his sons
or someone in the crowd who had the temerity to shout for a particular
he whispered his lyrics sweetly and the next he soared, holding a note
for an impossible length of time before imperceptibly moving back from
the mic to let Timmy do his talking on his guitar.
grist to the mill for a man who has spent his post hard-rock and metal
years developing a parallel career as a voice coach. But whereas he used
to front some of the loudest and most powerful bands in the land, he’s
now a much more intuitive singer who relies on feel, timing and a clever
use of diction to bring out the best of his material.
Backed by a
well drilled band who built up an impressive head of steam via a
succession of undulating grooves and stop-time blues, Nicky gave Timmy
plenty of space to explore all manner of tones and flowing solos.
particularly so on the aptly titled ‘Sea of Blues’, a mellifluous,
understated, acoustically kissed outing with a beautifully styled motif
from Timmy and a magnificent vocal from Nicky, who effortlessly shifted
from a whisper to a growl.
was a tough rocker with a stuttering intro, as he suddenly stopped the
song and shouted to the band; ‘after fucking four I said!’
as ‘a song I wrote a long time ago but never recorded’ it packed a
potent punch, while ‘47 Pontiac’ made the most of a train-time rhythm, a
semi acoustic arrangement, a catchy hook and featured some great bv’s
from both Junior before some coruscating licks from Timmy.
was a cover of ‘Statesboro Blues' with its faux Status Quo ‘Down The
Dustpipe’ intro, which he ultimately transformed into sing-along. There
was also time for a cutely re-arranged ‘Shame Shame Shame’ and of course
the inevitable ‘Devil On My Shoulder’ closing stomp.
He may be
celebrating 42 years on the road but with a voice that can still shatter
windows and two musical sons talented enough to push their dad all the
way, the Nicky Moore legend looks like continuing for some time to come.