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SANDI THOM, Assembly, Leamington 28 April 2011
this show and a new artist for me, the excellent blues of Marcus
Bonfanti, who was also Sandi's original guitarist, he performed a
set of solid blues material including several tracks from his latest
album 'What Good Am I to You?'
stand out numbers the laid back blues of 'Devil Girl', the traditional
sounding blues and ode to the Tax man that is 'Give Me Your Cash', and
with some excellent country style guitar picking a song written about an
ex girlfriend 'Sweet Louise'.
young blues talent to watch out for with great stage presence.
I had never
seen Sandi Thom live before and like many others remember that
huge hit single from a few years back, but she has changed completely to
a much more bluesy style and boy does she do it well, for me she is up
there with Joanne Shaw Taylor, Chantel McGregor and Cherry Lee Mewis (an
artist for me even more in her style) at the forefront of the great
blues scene we have in this country.
excellent new blues album 'Merchants and Thieves' (which includes
special guest Joe Bonamassa on several tracks) and really is a fantastic
album was well represented in the set, starting with an opening salvo of
the slow paced but heavy blues ballad 'Belly of the Blues', the
harmonica intro led rocker 'Heart of Stone' the country style 'Maggie
McCall' including at times touches of Duane Eddy style guitar, and the
heartbreaking blues of 'If Heartaches Were Nickles'.
Sandi has a
perfect singing style for the blues and her guitar work and harmonica
playing is also top quality, she works the audience very well and has an
easy going friendly manner, very importantly she also has an excellent 5
piece band performing alongside her.
the big number one single from 2006 'I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (with
flowers in my hair)' was given an airing but with a bluesy rock feel
rather than the original pop style and I must say it sounded fantastic,
also performed from the back catalogue the catchy 'Devil's Beat' the
opening number form The Pink and the Lily album, and from her debut
album Smile... it Confuses People 'What If I'm Right'.
highlights included two stunning covers, a dramatic and powerful 'House
of the Rising Sun' and a cracking version of the Fleetwood Mac classic
'The Chain', finishing the main set with a real rocker again from the
new album 'This Ol' World'.
encores it was back to the current release starting with a vocal only
performance of 'Ghost Town' which was a duet with her fabulous
percussionist and backing vocalist, and to finish the show in rocking
style with the audience all on their feet a bouncing 'Runaway Train'.
performance by Sandi and the band, she has found a style that really
suits her, any fan of the blues would love the new album and I would
recommend you catch one of her live shows.
photos by Andrew Lock
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