Blues club review 2

THE show featured the twin lead guitars of Dan Hudson and special guest Johnny White, from the Speakeasy Blues Band.

Both played with well-practised fluency, trading delightfully punchy riffs with one another on a host of blues classics.

Jimmy Rodgers’ Goin’ Away Baby opened the show, swiftly followed by Fats Domino’s Let the Good Times Roll and Junior Wells’ Hoodoo Man.

There were also four Muddy Waters songs at various intervals, including I Can’t be Satisfied, Hoochie Coochie Man, Rock me Baby and the rather obscure slow blues number, Clouds in my Heart.

Dan and the band had just ripped into Sonny Boy Williamson’s Nine Below Zero when the now customary free pizzas appeared.

They sang Good Morning Little Schoolgirl and curtailed the first set to get stuck into the pizza.

The second set continued in much the same vein, as the band played many thoughtful interpretations of classic songs: T. Bone Walker’s Stormy Monday, Peter Green’s If You be my Baby, Sweet Home Chicago, Born Under a Bad Sign.

The rhythm section of Dave Cook on drums and nephew Jim Cook on bass deserve a special mention as their playing and timing were immaculate throughout.

Robert Johnson’s Crossroads was the perfect encore to end a much appreciated evening.