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... at the Exeter Corn Exchange and they were very good, despite having been on the stage for over ...
on 26 November 2015
The Blues Band appeared at the Exeter Corn Exchange and they were very good, despite having been on the stage for over 30 years, and Paul Jones was as good as ever. Quote )my own) review: ' For the penultimate number on the first set Kelly broke into Elmore James / Robert Johnson's 'Dust My Blues', a song that was given a new lease life in the 1960s by Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac. Jones gave a memorable performance on wailing harmonica and Kelly reminisced of how he had the honour to play with blues-men Freddy King and Howling Wolf at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in 1969 when tickets cost 12 shilling and six pence!
They finished the first set with the title track from a Jones' CD, Paul quipping, “The album is called 'Suddenly I Like It', and gradually you will too – not too gradually I hope.” He stated it included amazing performances by pianist Jools Holland and American blues-guitar prodigy Joe Bonamassa.
After a 20 minute interval they cracked into 'Say You Will', on 'the thorny topic of mature relationships', with Fletcher on ukulele. 'Some Day Baby' followed featuring guest Ray Beavis on tenor saxophone. D.K. remarked that they had first played with Beavis at the Town and Country Club in 1991! Paul Jones then led on 'The Bad Boy' that he deemed 'semi-autobiographical', probably reflecting the time before he converted to Christianity in the mid-eighties. The r&b standard 'Hallelujah, I Love Her So' followed. During the concert Jones revealed an amazing talent for engaging the audience and in recreating the authentic tones of the Deep South. McGuinness played lead on 'Rain Keep Falling', with brief solos from Fletcher and Townshend, before he mimicked the whole Hendrix shabang of playing guitar behind his head for a number of verses, alternating phrases with Beavis's saxophone.
Jones remarked they were 'impressed by the audiences impeccable taste', then ending with a slow tempo version of Chuck Berry's 'Little Queenie', D.K. hamming the words to the third verse. After leaving the stage, much applause led to an encore of the Ray Charles / Louis Jordan standard 'Let the Good Times Roll'. God bless them all. This is an excellent double CD and worth every penny - if you like the Blues!