Bottleneck Blues Club

Thank you to all who came to see Steve Morrison last week. Here is a review:

"Last Tuesday saw one of the best British solo guitar players on the circuit, Steve Morrison, play the Bottleneck. The support for the night was a very talented duo from Essex, 'Soundman and Hat', comprising George on guitar and vocals with his partner Lorraine ('Lol') on sax. This duo played a nice, jazzy, blues set including a very good version of the Chris Rea song 'Road to Hell', with great vocals and a very smoochy blues sax wailing away in the background. In their short set, they also had local musician Terry Carter help out on his trusty harmonica.

Steve had never played the club before and, with this man, you just have to sit back, listen to his great stories and enjoy...he is the real deal! One man singing along with his guitar, stomp box and playing some of his favourite songs. 'Lets Work Together', the Canned Heat number, was the opener that immediately showed off his superb slide guitar playing. Then the leg starts to get into the rhythm, the stomp box becomes his drummer, the vocals displaying a good bluesy, and very clear, singing voice...and boy does he like to sing! Anything from Jazz to Country and everything in between. He shows real skill in getting an audience to sing along to some of the old traditional songs like 'Down by the Riverside' and 'Pick a Bale of Cotton'. It could be said that this is not the blues as we know it, however, in Steve's hands, it becomes just that! Then, up comes 'Soundman and Hat' and Terry on harp, (you don't need a drummer with Steve's stomp box!). This had not been rehearsed, however, with great sax, rhythm guitar and blues harp, together with the accomplished slide and vocals of Steve, rocking us on our way home, anyone that had walked in at that moment would have thought that this group had been playing together all night. These are the nights when nothing is better than good live music and a few beers. Well done to all the Bottleneck supporters for coming along with their backing vocals and a big 'Well Done' to Steve Morrison, a superb musician who loves what he does...and it shows when he gives a big smile at the end of the evening.   Alan Kyle"

For this month, on Tuesday 25th July, the return to the club of Errol Linton and the Blues Vibe. I was fortunate to be at Errol's previous show a few years ago and he absolutely blew me away. In my mind, one of the best acts to be seen anywhere in this style of the blues and the experience that Errol has, really tells. A superb evening in store, without question.

Tickets £12.00, pay on the door. Doors open 7.30pm, band on stage 8.45pm. Good food, reasonably priced, available to eat at your table if required.

So, that's Errol Linton and the Blues Vibe, appearing on Tuesday 25th July.

Please do support.

Richard Dobney