What a day! The sun decided to return with a much bigger smile than we've seen of late and was clearly making up for recent notable absences. A great welcome for our first visit to 'Blues On The Meadow' in Berkshire and was a fitting accompaniment for an excellent day of good humour, good company and great music.
First up was a band that have been causing quite a few ripples on the UK music scen...e lately . . . . and rightly so. Keep an eye on Red Butler, because they are going to challenge a few established UK blues acts soon. Jane Pearce provided some stunning vocals over some well honed instrumentation. Check out their version of Free's 'Walk In My Shadow' and you'll understand just how they hit the early crowd right between the ears!
The Brass Knuckle Blues Band have been on our gig-list before and proved they set high standards of musicianship for a superb set of blues and 'real' R&B standards. It's a rare treat to find a six piece band on the circuit these days and they gave us a real 'sit up and take notice' programme. The only disappointment . . . . no current CD by the band . . . . come on guys, let's enjoy between gigs too!
Big Boy Bloater has gained a well-deserved reputation for his ability to melt 50s style 'real' R&B with contemporary self-penned songs. He brings a deal of good humour to his presentation and he certainly engaged well with the audience to get out in front of stage to shimmy and shake (and more). He was previewing some of his new album, including 'Sweet & Brown', 'Rocket Surgery' and a highly original new take on the Platters hit 'My Prayer'. He's a great entertainer and front man for a fine band. Catch him, when you can!
Undoubtedly, Connie Lush & Blues Shouter and The Mustangs were good choices for the 'Blues On The Meadow' programme. They had their fair share of followers present
for their sets and put on high-powered performances that ensured they have added to their fan-base.
The Robin Bibi Band closed a relaxed day of superb music with a set that showcased their seasoned talents with a some contrasts of musical style. It was a fitting finale, with most of the audience (including Robin) bopping in front of the stage until they ran out of time.
Full marks to the organisers for a friendly event in a lovely setting and they even offered a sunscreen spray for each of the audience, so they didn't suffer in the sun. Great day . . . . and we'll be back!
Cruising with the Commissioner