Intercity Blues Band, BJ’s Rock in the Blues Club
The Minstrel in Eaves Green
The return of Intercity Blues Band from Liverpool wowed the crowd with their gritty style of Chicago Blues.
Archie Moore fronts this four-piece band on lead vocal and a wailing harmonica.
Dave Miles on lead guitar was outstanding. Firmly rooted in the blues genre, he showed what he could do with the Albert King hit Can’t You See What You’re Doin’ To Me.
The engine room, comprising Denis Sainter on a fantastic sounding bass guitar along with Mick Andrews on the drums, are an experienced pairing indeed and the driving force of the band.
There was a mix of classic blues and original works, six in all, and the first of these was Black Finger Boogie, led by Dave on lead guitar.
Big Joe Turner’s Flip Flop and Fly was next, and it was a great rendition.
Two more originals, Down Hill Blues and the fantastic Nothing Going Down, which highlighted the struggle in Liverpool in the 70s due to widespread unemployment.
Slim Harpo’s I Got Love If You Want It demonstrated the many skills of Archie’s harp playing, finishing the first set was Howlin’ Wolf’s Who’s Been Talking – superb.
The second set started with Henry Mancini’s instrumental Peter Gunn.
The set also produced covers from The Doors, two more original works, then Peter Green’s Stop Messin’ Around, Route 66, I Need You Tonight, Tommy Tucker’s High Heel Sneakers, Messin’ with the Kid by Junior Wells, before an encore with the classic Shake Your Money Maker by Elmore James, bringing the show to a close with the deafening shouts and whistles for more.
If you missed the Intercity Blues Band express catch the next one, you’ll be glad you did.