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* Gigs: Boogie, Jump-Jive & Rock 'n' Roll 4 Cornwall
Posted Jul 01, 2003 - 02:45 PM
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Events THE CADILLAC KINGS: One of the most dynamic, jumpin' swing and blues bands anywhere in the world! Blues, Boogie, Jump-Jive & Rock 'n' Roll ­ music to put a smile on your face and your feet on the dancefloor.

Watering Hole, Perranporth, Saturday, July 12, 2003, 01872 572888

And at:

at the Isobar, St Ives
Sunday 13 July
Doors open 8.30pm

"If I had heard this band blindfold, I would definitely have assumed that The Cadillac Kings were from the West Coast of the USA. They have that lazy swing and hard hitting attack so beloved of California outfits like Rod Piazza's Mighty Flyers, with a little side step into Texas." Phil Wight, Blues & Rhythm May 2002

The Cadillac Kings play Blues, Boogie, Jump-Jive & Rock 'n' Roll with the look, sound & intentions of the 1950s ­ music to put a smile on your face and your feet on the dancefloor.

In a particularly strong line-up, they feature not only one of the UK's & Europe's best harp players, Gary Potts (2002 Blues in Britain nominee for best UK harp player), but also the superb guitarist, Paul 'T-Bone' Morgan. Journalist and photographer Steve Cooke wrote in Blueprint, "Paul Morgan stands alongside any of his American counterparts in capturing that fat bodied guitar sound".

The band are fronted by Mike Thomas, ex-Poorboys frontman, a singer & slide guitarist with over twenty years¹ experience of playing R&B, Blues, R & R, Cajun and Zydeco in clubs and at festivals all over Europe. Mike & The Poorboys recorded two highly rated CDs for the Italian/ American label Appaloosa, and appeared on tour alongside such acts as Los Lobos, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Omar & The Howlers, and Little Charlie & The Nightcats.

The top notch rhythm section comprises 'Uncle' Roy Webber on drums & Orlando Shearer on double bass. Roy's pedigree includes stints with two of the UK's best bluesbands, Big Joe Louis' Blues Kings and Wes Weston's Bluesonics. Orly's bass playing has been seen & heard with Big Joe Louis, Errol Linton, James Hunter, & for the last couple of years he has been touring with Otis Grand's band.

The Cadillac Kings' line-up is completed by the hugely experienced pianist Mike Adcock, a virtuoso New Orleans stylist, who just also happens to be one of the best UK Cajun & Zydeco accordeonists, and whose CV includes The Poorboys, Flaco Jiminez Band & Accordians Go Crazy.

In the relatively short time this band have been together, they have been in demand at venues and festivals across the UK, including three consecutive appearances at The Great British R&B Festival. With their superb stage presence they have quickly joined acts such as Otis Grand, Paul Lamb and The Big Town Playboys as regular favourites with the audiences and dancers at London's top R&B venue, The 100 Club.

November 2001 saw the much anticipated release of the band's debut CD 'Lou Ann'. Rob Austin of The 100 Club wrote " Lou Ann is one of the best blues & swing albums we've heard in years!!" This view was backed up by airplay from Paul Jones, Bob Harris, Johnny Walker, Henry Ayrton & many other UK DJs. In the states the record was even chosen for inclusion in the 2002 American Swing Award nominations.

It has also proved a real favourite on European blues radio programmes particularly in Scandinavia, France & Holland where the Dutch Blues Connection chose it as their CD of the month for July 2002.

As a result of this the band made their first appearances outside the UK this year at clubs and festivals in Norway, Belgium & Holland. 2002 Festival highlights at home include The Gloucester Blues Festival, Wales' Dragon Blues Festival, Hampshire's Blues at The Fort & The Isle of Wight Blues Weekend.

"This is a UK blues & swing outfit who really do cut the mustard!" Ken Smith, manager, Red Lick Records.

"The Cadillac Kings' secret weapon is Gary Potts, a harmonica great in the making." Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue USA, August 2002.

"Over the last couple of years this band has evolved into one of the most dynamic, jumpin' swing and blues bands anywhere in the world!" Robert Austin, The 100 Club, London.

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