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* Gigs: Lightnin' Willie - Hall for Cornwall 4th August
Posted Jul 25, 2007 - 01:53 PM
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Events Lightnin' Willie and the Poorboys will be at the Hall for Cornwall on the 4th August...

Hall for Cornwall
Doors 8pm
13.25, 12
Concessions: 11.25, 10
A 75p Theatre Fund payment is added to each ticket sold.

Lightnin and the guys are fantastic live - check out the following review from the very latest Blues in Britain magazine:

To the uninitiated, Lightnin' Willie, in his cowboy boots, hand stitched suit and wide brimmed hat looks every inch the Texan country gentleman. But when the man announces himself with a piercing rebel yell before his first number and totes a Strat that looks more battered than an interviewed police suspect in TV's Live on Mars, you soon begin to realise that his reputation for whooping things up sure isn't unfounded.

Backed by the Poorboys - drummer Tony Burt, bass man Fergie Fulton of Groove Doctors fame and, maintaining the East Anglian connection, Ipswich harmonica wizard Giles King, Willie tore through his first two numbers like one of his home state tornadoes before slowing down a fraction for the western swing of "Walkin", in which Giles broke out into the first of many sustained solos.

The chemistry between harp and guitar was never more potent than on the rumba influenced "Crazy I Don't Mean Maybe", the sound of both instruments winding sinuously around each other. After a nip of Jack Daniel's, Willie took his first stroll into the audience on the aptly named "Come on Little Baby Take a Little Walk With Me". By this stage the place was rocking and Willie had no trouble coaxing the excited audience into full-throated choruses on "Don't Bite the Hand that Feeds You" that followed.

The moody "Whole Lot of Trouble" featured outstanding gutbucket harp from Giles, before two shortish country numbers took us to the grandstand finale. No Lightnin' Willie performance would be complete without some white hot slide guitar, and "Look What Love Can Do" saw the man switch to National Steel to provide just that. Spinning like a top, the dervish from Dallas plunged once more into the crowd, closely followed by Giles blowing at top note, laying down a groove that defied you to remain seated; it must have worked on Tony, snatching up a spare snare on a stand he and Fergie joined their companions in mayhem to finish the number encamped round the sound desk at the opposite end of the room. One of those magic moments.

There are probably better singers and guitarists than Willie in the blues world, and some of his material has a Grand Old Opry feel. So what? I call it blues with a twang. But the dry humoured Texan sure takes some beating when it comes to audience communication and showmanship. As for the Poorboys, Tony and Fergie were in step every inch of the way and, on this performance, Giles King's harmonica is right up there with the best.

Martin Byrom, Blues in Britain Magazine, July 2007

Click here for a free MP3 "Couldn't Do Nothin"

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