JLW is a legendary bluesman who has been recording music for over thirty years and always puts on a good show. Tonight is no exception. With a brief into to his band it’s straight into an extended blues jam ‘I’m not messin around’ and this is the start of things to come. The crowd are immediately engaged clapping, singing and bopping along.
A guitar virtuoso, bending and stretching notes at will but still retaining a great rhythm through the songs. He is ably supported by long time bass player Lenny Bradford, Brit Stevie Watts on Hammond, and the beast Byron Cage on drums who also adds backing vocals too.
Sharing anecdotes from his illustrious career and joking that the Jordanaires provided hits for everyone they played with but he is still waiting for his. He’s still had a great career with many awards and Grammys and he defies his 68 years putting some younger bands to shame with an energetic ninety minutes of the finest blues.
The highlight tonight was undoubtedly a fantastic version of George Harrison’s ‘While my Guitar Gently Weeps’, it was absolutely stunning and a real hair standing up on the back of your neck moment. The bar has already been set incredibly high for best moment in a gig in 2018.
A top night and ‘till the next time, keep on blues rockin y’all