What an amazing weekend, great venues, music and meeting musicians from all over the world. My highlight meeting and chatting with Mr Steve Cropper the legend, a true gent. The original Blues Brothers guitarist.
Looking forward to playing back in the North West at the True Blues Club. The club is run by Graham and Steve, who have the ideal set up for a Blues club. Good PA, lighting and table layout. Bookings taken online at the website links.
Thrilled to be performing in the North West on the 19th of August, here in Liverpool. I will be working with the house band at Parr Jazz, which is now based at Fredricks in Hope St. It will be a high after having to cancel the WMjazz at the 02, our guitarist Pete Sarge Frampton has a septic foot after being bitten whilst walking his dog. For those folk who know Pete, you will remember he was bitten by and Australian white back spider in the 80s which will resulted in Pete under going many months in hospital and loosing most of his skin on his right hand. Traveling for 9 hours in a van was not a good idea. He's on the mend and the next full gig with the Hoo Doo Men with be the True Blues Club on the 3rd of October.
Next month we are off on a holiday to clear the mind and start working on material for my next album.
Bigs thanks to all the team at the Stables: A1 venue, for both musicians and audience. It doesn't get better than this.
MaKuini's voice is unique in her own right and with the wonderful musicianship of the band, they have produced superb renditions in the style of those heady days that spanned Etta's career.
Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive 'Blues In My Bones' review.
Makuini & The Hoodoo Men - Present Etta James has got to be one of my favourite shows ever at The Railway Venue - stunning.
Then you find out who The Hoodoo men are & it all makes sense! Paul Burgess on drums! (10cc, Camel, Jethro Tull, Magna Carta) Sarge Frampton on guitar (Poacher) George Glover on keys (Climax Blues Band, David Parton) Wayne Morgan on Bass (Three Degrees, Drifters, Tavares, Four Tops, China Crisis) a bazzing brass section & of course, the powerhouse vocals of Makuini herself.
Seriously, do NOT miss this lot if/when they return. Beautiful.