From: Bottleneck Blues [john_at_bottleneckblues_dot_com]
02 February 2007 10:06
Tues 27th Feb ~ The Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges Band
Thank you all so much for making our first gig of 2007
such a success.....we were rammed....about 120 squeezed into The Roffen to hear
The Harry Skinner Blues Band put on a fabulous show. If you run a club or have a
venue.....book 'em, you won't be disappointed! A big thank you
also to Roy Middleton without whose help the gig probably couldn't have
happened....his supply & operation of the PA saved the day......& yet
more grovelling thanks to Alan & Terry who always help with the set-up &
break-down on the night.....Thanks guys, you take some of the strain off these
aching bones! Alright, you try lugging all that equipment up those stairs,
it's a ball-breaker.
I'm really upping the anti again this year & have
some wonderful acts lined up with our next showcase night being on Tues 27th
Feb. _at_ The Roffen featuring The Eugene "Hideaway"
Bridges Band. Many of you will have seen
Eugene in the past, he's from Texas & rightly gets accolades for his
performances. His status has grown over the years & he now mostly
plays the bigger Theatres & Festivals so I feel very privileged that he's
agreed to perform at The Bottleneck
It's been written that he'll take over the crown from B
B King one day....that's as may be, in reality he's a superb performer in
his own right...blessed with an outstanding voice (he IS Sam Cook if you close
your eyes!) & a lovely way with the guitar, he is a total
I have little or no table space left for this gig as I
write....I do have some limited seating which I'm happy to reserve but it
looks like another sell-out....if you leave it until the last minute you will
almost certainly have to stand. Zimmer hire is only £5 per night...book
Coming up later this year I have an interesting duo
from New York The Groanbox Boys
supporting The Richard Studholme Band on Tues 27th March. The Groanbox Boys play old-time country
blues, a bit of Appalachian Mountain music & early Carter Family style
numbers using a range of instruments from banjos to squeeze-boxes....great
stuff. I heard Richard's new band last year & was very impressed, he
really is one of our most talented musicians. As well as being a fine
guitarist (he appears on an Eric Bibb release as well as on Geoff Achison's last
UK album & Ben Andrews' "Gallows Pole") he's also a hot bassist, keyboard
player, drums, banjo, mandolin....you name it...& he's a qualified Porsche
mechanic!!......too bloody clever by half!!
I'm having to shunt acts around at present to
accommodate the Maidstone closure but I may have The Corrina Greyson Band in
April (more on that later) but we definitely have the amazing Little Toby Walker + Mike Dowling on May 29th.....two totally virtuosic musicians, this will be a
truly awe inspiring night. And on the 26th June....Geoff Achison & The
Souldiggers....I think this is Geoff's 11th
UK tour....he also plays Blues on the Farm, nr Chichester, The North Devon
Festival, Dorchester Arts Centre & a whole bunch of other fine venues dotted
around the country....the full schedule will be on-site this month. The
Souldiggers this year are the classic line-up of Sam Kelly (percussion),
Dave Clarke (bass) & Paul Jobson (keys).
I have bookings already for all these gigs, right up
until June, so do try to plan ahead if you want a seat.
I will have some gig guides at the next gig.....sorry
to you all for the lapse this month but I've had a lot on my
Doors are 8pm & we finish about 11:30pm.
Waitress Service. No Smoking in performance area.
Please support live music...clubs are dropping like
flies across the country. We're very lucky in having such a good crowd but I
don't ever take it for granted ~ you know you'll miss it when it's
gone! Hope to see you there.....
forget, just type the artist's name into Google for heaps of info &