The Rhythm & Blues Band [Rhythm & Blues, 6 piece]
Here's a band who do exactly what it says on the tin. The Rhythm and Blues Band play just that -- old-style rhythm and blues -- and they do it extremely well.
This six-piece band are one of the best pub acts I've seen in the last five years -- and boy are they a refreshing change.
The R & B Band are not the kind of act who churn out Mustang Sally or Brown Eyed Girl. They find outstanding material that many members of the audience might not even recognize.
Not only do the band perform the songs brilliantly but there are songs that are fairly obscure but really deserve a wider audience.
In Gary Sladden the Rhythm and Blues Band have a superb vocalist who has a rich soulful voice that brings the best out of the material.
The band kicked off with the little-known Gary US Bonds song Murder In The First Degree and followed it with Delbert McClinton's Old Weakness (Coming On Strong). Now what other pub group have even considered starting with two songs like that?
The sound quality was superb with the perfect balance between vocals and instruments which made the performance even more enjoyable.
Other highlights of the first set included a soulful performance of the Sam Cooke/Animals hit Bring It On Home; an uplifting interpretation of Nina Simone's I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (the old Film 77 BBC TV theme) and another of Delbert McClinton's under-rated songs Why Me.
The musicianship and solos were excellent throughout and it came as no surprise to learn that Roger Mingaye on keyboards and Phil Haslam on guitar were long-time professional musicians.
The line-up was completed by Kevin Walker on bass guitar plus R & B Band original members Alan 'Zoot' Cardwell on saxes and Alan Davis on drums, who were both there when the band formed ten years ago.
The second set was just as good with the band presenting more 'unusual' numbers including two outstanding numbers by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes -- Talk To Me (a really great song) and I Don't Want To Go Home.
The Rhythm and Blues Band performed also some uptempo favourites such as Dexy's Midnight Runners' Geno; Huey Lewis and the News' The Power Of Love and the reggae-tinged Enjoy Yourself which had the Three Wishes audience on their feet.
If you run a venue and are looking for a first-class band who offer something different from the average pub group then the Rhythm and Blues Band should be at the top of your list.Thursday 14 February 2019
Thank you so much for this very generous review, we are very proud of both our band and choice of music and for that to be recognised in this way is very heartwarming. We always do our best to perform professionally to all our audiences.
Alan Davis (Drums)
Fantastic sound, outstanding lead singer and one of the best live bands we’ve seen in many years. If you get the opportunity go and see them. We will certainly look out for them.Sunday 17 June 2018
Thank you for your generous review, we look forward to playing for you again soon.
Last night was the first time the guys played in our pub. It won’t be the last.
Such a brilliant mix of songs, everything from Stevie Wonder to Huey Lewis.
The volume was just right for a pub our size, and our customers, and us, thoroughly enjoyed it.
If you like/want the more melodic side of R&B in your pub, book these lads, you can’t go wrong
Garvan McCaffertySunday 29 April 2018
Thank you Garvan for your kind words. We look forward to playing the Bell in August.
Once again, a brilliant afternoon with you all. Thank you so much....another 3 dates already booked in the diary. See you in July!!Thursday 12 April 2018
Thank you so much Carol
The Black Horse Hi Alan - thank you to you and the band for a great night . Look forward to seeing you again on the 14th April. Thanks also to all our punters who danced the night away !Monday 22 January 2018
Thank you so much, see you in April.