Review - Tipping Point & The Billy Walton Band

Greyhound 24th February 2010

This was the first gig The Nottingham Blues Society has put on and what a night it turned out to be.
The evening started with local blues musician Kevin Thorpe and his new band Tipping Point warming up the audience of about 140 with a 45 minute set of completely new numbers that ranged from some guitar based blues/rock songs to numbers that verged on Americana. Kevin has always been able to write good songs and this brief look into his new collaboration that will be out on CD later in the year, proves Kevin Thorpe is back to his best!

The Billy Walton Band from New Jersey, USA, who came down last week to play at the Sunday jam session, started their set at full speed playing most of the tracks of the bands excellent CD “Neon City” the first set lasted over an hour and a lot of the crowd thought that was it, but after a short break they were back with Billy showing us just what a very good guitarist he is with some fine Hendrix numbers, my pick was his version of “Little Wing” which had everyone in the room open mouthed at the talent that was on show, after a second set of over an hour the band were asked to come back for an encore, which they were only too pleased to do.
This was one of the best value for money nights of blues you will ever get, three hours of great music from two top bands all for £6.00, can’t wait for the next one!
Barry Middleton


Review - Tipping Point & The Billy Walton Band

Greyhound 24th February 2010

On Wednesday evening I went to the Greyhound in Beeston with my mate Robin to see the Billy Walton Band. We met up there with friends Tony, Sue, Barry, Caroline and met a new lady called Jill, a friend of Sue and Tony. First up on the stage were Kevin Thorpe’s Tipping Point (click here for photos). They did a great job of getting the audience in the right mood. Robin and I had arrived early enough to see the Billy Walton Band finishing their sound check and it was clear that we were in for a great night of rock/blues music from this band from New Jersey. As usual I took lots of photos – click here for my selection of 24 from the 270 or so that I took on the night.

I spent most of the evening slack-jawed in sheer amazement at what Billy Walton can do with a guitar – truly outstanding. William Paris’ bass (and vocals on some songs) were great too. And John Hummel, the bands new drummer – who I am told has only been with them a month or so!! – was stunningly good. I bought both CDs that they were selling and a T-shirt for Dan. I haven’t listen to one of the CDs yet though – but only because I can’t stop playing the Neon City CD.

Check out the band’s website – and go to see them live, you will not be disappointed.

Simon J Gledhill

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