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!