Words By Nigel Foster:
And so at long last my epic musical journey of live music for 2013 came to an end tonight. And what a fitting end in the company of Katie Bradley and her blues band at the famous Grey Horse pub in Kingston.
For two hours the band drenched the venue in traditional heartfelt Blues of the highest order. This is no surprise when you hear the individual and combined talents of the band.
Wes Johnson and Dr Bob were totally in synch on every number laying down a rhythm that provided a foundation for the incredible vocal talents and indeed Blues Harp playing of Katie Bradley and the stellar guitar work of Mr Dudley Dudley Ross. Add to the mix the guitar talents of guests of Pete Ferrugia and Richard Hayes and you just knew you were in for a treat.
Katie a Bradley really does have a sublime vocal talent, that is deep, rich and soulful in equal measure and this shone through on every number from Blues staples like Hound Dog and Rock Me Baby through to the self penned songs. Katie is also a phenomenal Blues Harp player and she punctuated a number of songs wit emotive playing of this unique instrument.
Dudley Ross is an extraordinary talent and prior to the show he posted a FB Post stating his GIbson Les Paul was his chosen ‘weapon of choice.’ That was no weapon, the way Dudley plays it, the Les Paul is an instrument for which he clearly has great love and affection. Such is the dexterity and feel with which Dudley plays.
Levytown was truly sublime, a brooding building epic song punctuated by a soulful vocal. Taut harp from Katie and truly sublime licks and searing dense solo from Ross.
Original number Long Way From Home had me in raptures as Ross dominated this haunting track with serious dexterous slide playing. A joy to behold.
If that was a highlight, what of Katie’s homage to Etta James, with a simply stunning and spine tingling version of I’d Rather Go Blind. A tearing heartfelt delivery from Katie, swooping and soaring and Ross wrapping his leader with subtle and beautiful melody. Spine tingling moments.
Set closer Good times Roll lifted the pace and was delivered as a real foot to the floor Blues stomper.
No surprises the band left the stage to a rousing reception.
A Brilliant way to end my 2013 odyssey of live music.
If you are a Blues fan go see this band. If you promote music or own a club, do yourself and your patrons a favour and book these guys. They really are that good.
An added pleasure to share this gig with my good friend Kathryn.