Another sold out show at the fairly intimate Lesic Theatre in SantaFe.
James Hunter opened with a solid set. Played about half of the last album including the title track. Very together band. The horn section (tenor/bari) had it down and the Hammond plar was right on. James seemed a little nervous or hyper and the banter a little forced, but his vocals were great. I think he sounds like Sam Cooke and Ray Charles on his CD's but live he sounded more like Jackie Wilson. Highlights for me were some of the slower tunes like Hand It Over and Corrina. Watch and Chain rocked hard. He never seemed to get it going on guitar but mainly played a few riffs.
Susan on the other hand tore it up. Came out with a slow blues tunes and rocked at least half ofthe new CD. Whole band was hitting on all cylinders. She played a ton of guitar but made sure to give plenty of room to the others. Top point for me was mid set with Evidence. Wish they had kept up that soul. Some decent covers inclduding a real nice For No One and a decent Don't Think Twice and an OK Lovin You Has Made My Life Sweeter Than Ever that could have used some harmonies. This band is worth seeing and suporting and with Hunter, it's gravy. West coast zoners enjoy! JB
As much as i love Susan, don't feel she really brings it live when ive seen her. Was kinda disappointed in the Soul Stew show we saw in Pompano in late December as well.
As much as i love Susan, don't feel she really brings it live when ive seen her >>> ?????????????
When I saw her with soul stew I thought she didn´t play enough guitar. I think both Derek´s band and her band sounded better when they are separate. It was an early in the run Soul Stew Review so maybe they´re tighter now. Susan rocks and has a voice like an angel.
Agree on the positives here. Susan rolls into Denver this Wednesday and, being that it's late February, we're all ready to rock.
Paramount, Denver, here we come.