Thursday, December 18, 2008

Kim Wilson's Blues Review

I ended my 394 day boycott of Biscuits & Blues. I swore I would never set foot in that place again. I decided to change my mind when I heard Barrelhouse Chuck was coming to town as part of Kim Wilson's Blues Review.

The word on the street is that Kim Wilson was going to take the band that performed on the soundtrack of the movie Cadillac Records on a tour of the West Coast. That band included: Barrelhouse Chuck (piano), Billy Flynn (guitar), Richard Innes (drums) and Larry Taylor (bass). Joining them was Bay Area guitar talent, Rusty Zinn.

Barrelhouse Chuck, Billy Flynn, Richard Innes,
Kim Wilson, Rusty Zinn and Larry Taylor (l to r)

It was a fine evening filled with three hours of traditional postwar style Chicago Blues. I don't think I've ever seen so many harmonica players in one place before. I picked up one of Chuck's CD and had an opportunity to talk to one of the premier blues piano players alive. It was a really cool night.

It was almost marred by a near fatal accident on I-80. A pushing their disabled vehicle down the road was almost rear-ended by another vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.


Ricky Bush said...

Oh, wow! Had to be some kind of gig that you witnessed. One of my favorite newer blues releases is Chuck's last one with Kim Wilson tearing it up. Just about the best example of pure traditional Chitown blues on the market right now. They nailed it. I guess I need to go back to a post from 364 day ago to find out why you boycotted the club, huh? Anyway--

See ya--

Joe's Blues Blog said...

Hi Rick,

It was 394 days. The previous show that I saw at Biscuits & Blues was James Cotton.

This might save you some trouble.

Biscuits & Blues Incident

I've had a number of run ins with the management of Biscuits & Blues doing some heinous things to their customer base, but that event really irritated me.

It was good to see an improvement this past Wednesday.