Jayson Burns (Photo Credits: David Sansoni)
Support band Bad Touch kick off proceedings with a heady mix of power rock and power ballads at the Robin 2, Bilston. Having worked with fabled producer Chris Kimsey expectations are high, and tracks like the rockier 'I Belong' and the mellower 'The Mountain' encompass the repertoire of this Norfolk four piece. They have the range of a Bon Jovi at their peak and provide a welcome appetiser to the main course.
Grammy Award winners The Kentucky Headhunters take the country rock up a notch with a smattering of ZZ Topesque blues thrown in just for fun. Greg Martin (Guitar, Vocals), Fred Young (Drums, Vocals), Doug Phelps(Vocals, Bass) and
Richard Young (Vocals, Guitar) have the gnarled appearance and sound of a band who've been round a few blocks learning their craft along the pot-holed way.
A rocked out version of The Animals' classic 'House of the Rising Sun' is an early highlight and sits comfortably alongside the plethora of down and dirty originals on offer.
The pure country of 'God Loves a Rollin Stone' could be straight out of Nashville and is the kind of number that, even on first hearing, has you singing the chorus like you've been weaned on Jack Daniels and mom's apple pie.
'Stumblin' takes us into country rock territory and 'Shuffling Back to Memphis' continues the inebriated movement theme while 'My Daddy Was A Milkman' takes us back to pure blues along with covers of Robert Johnson's 'Cross Roads Blues' and Freddie King's 'Have You Ever Loved A Woman'. A rousing 'Spirit in the Sky' goes down particularly well with the 'seasoned' Robin crowd.
Another night of top level music then at this West Midlands outpost. The Kentucky Headhunters are in the UK until 10th October when they return Stateside for a clutch of pre-Christmas gigs. Catch them soon if you like good 'ol boys with a sting in the tail.
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