I was listening to BBC Hereford and Worcester’s Friday Session Introducing with added interest since I am investigating moving back to that area in the next few months. The programme has been extended to three hours on a Friday night, a just reward for such an excellent and entertaining take on the local music scene. The extra hour is being devoted to established bands with links to the area so those of you who don’t understand my relentless obsession with new music can listen to something more familiar such as a Dodgy session and talking about U2 at Kidderminster Town Hall back in 1980 (I saw them twice that year in Coventry, the first time in a half-full back room of The General Wolfe pub).
Obviously my main focus was on the two hours of Introducing. The track that really caught my attention was Century Smile by a band called Derailed. What surprised me was that they are a straight Blues band. Hardly a new concept, and not something I would go out of my way to hear. What attracted me to Derailed was that they sound like their starting point is Crawling King Snake by The Doors (although the “Huuh” at the beginning of the track reminds me of Stooges Fun House period). The vocalist Kirk Hammond has a low, growly voice that is perfect for this type of music. Blues is not a musical style that is going to lead to fame and fortune but Derailed sound like they will be really good live and the lucky people around Hereford should be able to have a good night when Derailed play.
Century Smile by Derailed(Clip)
All of this new found enthusiasm for electric Blues led me back in time to reacquaint myself with Johnny Winter, the Texan Bluesman who began in the late Sixties. I first heard him when I was about 12 years old (I think it was my cousin Keith who played him to me). My trip down Nostalgia Lane has rewarded me with some of the best Blues Rock ever played. I’ve spent this week listening to the early albums and in particular to the amazing “Progressive Blues Experiment”. I just can’t get enough of that guitar playing. Here is a little sample to whet your appetite:
Black Cat Bone by Johnny Winter (Clip)