Monday, 26 May 2014

I'm YOUR HOOCHIE COOCHIE MAN

25.05.2014

Walked over to Buddy Guys at 7.30 to find it busy and tables hard to find. However, entry is free up to 8.30 when there is a $20 cover charge so it starts to thin out and staff usher us to a table with a lone man on it who puts up with us for 3 minutes before moving off. We watch the free acoustic set with Jimmy Johnson until 8.30 when the first of the big names, the Luke Pyetal Band comes on. Superb sound with a great alto sax, Ronnie G , and keyboard player, Brian James. Luke plays guitar effortlessly like Eric Clapton and even the GF is rocking. The place is packed and we order from the Cajun menu....Louisiana Blue Crab cakes which we share and then I bottle out of the jumbo Gumbo and the Jambalaya and settle for the Baby Back Ribs and BBQ Chicken Combo, the GF has Beef Tacos, all good. After a non stop 2hr set, there is a quick change and the main event is the great Eddie Shaw, 77 years old and 20 years as tenor sax player with Muddy Waters and another 20 with Howling Wolf....even has credits on the Howling Wolf London Sessions, great milestone for people like Clapton and the Stones....before forming his own band and recording in his own name. Absolute brilliant 2 hours non stop rocking blues, best version of little red rooster I've ever heard, likewise Hoochie Coochie Man. Lineup includes his son Vaan Shaw who plays a 3neck electric guitar that sounds sublime. We leave at 12.30, even the GF enjoys it despite us both being deaf. Absolute magical night that I've always wanted to do.

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