Keb Mo warmed us up last night at the Enmore Theatre. 45minutes felt like two, such was his ability to mesmerise us. A lanky blues guitarist who could rip those blues off just as easy as you please.
Buddy Guy just ripped it up for an hour and half with some first rate blues, which ranged from the purer delta blues sound right through to some nostalgic savage Jimi Hendrix. He got himself down into the crowd and wandered around like a village minstrel – unfortunately from our nose bleed seats up the back that meant he vanished for a while but hey, we were there for the music were we not? His reputation for engaging the crowd was intact at least. At this level of performance his backing musicians are remarkable talent as well and we were wowed by his percussion and keyboard team. I enjoyed the mellow bass and his backing guitarist – who complemented Buddy so well it was only when Buddy was taking a drink that I realised the tune had been handed over. It was a foot tapping evening of pure bliss when thebest moments were soak-it-up close-your-eyes moments when you let the blues wash over you, get under your skin and into your bones. Its what the blues do best, and the best blues do it without you being able to resist them. Especially those ripped from the guitar of Buddy Guy.