Re: Laurence Jones
Okay, the headliner of Friday’s bill at Sedgefield; the promised return of Laurence Jones after a couple of years - this time as headliner.
Can’t say much more than previous review; other than once again, all change in the back-line: good to see Toby back behind the kit, but no Luke on bass, though the guy this time round really took hold and gave it some (aarghh! sorry I missed his name). Laurence took to the stage and from the start, he owned it, as is only right for the Young Blues Artist of the Year. Laurence has the uncanny knack of modulating his voice to match his guitar sound; from smooth to raw, so that each number is a treat; from Foolin’ Me to Summer Breeze or his funked-up take on The Thrill Is Gone (happy birthday, BB King!) and a storming All Along The Watchtower. to close the first set.
Second set and Laurence started as he finished, but mid-way, returning the favour Buddy Whittington did him first time round, Laurence called Alex McKown back up on stage to romp through three old standards and the 2 lads really made sparks fly. From then on, Laurence and the band, really turned on the taps until a furious Bullfrog Blues closed the proceedings.
Stunning show; deserved of a sell-out night.