Topic: Customs House 04/10
A low key start. Unfortunately the venue announced that Joe would be onstage at 8.45 and he actually started at 8.40 so many of the audience were still in the bar, which led to a lot of standing up so people could shuffle past to their seats. (All seated in this venue)
A shout out to the support band - Stone Sole River - a cheerful bunch who played well from a standing start.
Joe is without doubt one of the best modern blues guitarists working today. Scary to think what he might become as he gains experience. Without blowing too much sunshine up his you-know-what, I'd say that his skill at combining traditional blues with ethnic styles, together with good old fashioned rock 'n roll is without equal. But...there's always a 'but'...as one of probably 150 guitarists in the audience, who took their wife along - a good test of any band!! - I felt that the 'show' was overall more educational than entertaining. I've heard Joe's albums and there are some cracking songs on them, so there shouldn't be any need to do 10 minute solos on quite so many. And a drum solo...Please?! NO! The band are very capable too but in danger of becoming cliched. I've got the 'Rockpalast' dvd and there's a spark in that which I felt was missing last night.
I know Joe reads this so please don't be offended mate. You are without doubt one of the very best guitar players I've had the privilege to hear. You've obviously worked very hard to be so good and much of your playing was beautiful and moving, (with tones to die for) but you're not only playing for other musicians! Work up a decent show and you'll be one of the biggest draws in the world!! Happy trails guys.