Concert Review – The Paul Cox Band – Lichfield Guildhall – November 11th 2012
Review by: Ben Macnair, with photography by John Williams
A blues band, full of musicians who have played with a who’s who of British music’s best known names gave a sterling performance full of their own material, and some well chosen covers when the Paul Cox band made their debut at Lichfield’s Guildhall.
Paul Cox, a singer with a voice that has similarities to both Paul Rogers and Tom Jones, led the band, with Mark Sutherland on lead guitar, a late replacement for guest guitar hot shot Charlie Fabert, Keyboard player Roger Cotton, and a rhythm section of drummer Peter Stroud and Bassist Nigel Harvey, as they played deep blues songs, and more upbeat material during their two hour concert.
They started with the blues shouter ‘That’s what I like’ and the hard rocking ‘Middle of Nowhere’ before calming things down with a latin tinged ‘I get Evil’. They played ‘Hideaway’, Freddie King’s instrumental giving the band chance to show what they could do, whilst the melodic ballad ‘This love of mine’ was a delicate love song, full of melodic touches from guitar and keyboards, and well honed rhythm playing. The first set ended with another Freddie King song, with a slightly slower, but still convincing ‘Tore Down’.
They started the second set with ‘A Big change is gonna come’ with its R’n’b tone, and some fine soloing from guitar and keyboard. Further slow blues was provided in ‘Cold-cold feeling’ which featured some fine guitar and keyboard, whilst ‘Week-end blues man’ was a fast, up-beat rocker, and a manifesto for anyone who has played gigs in this type of group. The soul music classic ‘Some kind of Wonderful’ finished the set, whilst the encore, another Freddie King song ‘Have you ever loved a woman?’ showed how the band had gained their pedigree.
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