Concert Review: The Producers at Lichfield Guildhall

Concert Review: The Producers at Lichfield Guildhall November 25th 2012

Reviewed by: Ben Macnair

Following a long term sabbatical, bluesy rock band The Producers played a lively set of bluesy rock music when they appeared at Lichfield’s Guildhall.

Led by Harry Skinner on guitars and vocals, the rest of the ensemble was keyboard player Ray Drury and a strong rhythm section of bassist Dave Saunders and drummer Biff Smith. They played a set of their own songs, and a number of well chosen blues standard.

The musically complex ‘Did you ever love some-one?’ started the set, whilst the blues standard ‘Rock me’ allowed for some more groove based playing. They played some songs from their recent acclaimed album, ‘London Blues’, of which, the slow, minor chord song ‘Preservation blues’ was a highlight. The blues standard ‘Further on up the Road’ was a good choice, and allowed for some choice soloing from keys and guitar, whilst the funkier ‘I can’t get it together’ continued the same high octane playing. A slower ballad, ‘Try a little faith’ showed the group’s more sensitive side, and Lazy Lester’s ‘Sugar Coated Lover’ was a good reading, whilst ‘Coming back’ was a good way to finish the first half of the gig.

The second set started with another song from the new album, the melodic ‘Ain’t no love in the world’ and this led into a funky, well received ‘Killing Floor’, and then a wah wah guitar drenched reading of the blues standard ‘You don’t love me’ with its unison bass and guitar riff, and some tight playing on the keyboards.

The band also featured a lot of their own music, such as ‘A Girl like you’ or ‘Taking the Wrong Way Home’, whilst Chuck Berry’s ‘Nadine’ was a fast paced rocker, with some fine playing from all group members. The band finished their set with a slide guitar infused ‘Little Red Rooster’, whilst the encore of ‘One Kind Favour’ started of in it’s well known blues incarnation, before becoming a gospel blues instrumental, with some weighty playing by all of the group’s members.

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