Concert Review – Skinny Molly – Lichfield Guildhall – October 29th 2017
Reviewed by Ben Macnair
The amps were turned up to 11 when the American rock band Skinny Molly appeared at Lichfield Guildhall on October 29th.
The four-piece, who are former members of such Southern rock bands as Lynyrd Skynyrd and Molly Hatchet played a fast and furious set of their own music, and music from their former bands to an appreciative audience.
The guitarists and singers Jay Johnson and Mike Estes were supported by the rock solid rhythms provided by bassist Luke Bradshaw and drummer Kurt Pietro, and although the music was far from subdued, there was a lot of range, from all out sonic assaults to gentler ballads throughout the set.
Songs such as Here for a Good Time or When The Goin’ Gets Tough The Tough Go Fishing were good time rockers. Two Good wheels was a paean to life on the road, whilst Better Than I Should was a song about relationships. A cover of JJ Cale’s Call Me The Breeze called for some soloing from both guitarists, but perhaps the liveliest audience reactions were saved for Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Sweet Home Alabama, and the inevitable Free-Bird, which served as the show-stopping encore.
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