Concert Review – The Sleaze Brothers

Concert Review
The Sleaze Brothers – March 23rd 2019

 

Words by Ben Macnair
Photography by Dave Jones

With a repertoire of popular rock, blues and soul songs, and a stage act honed through more than thirty years of playing together, local ensemble The Sleaze Brothers gave their large audience a good time when they appeared at Lichfield Guildhall on Saturday 23rd March.
The six piece of two guitars, saxophone, keyboards, drums and bass, ably supported the gravelly vocals of Martin Derry, as they ploughed through hits from the 1960’s until the present day, which ranged from favourites such as Midnight Hour, Mustang Sally, and Sam Cooke’s Bring it on Home to Me, to the string strangling antics of Tim Perks during JJ Cales’ Cocaine, or their faster take on Bob Dylan’s Watching the River Flow, to the most modern song in the set-list, Seasick Steve’s I Started Out With Nothing And I’ve Still Got Most Of It Left.
Songs such as Blueberry Hill, sung by guitarist David Mitchell, or Gimme Some Lovin bought down the tempo, but not the night’s intensity, whilst saxophone, guitar and keyboard solos were in abundance.
A cracking rendition of Wilson Picket’s Land of a Thousand Dances served as an encore, and shows that when it comes to creating a great part atmosphere, the Sleaze Brothers are as good a band as any.

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