The band, the Tex Speed Combo, were returning from a hiatus, and lead singer Kevin Ellison now sporting some facial shrubbery, sounded pretty darn good during the warm up, just after doors opening. Liking the numbers showing up too. Indeed the playlist chock full of ‘haven’t heard that for a while’, encouraged the dance floor dwellers out.
With a Tex Speed Combo show, you are guaranteed loads of enthusiasm and a cool set list. We didn’t quite expect the splits and even a bit of moonwalking, all while still keeping rhythm on the acoustic guitar. The tunes were ace, loved the version of Tommy Spurlin’s ‘Hang Loose’, note for note spot on.
Tunes like ‘Booze Party’, ‘Home in my Hand’ kicked, while the familiar timbre of ‘Just Thought I’d Set You Straight’, ‘Wild Mind’, ‘Right Now’ and ‘Raw Deal’ made welcome returns. Local lads, meant local banter, and there was plenty of it, so unsurprisingly, they were called back for encores. The first of which was certainly an eclectic take on Gene’s ‘Bird Doggin’ and the second was, by popular request I’d suggest, Round Robin’s ‘I’m The Wolfman’. This song the Combo seem to have made their own, with sinister roars into a harmonica microphone, and it’s a fitting end to a brace of well presented sets.
A good ‘un in Yorkshire
Jump Back Boogie is back again in early September, with a rootsy presentation with Glenn Doran and the Prairie Echoes. Up in the North East, the Village Hall Hop presents the second Boogie 'til Midnight with King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys headlining. and make sure you put dibs on a chalet for the Rhythm Riot in November. Click on the flyers for further details
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