HRH Blues had the answer in the Mick Ralphs Blues Band. Mick Ralphs formerly of Bad Company and Mott The Hoople was on form tonight with new songs and a new album. If It Ain’t Broke not only the album’s title but the ethos of the blues. The music taking us back to the British blues scene so loved and valued of the 1960’s and ‘70’s. Interspersed was some Bad Company tinged with the blues and delighting the crowds. They lapped up Too Bad, a number Bad Company never played live and Feel Like Making Love and Can’t Get Enough. Then Freddie King’s Same Old Blues proving the blues is timeless. Adam’s vocals curled around the music the timing was crafted and Mick Ralphs guitar work shining through with a gilded touch.
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I’ve never been impressed by the Mick Ralphs Band before but this time they surpassed all expectations. Mainly because the Bad Company/ Mott The Hoople guitarist has hired the extreme vocal talents of the young Adam Barron who not only owned the stage with a confident swagger but has a ballsy voice that totally lifts the music.
New songs such as ‘I Don’t Care’ and ‘Nothing’s Going To Stop Me’ had a real gritty groove to them, and Barron really came alive for a kicking version of ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’. A terrific way to end the opening evening.
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“If the last time you saw Mick Ralphs was on some distant stadium stage this is a chance to get up close to the man and his music,” says the programme for the weekend.
Actually, no -the last time I saw former Mott the Hoople and Bad Company guitar supremo, Mick Ralphs, was right here at Butlins for the same Giants of Rock weekend just a year ago. But so impressive was he and the rest of his band it was an experience I was more than happy to repeat.
As I noted last year, Ralphs has assembled a very able bunch of musicians, Jim Maving on additional guitar, Dicky Baldwin on bass and (new boy) Damon Sawyer on drums. Inescapable logic about inevitable human mortality is reminding us that the rock icons of the 70s are not going to be around forever. Indeed, we are losing quite a few of them now, even if live audiences are keen to experience the musical genres most closely associated with that era well into the 21st Century. So kudos to Ralphs for looking ahead to the next generation. He has chosen well in recruiting TV’s former Voice contender, Adam Barron, as lead vocalist. Barron, not yet 30 but gigging and singing since his teens has now been with the band some two years. And he is, in my mind, fast establishing himself of one of the finest blues rock vocalists of his generation. He effortlessly handles Bad Company classics like Can’t Get Enough and Feel Like Makin’ Love as well as material from the band’s new album If It Ain’t Broke – a mixture of classic covers (like Shakey Ground and a magnificently soulful Same Old Blues) as well as Ralphs originals (like I Don’t Care and Too Bad). The Butlins crowd responds accordingly and are clearly pleased to have the band back again this year.
An instantly recognisable sound, classic guitar licks, some of the most iconic rock songs of all time and the rich soulful, bluesy vocals of Adam Barron. It’s an on-stage masterclass in classic rock. The Mick Ralphs Blues Band should be a must-see for any fan of the genre.
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Hi Jim, I just thought I would de brief you on the bands we saw & let you guys know that in our opinion “Mick Ralph’s Blues Band” were the best of the weekends bands we managed to see (those that I can remember seeing😄). We saw “Big Country, Cockney Rebel, Procal Harem & Nazareth”. Big Country were a close 2nd to you guys, they were bloody excellent, the other bands were very good…
Hi guys, I attended your gig at The Kinross Backstage last night after a last minute ticket purchase. And boy was I glad I did. I haven been to the Backstage for a while now and it was fantastic seeing you guys enjoying yourselves so much.
Dave Mundell does a sterling job bringing bands and artists of superior calibre to Kinross and the intimate nature of the venue never fails to make gigs enjoyable. But the Mick Ralphs Blues Band takes that enjoyment to a higher level…… Thanks guys, you made my evening! Cheers and keep up the great work.
“Ralphs’ physical presence on stage is unassuming and he’s the antithesis of the flash guitar hero but his seemingly effortless guitar playing is pure musical perfection. He’s supported by a strong bunch of seasoned musicians, Jim Maving on second guitar, Dickey Baldwin on bass and Adam Perry, drums.
Adam Barron, who only joined the band in Autumn 2014 takes lead vocals. The youthful Barron, a 2013 contestant on TV series The Voice, looks like he’s stepped straight out of 1975 and his soulful bluesy vocals couldn’t be more suited to Ralphs’ material. It was a real joy to hear the band perform classics like Can’t Get Enough and Feel Like Makin’ Love. But newer material like Should Know Better shows that Ralphs has not lost the knack for writing timeless blues rock classics.”
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