Review: King King @ Lichfield Guildhall

Staffordshire blues fans heard one of the most eagerly awaited bands on the national circuit when King King appeared at Lichfield Guildhall.

The group, led by the talented Alan Nimmo – known for his work with critically acclaimed and popular Nimmo Brothers – on guitars and vocals, also featured keyboard player Bennett Holland, and a tight, dynamic rhythm section of bass player Lynsey Coulson and Drummer Craig Blundell.

As well as playing their own music during their two hour set, they also played songs by Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Wonder and a number of other performers. Jump Jive and Funk as well as blues and rock also featured in the set, which allowed for sequential and exciting guitar and keyboard solos.

In addition to the more upbeat pieces such as their own Gravy Train and Six in the Morning the group also played slower songs, the highlights of which included a sensitive reading of Peter Green’s Love is Burning and a ballad version of John Hiatt’s Feels like Rain which featured perfectly placed harmony vocals. A lengthy version of Eric Clapton and Robert Cray’s Old Love featured a soulful vocal from Alan Nimmo, and a solo that mixed Wes Montgomery style octave playing with a distorted ending which had much more technique, but lost none of the emotion.

An encore of Don Nix’s Goin’ Down really showed that the group meant business.

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