Blues Masters: Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack & Dave Kelly
Stan Webb is one of a dwindling number of great British guitarists still treading the boards. Together with the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Peter Green, Webb made The Blues a worthy British Institution.
Stan Webb and Chicken Shack hit the chart with the seminal I‘d Rather Go Blind and Tears In The Wind, two songs that fused emotion into The Blues. He has always remained true to his Blues roots, when all around him were turing to heavy rock and psychedelia. Stan Webb says today: “Christine Perfect (later McVie) joined Fleetwood Mac, and my record company wanted me to change, but this is the music I was born to play.”
Stan’s guitar playing is nothing short of awesome and his voice has matured to become stronger and more expressive.
If there is such a thing as a British ‘blues pedigree’, then Dave Kelly sets the standard. He is a Blues craftsman, a journeyman who has served his time with the best.
In New York he jammed with Muddy Waters. He became a friend to Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker, who both felt the benefit of Dave’s playing in their touring bands. It was Dave’s big sister, the late Jo-Ann Kelly, who first opened his ears to the Blues, although his passion for rock and roll – and especially the work of Buddy Holly – remains intact.
In 1967 he joined The John Dummer Blues Band. After three albums and a solo project he continued to polish his style and technique throughout an adventurous career with some of Britain’s finest players. When The Blues Band was formed in 1979, the post of slide guitarist and joint vocalist was a foregone conclusion. Dave Kelly’s guitar and vocals form the very backbone of The Blues Band’s distinctive sound.
Today, after more than 30 years ‘treading the boards’ with the band, with his solo albums, duo tours with Paul Jones, and soundtrack work (for commercials and such projects as BBC TV’s King of the Ghetto and the Comic Strip’s Strike!), Dave Kelly is firmly established as Europe’s premier Blues performer.
Don’t miss this rare Central London opportunity to catch two of Britain’s Great British Blues Masters in their prime.
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