It takes a mighty strong performer to have Otis Taylor open for them. That could be a slippery slope but Eric Lindell did just that, and man it was great.
Otis started the party off with his ‘trance blues’ and thanked Eric for asking him to join him on the bill, it was then Eric’s task to keep the party going.
HE DID !
From the first notes to the ringing last chord, Eric Lindell treated the audience to his New Orleans infused gumbo of American Roots music. An exceptional songwriter, Eric and band kept everyone on high burner working their way through the songs with a feel of an old time rock and roll show – one after another they came at you hardly a time for pause.
After taking a short break to re-fuel they hit the stage again. Keeping the intensity level at full throttle till the crowd couldn’t take it anymore and left dancing into the brisk night winds that blew through the NYC streets.
So as we packed out overnight bags to head to NYC to see Otis Taylor and Eric Lindell we were reminded that there was a show at the Apollo that Friday. Well, I love these all-star get togethers’ but man gimme a band that cooks it up just right and I am all in.
What was great about this night was that we got to chat with Otis and band members, including surprise guests Shawn Starski (guitar) who has played with Jason Ricci, Kelley Hunt and has his own release out, Chuck Campbell from the Campbell Brothers from our current city Rochester – master of the sacred steel – and man I don’t know how Otis does it but these cats fits like a tight meow on a hot summer’s night.
Just a great show with lots of energy – the regular band, Anne Harris, Larry Thompson, Todd Edmunds exceptional as always. The audiance was thrilled and many were surprised at what they heard, which is good for the Blues and keeps it alive and thriving.
Thank you to the entire band, Joe K, James, Keith, Diane, Marty, Leo and all others who hung with us and partied like it was 2012 !