Bluesy Soul Was In The House
I was not familiar with John Németh & The Bo-Keys before this show; to be honest, I went because I wanted a table for the late show that followed.
Whatever the reason, I’m glad I went to Johnny D’s early because I was introduced to a terrific blues/soul harmonica player and singer, as well as to The Bo-Keys.
The Bo-Keys took the stage first, playing a couple of numbers. They are fronted by Percy Wiggins, a singer with a wonderful voice who performs in a manner that I love in a Memphis soul singer.
Archie ‘Hubie’ Turner on keyboard, Kirk Smothers on sax, Scott Bomar on bass, Ben Cauley on trumpet, Joe Restivo on guitar, and a Massachusetts native (who reminded us of James Dean) on drums are the rest of The Bo-Keys.
John came to the stage and looked quite dapper in his suit and pork-pie hat. He quickly ripped into a hard-driving blues number that left me wanting more!
His sound is classic Memphis soul/blues with some contemporary twists. I thought his voice and harp playing were emotional and excellent.
Who would think that a man originally from Boise could play soul music so well?
Sometimes it’s hard to write a review of a show where you know nothing about the artists. I do know the style, though, and these are excellent performers of the Memphis sound. It would be worth your time to see them, especially if they’re performing in as intimate a venue as Johnny D’s.
Posted on April 14, 2014, in concert reviews, music, Uncategorized and tagged Ben Cauley, concert review, Hubie Turner, John Nemeth, Johnny D's, Kirk Smothers, Memphis sound, music, Percy Wiggins, Scott Bomar, Skip Pitts, soul music, The Bo-Keys. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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