State Theatre, Sydney
This was just superb. Bonnie’s voice, always warm and soulful, is so rich and powerful these days without losing any of the aforementioned warmth and soulfulness. She can belt it out without ever sounding strained or forced. The result is you just bathe in the beauty of this exquisite singing.
But wait – there’s more – she can whip it out on the Strat, her slide playing is still as bluesy as ever, dirty and raw but exquisitely controlled, like all the best guitar players.
And what a crack band – the great Ricky Fataar on drums – forget the Beach Boys and The Rutles, this guy can hold down a groove a la the Jims Gordon and Keltner, and works seamlessly with Bonnie’s longtime bassist James Hutchinson. Then there’s also George Marinelli on guitar, who’s good, although pretty average on mandolin which he plays a bit too often. And then on keyboards – Mike Finnegan, last heard (by me) on Electric Ladyland FFS! He takes a lovely solo spot on BB King’s “Don’t Answer The Door” – I’ll post a YouTube clip of a previous performance in the comments.
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