You all know of my love for this band but this was only my second time seeing them live. They played last year’s Bluesfest at the Albert Hall and were booked straight away for the opening night of this year’s festival. The venue had moved to the O2, with Dave Matthews Band playing the main arena (tried with them, don’t get them at all, don’t see the American obsession with them.) Derek & Susan and their 10 musicians and singers effectively played 2 sets, coming onstage at 8pm and finishing at 10.45, with a 30 minute break in the middle. And, boy, did they take advantage of the extra time. Opening with a blistering version of Betty Harris’s Break In The Road they took the gig by the scruff of the neck, and never let go. Their weakness is not enough original material (although Midnight In Harlem and Idle Wind are brilliant songs, The Storm is a tour de force, etc) but they can’t half pick a cover version. Key To The Highway, Keep On Growing, The Letter, Let’s Go Get Stoned, amongst others, showcase DT’s fantastic guitar, as well as the talents of the » Continue Reading.