Islington Assembly Hall
No, they are not related to Blues virtuoso Sonny Landreth.
Joey and his brother, Dave, are from Winnipeg, Canada. They front a wonderful 4-piece band, keyboards & vocals provided by support act Liam Duncan. The venue was plenty busy enough for a Thursday night, although the chattering during Duncan’s acoustic set was incredibly annoying.
The band came on stage on time, plugged in and, BAM, we were off to the races. Joey Landreth is one of my favourite slide players. The fact that he also has the voice of an angel makes him the complete package. His brother is a nimble, nifty bass player and also sings beautifully. Bluesy rock, folk and a bit of country, the middle of the set saw the two brothers and Liam Duncan huddled round one mic, singing exquisite harmonies, with Joey’s quiet guitar providing the colour. It was mesmerising – and no one was chattering then.
The drummer came back and they kicked into Maryanne, my favourite from the new (2nd) album, ’87. If only Radio 2 would pick it up, it would be stone banker of a hit. Sung from the view of a drunk, the chorus starts “Oh Maryanne, I could be your man, if only I could see straight.”
They closed with the first track from their first album, Our Love, the song which hooked me from the very start. A terrific gig.
Noisy and enthusiastic, a good spread of ages and plenty of female blues fans (Joey is no bag of spanners either) – my wife really likes them too. The chattering during the support seems to be so established now. Liam Duncan did a great job of trying to drown it out but I just wanted to yell at them to STFU.
It made me think..
Blues Brothers from Winnipeg, Manitoba? Why not, indeed.