Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My Mojo's Still Workin'; BLUES

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

My Mojo's Still Workin'; BLUES

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Byline: PAUL CLARK

Blues London 2003/Pinetop Perkins

Union Chapel, N1

WHEN America's Congress designated 2003 as "The Year Of The Blues", George Bush was relieved to learn that it had nothing to do with the aftermath of the conflict in Iraq. Instead it was in recognition of a century of this great American export.

Last night this celebration of the blues rippled all the way out to north London in the shape of two elder statesmen of the genre: Hubert Sumlin and Pinetop Perkins. Before either made their respective, doddery entrances it was left to Mississippi vocalist and master of blues harmonica Carey Bell to take the limelight.

At just 67, he represented the young face of blues and his voice resonated with real blues gravel in between some howling harmonica solos. Guitarist "Steady Rollin'" Bob Margolin's trio strutted with genuine swagger before taking it right down to a plod and then up to Fifties rock'n'roll.

Margolin had already meted out some impressive solos by the time former Howlin' Wolf protege Sumlin arrived. …

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