Blues Matters Review

Blues Matters – Issue 64, January 2012


Recorded live at Bronte Blues Club, in the Pennine village of Laycock, Yorkshire, this recording is an excellent keepsake of Earl Green & The Right Time’s vibrant live performances. One time Otis Grand and Paul Lamb frontman, Green has assembled an excellent ensemble of musicians, who tackle this collection of blues standards in a way which is both reverential to the originals yet also provide a contemporary twist which makes each worth hearing and enjoying on its own merits. Long term collaborators Ron Warshow and Les Back swap guitar licks on T-Bone Walker’s ‘T-Bone Shuffle’, with some measured fills from one time Jools Holland member, Mike Paice on saxophone. Green’s superb vocal was made for material such as this and it lights up the songs throughout, particularly on Percy Mayfield’s ‘Danger Zone’ and the Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland classic ‘Ask Me About Nothin’ But The Blues’. The rhythm section of Emil Engstrom and one time Kingsnake drummer Daniel Strittmatter don’t miss a beat throughout the set and their swinging backbeat is a notable feature of this disc. While the audience response is captured within the sound, they hold back their applause until the end of each song, and the recordings are enhanced by it. ‘No More Dogging’ features some playful guitar interplay before one of the more contemporary songs; Rick Estrin’s ‘Living Hand To Mouth’. A song previously unknown to this reviewer, it features Paice on harp, and perhaps is my pick of the collection. Smooth, soulful and at no stage indulgent ‘Live At The Bronte Blues Club’ is highly recommended and certainly helps to fill that fix until their next live performance comes around.

Duncan Beattie

Blues in Britain Review

From Blues in Britain Issue 119 – November 2011

Earl Green & The Right Time – Live At Brontë Blues Club

Independent 2011

The Right Time has been Earl’s main outlet for some years now: the band consists of Earl on vocals, Les Back and Ron Warshow on guitars, Mike Paice on sax and harp, Emil Engström on bass and Daniel Strittmatter on drums.

The Brontë Blues Club clearly did a terrific job in enabling this recording. The sound is crystal clear, the audience enthusiastic, but respectfully silent during the songs, leaving their applause and shouts of encouragement for the appropriate moments between songs. I imagine that the band played more than the twelve tunes on the CD but at a running time over seventy minutes the CD represents good value.

The material comes from a wide variety of sources, mainly the greats of the blues, both ‘classic’ and contemporary, so we get T Bone Walker and Elmore James as well as Duke Robillard and Rick Estrin in the set. The set is well organised, with plenty of variety in mood and pace. For instance, opener “T Bone Shuffle” is followed by the soulful Little Milton tune “That’s What Love Will Make You Do” and then Percy Mayfield’s “Danger Zone”. Earl’s vocals are outstanding and all three front line players take superb solos.

After that initial trio of tunes, Les Back switches to slide for “Done Somebody Wrong”, the stop-start rhythm being assisted by Mike Paice’s harp. “That’s Better For Me” was a tune I did not know, the shortest track on the CD and something of a jump blues tune. However, the next one was certainly more familiar, a stunning version of “Ask Me About Nothin’ But The Blues”, best known from Bobby Bland’s version. I have to say that Earl’s vocal here is outstanding and you could hear a pin drop as he expresses the anguish and pain of the lyric. The tune is an extended version, so we also get a sax feature from Mike Paice who seems to have caught the tone of despair from the lyrics.

After all that angst the band sensibly opts to lighten the mood with Rosco Gordon’s “No More Doggin’”, a song written in an era before sex became observational rather than participatory! That familiar loping rhythm carries us along with Mike Paice’s harp supporting and both guitarists cutting loose, Les Back again on slide. Keeping up the pace the band brings us “I Don’t Believe”, another one from the Bobby Bland songbook. Mike Paice is back on sax and Ron Warshow’s guitar underpins the vocal lines very well. “It’s My Own Fault” is credited to John Lee Hooker on the CD but although JLH did do a song by that name, the version here is far closer to the BB King song, not least in the lovely plucked guitar solo in the middle of the song.

Moving to some more recent material, the band tackles Rick Estrin’s “Living Hand To Mouth”, a jaunty tune featuring Mike Paice’s harp and some tasty guitar. Duke Robillard’s “Anything It Takes” is a swinging number with more impressive sax, as well as a ringing solo by Les Back, who really swings here. Closing the CD is an extended version of Deadric Malone’s “Don’t Cry No More”, another Bobby Bland song which has teases of Gershwin’s “Summertime” and Wilson Pickett’s “Land Of A Thousand Dances” woven into the song. A storming sax solo graces the middle section. The final minute of the track is applause from the club members, no doubt hoping for a further encore, only to be halted by the familiar tones of host Michael Ford who warns that the village hall committee might close them down if they go on any later! If every gig at Laycock is half as good as this one sounds, the locals have a jewel on their hands. I look forward to coming up there one day soon to catch a gig. Rating: 10 – John Mitchell

Earl Green and The Right Time

Earl Green and The Right Time Live at Bronte Blues Club - Photo by Charles Waller

CD Launch Party!

CD Launch info Live At Bronte Blues Club Earl Green and The Right Time

CD Launch Party!
24th November, 8pm
‘Round Midnight, 13 Liverpool Rd, N1 0RW

Please come along to help us celebrate the release of our album “Live at Bronte Blues Club”. For the first set of this special night the band will be performing the album in its entirety. We will play a second set during which we will be inviting guests to join us – so all you blues musicians out there, come along to the show and bring your saxes and axes and play a tune with us! Looking forward to seeing you there!

Earl Green and The Right Time release live CD

The New Earl Green & The Right Time Album is now available.

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_“Les Back and Ron Warshow swapped stinging guitar solos throughout over the
rock-solid foundation supplied by Emil Engström on bass and Daniel Strittmatter
on drums. Mike Paice on harp and sax, was absolutely on fire, particularly with
several extended sax solos, which drew warm applause from this discerning and
enthusiastic crowd. Earl’s soulful vocals, though, set this band apart from
their peers…Consummate musicians as they are, what really defines this outfit
is their choice of material. They plunder the vaults of the blues-greats but
ignore oft-repeated, festival-worn classics preferring to shine a new light on
half-forgotten masterpieces…It was all over far too soon for the band and the
audience, but it was time for this sleepy little village to go to bed and dream
of the live CD to come!”_ _Keith Lee, Blues in Britain, April 2011 (live
review of the show captured for posterity on the Live at Bronte Blues Club CD!)_

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_Live at Bronte Blues Club_

is the long-awaited first official release for a band that has been exciting
crowds and garnering enthusiastic reviews on the blues circuit for years.
The album captures the atmosphere of an Earl Green and The Right Time show
superbly and is the perfect answer to the countless post-gig requests for a
CD that the band has received._

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