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John Primer – Poor Man’s Blues
Guy Tortora – When Cotton Was King
Harry Manx – Sittin’ On Top Of The World
Damon Fowler – Sugar Lee
Randy Joe Galloway – Gunnin’
Arsen Shomakhov – Sweeter Than Honey
Indigenous – Shame Shame Shame
Mark Hummel – Strange Things Happening
Billy Walton Band – Treat Her Right
Ray Charles with Norah Jones – Here We Go Again
Back Door – 32-20 Blues
Bare Bones Boogie Band – Full Tilt Boogie Man
Fortunate Sons – Slave Train
Mr. H – Joe Meek
Randy Joe Galloway – Are You Still Lovin’ me?
G-Love – Fixin’ To Die
Bill Stewart – Who Do You Think You Are?
Chris Rea – Two Days Missing Down The Viper
Damon Fowler – Devil Got His Way
Retro Deluxe – You’re Lyin’
Fabulous Thunderbirds – Goin Away Baby
Roomful Of Blues – That’s A Pretty Good Love
The Reclamators – Inflation Blues
Arsen Shomakhov – Swingy
I had a great time and was very well looked after too – thanks to everybody for that.
There was a robust and comprehensive scoring scheme and judging criteria, which ensured total impartiality and fairness, but the task was still quite difficult.
The eventual winners were Edinburgh based River Devils, who I have previously seen and interviewed at Darlington R&B club.
Here’s a tune from their performance:
Runners up were The Fortunate Sons from Glasgow (Sam West has a wonderful voice) and the North East’s Bushwackers who gave a very good display too.
The runners up from each heat still have the chance to get to the final in London in March, by means of a public vote which will run through February. I’ll bring you details of how to vote in that as soon as I have them.
Other heat winners so far are: Cherry Lee Mewis, Dan Sowerby Band, 24 Pesos and there’s one more heat tomorrow (Saturday) night.
First Aid for “Divas, belters and screamers” – I’m not sure I’m a Diva or a Screamer, but I have been known to belt it out at times.
I’ve tried different types of lozenges, sprays and so on to sooth, protect and prepare my throat for singing. I’d give these a shot too.
Thayers Slippery Elm Lozenge Sampler – $11.95 : Thayers Natural Remedies, Since 1847