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THE BOTTLE NECK BLUES CLUB, Maidstone

"Jim opened proceedings in a quietly restrained way, working masterfully through a beautifully thought out set."

"He does covers of course, the most notable being Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" off his first album "Blues Boy" (which we were informed is due for re-release soon) but he is also a gifted songwriter whose abilty isn't yet recognised. Songs like "Sugar Cane" and "When The Rains Came" demonstrated that he can hold his own in the most exalted company, these were compositions of a supreme standard, wonderful playing and a richness of voice that you can only be born with. He ended his set with a John Estes number "Brownsville" to a deserved standing ovation. This guy is without doubt amongst the cream of British singer/songwriters and the sooner that's acknowledged the better... he's an outstanding slide-player and picker too but he's far too self-effacing to admit it!"

"This is what roots music needs so badly, superb musicians, having a good time and sharing it with the audience."

Peter Baker, BLUES IN BRITAIN

Goin’ Up The Country’ at Worthenbury Village Hall: 23.04.10

The latest gig organised by the ‘Goin’ Up The Country’ guys, saw a welcome return to the intimate surroundings of Worthenbury Village Hall for the amiable, all-round nice guy, Jim Crawford-originally from Lancashire, but now residing in Appledore, in North Devon, who as well as keeping busy gigging does many guitar workshops.

We were richly entertained by two marvellous sets featuring Jim Crawford’s exquisite fingerpicked acoustic guitar, electric slide, a touch of banjo and ukulele, not to mention his fine voice,as he delivered a mix of superior Delta and country blues covers,along with his own wonderful Americana-flavoured songs.

Crawford has a nice line of inbetween song patter that often had the audience in stitches, adding to the enjoyment of the show. Starting proceedings with a gentle take on Bukka White’s “Jitterbug Swing” followed by the lovely “Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor” he then switched direction to deliver a quite stunning “Trouble In Mind”-such a fabulous song.

Another first set highlight was his own more rootsy “Sugar Cane”, a song he modestly said was written in his kitchen whilst doing the washing up! Another staple of acoustic roots performers, “The Cuckoo" provided some lovely banjo work, greatly appreciated by all those present. His acoustic fingerpicking is up there with the best in this country, and his tasteful slide work on his Gibson Archtop was equally appealing and superb all night.

 

A longer second set led to a much-demanded encore and saw him return to perform the self penned title cut of his album "When The Rains Came"......a song that garnered play on Radio 2 when recorded by British chanteuse, Beth Rowley.

Another gem of a gig from the Worthenbury guys.....a trip to their cracking little venue is highly recommended...nice people, great atmosphere and always top entertainment!

GRAHAME RHODES

 
 







 






Jim & Ben at Bishopstock 2001


"The finest country blues player in the U.K."
Ben Andrews
   

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