A storm swept through Keene, NH last Saturday night and we're not talking more snow here. We're talkin' the blues, as in the Legends of Rock-N-Blues road show, which swept into town with a monster line-up including the James Montgomery Blues Band as the house band, if you will, that also featured David Hull (Joe Perry Project/Farrenheit) and The Uptown Horns.
The line up of special guests performing on this night also included guitarist Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, guitarist Barry Goudreau of Boston, percussionist Michael Carabello of Santana and guitarist Johnny A. Even Brad Whitford's budding-guitarist son Graham came along for the ride.
Needless to say, a stellar group of artists that made for an extraordinary night of rockin' rhythm and blues.
Legendary front man Montgomery (who also doubled as MC and blues storyteller for the night) and his blues band kicked things off with a couple good time bluesy numbers including "Goodtime Charlie," "Sweet 16" and their own "Intoxicated," before first guest Johnny A hit the stage and really got things cookin' with a couple of blistering solos over the top of the thick, five-string bass bottom end of Hull.
Then, Carabello and Goudreau stepped out next, with each reeling off his own distinctive solo before the legendary Whitford came on to rip through a couple of his own blues-infused solos.
Finally with full arsenal onstage, the band broke into a rollicking version of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You".
Then the grand entrance of one Jim Belushi, catapulting onto the stage and in rare, Blues Brother-boogie form, belting out the blues standards "Sweet Home Chicago", "Hey Bartender", "Messin' With The Kid" and "I Ain't Got You", before sliding into another blues standard (also made infamous by Aerosmith) with "Big 10 Inch Record."
The all-star lineup then closed out the show with "Baby, Please Don't Go" and "Who Do You Love" sending the crowd home and into the cold winter night with warm smiles on their faces.