Shuffling grooves, wailing guitar solos and growling, whiskey-drenched vocals: This is Main Street Blues, who for one hour brought a slice of America to Scotland. Usually a three-piece band, they were joined by Ali Petrie on keyboard who assisted on their latest album. The variety of tracks proved that there’s more to the genre than simply a twelve-bar chord sequence, performing electric blues tracks by the likes of BB King and Freddie King as well as some favourite originals from their established set, ranging from funk to boogie-woogie.
The band were tight performers loaded with energy. Bassist John Hay and drummer Allan Cranston provided a solid foundation and Petrie’s deft keyboard solos were a great addition to the sound. It was Derek Smith’s lead guitar and vocals that were the real focus though, easily whipping out licks and solos tinged with pedal effects. Consummate professionals, the band were comfortable on stage, visibly enjoying themselves. This enjoyment was infectious: the audience were clearly fans and they erupted in applause for each song, tapping their feet and even air drumming.
With their raw, sexy music, Main Street Blues provide a brilliant start to the night - just get in early to ensure yourself a seat.