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by Sam Kelly on June 13th, 2011

The Mick Ralphs Blues Band – a rock legend keeping great company

Mick Ralphs, guitarist and song writer with Bad Company and Mott The Hoople, brought  The Mick Ralphs Blues Band to Jagz Club, on Station Hill for an evening of blues, funk and soul.

British blues drumming powerhouse Sam Kelly drives the new line up, with Son Maxwell on vocals and harmonica, Jim Maving on guitar and Dick Baldwin on bass. All four have proven pedigrees of their own, making Ralphs’ new band an eclectic blend of styles and influences.

“My roots have always been with soul and blues,” says Mick. “My first inspiration was Steve Cropper with Booker T and the MGs; for me it’s always been about the feel and the groove rather than speed and racks of guitar effects.”

Blues classics, some new material and a varied range of songs that give full scope for the band to explore its influences will form the set. A couple of Mick Ralphs’ best known compositions, classics in their own right, may also feature on the night.

Sam Kelly needs little introduction to blues rock fans, having dominated the UK and European scene for the last 20 years with his own band Station House and sessions with some of the biggest names from around the world.

Son Maxwell broke onto the international scene with Storm Warning and now fronts his own Unruly Blues outfit. Jim Maving has been playing blues, funk and Americana with his band The Kickback since 1995. Dicky Baldwin has worked with Albert Lee, Gordon Giltrap and country star George Hamilton 4th.

Says Mick: “The trouble is, when you’ve had success as a musician and gained a bit of fame, you rarely get the call just to go out and play for the sheer joy of it. I’ve been lucky enough to find a bunch of great musicians who share the same approach and we can just go out and have some fun together.

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  1. Baz n Rita permalink

    Crazy kids in top hats at Garry’s party Sat 19th Nov’, good to meet you Mick.
    Looking forward to seeing you at a gig somewhere very soon.

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