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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Mo Scott @ Hoochie Coochie

Mo Scott (vcl); Neil Harland (bs); Gary Dunn (gtr); Paul Smith (dms).
(Review by Lance).
With Mo, what you see is what you get - or  is it? Maybe you get a lot more. It's not just the singing which is as good as, and often even better than, you expect. The thing that hits me with Mo is that she so obviously loves what she is doing. Offer her a million to make a hit record and I suspect she'd turn it down if it didn't begin with some repeated reference to "Wakin' up this mornin'".. I jest as Mo has long moved on from the stereotyped blues openers.
Tonight we had a couple of typical Mo sets that delighted the audience at this very well attended gig. Songs included Hound Dog, Never Make your Move Too Soon, Fever, Unchain My Heart, Stop The World, Love Me Like a Man, Rock Me Baby, a Randy Newman number and the inevitable Route 66.
With a voice like a rusty diamond Mo weaves her magic around each blues drenched number and when she's not singing she moves in perfect time to the soloists. Gary Dunn took us to a crossroads in Georgia via Chicago and Detroit but didn't sell his soul when he got there. Neil Harland, the original Daddy Cool, remained as laid back as ever whilst, on drums, Paul Smith showed how it should be done with some volcanic eruptions.
Blues singers aren't supposed to be happy but Mo can turn the most heart rending my man done gone song into an ode to joy!
Lance.
PS: Sorry Mo but everytime I got you in my sights you turnrd away. Still I'm sure the folks will love your black hair.

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