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Saturday, July 03, 2021

The Blind Pig Blues Club presents Michael Littlefield & Lee Bates @ Prohibition Bar - July 2

It had been a while since the Blind Pig Blues Club put on a show. This evening, the main men - Michael Littlefield and Lee Bates - decided to play one solo acoustic set each. As Littlefield took to the stage, Prohibition Bar was rather quiet. A first bottle of 33, the house beer (a pale ale), and we were ready to go.      

Michael Littlefield (guitar, vocals)

Opening with Jimmy Rogers' 1950 recording That's All Right, King Bees' frontman Littlefield said he'd been learning some new material during lockdown. Later, we would hear some of it. Jimmy Reed's You Got Me Dizzy, a brace from Robert Johnson - Kind Hearted Woman and 32-20 Blues - to Riley Puckett's old timey Can't Put That Monkey on My Back, it was clear a prolonged period of inactivity hadn't impaired Littlefield's abilities - voice spot on, ditto guitar. 

Sit Down Baby (Otis Rush), Make Me a Pallet on the Floor (the late Dave Rae, of Rae Bros NOJB fame, sang a great version of the tune), slide time on Dust My Broom to Poor Boy, Long Way from Home, this was great stuff. A calypso - Bally Mena - mixed it up, earlier Jelly Roll Morton's Why? did just that, adding an element of ragtime and classic era jazz to the mix. 

That's All I Need (Magic Sam), It's a Sin to Tell a LieHey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop, without question, Michael Littlefield is back firing on all six cylinders!  
Lee Bates (guitar, vocals)

How to follow that? Well, there's no one better equipped than the Blind Pig Blues Club's co-founder, Lee Bates. In addition to playing and singing the blues, LB has a string of one-liners in his back pocket. Choice material and hugely entertaining, that's Lee Bates. 

Bo Carter's Old Devil, Josh White's Broad Players Blues, Skip James' If You Haven't Any Hay, Don't Get on the Road, Bates is a serious student of the blues. Blind Boy Fuller's Funny Feeling Blues, Blind Blake's Skeedle Loo Doo Blues (Bates confessing: I can't get anywhere near [Blind Blake's version]), the hour flew by. It had been an evening of top class blues performed by two canny, seriously talented, blokes. 

Michael Littlefield will be back in action on Sunday with the  House of the Black Gardenia. The Globe (Newcastle Jazz Co-op) is a sell out for the band's eagerly anticipated set but there is an online streaming option. Visit:

Next month's Blind Pig session (Friday 6 August) presents the King Bees (feat. M. Littlefied, guitar & vocals). If you're yet to hear the band, get on down to Pink Lane, they're the business! And Lee Bates returns to Prohibition Bar with his band Struggle Buggy on Friday 3 September. Russell            

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