Chris Hiatt & Cold Shot
Pride & Joy of Phoenix
by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Las Vegas Blues Site
After seeing Chris Hiatt and Cold Shot twice previously I knew what to expect - Stevie Ray Vaughn covers peppered with rock n' blues classics. I always felt that this band of very talented musicians should be doing something better or at least different. Little did I know that a few suprises were in store for Railhead regulars.
Sure Hiatt, bassman Rich Alfano, and drummer Chris 'Crash' Klettke played the usual SRV songs - including "Coudn't Stand The Weather," "The House Is Rockin'", "Look At Little Sister," "Cold Shot," and "Pride and Joy." They also played Elmore James' "The Sky Is Crying," classic Hendrix "Voodoo Chile," Roy Head's "Treat Her Right," and "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder.
Three songs into the first set the surprises start - beginning with a great original entitled "I Quit You Woman." Chris Hiatt opened the second set with a solo performance of "Life At The Drop." It was a great way to kick off the set. Another original played was "Baby Sit Your Baby" - a song about love not trust.
The evening ended with "Crossfire," "Tightrope," and "Hugh Jazz" - a jazzy instrumental written for one of Hiatt's best friends. Chris and Cold Shot then left the stage only to return for an encore of "Pride and Joy." As I sat in the Railhead I realized I liked their originals as much as all the covers. I hope to hear more originals... next time.
Photography by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2001-2004 Moondog Productions
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