Liz Mandville Greeson
by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Las Vegas Blues Site
Chicago's very own Liz Mandville Greeson & The Blue Points brought their style of blues to Las Vegas. Mandville Greeson's stage presence is like Bette Midler, with the powerful vocals to back it up. Liz and the Blue Points came to the Railhead for their first time to spread the word.
Mandville Greeson has put together a band that compliments her talent. Guitarist Mike Gibb, bassist Jimmy Kenny and drummer Andrew Blaze Thomas do that quite well. "Look At Me," the title song of Liz's first CD, sounded great live. One of her funny stories lead into "I'm So Blue ('Cause Both Of My Men Are Gone)." For "Soul Tender" and "Johnny And Me," Liz addded acoustic guitar to the mix.
Liz slapped her butt to count off the next song, "Great Big Man." Gibb played his guitar like a lap steel on "Reefer Woman" while Liz was having some fun. "I Want To Nail It To You" ended an impressive first set.
For the second show Mike Gibb lead the band through Dion's "Ruby Ruby" and also "Good Time Charlie Has The Blues" before Liz came out to do the Rufus Thomas classic "Walkin' The Dog." "Little Queen" kept the good times flowing, accompanied by another one of Liz's stories. On "Lip Service," Mandville Greeson played a washboard, giving it it's cajun flavor.
"Ready To Cheat" included a tease of Kool & The Gang's hit "Ladies Night." The band slowed it down a bit on the next song before calling it a night. Then Liz announced that they were going to do a song about their hometown. We were ready to head out the door when we thought it was going to be "Sweet Home Chicago," but luckily for us, Liz is also tired of that song. She had written her own number called "Chitown." I left the Railhead hoping she comes back soon.
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