Norton Buffalo & The Knockouts
by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Boulder Blues Site
Longtime - 25 years - Steve Miller Band member, and Roy Roger alumnus, Norton Buffalo recently made his first visit to the Railhead. He and his band the Knockouts opened with "Puerto De Azul". Norton Buffalo was playing keyboard and his trademark harmonica. "Sweet Little Pumpkin", a cute little number, followed. That lead into an inspirational interpretation of "Amazing Grace".
"Ain't No Bread In The Breadbox", a song that was previously recorded by Norton and slide guitar master Roy Rogers, was next. The selection "Hoodoo Roux" conjured up the best of New Orleans. Last song of the first set was Ray Charles' "Mess Around", which was dedicated to comedian John Candy, a man who died far too soon.
Norton Buffalo and the Knockouts opened their second set with "Desert Horizon". Then they went into "Is It Love" featuring great slide work from guitarist Johnny 'Vee' Vernazza. "Two Years, Four Months, And Nineteen Days" had Johnny Vee and bassist David Brown singing backing vocals with a nice backbeat by drummer Tyler Eng. Guitarist Burt Backin joined the band for a few numbers, including "Nobody Wants Me" and "Wish I Could Be A Child Again".
The band finished up the night in grand style with the title track from their lastest cd, THE KING OF THE HIGHWAY. Norton Buffalo and the Knockouts proved that they are a great blues band and that Norton is much more than Steve Miller's harmonica player.
Photography by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2001-2 Moondog Productions
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