Rod Piazza & the Mighty Flyers
w/new guitarist Henry Carvajal
by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Las Vegas Blues Site
Seems the amazing Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers are always on the road. Six months after guitarist Henry Carvajal played his first show with the band at Sante Fe Station, the Mighty Flyers were back in Las Vegas at the Railhead, starting '03 off right.
Rod started by singing "Sinister Woman" and Carvajal soloed to get into the rhythm of the show. "Love To Spare" and Muddy Waters' "Please Don't Go" got the attention of the standing room only crowd. Honey, banging on her piano, and Steve on drums played one of their boogie-woogies while the rest of the guys caught a breath.
Henry got a turn at vocals on "Ain't Nothing Happening." Bassist Bill Stuve got his turn on the vocals on a jump blues number called "Black Diamond." The set ended with the standard "Southern Lady" with Rod playing his harp around the room.
The large crowd stayed around for the second set, and the band didn't disappoint. "B For You Baby" and "I'm Your Love Doctor" gave the crowd what they wanted. "Murder In The First Degree," from the cd Live At B.B. King's, is always a hot number. Another thing you can always count on are Honey and Steve's boogies, and this one was no exception.
Henry got another turn out front on "Let Me Go," showing he has eased into the guitar spot just fine. Little Walter's "Mellow Down Easy" had Rod wailing away on his harp, and incuding teases of "Little Bitty Pretty One" and "Rockin' Robin", and leaving the crowd screaming for more.
bluesInteractive™ Discographies of Rod Piazza | Rick Holmstrom | Bill Stuve | also see The Honey Diaries
Photography by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2003 Moondog Productions
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