by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Las Vegas Blues
Boulder blues kick started the new year with hard hitting slide guitarist Eric Sardinas. Touring in support of his second CD Devil's Train, and to show the world just how good they are, they certainly got their message across. Eric and his band - Paul Loranger bass and Chris Frasier drums - could be the next blues band to hit it big.
From the opening notes you knew that it was going to be hot and heavy. "Ain't You Ashamed", "I Can't Be Satisfied" and "Get Along Rider" kept the crowd begging for more. "Devil's Train", the title song of their new CD, made you want to get on board that train. The first set roared to its conclusion with "Murdering Blues", a song about love turning to hate. It reminded me of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds' MURDER BALLARDS.
The second set opened with an instrumental number displaying more of Eric's wailing slide work. After the song "Country Mile" Chris Frasier had a chance to shine with a drum solo and Paul Loranger also played a great bass solo. Eric and his band played "Aggravating Papa", a song with universal appeal. Sardinas, now shirtless, concluded the set with "Running Shoes" and his now famous Budweiser bottle slide trick (you need to see this band live to know). The band left the stage to deafening applause and came back for an incredible encore of "Treat Me Right" to end the evening. Everybody at the Railhead then treated them right with a well deserved standing ovation.
Photography by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2002 Moondog Productions
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