with Kim Simmonds
by Don Brown Sr.
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
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Savoy Brown came to the Railhead with leader Kim Simmonds, who founded the band over 35 years ago. New songs "You Can't Take It With You" and "Memphis Last Night" sounded like soon-to-be classics. Kim dedicated "Louisiana Blues" to the late "Lonesome" Dave Peverett, and then played "Tell Mama," which he dedicated to pretty much everybody and their mother (George Harrison, Marvin Gaye, Willie Dixon, John Lennon and Elvis). This classic ended the first set.
Starting the second set was "Street Corner Talking," a classic song from the album of the same name. Kim played acoustic guitar on "Blues Like Midnight" from his latest solo cd "Wandering Woman," another new song which will be out on their next unnamed cd sometime this year. Crowd favorite "Hellbound Train" had the fans on their feet. "When It Rains" came just before the Willie Dixon classic "Wang Dang Doodle," which featured great work by guitarist David Malachowski, bassist Gerry Sorrentino, and drummer Dennis Cotton. These men played well with Kim all night long.
After the extended "Wang Dang Doodle," Savoy Brown left the stage. The fans' applause brought the band back for an encore. The song "Leaving Again" was dedicated again to the late Lonesome Dave, a friend he truly misses, and brought the night to a pleasant end.
Photography by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2002-2004 Moondog Productions
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