Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown
by Carol Michaud
The Blues Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Las Vegas Blues Site
Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of one for the first bands of the British Invasion of the 1960's, Savoy Brown. The band's founder and leader, Kim Simmonds, has remained a significant force in blues and has been the lone constant member in a band that has undergone many configurations in its history. Savoy Brown is currently boasting the talented lineup of bassist Gerry Sorrentino, guitarist/vocalist Dave Malachowski, and drummer Dennis Cotton. Their return engagement at the Railhead in Boulder Station was standing room only.
Their first set was only eight songs long, but at 1 hour and 15 minutes, the band was able to give each number the breathing room they deserved, and breathe they did. The run included "Mississippi Steamboat," "Train To Nowhere," the instrumental "Sunday Night," and "Poor Girl." They finished the set with one of their older numbers, "Street Corner Talkin'."
The band managed to hold the audience through the break and began the second set again SRO. No one was going anywhere until they heard what they came for, the classic blues rocker "Hellbound Train," which they deliciously performed about halfway through. Other gems of the second half were "Road Trip Blues," "Shot In The Head," "Blues Like Midnight," and "Louisiana Blues." By the end, pretty much everyone in the place was up dancing, or at least chair dancing. It's always an event when Savoy Brown plays Las Vegas, and hopefully it will be an event we're treated to annually.
Photography by Carol Michaud copyright © 2004 Brown Ink
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