at Sound Trax 2-17-01
Robben Ford Band
by Don Brown Sr.
The Jazz Internet
Las Vegas Jazz n' Blues
Las Vegas Blues
After spending the summer and fall on the road playing with Phil Lesh and friends, it was time for Robben Ford to return to Las Vegas with his band, the Blue Line, for their first appearence in about a year. Usually the performance would be at the Orlean's Showroom. This time around it was at a smaller venue, Palace Station's Sound Trax.
Robben's guitar playing and singing were in fine form. Whether it be the opening "Prison of Love" or the classic "Chevrolet", he kept the audience nicely in hand. For this outing the band stuck primarily to the Blues, opting not to show their jazzier side as featured on the "Tiger Walk" disc released in 1997. Robben was a founding member of the Yellowjackets who he stayed with from 1977 until 1983.
The set ended with Paul Butterfield's "Lovin' Cup". For the band's sole encore number they did "Supernatural", the title song of their latest CD. The only problem with the show was it's seventy minute length. I'm sure that all his fans were left wanting more.
Opening for Robben Ford was the L.A. band Thank You, Thank You Very Much. They were here last year performing at EAT'M 2000. The band sounded very good, but was hurt by a set list that featured too many covers and not enough originals.
Photography by R.J. Bianchino copyright © 2001-2003 Moondog Productions
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