From: richard_at_bottleneckblues_dot_com
Sent: 01 February 2009 19:05
Subject: Bottleneck Blues Club
Hello Everyone,

I am posting this mailing earlier than normal as we have a short month in front of us and only just over three weeks to the next Bottleneck!

Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for their continued support through 2008 and into the New Year and the level of turnout last Tuesday is the sort of number we need every month to maintain the club ongoing. Please keep coming!

On Tuesday, The Guy Tortora Band played one of the best gigs I have seen anywhere as promoter, musician or otherwise and I'm sure that many of you may feel the same way as the unrelenting demand for a second encore, a relatively unusual happening at the club, would appear to bear out.

In analyzing what made this so special, it wasn't just just the crisp synchronous rhythm section (Tancredi/Bass, Roman/Drums) that could more than competently shuffle or funk it up as the case demanded, or the worldly experienced keyboard player (Bajtala) with his soul steeped in the blues, or indeed Tortora himself with varied, tasteful guitaring and a super voice pitched in perfect timbre for this style of the Americana/Blues genre. The special extra ingredient was that this band clearly want to deliver what they know is great material, deliver it cleverly with mastery of light and shade and, most importantly, absolutely revel in doing it. This is, without doubt, a band on a mission!

Now, on Tuesday February 24, we have 'The Voice' of the British blues scene over the last few decades in the form of local man Nicky Moore with his Blues Corporation. Nicky, having been voted "Blues Vocalist of the Year" and the band, by Radio 2 listeners, "Top Live Blues Band" is therefore the real deal. I have never seen him myself and I understand that he has come out of gigging retirement, however, I have seen two of his band, in the form of Danny Kyle and Pete Shaw play as a duo and was very impressed indeed, in fact I nearly signed up with Danny for some guitar lessons on the spot! Guy Tortora, who had been on a festival with the band last year, spoke very highly of them too! I am reliably informed that the band has a much more laid back and acoustic feel than before, anyway, do check them out on or

So bookings to me please at richard_at_bottleneckblues_dot_com at earliest possible, with thanks.

Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday February 24th 2009 at the Roffen Suite, Rochester for Nicky Moore and his Blues Corporation.

Richard Dobney
Bottleneck Blues Club
07785 307388