Sunday, February 28, 2016

Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown Live in Sherwood Park Feb.26th 2016

Friday night my buddy Buzzard, Char and I went to Festival Place in Sherwood Park for the Kim Simmonds & Savoy Brown concert. Kim and the band are on tour as part of their 50th Anniversary Tour. Now Kim Simmonds is the only original now, his back up band of Pat DeSalvo on the bass and drummer Garnet Grimm were great. Kim has had this version of the band together going on four years now.

This was my second time seeing Kim Simmonds in concert having first seen him back in 1994. Kim is a blues guitar player from London, England and has been doing this forever. He has always kind of been one of the forgotten great blues players out there.

The show on Friday night was excellent, with Kim sounding great in voice and in good character, playing the guitar awesomely, telling lots of stories in between songs. The band did two sets combing for an almost two hour show. I was impressed as well with the back-up players Kim has playing with him right now. Be nice if this line-up can carry on for a long time.

Kim covered songs spanning his 50 year career on this evening. Playing songs from his first album 1967's Shakedown all the way to last years The Devil To Pay. My favorite tunes of the night were Tell Mama and Street Corner Talking from the 1971 album by the same name. Another highlight was hearing Hellbound Train. Kim Simmonds played slide guitar on a few songs and even pulled out the harmonica for a song. I though the show was excellent and look forward to hopefully seeing them again this summer when they close out the Edmonton Blues Festival on Sunday August 21st. Good times!!!

Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown.

And a big thank you goes out to the anonymous person that helped with getting me backstage to meet the band and get my posters signed from the show Savoy Brown played here in 1994.

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