Wes Mackey and Band - Brussels 2008
By Patrick Lagae - Posted on November 12th, 2008
Translated from French
When? Thurs. 06/11/2008
Where? Nekkersdal Toon mij een kaart
An evening with the blues: Wes Mackey immerses Nekkersdal in a sweet blues bath.
Exactly one year ago Wes Mackey was guest in the French part of Belgium, for three gigs, one of them in Gouvy. Also the present tour there are only two gigs on the program in our country, from which one of them can be listed to the Roots Music Brussels.
The in South-Carolina born Afro-American musician ever accompanied blues iconslike Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and half a dozen more. He disappeared some time from the music world because of divers reasons, but he took the decision to settle himself in Vancouver(Canada), this sympathic man is rolling along. His agenda is well filled and especially the gigs in Hotels/Ressorts are bringing him the money.
This not so well known or better say almost unknown artist, was impressing the audience last Thursday enormously. You have to know that on stage he is combining three disciplines : singing, playing the bass line with his feet and also playing guitar! He plays a Fender Jaguar, a guitar that made name during the sixties under ‘The Surf Rock Bands’, later on it lost a little her reputation, but came again in the spotlight during the ‘Grunge’ period, under groups as Nirvana, Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr. because of it’s tailed bridge of the floating bridge, that generates a lot of upper tones. The Bass tones come out a Roland PK-5, that Wes is playing with his feet. This gig was nice to hear but also nice to see him acting. Left of Wes were the drums of ‘Simon Shuffle ‘Boyer (FR). The midfield was taken by Wes, in a nice handmade suite and black hat, sitting on a black leather chair, surrounded by two amps, the foot pedal bass and a mike. Right to him is Vincent Buchet(FR), who is playing mouth harp on most of the songs.
So we are here this evening to enjoy a musical event. Philippe may not be the guy who can speak, but a nose for finding quality and talent he certainly has. The gig is nicely divided in two sets and in between a break, where the artist take the time to have some talks with the audience. To make a list of all songs would take too much paper and all his songs you can hear on his CD’s of which the last one is called ‘Beyond Words’. However I would like to add that songs like ‘Mr. Blues’, ‘Who Do DA Voodoo’, ‘I ”LL Play The Blues For You’, and ‘Georgia On My Mind’ grape you by the throat. Also nice to hear him talk about ‘Lucille’ when he starts to play ‘How Blue Can You Get’ and adding that his guitar listens to the name of ‘Mable’.
The highlight is a medley, where he starts singing One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer, where he sings One Non Alcoholic Beer. As second add one he chooses ‘Wonderful World’ wherefore he gets the hands on.
A high score for this gig, played in a location that is very nice and with a listening audience ....
Slovakia's First Black Artist Performs
to Full House
The concert of The Music in the Town took place on November 24 at The Culture House in Skalica. (Slovakia) For the first time in the history of the concerts a black artist performed and at 68 the guitarist and singer Wes Mackey was also the eldest player of The Music in the Town. This is the only concert in Slovakia in front of a full house and fans had to even sit next to the drummer).
Wes Mackey´s blues was accompanied by drummer (Simon "Shuffle“ Boyer) and harmonica (Vincent Bucher). The blues sounded natural and original and audience was pleased. The co-organizer Luboš Bena holds the level of quality and produced a great experience for us before Christmas.