With support from Lights Out by Nine and Stop Watch Gang.
Harp maestro Paul Lamb & his band the King Snakes, continue to reinforce the bands considerable reputation,
with his latest album “Live at the Royal Albert Hall – The Times
Enjoy the best harp player on this island …in Europe… oh what the hell, probably
the best harp player in the world?! – Blues & Rhythm magazine
The blues is synonymous with the passion of its performers, and in the often harsh economic landscape of the north east of England, Paul Lamb discovered that passion.
Inspired by Sonny Terry and Little Walter, and yet frustrated at being on the outside looking in at these warriors of the blues. Then came the harmonica; that melodious harp that takes many a song for a rollercoaster ride, giving it a unique voice along the way. Paul played the way his heroes played, and he fought the way his heroes fought.
His journey strayed from the Mississippi Delta blues of Doctor Ross, and settled instead for the east coast style of Sonny Terry. He sought the keys to the citadel, to the cathedrals of the blues, bidding farewell to family and friends as he swept aside the doubts that have crushed so many others before him, and he emerged victorious, with emperors from all corners of the blues kingdom hailing him as one of their own.
LIGHTS OUT BY NINE are a Scottish band with a pedigree.
Steeped in soul, funk and rhythm and blues, and driven by Hammond, horns and harmonies, the sound is raw and authentic, whether playing their own original songs, or paying homage to the sounds of New Orleans, Memphis or Muscle Shoals.
10 support slots with the Average White Band in recent years, and appearances with numerous other names, too many to mention, is a testament to the level of achievement of the band, and with live sessions being broadcast on BBC Radio 2 from the legendary Maida Vale Studios in London, and 2 top 5 American radio chart albums on BB King’s Bluesville at XM Radio, you start to get the flavour of a very accomplished outfit. Two further recent STV appearances, and follow on airplay on BBC Radio 2, and BBC Radio 6 Music, for the band’s new EP, are bringing LOBN to more and more peoples’ attention.
At a recent Glasgow gig in September 2017 at the iconic King Tuts, the band were joined on stage by AWB founding member Hamish Stuart to work through some of his back catalogue, which is further testament to a band who were also delighted to have made their Celtic Connections debut earlier this year.
In their time they have also supported Paul Carrack, Status Quo, Fish, Nine Below Zero, Nazareth, Wishbone Ash, Hamish Stuart Band, Maggie Bell, Buddy Guy, Dr Feelgood, Hue & Cry, and Martin Stephenson, to name but a few !