Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings have, since the redoubtable Bill convened the combo in the early 1990s, carved themselves an awesome reputation as one of the most reliable, honest-to-goodness good-time combos of the last decade or so.
Taking a broad sweep, cherry-picking from the wealth of popular music styles of the twentieth century, Bill and his incredibly adept crew put together a set that incorporates Blues, Jazz, Jump Band Boogie, old-school R&B, Country and full tilt rock and roll.
It’s all played with a technical skill but undeniable warmth and feel for the music.
Amongst the stellar cast of musicians featured on Live Communication, the latest, fascinating instalment of Bill’s post –Rolling Stones history are the brilliant guitarist Albert Lee, Van Morrison / Nick Lowe piano ace Geraint Watkins, former Doctor Hook vocalist Dennis Locorriere, as well as regular Rhythm Kings stalwarts Beverley Skeete (vocals), Graham Broad (drums) Terry Taylor (guitar and vocals) and Nick Payn (saxophone).
The material is drawn from the likes of Willie Dixon, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Joe Tex, and a great version of the hoary Chuck Berry chestnut, Johnny B Goode, like you’ve never heard it before.