Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes

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Really enjoyed Albert Lee & Hogan’s Heroes on Friday 15 May at the Tolbooth in Stirling.  I’ve heard Albert play numerous times over the past 10 years (one time he was even joined by Elvis Presley’s bass player and session musician on The Door’s LA Woman album, Jerry Scheff, who was holidaying in Scotland at the time) and always watch in amazement as each of the 5 musicians in the band take it in turns to play their part whether it be Gerry Hogan on the pedal steel guitar, Peter Baron on drums and vocals, Chris Palmer on bass, Doña Oxford with her lively ‘boogie boogie’ keyboard skills and soulful vocals and of course Albert Lee with his fast-paced, unique, guitar style.

The set contained a mixture of the band’s songs and some Rock n Roll and Country covers from the likes of Carl Perkins, Glen Campbell, Ray Charles, Gram Parsons, The Everly Brothers, John Stewart, Emmy Lou Harris, Jimmy Webb and Johnny Burnette.

Sadly, news of BB King’s death was announced on the morning of the gig and the band provided a nice tribute by covering one of his songs ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ in the encore alongside some real feet tappers in ‘Country Boy’ and ‘Tear It Up’ to finish the night off.

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