QUITE often, it can be a real wrench to drive out to see a band.
Such was the case when I checked Chesterfield’s County to see Sour Mash.
The place was reasonably full and there was a good atmosphere as opening song Born To Follow by Bon Jovi got the evening off to a great start.
With Gun’s Better Days and Whitesnake’s Guilty Of Love I realised this was a band willing to try a different route, as so many bands opt to cover the same stuff which can get frustrating.
Another thing that was blindingly obvious was that this band was actually having a good time, which was refreshing to see.
Frontman and vocalist John was clearly having the time of his life, as was Joolz on bass, Geezer on drums, Harris and Rich on lead guitars as they continued to knock out Copperhead Road by Steve Earle and Rough Boy by ZZ Top, a song I’d not heard anyone cover before.
With Santana’s Smooth and The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ By The Way getting part two under way, the band played on with the crowd still enjoying the night.
Of course, I’d have liked to have heard more stuff from this millennium which would have balanced the set out nicely.
That said, what Sour Mash did play was done in a way that kept boredom firmly at a distance, and with many years experience under their collective belts they had the foresight to bring with them a half decent P.A system.
If like me, Sour Mash has eluded you over the years, then I hope the above has given you the will and determination to see one of the region’s top bands make sweet music.