(The website link that was here no longer works) Last night at the Limelight Club in Crewe, an expectant crowd were entertained brilliantly by Audlem's Jim Kirkpatrick as he launched his new album Changed Priorities. A wonderfully eclectic blend of self-penned numbers saw Jim at his best with his virtuoso guitar playing and often surprisingly delicate vocals. It was a totally confident performance laced with wit. Introducing one old classic blues number not on the album, he quipped he'd be rich by now if he'd written it. "But then again, I'd also be dead!" Even when the band left him on stage alone, his blues guitar work had everyone calling for more. An acoustic guitar duo with Nigel Stonier, who produced the album and is jointly credited with four of the ten tracks, was another highlight.
The gig featured superb keyboard playing by George Glover, guesting from the Climax Blues Band, with strong support from Carl Blunsdon on bass, Kegsy McCallum on drums and Nigel Stonier on guitar.
The album, which has been selected for release by London indie record label, 'A Startled Chameleon', displays Jim's mastery of blues, soul, through Eagles influenced country rock on That's The Reason Why to R&B. Title track Changed Priorities and Heavy Weather, last night's encore offering, both impress and Fly Away (Leap of faith) is a fine final track. Two outstanding numbers show a quietly reflective side of Jim's acoustic playing and vocals with Once Upon A Time With A Friend and Will I See You Again?. Two album tracks are credited Kirkpatrick/King, not, we suppose, the legendary BB who is, of course, touring the UK at present. Yet even he would be impressed with much of this album. Indeed, there isn't a single track that disappoints.
Much of the recent new talent on the national scene has been breaking out from the North – notably Leed's Kaiser Chiefs and Sheffield's Arctic Monkeys. With just a bit of luck, and if there is any justice in the music world, Changed Priorities could be the breakthrough that Jim Kirkpatrick's renowned talent so richly deserves. Go and buy this album – you will be in for a treat. It can be ordered on Jim's website at www.jimkirkpatrick.com (The website link that was here no longer works)
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