Review and photographs by Fred Rudofsky
Blues, BBQ and beer – it’s an Earthly trinity that should never go unheralded, especially when there is no cover charge. A lively crowd with good taste in all three areas showed up in force at the Dinosaur BBQ in Troy to hear the area’s finest blues band.
Since regrouping early last year after a significant hiatus, Scotty Mac & the Rockin’ Bonnevilles have been playing almost monthly. Billing this gig as the “Post V.D.” show (Valentine’s Day, just so you know), they opened with a powerful take on “Chicken Shack,” with Ted Hennessy playing some galvanic harp. The original “Just My Luck” kept the tempo up, with Scotty Mac playing his customary out of sight guitar and Johnny Ellis (bass) and Pete Vumbaco (drums) locking into irresistible rhythm.
The first set was heavier on covers than usual, but who else has the chops and imagination to play from such disparate sources? The sounds of Excello, Chess, Vee-Jay and Sun records were well represented, and The Shadows “Apache” sounded mighty fine with the jump blues of Louis Jordan’s “Saturday Night Fish Fry” following soon afterwards.