CHRIS WILSON
Bridge Hotel,
Friday March 14, 2003

WORDS AND PICTURES: Richard Sharman

I strolled into the Bridge about 9.35pm on a Friday night to be greeted by the sounds of Chris Wilson and his band The Spiderman launching into "Look out Love", one of many songs from his album "King for a Day" which was released late last year.

For the next two-and-a-half hours the reasonably sized crowd was treated to a masterful display of electric blues and rock.

Chris’s voice was magnificent ranging from soft tenderness to a bellowing roar that raised shivers at the back of my neck. His voice sounded better than ever and his harp playing was superb – this boy can play!

Chris has surrounded himself with an excellent band, featuring Shannon Bourne on guitar – a young man who is a genuine talent capable of soft tender finger picking to a full on wall of sound. He and Chris make great foils for each other swapping solos. The rhythm section Dave Folley on drums and Chris Rogers on bass laid down a tight beat and bass line that allowed Chris and Shannon to put on the show up front.



Highlights of the show (apart from Chris’s banter with the crowd) included songs from his latest album like "Look Out Love", "Something That I Said", "Little Jasper", "Look What Daddy Done" and "Skin That You Once Wore", a blistering version of the old standard "Shakin’ All Over" and a spine-tingling rendition of "When I was a Cowboy". The latter started, all soft and tender, then burned and built to a climax with an explosive squall of guitar abuse. The closer was Chris and Shannon alone, performing the moving "She Danced With The Spirits".

The crowd had been treated to a great show. I can’t wait until he is next up from Melbourne as Chris Wilson is definitely someone to see live.

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