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Live: Aaron Keylock

The new JoBo? Well, he’s young...

With the ink still drying on his new contract with Provogue/Mascot Records, Aaron Keylock celebrates with his first London headlining show at Camden’s Black Heart, a black-walled room above the pub itself.

The good news is that Keylock’s blistering blues is pulling a new, younger audience; not as young as the 17-year-old guitar-slinger maybe, but at least a couple of decades younger than your traditional blues crowd.

Opening with the slick, ferocious double whammy of Medicine Man (which should be familiar to CR readers from the recent Sounds For 2015 CD) and Against The Grain, Keylock instantly proves that he has the guitar licks to back up the looks, while his rhythm section set up a pulverising thud.

He already has the songs for his debut album, too, to judge from this set that ranges from the tumbling-diced Spin The Bottle to the Rory Gallagher-esque Give Me A Chance To Explain and included the newly written Turn The Page. For older punters looking for direct references, he chucks in a couple of Johnny Winter covers. He may need to work on his vocals, though, especially on slower songs like Just One Question with its shades of Since I’ve Been Loving You.

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.