Having never seen Eric Sardinas in concert before, I was looking forward to this show with great anticipation. I’m a big fan of the opening act, The Taz Taylor Band so this was going to be a double treat for me! Taz Taylor didn’t disappoint and a bit later, it was time for the headliner….Mr. Eric Sardinas & Big Motor! Big Motor is Paul Loranger on bass (stand up and electric). Paul played with Eric from 1993 to 2005 and is now back! Demi Lee Solorio is on drums. All are excellent musicians with a ton of stage presence. Eric says “Respect Tradition” and he does but pushes the envelope at the same time. Playing his custom made dobros through his Paul Rivera amp, he gets an intense sound that almost defies belief. More than once I said to myself,” How does he get all that sound out of that guitar?” They opened with, My Baby Don’t Love Me and this band was hitting their stride right from the start. They followed with, I’m In Love With You Baby. At this point, I was awestruck. I have never seen anyone play guitar like this. This was slide playing done right….and spectacularly! Words really do fail to convey the experience of being blown away by the sheer skill that was on display. He wasn’t just playing notes for notes sake….there was feeling behind every note. Clearly, these guys love making music and REALLY love making THIS music. Every note was coming from the heart. Passion for traditional style blues done Eric Sardinas style. For an hour and 45 minutes they wowed the Orange County, California crowd. The rest of the setlist contained (to the best of our collective memories) Can’t Be Satisfied (Muddy Waters cover that Eric did on his Treat Me Right cd), Down To Whiskey (Devils Train cd), Bad Boy Blues and How Many More Years (Howling Wolf song) both from the 2014 Boomerang cd). Backdoor Man and then bass/drum solos. Paul plays Carvin / Kiesel bass and during his solo used a Dunlop envelope filter and a bass octave pedal. Demi Lee Solorio had a Pearl kit. Elmore James’ Hwy 49 was up next. Then the crowd “suggested” that Eric play his steel body acoustic. Robert Johnson’s Walking Blues and a couple of others including Mississippi Fred McDowell’s, Write Me A Few Lines. If You Don’t Love Me from the Boomerang cd finished up the regular set. Encore was……a tribute to AC/DC. Paul mentioned to me that their first show at this venue was 1998 opening for Gatemouth Brown. Later, they opened for Johnny Winter while they were on tour with him. I’m glad they came back for more!!! I’ll be there the next time as well and I can recommend that you do the same. You WILL be AMAZED! Check Eric out in your favorite format be it streaming audio/Youtube/itunes….whatever floats your boat…just check him out! His website is here: http://www.ericsardinas.co.uk/ I shot dozens of images during this show. Here is a link to a collage of some of them.: https://flic.kr/p/LZEuuu Here is a link to a pro shot, high quality live video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tfvy4M76RVM That should whet your appetite! Respect Tradition.
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