Just read a review of our last gig, from the May edition of Blues Matters! magazine – written by one of the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues 2012 competition judges, no less 😉
“The set kicked off with Cold Wind, which carried more of a modern folk vibe hence not the best choice to start a blues set. However, the song nicely brought out the warm mellifluous tones in How Askew’s voice. As the set progressed, Askew began to show more of his blues-man ship with his excellent finger picking and slide guitar skills. Particular highlights were the delta blues influenced ‘Certain Something’, that was unfortunately interrupted by a string snapping on his guitar and was luckily saved by the rhythm section [Richy Clarke and Gav Warrender] keeping the song going until he appeared back on stage with a replacement! His performance of his final song ‘Only leaves me my blues to drink’ was the best of the set convincing judges of the great potential he possessed as a blues performer. Having formed only back in January, it was pretty clear that after a few more rehearsals, How Askew could be destined for bigger things.”
And, this was news to me, turns out we came second!
“As for the nation’s runners up, it was a toss-up between Chris James and How Askew and after much deliberation by the judges; the title was given to the latter”