Soo’s Reviews
JEFF GALLANT  -  2 DEC '18 A wonderful night and a full house to see this duo.  Jeff Gallant is the singer in my favourite band and Clive Grant used to be in the Henry Smith Band. Jeff came smartly dressed - he wore a waistcoat, tie, and stetson - looking the business! - and his on-stage enjoyment is tangible.  He gives every song his all and when a performer enjoys his act so do the audience. A good mix of songs from ballads to oldies.  Wish we could have his band here again. NEXT WEEK  -  RAY PETERS Soo JOHN DOHERTY  -  25 NOV '18 The room was full this week - John is very popular, that's why we don't see him very often, although he has been booked for next year some time. The dance floor was full and he sang some songs seldom heard. A good night was had by all. NEXT WEEK  -  JEFF GALLANT DUO Soo WAYNE-T  -  18th NOV '18 We had an enjoyable evening this week with a newcomer to Fred's in place of his dad Arthur - one half of The Thornhills with brother Keith who were both in one of the most popular bands years ago as I have written before - West Virginia. Talent certainly runs in that family as Wayne T has a wonderful voice especially when he sang some powerful ballads such as Lonestar's "Amazed" and Keith Urban's "Blue Blue Sky". He mixed the songs all evening - there was something for everyone.  I'm sure we would all love to have him back. NEXT WEEK  -  JOHN DOHERTY Soo DARREN BUSBY  -  11th NOV '18 I missed Darren this time unfortunately but I heard the audience had a good night. Soo NIGEL SLATER  -  4th OCT '18 A sad night at Fred's this week when we heard that Fred had passed away that morning. Together with Bernie they have run Fred's Place for for approximately 40 years, and we have had the cream of the British country acts as well as American artistes.  End of an era. Bernie told us to go ahead with opening the club - Fred would have wanted it - so we did and it was a good night. Nigel has a brilliant voice and is equally brilliant on guitar - he comes across as a man of principle and a genuine guy.  A nice mix of music too. NEXT WEEK  -  DARREN BUSBY Soo BLACK STEEL  -  26th OCT '18 My kind of Country!  A country beat and nice songs. I always enjoy them - Jimmy on pedal steel, guitar and fiddle and Bob singing. A pleasant evening. NEXT WEEK  -  NIGEL SLATER Soo STONE COLD COUNTRY  -  21st OCT '18 We were expecting Kalibre this week but I've heard that one of the Bobs is in hospital. Get well soon! Stone Cold Country replaced them - Ray is on pedal steel and his son Steve on guitar - and what a great guitar player he is. I preferred their 2nd and 3rd spots as it was mainly traditional country with songs like "The Good Times",  "I Never Go Round Mirrors" and "Little Yellow Blanket". NEXT WEEK  -  BLACK STEEL Soo COLIN DUNNE BAND  -  14th OCT '18 A great night with this band - I'd never heard of them so didn't know what to expect.  They are from the London area and only been together for three years.  They reminded me of yesteryear when bands were the norm - and so entertaining. Chris was the main singer - and he really could sing.  Tom Brierley, Lee Feltham and Roly Earles on guitars and they harmonised beautifully with Chris, as well as taking the lead on some. Gerry Hogan and Nick Belton played pedal steel and drums. A good selection of songs too.  I hope they come back! NEXT WEEK  -  KALIBRE Soo CHRIS RADDINGS  -  7th OCT '18 Back for the third time Chris sang mainly line dance.  This pleased the dancers who were on the floor for all of the first spot. We listeners were bored with it.  We only heard a few traditional numbers that we enjoyed.  When we did we liked his voice. NEXT WEEK  -  CHRIS DUNNE BAND - 7-piece. Soo BEST OF FRIENDS  -  30th SEPT '18 If I needed any reminding of why I love country music I was reminded tonight.  These two gents are pure country and that's what they brought to Fred's as they always do. Smartly dressed and with one change, one song flowed into the next. No gimmicks, no mention of line dance - if you can dance any beat will do. I can safely say the whole audience loved them - to dance or just sit back and listen. Best of Friends are backing Froggy for our Christmas show. NEXT WEEK  -  CHRIS RADDINGS Soo STUBBY  -  23rd SEPT '18 Stubby's first solo visit went down well.  He has been on the country circuit for a few years in bands - 7 years in Second Choice, then in 1989 he was with Lemon Grass, after that Corn Dogs, then Sidewinder. I used to enjoy all of them - where have they all gone? Stubby sang some songs by British artistes - it was nostalgic to hear Nashville Fever's "Truck Off The Road"  - oh, and he's got a great voice! He will be back. NEXT WEEK  -  BEST OF FRIENDS Soo  PHIL and KEN - 16th SEPT ‘18 Soo is away this week NEXT WEEK - STUBBY GARY PERKINS and ALAN WATKINS  -  2nd SEPT '18 I enjoyed last night as I always do with seasoned entertainer Gary Perkins whether he is with The Breeze or solo.  On Sunday Alan Watkins was with him on keyboards. In the first spot Gary played for the line dancers then we heard songs for the listeners. After the one break of the evening Gary sang a mixture including some of his self-penned numbers.  It was nice to be reminded of songs like "Rope The Moon" and "Love Me". It was an enjoyable evening for everyone. COMING UP ... 9th   SEPT -  SAVANNAH 16th SEPT  -  PHIL and KEN Soo HAYDEN ALLEN DUO  26th AUG '18 A great evening with Hayden and Billy Leven.  I loved every song choice. Running a pub now with his wife in Halesowen, Hayden is not taking on so many gigs, but his voice is such a gift I sincerely hope he continues to entertain us for a while yet. He did say at the end of the evening "see you again".  I hope so! NEXT WEEK  -  GARY PERKINS and ALAN WATKINS Soo JOHNNY and LYNETTE  -  12 AUG '18 I was away this week but I'm sure the audience enjoyed Johnny and Lynette. I hope to catch them next time. NEXT WEEK  -  BILLY BUBBA KING Soo CLEAR CUT  -  5th AUG '18 I thought that this week dad and son duo Clear Cut were the best I have seen them. Darren plays 4 instruments - keyboard, guitar, mandolin and accordion. That makes a great musician in my eyes. His dad Don has a nice voice and does the vocals. Country all the way! NEXT WEEK  -  JOHNNY and LYNETTE Soo TEXAS TORNADOS  -  29 JULY '18 We always have a good night when Stu and Pete come to Fred's.  Stu is a great musician on guitar and keyboards - he helps with vocals too.  Pete, as well as having a good voice, has a wonderful rapport with the audience and draws us all in. A feel-good night for all. NEXT WEEK  -  CLEAR CUT Soo DARREN BUSBY  -  22nd July '18 Darren was warmly received this week.  With his lovely voice he is able to sing line dance songs and beautiful ballads.  Something for everyone. NEXT WEEK  -  TEXAS TORNADOS Soo MARK HILLS AND WRECKING BALL  -  15th JULY '18 Well it's happened again: a new band - up-to-date songs, rocky, full of energy, excellent musicians - has divided this audience again. Country music has moved on and in my opinion there is room for it all. It's refreshing to hear something different.  With Mark's  singing there were two guitarists and a drummer.  I enjoyed them! NEXT WEEK  -  DARREN BUSBY Soo STEVE CHERELLE  -  8th JULY '18 Steve has not been to Fred's before  - he works mainly down south and has done a lot of work for Tony Best. A nice voice - he sang a mixture of line dance and ballads and plays guitar and keyboards. NEXT WEEK  -  MARK HILLS and WRECKING BALL Soo KALIBRE  -  1st JULY '18 Wonderful.  Cannot fault these two in all the years we've seen them. We heard some new numbers from them too this time. NEXT WEEK  -  STEVE CHERELLE Soo