I made a special mid-week trip next over to the Buttershaw Lane club to get a proper look at Russ Kitchin’s band, Badlands following a set at Help for Heroes.Sheila Southam, http://www.crosscountrymagazine.co.uk
I loved the programme which mixed old and new and included some songs I haven’t heard in a while.
They had a major mix up with their drummer and dates so, literally, at the last minute they found stand-in Alan Bentley to join them for the night. Alan did amazingly well considering he was unfamiliar with a lot of the numbers and it certainly didn’t show that he had never played with the band before. Russ did well on the vocals and musically all the guys are very good, they just need time to really mesh together so that they can relax and the performance side of things can come through.