goin' up the country
Welcome to GOIN' UP THE COUNTRY
Formerly Hooker Blues
Hooker Blues Club was formed in November 1997 after dentist Pete Evans, having visited Chicago with Wrexham Rugby Club, decided that as there was not a blues club in north Wales, it would be an ideal opportunity to promote live blues music and to make money for the rugby club.
Having contacted two friends, fellow dentist Paul Taylor and bank manager Ian Williams, both committed blues fans, the opening night featured local blues band Joey along with fifty interested music enthusiasts.
The first nationally known band to appear in february 1998 was The Producers when a sell out 200 crowd proved that Hookers had arrived. The first American artist soon to follow was Deacon Jones, John Lee Hooker's band leader and accomplished organist who had made his name with Freddie King. He brought some autographed photos from John Lee who was thrilled to hear that a club had been named after him and. a Hookers T shirt was taken by Deacon to present to John Lee.
Goin’ Up The Country Roots & Blues Club 2005-2010 (updated September 2010)
The club has continued its fantastic rise to prominence in the British blues scene by continuing to present some of the biggest names in blues and roots music from not only the UK but also Europe, Australia and of course the USA.
On June 6th 2010, The Guardian presented a feature on small out of the way music venues featuring an old chapel, water mill, tin shed and various other venues in the UK where top quality live music could be heard. To our great delight Worthenbury Village Hall was featured as “the village hall that rocks…” and stating that the club was set up to promote blues music in north Wales and the north west. We have now also started to use Overton on Dee Village Hall for bigger electric gigs and have featured The Hamsters, Nine Below Zero and Mud Morganfield with The Big Joe Louis Band.
Some of the musicians and artistes who have graced the little stage in the old village hall in the last five years have included from the USA, Otis Taylor (2 visits), Louisiana Red, Fruteland Jackson (2 visits), Robert Belfour, Lazy Lester, Studebaker John, Toby Walker, Doug Macleod and Catfish Keith (2 visits each), Geoff Muldaur, Woody Mann, Mojo Buford (2 visits), Big George Brock and Bill Abel, Lightnin’ Willie, Mud Morganfield, Louis “Gearshifter” Youngblood, Shar Baby, Kent DuChaine, Lisa Mills, Dianna Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley, Harper ( 2 visits), Groanbox , Guy Tortora, Zach Parrish and Brad Wheeler and The Black Oil Brothers. (Think that’s everyone!)
Thanks for all your support and helping to keep blues music live and kicking.