The Stag in Sevenoaks has been through some bad times over the past few years but since it was re-opened earlier this year it has really come into it's own. Not only is it once again a venue for local theatre groups but it is even winning awards for its brilliant, star-studded monthly comedy nights.
And, thanks to local music promoter Keith Stockman, it has also become a vibrant live music venue. Keith has several acts coming to The Stag this season, as well as others at the Otford Memorial Hall where he started out, and Go! takes a closer look at two of the best coming up in September. For a full line-up of gigs, visit www.crazystagnights.co.uk
Stan Webb's Chickenshack
Plaza Suite, The Stag
A living legend among the UK's blues scene, Stan Webb has played the music he loves to audiences for nearly five decades. Stylistically indebted to greats such as John Lee Hooker and Freddie King, Stan's instinctive, virtuoso electric guitar style has been honed over many years.
Born in the mid-forties Stan's first instrument was the old favourite of the time – the tea-chest bass, an essential item for any skiffle band. It was not until he heard Barney Kessel playing guitar on an Oscar Peterson record that he decided to take up the guitar.
After fronting a succession of small bands in his hometown of Kidderminster, in early 1965 Stan put together the first incarnation of Chickenshack. This line-up paid their almost obligatory rock dues in Hamburg with five-hour sets at the Star Club for a couple of years before returning to the Midlands in 1967. It was then that Christine Perfect joined them and they recorded their first album. However after two albums, Christine Perfect left, in August 1969, ironically just as Chickenshack achieved chart success with the single I'd Rather Go Blind.
Throughout the early 1970s and '80s the band went through numerous personnel changes, ranging from a three-piece power-blues trio to a five-piece band. And for a time in the '70s, Stan disbanded Chickenshack altogether and joined the newly reformed Savoy Brown.
Leaving Savoy Brown in 1975, Stan put together a new band, Broken Glass, which fitted in well with the kind of mid-seventies calm before the punk storm, and released one album in 1975 and toured for a bit, but after that broke up.
Stan continued to build on his strong popularity on the continent, especially Germany, and another version of Chickenshack recorded two further albums in the late 1970s.
Back once again and with a new line-up, Stan and Chickenshack continue to tour and bring their electrifying and very British blues to the masses.
Friday September 4 at 7.30pm Tickets £13.50 from 01732 450175 Visit www.crazystagnights.co.uk