Russ Tippins - Hebden Bridge Blues Festival 2012
A trip across the road to the Main Stage encountered Russ Tippins. Have you ever had one of those moments when you walk into a gig and the guitar stops you in your tracks and you have to stand still until the number finishes? This happened to The Hat on encountering Russ in the middle of playing a slow blues. The spirits of Page and Moore soared round the place as his guitar gently wept and you knew you were in the presence of something very special. His back line of bass and drums was, in the view of the Hat one of the tightest and best at the Festival and when he broke into the ripping fast 'Electrickery' this trio simply flew as one. This is a guy who can give you an acoustic Classical Gas in a small bar and yet plays such dynamic guitar he can, and in my view, should be filling major venues. Major, major man.