The Double Door
Charlotte, North Carolina
April 16, 2009
On a Wednesday night in Charlotte, Baltimore's The Bridge delivered a solid show to an almost full club, unusual for a weeknight in Charlotte.
Few bands are willing to tour as relentlessly as The Bridge. Having released two albums in two years, they are working hard in support of the latest, entitled Blind Man’s Hill.
However, having four instruments in the upper range of the scale in a small club seemed to be a bit overwhelming when all were playing together. Regardless, it turned out OK. Cris Jacob ably handled lead vocals with a gruff, bluesy sound, his guitar played with fiery passion, while Kenny Liner's electric four string mandolin was played more like a guitar than a tradition mandolin. Patrick Rainey played his sax with great control; he was forceful, yet not overbearing.
"Drop The Beat” got the crowd moving, as did “Bad Locomotion” and a great cover of Little Feat's “Spanish Moon”. The second set included a bluesy version of “Old White Lightning ‘95,” cranked up with “Super Funk Regulator,” and showed the Bridge's versatility on Professor Longhair's "Big Chief."