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Next Thursday, 6th September, we have an old friend from Los Angeles back at The Bullfrog Blues Club with his band. Lightnin' Willie & The The Poorboys have headlined the Southsea Folk Roots & Blues Festival in the past, and played at The Bullfrog on South Parade Pier, but this will be their first gig at our new venue, The N.B.E.S.C.A. Club. Emerging from the clubs and bars of the U.S blues scene, Lightnin' Willie is an accomplished and hard-working guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. Now based in Los Angeles, Willie is a seasoned musician who has paid his dues. With four albums under his belt, this eloquent storyteller has his own story of time on the road, personal loss, fresh beginnings and an over-riding love of playing the "Devil's Music". Originally from Texas, this bluesman's years of steady gigging have given him as much polish as his performance. He is tall, with an expressive face, piercing eyes, and the kind of confident all-American swagger that allows you to walk up to total strangers on the street and introduce yourself. Lightnin' Willie and the Poorboys are by no means destitute. In fact the musical vein they mine is rich indeed. They steer away from dry academia and combine a seductive exchange of swinging Blues and R&B with a hint of Rockabilly. A lively, interactive, face-to-face approach to their music has had audiences waving their banner throughout the United States and Europe for over ten years. This is the real deal! Texas blues at it's very best! Tickets for the Bullfrog gig are are now available on our website, www.barkingspider.abelgratis.com or in person from “Saraband“, Goldsmith Ave., Portsmouth (nearly opposite FrattoPark, close to the 24 hr garage) during shop hours. They're just £8 in advance! Or, you can also get tickets at the venue on the door for just a tenner! Doors open at 8 p.m. The Bullfrog Blues Club is at The N.B .E.S.C.A. Club (also known as The Dockyard Club) , Onslow Rd, Southsea, just off Clarendon Rd.