Stan Webb was at the heart of the British Blues boom as he led his band Chicken Shack around the club circuit in the late 1960s.

Londoner Stan played guitar in skiffle groups before forming his own band in 1965, playing a series of residencies in Hamburg, over the next couple of years. When Chicken Shack signed for the new Blue Horizon label in 1967, they consisted of Stan on guitar, Christine Perfect (later McVie) on piano, drummer Dave Bidwell, and bassist Andy Sylvester, who later went on to play with Foghat.

In 1968, Chicken Shack released their album, 40 Blue Fingers, Freshly Packed and Ready to Serve, and went on the road with Blue Horizon labelmates, Fleetwood Mac. Their most popular number was a version of  ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’, the Etta James song, sung by Christine Perfect. Stan himself had a true Blues sensibility, and an excellent guitar technique, closely modeled on Freddie King.

Five years of constant touring and recording followed, and the pressures of this crazy lifestyle led to many changes in personnel, including Christine Perfect switching to Fleetwood Mac.

In 1974, Stan dissolved Chicken Shack and joined Savoy Brown, but returned later, calling his new band, Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack. With an ever- changing roster of side-men, Stan Webb’s Chicken Shack has continued to play regularly throughout the UK and Europe.

After over 50 years on the road, Stan Webb still carries the torch for British Blues. Catch him at this rare festival show.


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