Richard Thorne (tenor sax)
Richard’s passion for music started in the ‘70s playing rhythm guitar and tenor sax in East Devon soul band Midnight Confession. This hardworking band brought their own brand of soul music to audiences throughout the SW, 3 nights a week. Looking to expand his musical horizons, Richard took inspiration from the legendary Dick Heckstall-Smith (tenor player with the likes of Colosseum, Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, etc.). He was soon bringing jazz licks and phrases, and improvisation into the band's melodic and high energy set.
With increasing demands from career and family, Richard had to turn down an offer to turn professional from fantastic drummer Nirmal Pheasant, and took time out from the music scene. Well, you can't keep a good man down - and now he’s back and blowing hard! Having rediscovered his inner muso in local 6-piece covers outfit the Eric Digwell Band, Richard set about putting together a team of like-minds to play the blues-based tunes he loves.
So it was that Slow Burn Blues were formed in spring 2016, with Richard playing better than ever. He's still in search of the great Heckstall-Smith tone and style and, inspired by his fellow Slow Burners' unique jazz and blues influences, is featuring on tenor sax - to great effect!