Or you can ask Duffy – who heard his version of Mercy and called him into the studio – only to find that he wasn’t the black soul man she had imagined.
His new album, Deep River, contains some of his best work. On it he channels everyone from Dylan to Shakespeare, via Al Green, JJ Cale and John Martyn, and even manages to write a romantic song about bankers.
So you’d be wise not to miss the Jon Allen Band appearing at The Stables, Wavendon on Friday, January 16 (8pm).
The following evening (also 8pm) entertainment comes from Snakecharmer.
Six of the UK’s most esteemed and experienced rock musicians have joined forces to create Snakecharmer.
Original Whitesnake members Micky Moody and Neil Murray have teamed up with Laurie Wisefield (Wishbone Ash), Harry James (Thunder, Magnum), Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne) and Chris Ousey (Heartland) to bring you classic twin-guitar-based rock as it should be played.
They’ll be playing classic rock songs that they helped create, such as Whitesnake’s Here I Go Again, Fool For Your Loving, Don’t Break My Heart Again, Ready An’ Willing and Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City, together with other hits from the band members’ back catalogue.
For tickets see www.stables.org or call 01908 280800.