Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Blues Bands of 2012

Coyote Mike and the Wetbacks - 11:30
The Wetbacks are a group of international musicians that got together in Ensenada in the spring of 2010 with most of the members having had previous experience with different groups over the years with varying degrees of success. We came together to create a blend of sounds ranging from blues and rock to funk, jazz and reggae. We do original material as well as covers always with that ¨Wetback twist . The musicians range in age from 17 to 61 years old and having this wide age range allows us to accept the new and see the old with fresh eyes and ears. We look forward to performing for all of you.

Inspired & the Sleep - 12:30
Inspired and the Sleep is an Blues-Motown-R&B band from North County San Diego. This three piece, composed of beach lifeguard coworkers, plays shows all around San Diego, LA and everything in between. Hayden Stewart (drummer), Max Greenhalgh (bassist/vocal), and Bryce Outcault (guitarist) have been playing the SoCal scene for the past 2 years. The group’s inspiration comes from artists such as Al Green, Otis Redding, and even The Backwater Blues Band. Tom Stewart, drummer and head of The Backwater Blues Band, and Hayden Stewart’s father, has provided a noticeable amount input and advice to Inspired and the Sleep set. They have even sat in on BWBB gigs.

Chet Cannon & the Committee - 1:30
Chet & the Committee front man Chet Cannon is a self-described “terminal blues fan” who once attended 26 blues concerts in 29 days. “We pour our heart into every performance. Our main objective is to make sure it’s a good time.” The band’s Don’t Get Me Started! CD was SDMA-nominated in 2006 for Best Blues Album. Source: San Diego Reader online. Contact BluShouter@aol.com

Mercedes Moore Band - 2:30
Nothing can describe the Mercedes Moore Band better than the laudatory remark of the San Diego Reader: “This is one hot singer! Blues Diva Mercedes Moore is burning down the blues clubs is Southern California!” Indeed, the popularity of the band made up of Scot Smart (guitar) John Simons (bass) Kurt Kalker (drums) and Mercedes Moore (vocals) will easily cross the border from San Diego to Baja California. The music of the Mercedes Moore Band is reminiscent of the 50s and the 60s, and it is based on a harmonious combination of soul, blues and R ‘n’ B. A large share of the band’s popularity can be put down to the sultry and strong voice of the lead singer. The music of the Mercedes Moore Band is like a breath of air for the true music lover.

Backwater Blues Band All Stars - 3:30
The Backwater Blues Band is one of San Diego’s premiere Blues Bands in the styles of Swing, Funk, R&B, “Jazz-Blues”, and even plays their own original music. The Backwater Blues Band was founded in 1995 by Tom Stewart as an outlet to play music that is revered among the many friends and family that would come to Tom’s house parties. Over time the band “broke out” of the garage and started playing San Diego’s finest establishments. Come hear for yourself the great Blues tones that Backwater Blues Band creates!

Billy Watson - 4:30
Billy is an entertainer extraordinaire, capable of throwing down a blues show that can be infectiously hilarious and convincingly nasty. His energy as a frontman is relentless, his vocals inspiring, and his harp work musically outstanding. Billy’s repertoire ranges from creepy grooves, grinding shuffles, to fast boogies and swings. Yet audiences do not flock to his shows simply for his mastery of the harmonica... they are drawn by his magnetic stage personality and the idea of never knowing what antic may be next!

Bayou Brothers with Charles Burton - 5:30
San Diego’s favorite Zydeco band, with a sound straight out of Louisiana’s dance clubs, bayou festivals and backyard crawfish boils, the BAYOU BROTHERS will rock you right on into “Fat Tuesday” with their extensive experience and endless enthusiasm to deliver a rousing, rollicking, heart thumpin’, foot stompin’ musical gumbo y’all won’t soon forget!!!

Nathan James Band - 6:30
Currently Nathan’s three piece band is forging a cumulative sound that combines elements of 1920’s acoustic blues, amplified juke joint hill country, and 1950’s uptown blues mixed with 1960’s soulful R&B! Influences range from Tampa Red, to B.B. King, to James Brown and the Famous Flames. This is not your average blues power trio that leans towards the much abused “blues rock” formula. Instead each member in the band knows all the nuances of the different feels and tones. Knowing how to get people’s attention, Nathan will often go out solo from the bandstand and burst into a frenzied ragtime breakdown that can lead to a washboard solo on his custom LED lit ‘Washtar Gitboard’!


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