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BLUESBUCKERS in concert! All-Star local players with global appeal!
May 4 @ 9:00 pm - 11:30 pm
When area guitarist Jason Brown asked his significant other, Tonya, what she wanted for her birthday, she asked for a live blues show featuring four musicians.
Mr. Meanor guitarist/singer Mark Snyder, RIP guitarist and lap steel player Brown, Ranch Rockers bassist Paul Carr and The Prodigal Son drummer Barry Sloan. “Well,” Brown said, “it happened and it got some talk happening and that’s how the Bluesbuckers were formed.”
When the band formed, Carr couldn’t do it full time because of work, so the members asked former Baby bassist Steve Crane, and he agreed. Ironically, for tonight’s show Crane just recently had an old solo album (with members of Toto) rereleased), so he will be gigging out of town, so the original Bluesbuckers band with Carr will be on board.
Brown said it will always be him and Snyder playing, but sometimes there will be musical basses and other times Joel Broyles will drum if Sloan is performing with his main band.
The group plays blues, “with aggression,” Brown said. “We’re talking traditional stuff” Albert Collins, Elmore James, BB King, Freddie King, Albert King.”
“All the Kings,” Snyder said.
They also play some Yardbirds. “We’re pretty much based out of what came from Mississippi and Chicago,” Brown said.
A typical Bluesbuckers set list is subject to change. “Sometimes Mike will say, ‘I don’t want to play that,’ and the song he goes for will tear the roof off the place!” Brown said.
To date, the group has never rehearsed. “Even our first show, it was like, do you want to play for Tonya’s birthday, be there at 6,” Brown said. “It was total improv. Nothing was planned and so many people loved it.”
It took Brown a while to be able to wrap his head around musicians moving in and out of a band. “The bands I were in, we rehearsed our songs with the same guys and then played them with those guys. You lose a member, it’s drastic stuff.”
But, with veteran musicians with other projects, it becomes a reality, he said. RIP drummer Ochoa just recently became Sloan’s understudy in AA Bottom.
And, with the blues, it’s even more commonplace. “In the blues community,” he said, “there’s a corps of cats that you can just walk in and swear someone has been playing with them for years and years.”
Snyder loves playing rock and roll, “but the blues to me has so much more feel. It expresses what I want to do,” he said. “A lot of people think blues is a cry in your beer kind of thing. But it’s whatever you make of it. It’s feeling. It’s soul.”
“You just pick it up and let her rip,” he said.
“The younger generations need to come out and listen to this kind of music. This is what started it all basically,” Snyder said. The Rolling Stones, Zeppelin, Elvis, they all loved those old blues guys. The blues came first.”
“Without the blues,” Brown said with a laugh, “you’d be playing polka.”
Contact the Pub weekdays after 3 pm at 940-767-9488 for tickets, show times & reservations!