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Todd Wolfe band rocks Lethbridge blues style

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All 12 of the people  at the Slice, Feb. 6 were loving the Todd Wolfe band as they tore into an energetic set of blues rock music.
 The trio filled in all the spaces as bassist Justine Gardner played in the pocket, her thumb anchored to her bass pickup guard as she let her fingers do some groovy walking while drummer Roger Voss kept the time.

 Wolfe played some sTodd Wolfe playing the blues, Feb. 6. Photo by Richard Ameryupremely tasteful lead guitar and belted out the blues as his voice gave the music a John Cougar Mellencamp meets the Los Lonely Boys vibe.
 He played an array of original music and some long lost classics from the likes of Derek and the Dominoes and even a groove heavy version of Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen.”

 Together they provided a solid, laid back blues behemoth, though they let each other out of their cages to roar on the odd bass solo and drum solo. Throughout, Wolfe played every note perfectly in place. He didn’t say much on stage, but told a quick story about New Orleans before playing a song called “Why So Blue?”

 While there weren’t a lot of people in the audience, they were enthusiastically enjoying the show with one of the more exuberant  shouting out  “All 12 of us are loving this” throughout the set.

 He played a revamped version of Peter Green era Fleetwood Mac’s “ Need Your Love So Bad” and “Homework.” plus some old Derek and the Dominoes.

They ended their first set with solos, lots of solos, before taking a really short set break and picking up the tempo again in the second set.
There were more tasteful solos and great groove as he played several originals including “On The Run,” which was a definitely a highlight.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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