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Wild T and the Spirit have got the rhythm and the blues

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It's about time Wild T and the Spirit had a good crowd in Lethbridge.
 While their July 10 show at the Slice wasn’t packed, they had a respectable sized Thursday night crowd of approximately 30 people.
 Jolene Draper, Steve Martin andWild T and the Spirit. Photo by Richard Amery Dano's new folk rock quartet Tangible Radiance opened first with a sweet set powered by Jolene Draper's beautifully unique, reedy voice.

 They sang a variety of  covers from Fleetwood Mac and pop stars like Rihanna and jazzy/ folky originals and ended with a solid cover of Lady Gaga's “Born This Way” and cut loose on Janis Joplin's “Piece of My Heart.”

Wild T and the Spirit took the stage soon after that with a huge, extended set of blues, funk, jokes and jam rock music.
 They played for at least three hours straight without taking a break and barely pausing for a breath.

Wild T aka Toney Springer began a freewheeling night of blues guitar and groovy bass with “Call Me The Boogie Man” and played one of his ’90s hits “I’ve Got the Rhythm, You’ve got the Blues.”
The born entertainer definitely had the best kind of  the blues — the kind that make you smile —  as he beamed and mugged all the way through his set of psychedelic blues guitar. He jumped and thrashed around and played guitar with his teeth before getting funky.

 And you can’t have a Wild T and the Spirit without hearing some Jimi Hendrix, so he launched into an extended jam on “All Along the Watchtower and included a few bars of the Christmas carol “Good King Wenceslas” as he quipped “In my life it's Jolene  Draper and her band Tangible Radiance. photo by Richard Ameryalways Christmas.”
Another long jam came on his catchy tune “Life Goes On” on which he riffed and scatted, adding a few lines about the Beatles’ song “Ob la di ob la da.”

 He was just getting started as he told the crowd he was going to take them to Jamaica as he played Bob Marley’s “Everything's Gonna Be All Right,” on which he added a few bars of “Sleigh Bells.”

 He played a brand new blues rocker “Hooked” and followed it up with an extended jam on an older song “Yvonne.”

 It was time to get funky again as he played James Brown’s “ Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” after joking “James is actually Brown, But Barry wasn’t White, though Betty is. And Neil isn’t Young.”

A huge jam on “Bear Cat” not only included a drum solo and a bass solo but segued into a completely different song about Miley Cyrus' twerking, which lead to Wild T twerking with his guitar.

 It was time to look to the past as  he played a song “from the 1800s when gas was cheap” as he tore into another big ’90s hit “Midnight Blues.”
He ended the show around 2 a.m. with another long jam on “Mean Mean Mama,” and called it a night after outlasting most of the audience with Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 16 July 2014 12:32 )  
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