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Joey Landreth plays the blues to end year at Geomatic Attic

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The Geomatic Attic wound up the year with an excellent blues show, Sunday, Nov. 25 as Winnipeg bluesman Joey Landreth and his trio of drummer Roman Clare and bassist Meg Dolovich.
 It was a longer night than I expected. Roman Clarke opened the sold out show on the dimly lit stage with a quick solo set, singing soulful original music of 20 something problems, accompanying himself on keyboards and reminding me a little of Joel Plaskett.

Joey Landreth and meg Dolowich at the Geomatic Attic, Nov. 25. photo by Richard Amery
 I was pleasantly surprised to see local indie rock band the Utilities on the bill as well. they played  their always appealing version of chiming, folky indie rock reminding me of  the Jayhawks and the Church, back in the ’80s. They played plenty of catchy , jangly electric guitars and showed off some fine vocal harmonies.


 They played several tracks from their most recent CD “Heavy South,” but also introduced brand neRoman Clarke playing a solo set before playing drums with Joey Landreth. photo by Richard Ameryw music, which  drummer Drake McCheyne learned on the weekend as he drove in from Edmonton for the weekend and the show.
 Of course, Joey Landreth was the main event. He opened for the Sheepdogs during Whoop Up Days in the summer, but this set was a lot more subdued.


  He sang appealingly soulful vocals, backed by impressive  harmonies from his band mates.
 He played more slower blues, a lot of subtle slide solos on his guitar which reminded my of Sonny Landreth, a little funk and a few songs that reminded me of Kenny Wayne Sheppard.


 The appreciative crowd sat enraptured and clapped along in places, while Landreth  observed how exhausting  his tour had been and told a few heartfelt stories and about laying with his brother in the Bros. Landreth.
 I was getting sleepy, so left as Landreth finished a quick mini-set on his own.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 December 2018 10:49 )  
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