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Jack Garton and Demon Squadron carry on South Country Fair fun

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I only caught their workshop at South Country Fair, July 20, but Jack Garton and Demon Squadron impressed me so much that I had to see them play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, July 26.

Pits Planet Earth’s Rebecca Raabis at the Slice, July 26. Photo by Richard Amery
 Quite a few people remembered the accordion and trumpet powered roots rock band. But they started later than expected, so started their first set with the aptly named “ Better Late Than Never,” from Their CD “ Move That Mess Around.”

They were fantastic, especially watching Garton simultaneously  playing trumpet and accordion whilst singing in an appealing tenor that reminded me of Dustin Bentall mixed with a touch of Don Henley, with their vocal harmonies lending an Eagles feel.

The accordion and trumpet added a more Mexican feel in some places and pure Louisiana zydeco music in others.

 Joel Fernandes played lead guitar that fit just about perfectly.
In addition to other originals, they played a couple of well chosen covers  which they put their own spin on including blues classic “My Babe.” which had a good sized crowd singing along.
The bluesy “I’m Coming Home, was a highlight as well.
 Their more straight ahead country songs sounded like the Zac Brown Band.
They played a sweet,  smooth set of music encompassing a lot of different genres.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 07 August 2019 09:06 )  
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