Sunday, June 25, 2017

Bobby Kingston with guest Matt Reeves at Saddle'n'Spurs, Saturday June 24, 2017

I've been meaning to get out to see Bobby Kingston's band at SnS for a while now and after seeing the Reeves Brothers a couple of weeks ago and being knocked out by their guitar playing and then hearing that Matt Reeves would be sitting in with Kingston, I made it a point to get out and catch a couple of sets.

Kingston has a hot-shot band even without Matt - everyone sings so plenty of vocal harmonies and solid drumming, fluid bass lines, bluesy guitar, honky-tonk keys and Bobby's acoustic guitar keeping it all together. While Bobby is the leader, everyone took turns singing lead - Matt sang Haggard's "Stay Here and Drink", Jason (guitar) did a rockin' take on CCR's "Green River", bassist Mike took on David Allen Coe, and Bobby, of course, did numbers like "Okie From Muskogee", Mama Tried", "Folsom Prison", George Straight's "Amarillo" and lots more.

Matt continued to blow me away with his effortless, melodic playing and tricks like using the volume knob to emulate a steel guitar. I dug everyone else's playing, as well, and appreciated Bobby's FOUR drink holders on his mic stand! Their tunes got the appreciative crowd (and it was a pretty full bar throughout the night) up'n'dancin' regularly, as well.

Really fun time and an early night, which I can appreciate once in a while (although more music continued after their finished their last set at about 10:00 pm). Saddle'n'Spurs is a fun, comfortable honky-tonk with cheap drinks and a full kitchen. Check it out!