Wednesday, February 12, 2020

The Reeves Brothers - Saddle'n'Spurs Tuesday Feb 11, 2020

A rare live music venue located in the north-west(ish) portion of Las Vegas, Saddle'n'Spurs describes itself as "Las Vegas' LAST remaining Honky Tonk Bar!" and they do their best to live up to that reputation. They have a dedicated clientele who will come out to dance the night away when they know the music is appropriate, as it was this evening. The Reeves Brothers, as I have ranted'n'raved in the past, specialize in old school Country'n'Western music, as played by their father out in Bakersfield in the old days, performed with passion and an excess of talent.

The Reeves Brothers - Matt and Cole - are both terrific guitarists who I would easily watch all night and this evening they were joined by a hot-shot peddle steel player by the name of Caleb (per their Facebook page) along with a fine drummer and long time stalwart, bassist Kelly Bishop. Combining their well-written originals with covers like "Mama Tried" or a random David Allen Coe tune, the 5 members worked together with solid rhythms backing the three guitars playing harmony lines (fantastic interplay between the three men - Caleb is an excellent addition) while both Matt and Cole took turns on lead vocals. I arrived towards the end of their first set and despite the early hour, the house was jam-packed - literally standing room only - as was the dance floor. People were definitely there to dance, as they took to the floor even during the band's intermission to two-step to some odd (to me) country/rap hybrids on the jukebox (also oddly, there seemed to be two juke boxes - one that the dancers kept plying with quarters and one by the bar that was playing classic rock like Thin Lizzy!).

While the somewhat older crowd thinned a bit as the night went on, the Brothers continued to provide amazing country entertainment up until 11:00 or so. A great night for SnS and always great to see the RB's on our side of town! Looking forward to their next record, due out in a couple of month.