Review: WT Feaster Band & The Billy Walton Band – True Blues at Earlestown Conservative Club, Newton-le-Willows

Posted on: Sunday, Nov 18, 2012

Sunday, 11th November, 2012

I was a guest of Graham and Steve’s ‘Blues Bonanza” at this fantastic venue for the blues. I could not believe my luck, not only was The Billy Walton Band from New Jersey, USA, headlining but touring with this fantastic band was the WT Feaster Band a rocking/blues trio from the state of Indiana, U.S.A. What a burst of blues from this very talented band from across the pond.

The band are touring and promoting their latest cd, entitled “Juggling Dynamite”, released this March. This cd is full of powerful blues with one cover – “Is This Love” by Bob Marley, and the other nine being original works from Mr W T Feaster on lead guitar and a husky voiced lead vocal. it’s amazing what $75 dollars buys you from a pawn shop in America on your 18th birthday, a present from mum- and a rock star is born.

The rhythm section – the engine room of any band – was simply magnificent. On a mellow bass, that massaged your soul, was Tim Hargrove – lookin’ sharp in his suit;  and on the drums was Chris Taylor – the hottest of time-keepers. If you like your blues easy over and not to rocky then this is for you. The album is on Mystic Records.

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The return to these shores of the Billy Walton Band was a delight for me having been present at their debut at this fantastic venue. Billy Walton, on lead guitar and lead vocal, did several original works off the bands album “Crank It Up”, which I had enormous pleasure reviewing for them. Billy and the band are a powerful rock /blues outfit with a little New Jersey Shore thrown in – a great mix to let your hair down to.

The men behind Billy Walton are a great experienced trio of musicians: Mr William Paris, on a fantastic bass, was above par. He just takes care of business and shares backing vocals with a man that played the alto sax starting at the tender age of 14 years; and that man was Mr Richie “Taz” Taskowitz. Sitting at the back behind these three was a drummer who I said of him at that time plays with a maturity beyond his years that beggars belief and guess what? He’s still doing it – Mr Johnny D’Angelo, just superb in every quarter.

If you did not attend that’s a shame you missed a magical blues bonanza – you are forgiven however if you were not on this planet. With these two talented American bands entertaining us from across the pond it doesn’t get much better than this. Please check out their websites for more information.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

Independent National & International Music reviewer

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