By Joe Noble
So I went with friends to Maple Valley last month to dance to some blues at a nice place called Stocktons Restaurant & Spirits. I ran into SSBA President Andy Pasilis and his lovely wife Susan, and we sat down to hear the Moe Ribbs Blues Band. But I wasn’t sitting for long. Right away they started throwing down some fine blues to strum your 12 bar inner strings with.
Brian Lee was on guitar and harp. He has an awesome band called Brian Lee and the Orbiters, which I saw at Mt. Baker Blues Festival in 2017 and many times after. He shared that stage with Walter Trout and Shane Dwight, to name a few. Not bad at all. Brian played three different guitars, bending notes and playing with precision. He also plays a mean slide guitar.
I was also pleased to see another harp player, Rich Greenberg. He blew a good ax. Jammed out some solos and filled the gaps nicely. Another guitar player, Wade Hickam, threw out some bars that had us all shaking our booties for sure. Solid work.
The bass player, Bear Drury, really knew his instrument too. Man, he played that thing above his head while he walked around the dance floor. He also belted out a couple cool songs that everybody really liked. The drummer, Will Bagby, yeah, he knew how to keep that beat going for sure. In all, if you want to dance to some blues, go hear and support these cool cats. You’ll mark the dance floor just like we did. Joe Man the Dancing Fan says go!