Thursday, August 29
George Bedard has been a seminal figure on the Michigan roots rock scene for more than 30 years with his rockabilly & blues/rock dance party. A member of the Silvertones in the 1970s and Tracy Lee & the Leonards in the 1980s, Bedard has long attracted the attention that his energetic guitar playing and gutsy vocals deserve as leader of his own band, the Kingpins. Goldmine recently called Bedard “one of the best rockabilly pickers on the planet,” while Record Roundup wrote “Bedard may not become the next trendy thing, but as far as this kind of music, he’s already the next cool thing.”
While other youngsters in the 60′s were listening to British Invasion bands and wishing they were on the Ed Sullivan show, a young George Bedard was in his basement teaching himself guitar, playing along with records by blues legends Howlin’ Wolf, B. B. King, and Muddy Waters. By the early 70′s, Bedard was teaming up with blues harpist/guitarist Steve Nardella to form the Silvertones, one of the finest Ann Arbor, MI, blues/rockabilly bands of the 70′s.
Combining genres is a path Bedard has pursued relentlessly, working in groups both as a soloist and sideman, covering a wide range of styles from country to jazz to rockabilly and back to his first love, the blues. There’s not much Bedard can’t play extremely well in any of these idioms, his style always informed by taste and economy.
Bedard will be joined for this Sonic Lunch performance by the incredible Chris Codish (from Johnnie Basset’s band and the Brothers Groove) and Pat Prouty, both of whom are featured on his new much-anticipated live blues CD “Further On”, as well as Kingpin regular Rich Dishman on drums.
His latest album, a follow-up to “Pickin’ Apart the Past”, brings Bedard home to his blues roots with blazing tributes to the masters as well as powerful original tunes.