The next Music Night on Friday 25th August promises to be every bit as much of a special occasion, when, for the first time, the Club welcomes another great Texan blues band JIM SUHLER & MONKEY BEAT. Once again, it’s something of a coup to have secured these guys for a gig at Sunbury, and it’s one you ought not to miss – if you enjoyed Hamilton Loomis, you will love this one too.
When he’s not leading his own band, Jim Suhler is the guitarist with the celebrated and globally-acclaimed blues/rock band George Thorogood & The Destroyers – he has also performed with a variety of blues legends like Johnny Winter, AC/DC Joe Bonamassa, Buddy Guy, Elvin Bishop and Buddy Whittington, and since joining George Thorogood has recorded, toured the world and written songs for the band.
He has been working with his own band Monkey Beat for many years, playing an uncompromising and highly entertaining brand of Texan blues/rock, and their publicity calls the band “blues-rockin’ bad boys with a take-no-prisoners” attitude. The band comprises Shawn Phares (keyboards/accordion) Beau Chadwell (drums/percussion) and Patrick Smith (bass). Buddy magazine wrote about them “Jim Suhler is not just keeping the Texan blues alive, but he’s expanding them with a style that appeals to fans of every music genre”.
The Club would not normally do a Music Night on an August Bank Holiday weekend, but this was the only time they could get them, and it was too good an opportunity to pass up. They are visiting Europe to play at the big SwingWespelaar Festival in Belgium, and the Club has been able to secure a date while they are here – it is believed that this is the first time the band has played the UK.
There’s plenty of info and videos at www.jimsuhler.com, and loads of videos on YouTube – check them out, and in particular the tracks on his “Tijuana Bible” album where there’s loads of great stuff that will certainly encourage you to come.