Southwest Blues Review 2009March 17, 2010
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Band: Southwest Blues Review
CD Release: Under the Covers
Home: Chatham-Kent Ontario
Tony Meriano – Drums
Aug Polowick – Guitar
Rob Watson – Guitar / Vocals –
John Gardiner – Bass
Byron Brunton – Harmonica / Trumpet
Leia Weaver – Vocals
Live band pic above: (L-R) – Aug, John, Leia, Tony, Rob, Byron.(Ridgetown 2009)
Drum pic: Tony setting up his pink drums for a gig, talking with his good friend Dennis Tatchell.
The CD: A collection of 10 tracks of old and modern groovy blues standards.
Notes: “The Southwest Blues Review formed in spring 2006, bringing together talent from all corners of the county. From Ridgetown, Leia Weaver and Rob Watson made the journey to meet in Cedar Springs at Barnyard Studios with Tony Meriano and Aug Polowick, The band was brought together thanks to the vision of John Gardiner from Wallaceburg. A year later, they firmed up the lineup with the addition of Byron Brunton of Blenheim.
The Southwest Blues Review became a local favourite for community festivals, fundraisers, art openings and any all around good time. Their influences and inspirations include Big Mama Thornton, John Mayall, Etta James, Motown and Stax sounds, the Downchild Blues Band, Daddy Longlegs, Irma Thomas and many many more.
The Southwest Blues Review lost their drummer and founding member Tony to a sudden illness in 2010.
Below is a link to an external video of the bands perfomance at Ribfest in Tecumseh Park, July 2009. Links works as of March 2010.