"I got friends in low places, where the whiskey drowns and the beer chases my blues away"....and those places happen to be in the Coombs/Errington area of Vancouver Island. This past weekend I had a fucking blast with those friends - a good blast unlike the shit that happened in Boston and West last week that devastated families and communities. My blast consisted of communities and families coming together under the celebration and appreciation of music.
I spent Friday night at the Frontiersman Pub and Grill with my brother and friends listening to rockers Wes Weldon and Colin Perry of Double Trouble. These guys fucking cover everything! I heard everything from Turn the Page, Wicked Game, Kansas City (thanks again Wes!) and of course I Got Friends in Low Places. Wes is a guitar god and Colin can fucking play anything, including horns, flute, keyboards...you name it, he can pick it up and play - and holy fuck, what a voice!
If that wasn't enough, they were later joined by local musician Dave Marco who definitely knows his way around a tune as well. I've only heard him play a couple of times and already I'm a huge fan. These guys are so versatile that they don't come with a set play-list. They read the audience and then play what the audience wants to hear. Sometimes it's Classic Rock, sometimes it Blues or Country and sometimes it's all of the above - on this night it was all of the above! Yell out a song you want to hear and these guys will fucking play it on the spot!
Saturday night I went to a dance at the Errington hall. This was put on as a fund-raiser for the Air Cadets and wouldn't you fucking know it, Wes and Colin were back. Only this time they brought the whole fucking band - The Enablers! Although I've enjoyed Double Trouble a number of times around the island this was my first taste of The Enablers. And again I was fucking blown away by their talent and versatility! These are seasoned musicians who have played with a number of bands over the past 30 years and let me tell you, their experience fucking shows! Wes is such a good electric guitar player that during one of his solo's (which by the way, happened to be a Rolling Stones cover) if I had closed my eyes I would have fucking sworn Clapton was on the stage. Their drummer Phil Hagen, who also sings, had me cracking up with his sense of humor and off the cuff lyrics. Guest singers hit the stage too! Chrissy (hope I spelled that right, hun) can knock the queen of soul on her ass and Johnny Rockstar (gotta learn your real name darlin) has a voice and a look that can leave girls trembling in front of him!
Again, these guys, like Double Trouble play fucking everything. As it happened, Saturday was April 20th, otherwise known as 420, so they even did a tribute to Hip Hop and Reggae. It was fucking awesome! Roll up baby! At 11:30 pm I was outside whining about how this was my first 420 in over 20 years that I hadn't had a hoot. Let's just say that I didn't have to break my streak. Fuck I love rock bands.......... ; )
These guys are for hire! And they come highly recommended by me!! Planning a party, wedding, BBQ on Vancouver Island that you would love to have live music at? Contact Wes through his website for Double Trouble here > http://doubletroubleduo.jigsy.com/ I'm sure if you're interested in having the whole band - The Enablers, you can talk to Wes about that too!