CURRENT NEWS! We've been working with the fabulous RUSS BALLARD on his song "BLUE FOR YOU"
Russ says in his December Newsletter:
"As I mentioned in a previous newsletter, I worked in my studio with my friend, drummer Alan [Stickie] Wicket and American Singer/ Blues Guitar player, Beki Brindle….I’ve known Stickie since 1976 when he played drums for me on my one and only U.S. tour after leaving Argent. He also played in Steve Marriot’s band when Humble Pie called it a day. I met Beki when she came to an Argent reunion show a few years ago. Strangely enough, Alan came to that show and they both became acquainted and were soon doing shows together. They played me some of a live CD they made in London and it sounded brilliant. They asked if I had a song that would be good for them - I suggested one, now we’ve recorded it and it sounds great….with some luck you’ll be hearing it in February."
Beki Brindle - Guitars (lead and rhythm) and Vocals (lead and harmonies)
New York Blues Hall of Fame 2014 Inductee, Beki Brindle was discovered at Indiana University by Rick Danko and Richard Manuel of "The Band," while she was Blues Legend James "Yank" Rachell's lead guitarist. A consummate player at an early age, Beki toured repeatedly with Jerry Lee Lewis, as his guitarist. A native of Indiana, she spent time living in Ireland where she shared the stage with Hot House Flowers, The Waterboys, members of U2 and Thin Lizzy, The Pogues and Francie Conway, as well as recording & touring with blues artists such as Carey Bell, Johnny Mars, Joe Louis Walker, Mary Stokes Band, Tampa Red, Fenton Robinson and more. She was also commissioned by Bono of U2 to create and run a blues workshop on Irish National Television.
Although Beki is a renowned blues guitarist and singer, with a style that is a mix of classic and original blues, peppered with sounds from Chicago and The Delta, she was also the guitarist for the Warner/Reprise band Grace Pool, as well as releasing several albums featuring other guitar stylings.
In 2016, Beki's latest blues album, "All Kinds of Beki," released on NY Blues & Jazz label Random Chance Records, was much-lauded, including a stellar review from Living Blues Magazine (by Robert Cattaliotti). In November, Beki and her band recorded a "Live in The Studio" album in Staffordshire, UK, featuring original, classic and obscure songs by artists such as Willie Dixon, Ike Turner, The Band, Lightnin' Hopkins and Yank Rachell. The new album, "Back To The Juke Joint," promises both classic blues and originals, jam-packed with unforgettable, exuberant and raw performances.
Beki Brindle Band members:
Danny McCormack - Piano/Hammond/Backing Vocals
From Stockton-On-Tees UK, "Ivory" Dan McCormack sprang onto the Birmingham music landscape at the age of seventeen, playing his trademark boogie style piano with King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys. Dan is a fine musician, who has toured and recorded with many respected artists, including Van Morrison (also Van's musical director as well as his pianist), Imelda May, Tony Christie, Richard Hawley as well as countless American jazz and blues performers such as Screaming Jay Hawkins and Bobby Parker (James Brown). He has appeared on Radio 2 as guest pianist with the BBC Radio Orchestra and is a lecturer in Music Studies at Derby University. Dan is a regular player with The Sticky Wicket Swing Orchestra, Roy Wood and The Beki Brindle Band. An arranger with an extraordinary reputation, Danny has made a massive contribution to the upcoming Beki Brindle album, “Back to the Juke Joint."
Sticky Wicket - Drums/Percussion
After beginning his career playing with rock bands in his hometown of Birmingham, UK, Sticky switched gears and began playing with jazzmen. His big break came when he became a member of The Russ Ballard Band, which toured the world and had the distinction of appearing on the legendary BBC TV live music show, "The Old Grey Whistle Test." Returning to his roots, he became a longtime member of the successful rock band The Steve Gibbons Band. He played with the legendary Steve Marriott (Humble Pie & Small Faces), the venerable British jazzman Chris Barber, and the acclaimed Lonnie Donegan Band. Sticky is a much-respected teacher of drums and percussion and also runs one of the UK's most celebrated swing bands.
Sticky has played with Mark Knopfler, Joe Cocker, Roger Daltry, Van Morrison, Bryan Ferry, Jools Holland, Peter Frampton, Leo Sayer, Chas & Dave, Marsha Hunt, Steve Marriott , Paul & Barry Ryan, Bruce Welsh, Chris Farlow, Chris Barber, Steve Gibbons, Paul Jones and many more. Sticks is currently a member of The Beki Brindle Band.
Chris Maidment - Congas/Washboard/Percussion
Born in London and brought up in Luton, UK, Chris first took to the congas after a chance meeting with the incredible rock drummer Richie Dharma, then of Mick Abrahams Band. His first band was Mustn't Grumble. He went on to work with Barry Ryan, Cahoots, Paul Young and many others, including Level 42. He has appeared on the Saturday pop TV show, Supersonic. Chris often plays with The Sticky Wicket Swing Band and is a member of The Beki Brindle Band.
John Riordan - Bass
Born and brought up in Birmingham, UK, John played bass alongside Sticky Wicket in West Midlands-based band Clayton Peacock. He has also played with Steve Gibbons, Status Quo, Slade, Andy Fairweather Lowe, Vince Hill, The Pretty Things, and many more.
Jo Griggs - Backing Vocals/Percussion
South London-born and bred, Jo met Beki in New York in 2013 whilst working as a session vocalist with Et Tu Brucé, supporting The Zombies on their US tour. A natural harmonies-singer, Jo has worked on numerous live and recorded collaborations with a wide range of artists; most recently with Beki Brindle on ‘Back to the Juke Joint’ and her previous album, ‘All Kinds of Beki’, as well as being part of Beki's British touring band. Jo has previously made a foray into dance music, co-producing and singing vocals for transatlantic collective Noizdisco, featuring Grammy-award-winning engineer Phil Pagano (MAW; David Sanborn; Tower of Power; Average White Band, The Bucketheads and Ultra Naté).
"Seeing the Beki Brindle band is like having really great tapas. Real variety, really well presented. Beki is an exceptional guitarist with an expressive and rich singing voice. She and her group of consummate musicians both pay homage to the rich and deep musical past which inspires them and create unique and original material. Their live performances are instantly enjoyable and timelessly memorable.”- Phil Lightwood-Jones
Lamb Bristo from the - Boom Boom Club says of The Beki Brindle Band - " The truth is, I love the band and am looking forward to having them back at the Boom Boom. Beki is a powerful talented performer who keeps your attention from the moment she hits the stage until the very last note and you then you want more. If you like talent, energy and being thouroughly entertained, then the Beki Brindle Band is what you want to see. I look forward to the return gig.xx"
"Beki Brindle and her UK band first appeared at the Pokey Hole Blues Club in Lichfield at a one-off mid-month date in November. The reception from the Pokey crowd was so good that the band were immediately rebooked to play at a main Friday night gig. The result? Queues outside waiting to get in way before the official opening time, a packed house absolutely blown away by a great performance from this fantastic Blues Lady and her rocking band. Great music from great musicians. And are they coming back to the Pokey? You bet your life they are….!..”- Norman Hood (Pokey Hole Blues Club