Friends of Tuesday
The Slidewinder Blues Band was born solely for the purpose of starting the “Every Tuesday Funk ‘n’ Blues Jam” originally held at the “Puck Live” in the Philadelphia suburb of Doylestown. The weekly open blues jam, now in its fifth year, continues to play at Club Havana in New Hope, Pa.
Heard here, the core band includes Paul Boddy, guitar and lead vocals; Glenn “The Wizard” Hale, keyboards and accordion; Lori Gaston, backing vocals; Chuck Hearne, bass; and Jim Bowman, drums. Guesting are harp ace Mikey, Jr. and saxophonist Tim Shay.
The five songs on this EP were all written by Boddy who co-produced the sessions with recording engineer Joe Nicolo. The band opens with “Over The Hump” a humorous tale of an aging man “when I was a young boy, I could run like Forest Gump, now I’m over the hill, but I’ll never get over the hump”, as his mind plays host to the thoughts of a much younger man. Boddy’s rhythm guitar sets the pace before soloing, while “The Wizard’ Hale conjures up some Jimmy Smith type organ.
“Love Me Darlin’” continues the relationship theme with Gaston singing the backing vocal before Boddy ends the fling with “please leave me alone”. Boddy’s slide opens “Money on Love” before he declares “I hear that work bell ringing, five o’clock come on, it’s time to go out drinking and spend some money on love…find myself a lady, sweet as a little white dove…can’t seem to close the deal…that’s why I spend my money, I spend my money on love”.
“Knock My Boots” is another play on words, featuring Boddy’s slide and lead guitar fills, with some great drumming from Bowman, and Shay on saxophone. “Pretty Kitty” is a sexy song filled with innuendo with The Wizard on the B-3, and Mikey Jr. on harp.
Bowman has since been replaced by the band’s newest member Dave Hollingsworth. Of note, both Hearne and Hollingsworth have played with Leslie West, and toured internationally with The Todd Wolfe Band. This is a way too short glimpse at an up and coming blues band. Paul Boddy & The SlideWinder Blues Band are a promising unit.