Monday, 4 February 2013

Recommended: The Traveling Pilburys

#492: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! I have discovered this last week that there is a Birmingham based band who, despite what the name suggests, are not only a tribute act covering purely The Traveling Wilburys. Touring the Midlands from time to time, The Traveling Pilburys are a five piece band - with strong ELO and Jeff Lynne connections - who deliver a strong set of songs across four decades which, of course, includes songs from The Beatles (their musical heroes)The Traveling Wilburys, Roy Orbison and a selection of other artistes. There is so much more to this band than that. Here's what the band say about themselves:

"The Traveling Pilburys are a five piece band based in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. Formed out of a bunch of ex-professional musicians from the sixties, who got together for a bit of fun in 2008. It started as a jam session, when one time Andicaps guitarist and vocalist Jake Commander returned from his adopted home in New Hampshire, USA and wanted to get together and play live music with some of his old band mates. Not a de facto tribute band, as the name might suggest, but with Jake and John Kerton's connection with Jeff Lynne, the cross-Atlantic trip Jake had made back home and the fact that we are all a little more 'Pilbury dough' than we were in the 1960's, the name Traveling Pilburys just seemed to fit!

Founder members include John Kerton, who joined The Andicaps as front man and lead vocalist in 1964, alongside Jeff Lynne on guitar, later of course of The Idle Race, The Move and ELO. John went on to front the band Red Sun for many years before becoming band leader on the QE2. Jake replaced Jeff in 1965 and went on to front the band Ochre Daydream, becoming live on-stage engineer with ELO in the late seventies and backing vocalist on a number of ELO world tours and on the Jeff Lynne solo album "Armchair Theatre"Steph Griffin (of Decca recording artistes Sundance and Ochre Daydream) joined the fun on keyboards alongside. Graham Savage formerly of Zeth, The Likely Lads (and too many other forgettable names to mention!) on bass and supporting vocals. Jake returned home to New Hampshire, USA in late 2008, but the band had such a ball that they wanted to stick together and carry on playing good time, crowd pleasing music. After a number of personnel changes, the current line up was completed early in 2012 when Conrad Carpenter (formerly of Eagles tribute band Talon) joined on lead guitar and vocals, together with John Wilson on drums (formerly with Zeth, The Likely Lads and Alvin Stardust). So here we are today - five guys of a 'certain' age, but who can rock and roll, swing, swoon and sway with the best of them. Our set list is extensive and varied with songs that everyone will know from their past and they are delivered with a passion and professionalism that few others can match."
Yours Truly KJS caught up with bassist Graham Savage earlier this last week and he told me that the band were indeed "big Beatles and ELO fans and (in particular) of the work of Jeff Lynne". Graham also told me that the band plan to cover some Tom Petty songs in the near future plus some tracks from the Jeff Lynne album "Long Wave" too! So why not check out the band and what they are currently up to via their official website thus:

ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends The Traveling Pilburys to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO/Jeff LynneThe Traveling WilburysRoy Wood'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 04-Feb-2013

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