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Lets just put a stake in the ground right from the get-go and call journeyman guitarist Geoff Everett one of Britains longest-standing blues/rock treasures. Geoff has been plying his trade since the 60s and, for the uninitiated, he can count amongst his long list of associations, collaborations and band members, the likes of Mike Vernon (UK producer extraordinaire for the Bluesbreakers, Bowie, Savoy Brown, Clapton, Chicken Shack, Peter Green, John Mayall), songwriters George Young and Harry Vander (Easybeats and AC/DC), Alan Lancaster (Status Quo), Carl Palmer, Screaming Lord Sutch, Gerry McAvoy and Brenda ONeill (Rory Gallagher Band), David Knopfler, Albert Lee, Dave Swarbrick, and Mollie Marriott (daughter of Steve).Right, based on that CV Geoff, youve got the job ! You dont get to hang out and work with those kinds of luminaries without having pedigree by the bucket-load. You also dont get to produce three albums of such consistency and quality without learning and interpreting from your co-conspirators over the years.Geoffs three offerings (Adult Show 2011, The Quick and the Dead 2014 and CutAnd Run 2015) are aural honey just dripping with irresistible riffs and licks, a satisfyingly road-weary voice and decorated with icing-on-the-cake harp, slide and, even theramin, throughout. But heres what sets Geoff apart for me, he can write a darn good tune thats the difference between albeit very accomplished pretenders and real artists. Not above giving classic standards the Everett-treatment, it is notably the almost entirely self-penned material on these three albums that makes them a trio of real excellence.The bands three albums are equally enjoyable played in or out of chronological order though the earlierAdult Showrecord is more for the blues purists. There is much to admire here from the spunky guitar and rumbling bass line on Professor Honey Juice Blues (a tip-of-the-hat, surely, to SRV ?) to the sweaty, smoky bar-room blues instrumental work-out of Sebastian Blues.More Gallagher-infused urgency on When The Damage Is Done against an almost Dr. Feelgood-esque bass and drum backdrop. I dont think there are any mountains in Everetts home base of Kent but he was clearly inspired by a misty, Celtic glen on Katie an understated little gem whilst there are echoes of Canned Heat channeling through Little by Little. Album closer, I Got Life is one of the best songs never written by the Stones and Everetts gorgeous twangy-jangly Strat work on Swine Fever Blues is a fine exploration of arguably what that particular brand of Fender was designed to sound like.In no particular order, dip into soulful lament Why Cant We Stop? (featuring Albert Lee and Gary Barnacle), the chugging, chunky riffs of Sin City Blues and Forty Days On The Road and the impossibly-catchy album opener, If You Cant Fight, Wear a Big Hat, all fromThe Quick And The Dead.
CHAMBERS, FOLKESTONE, KENT, APRIL 2014
THE FIRST TIME (unbelievably!) for this rock solid established R & B band in The Chambers!There really REALLY are very few of the names big in rock/blues & even folk that Geoff hasn't played with over the years & indeed the musician list on Geoffs albums does read like a who's who of the English music scene!This has lead to simply one of the finest three piece blues outfits you'll hear on the scene ANYWHERE and we have them here at Chambers this ThursIt's 3 on the door of FREE if you book to eat too! A sensible option this as it gives you a front row table for the night as well as a fine feed for little money too!!When you book make sure you ask to be placed somewhere near the band ok !!
Beale Street, Belgium- Feb 2014The blues scene in the UK is rampant once again as proved by this Geoff Everett Band. The men are from Kent , which is also the region where they make the nice weather with their performances . Happily now they also make the occasionalrecord that we can listen to. It 's a power trio . Geoff plays guitar and does the vocals . Kevin Dore plays bass and does backing vocal, and then there's also Brendan O'Neill who takes the drums for his part.In addition, a host of guest artists that Geoff managed to snarefor you. Just look at the cover. The result is thereforethis. The opener " If You Can't Fight " hasa finger-lickingintro. The Harmonica man Alan Glen does the rest. And the harmonica ( Bad Bad Man , Fool Outa Me, Airflow Blues ) ) as well as the organ of Tim Hinkley give corresponding numbers ( Lost At Sea ) just added value. Numbers with a plus for me, " Bad Bad Man" and the beautiful ballad " Why Can't We Stop " - about the only restfulness on the CD . So a CD for which you want to sit down with pleasure. Slightly more than an hour in the office.(JePe)GIGglepics Track Reviews - June 2013The Geoff Everett Band Lost At Sea track review from The Quick And The DeadGeoff Everett is a powerhouse product of a British rhythm and blues ancestry that permeates every note in his music. To hear him is to breathe in every sought-after era in your imagination when you wished youd either been alive or present at that gig with Insert Blues God Heres Name.His is a story of having been there, soaking in the years of influence, honing a style of guitar playing that conjours up Gary Moores melodic phrasing, coupled with the tonal attack of Jeff Beck. His singing is no less accomplished, providing a perfect foil for his guitars bite and lyrical quality.On his review track Lost At Sea from the album The Quick And The Dead the stage is set by a shimmering organ and deliciously sinuous guitar motif. Geoffs expressive vocals are lent yet more prestige with the inclusion of Mollie Marriott providing a tight power with her voice speaking in unequivocal terms of a musical lineage that needs no further explanation or better recommendation.At every turn, this track showcases the talents of this most remarkable link to Britains gift to the rhythm and blues world in the 1960s, starting with John Mayall, the Yardbirds in their many guises, through the 1970s and beyond, a melting pot that was responsible for the vast majority of blues and rock history as we know it now. It is quite simply R & B, the distillation of what those three characters used to mean before a world of sampling and vocoders robbed us of a genre titles birthright.Geoff Everett has earned his place on British Blues family tree. It is this reviewers duty to encourage you to ensure his name and his music live on where they belong.Aaron.Blues Reviewer on Behalf of GIGgle PicsBlues Matters on Jun 20, 2013 in BlogOnes That Got Away 2 Geoff EverettAs weve said before, our bi-monthly magazine, cram-packed with 132 pages of Blues news, features and reviews bursts at the seams with content. So much so that some articles burst out and cant fit in the issue! Thus our second article that jumped our distinguished pages and couldnt be put back in is a review of an album by a Bluesman with a sense of humour, and a sense of the Blues too. Geoff does, though, take his studio time very seriously, as can be seen from the accompanying picture.We give you Geoff Everett and a review of his album The Quick and the Dead.Following a few licks resembling an AC/DC intro, Geoffs album gets off to a fine start with some fluting harmonica from Alan Glen of The Barcodes, whose work, sometimes subtle, sometimes powerful, shines throughout. The excellent opening song, If you cant fight, wear a big hat, sets the tone: always fun, frequently fast and sometimes furious. Geoff has clearly read the Blues rule book that says you can either play guitar like an old guy on a porch, or like Stevie Ray Vaughan it is probably proving useful hanging in strips in Geoffs loo. Instead, there is plenty of variety here, and some classy input from guest musicians including Albert Lee.Taking a few of the songs, we go from Geoffs Big Hat into Forty Days on the Road, a nice slower, yet pounding number with some good backing vocals. Then onto Lost at Sea, a touch of Gary Moore guitar meeting a Gerry Rafferty melody, with even better vocals from Mollie Marriott alongside Geoff. Bad bad man features a truly epic harmonica solo and the slide guitar work is swift, reminiscent of JB Hutto. Geoff appears to have smuggled Angus Young in to play on the headbanging song Airflow Blues, and follows up with a complete shock, a ballad with a Gospel feel, his vocals sounding like Steve Harley, and some great sax from Gary Barnacle. This album is a very good listen throughout and can be recommended to anyone who has an open mind, a liking for something a bit different, and who loves good slide guitar and Blues harmonica.Website here: www.thegeoffeverettband.co.ukFacebook here: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Geoff-Everett-Band/176523207666RHYTHMS Magazine (Australia) - Jan 2013Geoff Everett should be more than the household name that he is for British blues enthusiasts. Just maybe, if Harry Vanda and George Young had maintained their association with Everett, instead of (understandably) diverting their attention to Youngs siblings Angus and Malcolm, then the story may have been different well never know. What we do know is that he is one hell of a guitarist, and The Quick And The Dead crackles with raw blues-rock energy right from the opening riff of If You Cant Fight (Wear A Big Hat), as it happens a song that wouldnt be out of place on any AC/DC album.Kevin Dore (bass) and Brendan ONiel (drums Nine Below Zero/Rory Gallagher) provide the rock solid anchor for Everetts high voltage licks and lead vocals. To flesh out the sound on several tracks, Everett has opted for a group of featured guests who superbly complement the bands core trio. For instance, another Nine Below Zero (and ex-Yardbirds) luminary Alan Glen, surely one of the UKs finest players, contributes some blistering harp solos throughout, none better than on Bad Bad Man and the strutting Forty Days On The Road. Then theres the late Steve Marriotts daughter Mollie adding soulful backing vocals throughout, and sharing the lead on the slow burning Lost At Sea, with tear stained notes literally dripping from Geoffs Stratocaster.The soulful Why Cant We Stop?, reminiscent of Eddie Hinton at his finest, resonates with the unmistakable tone of Albert Lees signature country style picking, and Gary Barnacles (Tina Turner) slow burning sax; the track is brilliant. Dave Swarbrick (yes, he of Fairport fame) adds a couple of sparkling left of centre solos to Too Big For Your Boots; surprising but entirely appropriate. Throughout the album, renowned keyboardist Tim Hinkley contributes tasteful slices of Hammond and piano. Respected guests playing with respect, you cant ask more than that, for this is ultimately Geoff Everetts album. A lifetime of travelling the blues culminates in his finest work to date, with blistering guitar, strong vocals and a fine batch of bluesy RnB songs.The music business is a tough game; favours are not easily granted and there are no guarantees, no matter how good you are. Geoff Everett is very, very good, and after serving British blues with distinction over several decades, then just maybe The Quick And The Dead will deliver him long overdue acclaim; its the least he deserves.By Trevor J. Leeden# The Geoff Everett Band The Quick And The Dead #CLASSIC ROCK MAGAZINE - Jan 2013"The QuickAnd The Dead"Veteran Everett is a writer with hooks, dynamics and light bulbs popping over his head, and on this unfussy collection, he mixes up Stonesy belters like If You Can't Fight(Wear A Big Hat) with the superior shuffle of Too Big For Your Boots.The collective pedigree of the band, meanwhile, is belief beggaring.Henry YatesBLUES IN THE SOUTH Dec 2012THE GEOFF EVERETT BAND - TheQuick And The Dead -I wrote enthusiastically about the last CD from MrEverett and his gang and enthusiasm PLUS is whatyou get from me for this one.First let me say that Geoff is an accomplishedand inventive guitarist with a great singing voice. Hehas with him an excellent band (Kevin Dore bass andBrendan ONiell drums) who move things along withpanache but this time much, much more. Geoff hastaken into the studio a plethora (good word beforebreakfast eh? ED) including Alan Glen, harmonica;Gary Barnacle, sax; Dave Swarbrick , fiddle; TimHinkley, keys; Albert Lee , guitar; and, MollyMarriot, daughter of Steve, back up/supporting vocals.Now that line-up should be enough to get yourinterest so let me encourage that by saying that themusic is simply outstanding. Alan Glen is in top formthroughout and is simply sensational on the title trackThe Quick And The Dead . Dave Swarbrick alwayswas a player who could make your neck hairs standup - just the same here and there are not enough wordsin the world to praise Albert Lees input on WhyCant We Stop sharing the axe input with Geoff andmaking it all sound so easy! Molly Marriott does anoutstanding vocal job too. I want hear more of her.In summary than this is an accomplished andhighly listenable album which deserves a big audience,as does the man himself . Outstanding.Ian MBLUES IN BRITAIN MagazineDec 2012The Geoff Everett BandThe Quick and The DeadCat No. GE001This latest album from long time rocker and bluesman Geoff Everett starts the way it means to go on and pulls no punches as it rocks straight into If You Cant Fight (Wear A Big Hat)! You are left in no doubt this a power R & B trio. Geoff handles the vocals with gusto and blistering lead guitar work. He calls on friends from the road on this album with Albert Lee playing some guitar and the last solo on Why Cant We Stop. Sax is nicely blown by Gary Barnacle, piano and Hammond organ tinkled by Tim Hinkley and Fiddle by Dave Swarbrick. The rhythm section is regular bass player Kevin Dore and drums for this album by Brendan O'Neill. Mollie Marriott adds harmonious and sensitive backing vocals on many of the songs. Harmonica work is taken by Alan Glen throughout, but I particularly liked his work on Forty Days On The Road. Ballads are handled with ease and a nice flow on Lost At Sea and Why Cant We Stop, to which there is a very Rolling Stones feel as well as on the title track The Quick and The Dead which Im sure would put a smile on Mick & Keefs faces. I also enjoyed the last track on the album Sin City Blues which goes out the way the album came in!If you like your Blues with extremely strong vocals, great guitar work whether raunchy and distorted or gentle and soulful and a solid rhythm section then this album is for you!Paul StilesClassic Rock Magazine -Collectors Edition -May 2011.....Adult Show...."Oh yeah, I know Geoff Everett..." is a familiar catchphrase on the scene: he's been blazing since the 60s and, in truth probably retains more lead in his musical pencil than most of that era's superstars.On standouts tracks like 'Professor Honey Juice Blues'and 'I'm A Hog For You', guitarist Everett fuses an older man's phrasing with a younger one's irreverence, meaning it's not...