A CELEBRATED singer-songwriter is joining the top blues band in the Uttoxeter area for their monthly showcase of town talent.
The Vice Bishops Blues Band hold their regular Meet on the Ridge event at Doveridge Club, in Sand Lane.
Joining them on Friday night will be multi-instrumentalist Jason Callear, who has just released his new album XXXIV – or 39, the age at which he completed the LP.
He started playing guitar in 1978 at the age of six and has not looked back from his humble beginnings.
His first band, Modem, formed in 1981 and he moved on to play with garage band Millenium while he was still at high school in 1987.
He has also played in Ashbourne-based band Bad Reputation in 1989 as rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist.
Jason toured the UK in 1994 with punk band Totally Obscene while developing his skills as a music teacher helping countless young musicians form bands.
Since then, he has played with covers band Biglix and, in 2001 and the 41-year-old was selected from a group of Midlands musicians to support Alice Cooper band member Michael Bruce.
Since 2008, Jason has worked on solo projects, during which he recorded drums, bass, guitars and vocals on his own.
He describes his influences as The Beatles, Queen, Pink Floyd, Yes, Deep Purple, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots and Dark New Day.
Jason said: “Originally a guitar player I did some vocals for a couple of years and some semi pro drumming.
“I suppose the drums are my comfort zone and can master just about anything.
I am old school and love John Bonham and Keith Moon, with a very visual and hard hitting style.
“I like Classic Rock/Blues predominantly but do also like the harder stuff.
“I also love my acoustic stuff and am proficient playing rhythm and lead.
“I have a voice with a similar style to David Doverdale.”
Jason will play a solo set before the Bishops take to the stage, then will join the celebrated blues act for a collaborative performance.
The Bishops have been touring the local blues circuit for decades and play a mixture of their own material and blues classics.
They are renowned for their carefully-developed live sound and top-draw individual musicianship.
Dave Faulker sings lead vocals, with Pod Malkin on guitar, Oldfields music teacher and multi-instrumentalist Dave Blant on bass and legendary town environmentalist Fred Hopwood on drums.
The night’s entertainment gets underway at around 8.30pm.
Further information about Jason Callear is available online on his website - www.jasoncallear.co.uk.
More detail about the Vice Bishops is available online at www.thevicebishopsbluesband.co.uk.