A ROCK and blues band are in rehearsal for a show-stopping gig at Uttoxeter’s most prominent venue.
Buzzard, who have been playing around the Midlands since 2006, boast a wealth of experience in their ranks.
Every member of the four-piece virtuoso act have played professionally at some point in their musical career.
More recently, with the recruitment of former Clockwork Toys guitarist Johnny Grace, they have appeared The Memphis Tones, originally a backing band for 1960s pop pioneer Vince Eager.
In this incarnation, Buzzard take a brief departure from blues and the heavier side of rock to concentrate on retro, 1950s-and-60s-style rock and roll
However, as Buzzard, they will play a mixture of well-known blues and rock covers and their own critically-acclaimed material when appearing at the Old Star.
The gig gets underway at 9pm on Friday at the Queen Street venue.
It will be one of many gigs Buzzard play during the summer and they are set to headline Long Lane festival Os Fest in August.
Their line-up now includes front man Steve Lakin, who also plays harmonica.
Andy Kealey, who plays a classic Fender Stratocaster guitar in the band, has described him as ‘the one we’ve been waiting for’.
He said: “He will certainly enhance the Buzzard sound and has already proven to be great attraction after captivating the audience at recent shows.
“Having new blood in the band now means that guys can expand their set further to feature more well-known classics.”
“The band are writing and performing self-penned original material and a selection of classic rock and blues songs.
“We’ve teamed up with ex-Tristram Shandy road manager and lyricist Michael Farris from Kent to help out with lyrics for the original songs.”
Bass player and vocalist Jim Price, who is ‘looking forward’ to the Star gig, told the Advertiser he ‘loves playing’ with his band-mates.
He said: “I just love playing the old blues and rock with these guys.
“I think my bass-playing influences are Jack Bruce from Cream, Andy Fraser and, I have to admit, Pino Paladino is a clever so-and-so.
“In terms of vocals, I’m a big fan of Paul Rogers and Delbert McLinton.”
Drummer Keith White plays an unusual rock and roll kit made by Gretsch - a brand usually associated with making classic 50s and 60s-style guitars with enormous tremolo arms.
He was a founder member of bands including Orphan, Dawn Trader and ABK.
His playing style is influenced by Canned Heat, Savoy Brown, John Bonham of Led Zeppelin and Ginger Baker, who played in the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Further information about Buzzard is available online at www.buzzard-rock.com,