THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND
Voodoo Lounge, Riverside, California
November 18, 2006
To start off, the evening of Saturday, November 18, 2006 in a Southern California town named Riverside, CA, the Marshall Tucker Band took the "Long Hard Ride" into the Voodoo Lounge. The VooDoo Lounge is a private non-profit social club promoting music appreciation. You must be a personal guest to come to any VooDoo Lounge event. This small 300 capacity venue sits nestled back inside an industrial park with the front portion of the building used as its main business operations for Wild West Guitars .
There they display/sell a vast collection of guitars, amps, pedals and many accessories. Some of the top brand names on their roster for sale are, PRS, Suhr, Charvel, Fender, Jackson, Gretsch, Musicman, Ernie Ball, GMP, G & L, Baker, Custom Shop, Clapton, SRV, Beck and more...
Wild West Guitars has converted the backside of the building into a small private club that makes you feel "right at home" with a lush feeling of being in a cool rain forest. Feel free to take a virtual tour of the club http://voodoolounge.org/tour.htm . The staff is as nice as they come and know how to serve it up to their guests "Southern Style." If you feel like catching a breath of fresh air, the Voodoo Lounge also offers its guests an outside patio that can host enough space for a party, with a large screen flat panel as well as tables and chairs to sit and socialize.
As for the show Saturday evening, a Southern California band by the name of the Ravers (http://www.theravers.com/ )kicked off the evening as the opening act for the Marshall Tucker Band. The Ravers are a contemporary rock & blues band from Orange County, California. The Ravers hit the stage around 8 pm and played for almost an hour prior to MTB kickin it up!! If you get the chance, check these guys out, they even have a featured singer that looks like and sings like Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones.
MTB arrived to the venue around 8:30 p.m., we had just enough time to catch a few stories and reminisce about the good ol’ days before they hit the stage at approximately 9:30 p.m.
The guys wasted no time and started their shit kickin’ (as Toy would say) arsenal of music Southern Style by opening with the one of my many MTB favorites “This Ol’ Cowboy.” From there they kept the gritz and gravy flowing with many of the greats we all know and love, such as, Fire on the Mountain, Midnight Promises (Chris Hicks Solo), Hillbilly Band, Ramblin, 24 Hours at a Time, Searchin for a Rainbow, Can’t You See, Ride of your Life and of course rounding out the evening with Heard it in a Love Song.
Before shifting into the final two songs of the evening, MTB called up a long time friend and baseball great to the stage, Brad Lesley to sing “King of the Delta Blues.” Brad has been a long time friend of MTB dating back to the Toy Caldwell days and to this date remains a very close and personal friend to the band.
The MTB lineup consists of Doug Gray (Lead Vocals), Chris Hicks (Lead Vocals & Guitar), Stuart Swanlund (Guitar), Pat Elwood (Bass Guitar), Dave Muse (Keyboards, Flute, Sax) and B.B. Borden (Drums). Each of these talented musicians bring their own flare of Southern rock to the table all of which have been former musicians for bands like Firefall, The Outlaws and more.
The evening would end with a jam and riff by each of the band members during this special evening. Doug – you sounded GREAT my friend, we can’t wait to see you all again real soon.
Simply put, MTB remains to be one of the most talented group of Southern rockers around. I know this to be a fact, as I was there in the 70’s and still here today, I remain one of their BIGGEST fans ever!!
- Alan M. Poulin