Sounds of blues by the waves

Last updated 07:56 05/02/2013

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Music is being brought to Opunake Beach by the South Taranaki District Council's events team.

From 1pm on Sunday, February 17, Sounds on the Sand will be back.

"It's going to be a great afternoon," says event organiser Jody Bloor. "Hopefully we get great weather like we did last year, so come along, bring the kids and a picnic. Sit back and relax enjoying the sounds from the band The Blues Buffet and the waves crashing on the beach."

The band's music is a blend of country rock and blues with elements of boogie and swing.

Blues Buffet vocalist and guitarist Fred Loveridge says that the band draws its influence from mainly American rocking style blues and rock artists such as Albert Collins, Lucky Peterson, the Allman Bros Band, Johnny Lang, Johnny Guitar Watson, Little Walter and Muddy Waters. They also play tracks from 2009's Appetiser and 2011's All You Can Eat Baby albums.

The band are booked to go back into the studio mid-February to start recording new songs for a third album to be released by Christmas.

The band have played at many festivals such as Blues, Brews and BBQs in Tauranga and the Manawatu Jazz and Blues Festival and are looking to perform many more live shows in 2013.

Joining Fred Loveridge, who will share the vocals with the rest of the band, will be Murray "Dusty" Loveridge on bass, Paul Wilson, harmonica/keyboards, and the newest member of the band, Adam Dixon on drums.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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