In this Dream Tour segment, the blues rock band, Bennett Wales & the Relief, lets you know who they would like on their ultimate tour lineup. You can check out the feature, after the break.
First off, we would like to give a “YUGE” shout-out (like, the biggest, the best, the most) to our friends from Digital Tourbus for featuring us! Now, to discuss BW&TR dream tour; our influences range far and wide, so it’s no surprise that our dream tour lineup would consist of bands that are, sonically, all over the map.
Let’s talk about Mike (our bass player). Or, as we know him, “Funk Master Mook.” You can probably guess based off the nickname that he is a slave to the rhythm, and provides thundering nasty bass licks for our quintet. Naturally, as dirty, nasty disgusting bass licks go – his choice would be Vulfpeck. Truth be told, he met Joe Dart and shook his hand after our set at Sweetwater 420 Fest a few weeks ago. Hasn’t washed his hand since!
Next, we have Drew, our drummer. He’s okay. Just kidding, Drew is one of the finest drummers I have ever had the pleasure of playing with. He’s the kind of guy who enjoys a good tune that might be featured in a Quinton Tarantino film. Which brings us to his pick – Drew’s choice would be more fitting for a jazz bar, a very very sensual jazz bar. Polar Bear, A British jazz quartet that features Seb Rochford, Pete Warham, Mark Lockheart and Tom Herbert.
Third, we have Caleb’s pick. Caleb is our speedy fingered keys player. He is most famous amongst the Relief for his..innovative…yea, we will call it that, mic checks and obsession for exotic mustards. Caleb comes from a jam sensibility. He’s a dynamic and adaptive player. It’s also no secret that he’s a total Dead Head. So it didn’t shock me when his pick was Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. We had the pleasure of watching them perform at 420 Fest as well.
Fourth we have Brock, our master shredder lead guitar player and baby of the band. At the age of 24, Brock’s level and understanding of guitar exceeds those who’ve spent a lifetime at the craft. He capitalizes on groovy melodies and tasteful licks. A fan of intricacy and dynamics, Brock’s choice would be Ghost-Note. This act features Robert Searight, Nate Werth and Mark Lettieri of Snarky Puppy, MonoNeon on bass and Adam Agati of Funk Apostles.
Lastly, my pick. That’s right. Me. My stupid name is in the name of my own band, so what does that tell you? I would have to go with Sturgill Simpson. Not solely because I love his music, but I honestly feel like we would be the kind of buddies that send funny memes to each other on a daily basis. This would, of course, transpire on whatever sort of communication means Sturgill uses, I’m not sure if he internets all too much. My point is that we would probably call each other to tell fart jokes, and I would die a very happy man.