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Bluestack was formed in the Autumn of 2005 with the sole objective of playing live. All the members are seasoned musicians and have have on and off for the last 30 years. But to play the Blues you have to feel the Blues, and that means you have been around the block a few times.

We like to take it down and then build it up, to offer some colour to the sound and to put some expression into the music. We also avoid long self indulging solos which have characterized so much blues in the past and we love to see the audience react when we rock it up. We love to take a song and do it our way and not copy someone else's experience, after all the Blues is personal.

The Band wants to play and will travel to do it, anyone who has ever played in a band knows it can be very hard work, but we are prepared to go the extra mile.

The line up is Eric Screen on Bass, Eric had just come back from a tour in Norway when he was asked to join, we sat down and played a few tunes and he was hooked. Eric has wonderful bass technique, solid as a rock, he is always there and never lets you down. He also has a great singing voice very reminiscent of Peter Green. Eric uses an old vintage Fender bass and Hartke bass rig.

On drums we have Russ Merrick. Russ has a very strong pedigree of playing . He has played in Theatre tours and many other bands with different styles which gives him the ability to offer variety. This is so valuable in a live situation where you need to be put emphasis in and then leave it out, just by changing a few beats here and there you can completely change the sound and feel of a number.

On guitar we have Gary Oswell. Gary has written and recorded with members of Mott the Hoople, Spooky Tooth and Widowmaker.  He plays the guitar with a fire and passion but also with sensitivity .  Gary loves the blues, its different every time because the blues is a feeling, not a learnt note for note situation. So many players feel compelled to learn things note for note and for them that's fine, you can respect the technique. But the original artists who made these works of art did so at a point in time in the studio, it only captures that moment. Gary is interested in making new moments. He uses Brian Moore custom and fender and Gibson guitars through a Mesa Boogie.

Lastly we have Mark Bettis, a professional keyboard player who can play anything! He writes, records and has toured the world with dozens of bands. Many well known solo artists use Mark as their musical director and has spent countless hours in studios as a session man. Mark just loves music and uses a variety of Korg and Hammond keyboards. 


Bluestack have a new lead singer called Brian May, yes that is really his name. But...... it isn't the Queen Brian May, their singer comes from Bromsgrove.

A few details from Brian:  
I was born in Portsmouth 10/05/1953. My musical influences up until mid teens were; The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors.  I joined the Royal Navy in September 1968 and had my eyes well and truly opened to people like Cream (Clapton), Led Zeppelin, John Mayall, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath & many more. Over the years I have always enjoyed listening to Rock, Blues and various other types of music. My love affair with the blues really began when Eric Clapton brought out his 'From the Cradle' album. That was further enhanced when he started doing his long stints at the Albert Hall when he introduced us to people like Buddy Guy and Robert Cray. Up until two years ago I had never been in a band or sang in front of an audience, apart from when I was a choirboy in my teens!  I joined  a Rock covers band called Kwondesmo doing the likes of Sabbath, Velvet Revolver, Green Day, Judas Priest, Foo Fighters and AC/DC. When I was presented with the opportunity to join Bluestack I didnít hesitate and am now looking forward to a very musically rewarding time with them performing all over the Midlands and indeed all over the country!

Set List for the Upton Blues Festival:

Set List 1
Cant keep a good man down
Walking by myself
Big change
As easy as that
Cold shot
Come to poppa
All you loving
Oh pretty woman
Moving on
Story of the blues
White room
Set List 2
Get over it
Hands off
Fire down below
A little bit of love
Waiting for an alibi
Jailbait/ Blowing free medley
Texas strut

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