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Blues For You - single
Little Star - single
Tarbender - single

Tarbender 6-song EP due in Fall/05



First, the name: What does "Tarbender" mean?

1. n., An utterance, often slurred, made in establishments which offer alcoholic beverages. “Hey, tarbender, gimme ‘nuther drink!”
2. n., A kick a** funky blues band

Tarbender is a hard-driving, funky blues band. Take the Allman Brothers, John Scofield, Delbert McClinton, The Meters, Jimmy Witherspoon, Jimmy Page, Curtis Mayfield, and Paul Butterfield, stir gently, add 3 olives, shake vigorously, and sip slowly.

The result is Tarbender. The hardest-driving, funkiest, bluesy, jazzy, jammin' band around.

Our influences are many, and varied. There are, literally, too many to list. Each of us comes from entirely different backgrounds, and each brings with him every single thing he's ever heard and felt.

We are professional. We play to the crowd. If there's no crowd, we play to it anyway. We show up early, load in on time, set up quickly, blow the roof off, clear the stage, work the room.

And then we have a drink.

We do not mess around.

How Tarbender was born...
Tarbender's members found each other, seemingly, by accident... Bruce and Chel met when Chel joined a band that Bruce was about to quit. One fateful night, the band's singer couldn't make a gig. So Bruce and Chel whipped out ten blues tunes, Bruce sang 'em, and they tore the place up. The club said "We want you back, but not that other band... this band, with this singer, and these songs". Problem was, the other two members of the band could not get funky. The groove was too limited. So, Bruce and Chel decided to hunt for bass playes and go 3-piece. Then came Sam. Bruce walked into a club where Sam was playing some other guys bass, UPSIDE DOWN, fretless, eyes closed, and knew there would be magic when Sam and Chel met. And there was. They did 2 gigs as a 3-piece. Then, while walking into a rehearsal studio one evening, out came Danny, carrying his keyboard, and wearing his Gregg Allman shirt, lookin' like he does. Bruce asked if he could play like his shirt, and Tarbender was born.

That was Feb, 2005. Since then, we've been honing the set, writing and recording, and building our draw. Our west-side Los Angeles draw is 100+ and growing.