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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The Bob Bass Band @ Harmon's - next show 9/19 @ Rolling Oaks
THE BLUES!
By Jason of EZ Street

NEXT SHOW:
Sep 19 2008 8:00P
Rolling Oaks Sports Bar and Grill

This may not be a ROCK review but if you want to find out the roots of ROCK keep reading.

Hmmm. Where do we start. It’s Saturday night in small town called Cibolo. You can smell the brisket and slabs of ribs on the pit as you pull into Harmon’s BBQ parking lot. Once you get out of your car it all hits you. The smell of good BBQ and the sound of good BLUES. Kind of takes you back to the days of the old Juke Joints.

When we were walking into Harmon’s the band had already been playing for awhile so they were already warmed up and ready to wail.

The band was in the middle of a classic blues song Killing Floor by Bo Diddley and we were greeted by friends who looked to be having a great time and enjoying the band.

Tonight it was the Bob Bass Band. I saw these guys about 2 months before at the very same place.

The band played on and only got stronger and tighter. They played the classic Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix and a tune called Slide Thing where the band shows just how tight they really are as there are precise breaks in the middle and end of the song.

They continued to shine as they displayed each member’s talents in solos. The band is made up of Clay Miller on drums who has a very good hold on blues drumming.

Dave Meisner on bass who knows how to lay a mean bass line down.

Bobby Fin on guitar, if you want to see someone play guitar check this guy out. He will make you tired just watching him and you see the love for music that he has on his face as he plays.

I think they had to call the Cibolo Fire Dept. after one of his solos.

Last but not least the showman Bob Bass. You can feel the blues come out of this guy either by his soulful voice, his feeling in his guitar playing or the goose bumps you get when he plays the harp. He also keeps the show moving and keeps the other band members on their toes. Grab your drinks fast guys or Bob will start without you. It is a thing of magic.

Well the set was almost over and they decided to play a couple of my favorite songs. Merry Go Round and Hideaway. They did not disappoint as they played both to perfection. Look for more shows by these guys. They will play the blues like it should be played. Another enjoyable evening with The Bob Bass Band and friends, always a good time.

Check them out at http://www.myspace.com/thebobbassband or http://thebobbassband.com/. - SA Rocks Website Blog


"San Antonio Current Says..."



" Bringing back the old Chicago Blues styles of Bo Diddley and Big Three Trio, The Bob Bass Band - formerly known as Deja Blues - is back on the scene after nearly a year-long break with two new players in the lineup, playing upbeat blues funk with harmonica and sweet guitar licks. "

- San Antonio Current


"Your Texas Music.com"

When I was younger you could still go see Lighting Hopkins and Muddy Waters play live and it was a real good time. Now we're a generation away but with folks like Bob Bass Band playing they'll keep the spirit alive. This is a nice version of the Willie Dixon classic and in my view this stuff never really grows old."


- yourtexasmusic.com


"Jim Beal SA Express News"

"Blues and Bikes go together like rubber and asphalt, so Bass and his band and Harleys are a nice fit."

"The band of veteran blues players has hit the ground running, Led by harmonica player guitarist and singer Bass, the band has a repertoire packed with classic blues and blues/rock."
- San Antonio Express News


"210 SA Magazine Aritcle"

LOOK & LISTEN: Bob Bass band’s got the blues


THE BAND: The Bob Bass Band

THE MEMBERS: Bob Bass, lead vocals, harmonica and guitar; Bobby Finn, lead guitar and vocals; Dave Meissner, bass guitar and vocals; Clay Miller, drums.


THE SOUND: The Bob Bass Band isn’t your common, guitar-centered blues. Instead of thinking Stevie Ray Vaughn, think Muddy Waters or Howlin’ Wolf.

“It’s a very Chicago-sounding blues,” Miller said. “We try to keep that old-school blues sound that differentiates us from most of the Texas blues players.” The jazzier Chicago blues doesn’t involve constant guitar soloing, although Finn lets out his share of guitar licks and solos. It’s actually Bass’ harmonica that the band revolves around.

“Our music kind of has a universal appeal. It’s kind of a little something for everybody,” Miller said. “It’s the first time I’ve been in a band that’s not geared toward a specific crowd.” They play often, at venues such as Harmon’s BBQ in Cibolo, Rolling Oaks Sports Bar and Grill and the Radisson Hill Country Resort and Spa, a venue that enjoyed their sound enough to ask them to play every weekend.

“The crowd is phenomenal,” Miller said. “It’s a mix of locals and out-of-towners.” However, not wanting to limit themselves to a single venue, the Bob Bass Band is keeping their options open. They’re planning to put together an album and eventually want to begin touring and opening for some major acts.

THE BACKGROUND: It hasn’t been long since they met on the Internet and planned their first rehearsal at Miller’s house, but their talents meshed well.

“All of us have played for years in various different bands,” Miller said. “We’ve been together for about five, maybe six months.” In that time, they’ve become comfortable and familiar with each other’s styles, and have put together three live sets and four hours of music.

Bass and Meissner are in their 50s, and Finn is in his late 40s, making Miller the youngest of the group at 30.

Finn was born in Louisiana, making him the only member of the band not native to San Antonio. He was a military kid and served in the Navy, so he moved around a lot, but spent a good deal of his life considering the Alamo City his home.

Meissner has played for a number of bands, such as Deja Blues, 501 Blues Band and The Shadow Benders. Miller has had the opportunity to play with the likes of Robert Earl Keen Jr., Kenny Wayne Sheppard and Ian Moore.

THE WEB SITE: thebobbassband.com; myspace.com/thebobbassband

CHECK THEM OUT: 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 5, and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Radisson Hill Country Resort and Spa.

Jonathan Munson | 210SA contributor


- Jonathan Munson 210 SA


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Good News ! We just finished up a new studio demo this past weekend up in Austin Tx at Alta Vista Recording Studios - the new sounds will up on the site in the next few days.

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We have been entertaining the San Antonio and South Texas area for many years under a different name (Deja Blues). We are now back in action as The Bob Bass Band after a hiatus and have 2 new band members making us stronger than ever. We are just a group of guys who love playing some great music and have a blast meeting new folks at our shows each week. Our sound is something that is unique to the San Antonio area being that we are a harmonica based blues band. From winged tipped shoes to cowboy boots, everyone loves the blues ! Come check out a show and see our personalities light up on stage. We really are having as much fun as it seems. Put on a smile and Join the Party cause we are gonna have a great time bringing you the best music in South Texas !!!! Or , check out our website at: www.thebobbassband.com