Velveeta Jones Band
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Velveeta Jones Band

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In the past, the KBS had to scramble around to get enough entries for our annual Blues Competition. In fact, two years ago it was cancelled due to a lack of interest. This year the Blues Contest received applications from a record eleven bands. A pre-qualifying committee had the tough task of selecting the most appropriate bands for a more manageable number to compete on one night. The seven bands set a high level of quality for the four judges, Rocky Adcock, Jeff Carpenter, Jason Lockwood and Marvin Maxwell. Velveeta Jones, which competed last year, was the winner and will represent the KBS in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2008. This high-energy power trio plus vocalist from Central Kentucky originally formed in 2001. They embraced their diverse influences of country, bluegrass and rock-n-roll with their first love, the blues. The band took a break after 9/11 for a few years but reunited in 2005 with a rekindled fire. Sondra Kirkpatrick brings a Janis Joplin-like passion to all her songs and lets her long blond hair come tumbling down during each show. Duane "Doc" Miller propels the rhythm with his powerful drums and cymbals. Michael Anderson is a blues history buff and provides solid bass on his Fender. The lead guitarist and occasional singer is Pat Morley, a veteran of many bands. Pat's hot guitar is always there to relight Sondra's smoldering vocals.

- Keith Clements - Louisville Music News


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Velveeta Jones is a hard-hitting electric blues band from central Kentucky. Formed during the summer of 2001, their sound was classic power trio. They wanted to play blues, their first love, but given their diverse musical backgrounds in country, hard rock, bluegrass, and even cajun/zydeco, those influences came through in the songs.
Choosing to not squelch those influences for the sake of blues purists, they embraced them, giving a new sound to old standards as well as charting a course for their own material.
Their lead vocalist, Sondra "Spanky" Presley discovered a new blues voice after a lifetime of country and pop, and has found a home in this band. To this day she doesn't "listen" to the blues, but sings, growls and purrs them from an entirely original and fresh approach and sounding like no one else in the process.
Guitarist/vocalist Pat Morley is the definitive guitar bore. Always willing to talk gear, he'd rather socialize.. a people person. In his own words, "I'm everyone I've ever listened to and was able to steal licks from."
Bassist Mike Anderson is the blues encyclopedia of the band. You name a tune, chances are excellent he knows who recorded it and when.
Drummer Duane Miller is the band's timekeeper, a decorated Gulf War vet with an eye for vintage gear. He restored his current kit from a virtual junkpile, and spends hours scouring basements and attics for more treasure.