It started as a one-time collaboration to play a gig and transformed into a soulful trio. Perhaps the Blues willed them together to create a gritty, yet sophisticated sound that takes you from the Delta to the steamy nightclub grooves.
The band was initially formed in the fall of 2015 for the express purpose of playing the Town of Halifax's inaugural Oktoberfest. This diverse one-time collaboration brought together local musicians from at least three different bands, including all the members of Love, Peace and Chicken Grease, plus Mike Cole from The Palace Dukes, and Donnie Beadles from Donnie Beadles and the Hot Damn Band.
Following the successful Oktoberfest show, most of the band members went back to what they had been doing before, but one important connection had been made. Donnie Beadles and David Martin continued to rehearse and collaborate on original material. Sammy Garcia, who was relatively new on the local music scene at the time, dropped by the studio to jam and play drums on several original studio tracks. The three worked well together and decided to re-form Burn the Batteau as a trio, with Donnie Beadles on guitar and vocals, David Martin on bass, organ, and harmonica, and Sammy Garcia on drums. It was during rehearsals and recording sessions for their debut album, Fire and Gasoline, that the band found its sound.
The band faithfully embodies the defining characteristics of East Coast Blues, with a strength and power that is exclusive to many modern electric trios. The band's influences include Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, and Buddy Guy. The original compositions which appear on the album showcase an array of talents. From acoustic delta blues lamentations with weeping harmonica riffs to nightclub-esque grooves with horn sections and Hammond organ, Burn the Batteau seeks to cover all the bases.
The show at the Prizery is not only the inaugural outing for the three-piece configuration; the band will be celebrating the release of its first album, Fire and Gasoline, as well. The show, which will include performances from special guests, will feature all of the original songs from the album as well as reworked blues classics.
Burn the Batteau (with New Testament and other special guests) will appear Friday, March 2, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. in the Prizery's Chastain Theatre. Tickets are available at the Prizery's box office 434-572-8339, at the door, and online at prizery.com.