When you think of the blues you may think of a soulful, melancholic tune played by a howling guitar-picker in the Deep South. The Rub had something more up-tempo to offer of the genre on Thursday evening at Concert on the Lake.
Their style is described by guitarist Bill Hamilton as “righteous urban blues.” and their song list for the night consisted of everything from flavorful classics like “Black Magic Woman” by Santana and “Sunshine of Your Love” by Cream to a few of the band’s original songs like “Elbow Room” and “Take Your Momma Too.”
“You stay cool, we’ll do all the work,” said lead vocalist Billy “JuneBug” Hendrix, and work they did—they came alive in the heat while everyone else seemed to be wilting in it and played a dynamic set that incorporated harmonica and congas.
The group consists of Billy “JuneBug” Hendrix (vocals), John “Hollywood” Homesley (harmonica, vocals, and congas), Dr. Bill “Bluetooth” Hamilton (guitar and vocals), Bob “Shuffleking” Carlton (drums), Rob “Buttercup” Owen (keyboard), and John “J.R.” Robinson (bass). They hail from the Dallas area and describe themselves as bluesmen that are true to their roots and their music, which was evident in the way they enjoyed themselves onstage and did justice to the handpicked classics.
Their original songs fit naturally into the set list, demonstrating how their combined “250 years of professional experience” plays into their songwriting process. With the extra touches of the soulful harmonica and energetic congas, the interactive stage presence, and the band members’ bluesy pseudonyms, this “seasoned” band has all the flavor that their name implies.