Club Reviews 2010
SUNDOWN CM&WDC, Tiverton - 13th November
November 13th and having to wait an extra week - we delayed our event this month because of Guy Fawkes night - we were pleased to welcome the four piece JOE D ROSE BAND. The first time we have had four musicians on stage and there wasn't much room. Joe did say that they normally are able to move about a bit, swapping instruments, etc but they were somewhat curtailed in this instance.
Nevertheless, the evening got off to a good start with 'Where You Gonna Live?' which got the dancers on the floor with the Barn Dance. Immediately following was 'Streets of Baltimore', which made for a marathon barn dance. A Johnny Cash medley followed which got the dancers up, but by the end of it, many of them sat down again. Joe D Rose gave us a good evening of traditional country music, and it really was a pleasure to hear everything live and with a proper drummer too! They managed quite a few of their own compositions as well as some of the lesser played numbers and even two or three waltzes - always good to dance to. My favourite of song of the evening was 'Blue Side Of Lonesome'.
Very smart in appearance, with changes for each set, they certainly looked and sounded how I remember the groups when I first started dancing. Our dancers were on the floor for most of the numbers, but, unfortunately, the medleys caused a bit of a problem with the duration of a dance. A lot of swapping about took place!
Pete as always, did a great job with the warm up and interval dance music and special requests.
we say thank you to everyone who helped with the setting and clearing of the hall and to the band, who despite having lot of gear, packed up very efficiently. Marty Smith will be our first act of 2011 on January 8th.
SILVER CHURN - 2nd October
Dorset based JOE D ROSE band gave us a great night's entertainment. This four piece play the type of music most people enjoy, a mixture of old standards from Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Don Williams, George Jones, Jim Reeves, Waylon Jennings and Charlie Pride, coming up to date with numbers from Dwight Yoakham and The Mavericks. They also included some interesting self penned numbers and an exciting instrumental 'Guitar Boogie'. Fronted by Joe on vocals, guitar and keyboards, Mark on lead guitar, steel and vocals, Keith on bass and vocals, and Reg on drums, harmonies and generally 'mucking around'!. These lads have a real country sound and certainly enjoy thier music, finishing the evening with 'Best Of Friends'.
H-Bar-C - 30th September
From the Dorset area on a first visit to the H-Bar-C, Joe D Rose Band with members Joe on lead vocals, rhythm guitar and keyboard, Keith on Bass, Mark Pedal Steel and Lead Guitar and Reg on drums. They all take over the lead vocals at times and harmonise very well. The night started off with the number, Where Am I Going To Live When I Get Home and later with their own arrangements of Abilene, solid country which was the theme of the night. It turned into a very easy listening music night. A few medleys, one from Johnny Cash including Folsom Prison, Ring of Fire and Walk The Line and a waltzing medley when we enjoyed Tennessee Waltz.
On request, after we learned that 2 of the members also go out with a rock band, we heard a very lively rock session which livened the place up no end. After this we heard Dance the Night away and Achey Breaky Heart and the night finished off with the encore of Me and Bobby McGhee
WOODSTOCK SOCIAL, Oxon - 25th September
We paid a visit to Woodstock Social (Oxon) to see a band we had never seen before. The Joe D Rose Band. It was a pleasure to hear everyone in attendance saying what a fantastic band this was. They were smartly dressed and changed for each set and played pure country music.
A big thank you to Pete Styles for booking this band. They are the sort of band to bring true country people back to support the clubs.
Once again, many thanks.
DEESIDE CMC- 18th September (from 'Cross Country' Nov 2010)
Mark Scammell on lead guitar and pedal steel, Reg Lawes on drums and brothers Keith and Joe Rose are on Bass, rhythm guitar and keyboards respectively and are collectively the Joe D Rose Band.
After a long drive from Dorset and the daunting task of returning home on the same night, I hope these guys enjoyed themselves as much as the audience enjoyed them.
Joe took on lead vocals with some fine harmonies from Keith and Mark. The diction was first class, with the volume of the instrumentation just right.
From their extensive programme, I would like to mention some self-penned numbers written and sung by Mark - You Don't Know You Like I Do and Ain't Gonna Ride- and from Joe - I Wonder Why and Country Singer.
CHAPPERAL - 4th September
Tonight we had a change of band, we should have had 'Hawks Drift' but Howard had to cancel at short notice owing to family bereavement. So, with a few phone calls we were able to get another band and very short notice. So, tonight we had the JOE D ROSE band from Devon. A four piece band of four great lads who enjoy their country music. Three great sets of traditional country Music. Nice to hear songs from way back. Thanks boys for a great night. The boys had the floor full of dancers from start to finish. Almost a full house, we had the usual members and friends with a few new faces. A large raffle again tonight. Thanks to all who donated prizes and our helpers and thanks to the Joe D Rose band for a great night. They are back at the club in May 2011.
PHOENIX CWMC, Cwmbran - 31st July
THE JOE D ROSE BAND. What a talented bunch of guys, who so obviously enjoy their music. On their first visit to the club they gave us three brilliant sets, lovely voices, great instrumentalists, and such a superb mix of music, with maybe a leaning to what I call proper country, which personally is what I love. The dancers were up to line and partner so obviously enjoyed the guys. They all looked the part as well, wearing matching shirts. There were not so many in tonight due to a hen night, the weather being so clammy and various other diversions. But those that were seemed to really enjoy the band. They will certainly be asked back.
GOLDEN GARTERS, Treviscoe - 19th June
There was a good crowd in when we were entertained by four piece Joe D Rose Band who are all fine musicians. This is the second time they have been at our club. They played three sets of Country music that suited our audience although some of their long Country medleys had our dancers staggering back to their seats for a rest, especially as it was a warm night. All four of these guys play, sing and harmonise well and I especially enjoyed the two Shadows instrumentals they performed. It was also great to see a drummer who didn't drown the rest of the band out. With lead and pedal steel guitar, keyboard and bass guitar they were able to add great variety to their very accomplished act.
ROOSTERS CMC, Cheddar - 18th June
The JOE D ROSE BAND found us and gave us a night to remember, they certainly lived up to their reputation, everyone went away buzzing. What a great night, we would certainly welcome them again next year.
DUMBLETON CMC 2010 SUMMER CAMP OUT - 12th June
On Saturday evening it was the turn of Joe, Keith, Reg and Mark of THE JOE D ROSE BAND to enertain us. At last year's Summer Camp Out they filled the Sunday afternoon spot and went down so well that Dumbleton CMC organisers, Chrissie and Marie, asked them back again this year. Very professionally turned out with smart matching outfits, the band feature a wide variety of pure Country Music from traditional standards to their own self-penned songs all played in an individual, relaxed style. These guys really enjoy their work and it comes across in their excellent performance. A well as regularly sung songs like 'Blue Eyes Crying in The Rain,'Walk On By'', 'Living On Love' and 'It Only Hurts Me When I Cry', The band gave us a few songs, such as 'You Don't Have Very Far To Go', Abilene', and 'Going Back To Texas', that don't seem to get sung as often as they deserve. For their last song the band chose Hank Junior's 'If Heaven Ain't A Lot Like Dixie (I don't want to go)'. We didn't want to go either but the old clock on the wall tod us that the time had come to put another brilliant Dumbleton evening to Bed.
BLUEBIRD SILVER DOLLAR, Dorset - 1st June
Tonight we had the return of JOE D ROSE BAND. (I must confess the first time I heard of this band I thought it was the Jodie Rose Band and expected a female singer, must get my contact lenses checked out!) I say return because they very kindly stepped in at the last minute earlier in the year. A bit quieter tonight after the large attendances in May, looks like the holiday season is here at last.This is a very laid back bunch of guys, don't expect too many rocky in your face numbers, as 'Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain', 'Aberlene', and 'Down To My Last Cigarette' will bear out. They also gave us a few you don't hear very often like ;Truckers Paradise' and Going Back To Texas' which was a nice change. All in all a good evening was had by all so thanks to the brothers Joe and Keith along with Mark and Reg.
CHICHESTER CMC- 24th April
A new band to us, for the dance at Mundham, who had been recommended by several of our members and they kept things going well and gave us a very nice evening. The JOE D ROSE Band comes from Dorset and Joe, who plays guitar & keyboards, is backed up by his brother, Keith on Bass and harmonies, Mark Scammell on Lead and Steel, and the drummer, playing an electric drum set, Reg Lawes, who also harmonizes. They sing a few of their own songs, which fit in nicely with their selection of more well known numbers, and we had an enjoyable evening.
ACE OF DIAMONDS, Kent - 2nd April
For the first time at the Ace we had JOE D ROSE BAND. A four piece band with a variety of material, traditional country music standards to their own self-penned songs. they gave us a brilliant evening with Joe (keyboard, rhythm guitar and vocals), Keith (bass guitar & harmonies), Reg (drums and harmonies) & Mark (lead guitar & vocals). Can't wait to have them back again next year.
SHORTHORN CMC, Hants - 20th March
JOE D ROSE BAND. What a great evening we all had with this lovely refreshing band, they changed for every set, the dance floor was always full, people enjoying themselves. we had a good mixture of country music with songs like 'Little Old Wine Drinker Me', 'Ramblin Fever', 'Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain', 'Gypsy Woman' (Don Williams), 'On a Sunday Morning Sidewalk' (Johnny Cash,. There was also 'Truck Driving Man' and other trucking songs. 'Good Hearted Woman' (Waylon Jennings). Lots of Johnny Cash songs. It was nice to have a drummer in the band as well. It all ended with 'Best Of Friends'. Everyone went home happy. A special thanks to Joan, Peter, Jean and helpers. Look forward to seeing you all next month. As usual, keep it country. We wish you all a happy Easter
OCEAN VIEW CMC, DEVON - 9th February
J D ROSE BAND. Mark on pedal steel and lead guitar, Reg on drums, Keith on bass and Joe on Rhythm guitar and lead vocals and the others on harmony vocals. Three great sets, content, presentation and dress spot on. Three changes and it was nice to see Reg with his electronic drum set and I forgot to mention Joe on keyboard. Two lively numbers to open with and get everyone on the floor. Good to hear some Boscar Willie songs and George Hamilton's 'Abilene'. Mark, Reg and Keith were featured in an instrumental, the atmosphere was great. Pat made a cake for Margaret's birthday, it was also the other Pat's birthday. Thank you both for helping me with the raffle. We also welcomed guests from Essex, Janice and Stacey, Pat's daughter and grand daughter. The evening ended with everyone in a circle to the music of 'Best Of Friends', a fitting end. Can't wait to have you back again lads.
BLUEBIRDS SILVER DOLLAR M.K.II, DORSET - 6th February
The venue is decorated for St Valentine's Day, a great atmosphere for Jane's chosen entertainment, the 'JOE D ROSE' band, with us 6 years ago, have been on the country music scene 1970(40 years), a popular band in country clubs but for a short time from choice, the band eased off until 2000 when Joe reformed the band. Today's line up, joe, front man, keyboard, rhythm guitar, most lead vocals and song writer, 'I Don't Think I Can Love You Anymore Than I Do', just one of Joe's self penned numbers, sentimental lyrics, and Mark, peddle steel, lead guitar, singer, also a song writer, 'You Don't Know You Like I Do' I have chosen from Marks self penned repertoire, and Reg (with the band for two ish years). playing Rowland electric drums, also Keith, bass guitar, vocals and instrumental of 'Guitar Boogy' using bull fiddle sound effect, not often played like that, great, back to normality for 'sylvie's birthday with 'Truckers Paradise'.
A great country band, all electronic with an unusual repertoire of feel good story line songs, some original material, easy tempo with back to back numbers and medleys, smart stage appearance with outfit changes. The venue soon filled up after a quietish start, ending the evening with two encores running over time, last song 'If Heaven Ain't A Lot Like Dixie', 100% audience participation, Alex Sheppard compared.