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Allstage Crawl: Mustang Sally’s

Mud Creek Band

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So, on January 31, 2020 – Barb and I were out on our usual Allstage Crawl when we popped in to see a friend of mine’s country band – The Mud Creek Band.

The band was performing at Mustang Sally’s and had a pretty good-sized crowd enjoying the show at the venue. The first thing that caught me was this strong female vocal emitting from the band followed by some tasty guitar work. We seated ourselves and I noticed my old pal James Vermue (Snakebite fame) was filling in on bass. The band sounded damn good and the dance floor had dancers enjoying the tunes that were being played. Now I’m not a knowledgeable country fan by any means, some songs I know but there is a lot that I simply have no idea their titles – regardless, I was really enjoying everything that they were throwing at the crowd.

The band does cross over into some standard Classic Rock tunes, but their reputation is built upon their performing as a country band – and they do it very well.

The band consists of:

Lead Vocals: Danielle Hainer

Bass and Vocals: Colin C

Acoustic and Electric Guitars: Brendan H

Acoustic and Electric Guitars: Chris H

Drums: Dan M

Keyboards and Bass: Mars M

 

On this night they were missing their bassist Colin and keyboard player Mars – James was doing a stellar job filling in on bass and the band sounded full even with their keyboardist missing – which was testimony to them as a band.

 

Danielle Hainer on vocals is intoxicating when she sings – great voice, powerful when she needs to be, great stage presence and when she belts out a song and has the latitude for her to dig in and let her vocals loose – it’s impressive to say the least. I could see her really knocking down some great classic rock songs with the talent that she has, as well as being a great country music singer.

My buddy Brendan & Chris who trade-off on guitar leads are a killer combo – both these guys are great guitar players and meld into their leads a hybrid of country and rock into their playing. When one or both ripped into a guitar solo, I found myself focusing right onto them with a smile on my face as they were really putting on a clinic.

 

James Vermue was on bass, well I’ve seen James numerous times over the years in Snakebite and James is a monster on bass guitar. His bass playing is perfect for any drummer that has a thunderous foot and would be easy to lock into in any style of band.

 

Dan on drums is the perfect drummer in this band – he has that country feel but also incorporates rock grooves and fills in such a tasty fashion within the country framework. On this night he was playing his recently purchased Gretsch silver sparkle drums – as a drummer I loved them as they were not only gorgeous but sounded GREAT.

 

If you are a country fan this is a must-see band to catch next time they are playing. All are great character people off stage and excellent musicians onstage, with a setlist that will have you up and dancing all night long.



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