Sunday, April 13, 2008
The band André & the J-Tones consists of six members: André Bisson, Dan Rodrigues, Mike Rowell, Anthony Giles, Kevin Matthews, and Loretta Hale. Everyone in the band brings there own unique twist to the bands sound allowing the band to have a great following. Andre’s vocals have the power of Wilson Pickett as well as the gentle sound of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. Dan’s guitar playing has the great funk stylings of James Brown mixed with the dirty blues of Stevie Ray Vaughn. Mike's bass lines are influenced by motown’s great James Jamerson. Kevin's saxophone playing delivers the immense talent of James Brown's Saxophonist Maceo Parker. Loretta hits you with the bright “in your face" sound of Blues Brothers Allen Rubin, and Anthony has the rock solid rhythm of Roger Hawkins and David Garibaldi. This combination of skilled players allows the band to have tight horn lines as well as a heavy groove in the rhythm section making anyone in the room sit up and listen.