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Monday, October 27, 2008
Whenever you attend a Hank "The Hawk" Mowery & the Hawktones show there is a solid chance that you'll be entertained by some of the best jump blues musicians in the Midwest. This was the case last Saturday night at Billy's Lounge located in (Eastown) Grand Rapids, MI. Backing up vocalist/harmonica player Mowery this evening was Detroit's premier jump blues outfit, Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones. Deming and company are an in-demand back up band for today's best blues players (primarily harp) including Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Dennis Gruenling, Greg "Fingers" Taylor, A.C. Reed, and a European tour with the late Gary Primich. They were the perfect compliment for Hank's Slim Harpo-inspired harp licks. A sure standout for the Jewel Tones this night was Julian Van Slyke on drums. Julian's easy-does-it, economical style proved once again that 'less is more.' Way more.