Denver blues rock group in town this weekend
Steamboat Springs — Performing songs of struggle and triumph, one blues rock band out of Denver will explore the breadth of human emotions at their show in Steamboat Springs this weekend.
“From an early age, blues music has resonated with me because of the rawness of the recording, the honesty and eventually the simplicity of it all,” said Michael Hornbuckle, frontman of the Michael Hornbuckle Band.
The group is known as Denver’s First Family of Blues, because of the musical success acquired by Michael and his brother, Brian, as well as their late father, the Denver blues musician, Bobby Hornbuckle.
Playing for more than 20 years together, Hornbuckle will be joined by drummer Jeff Weidert and bass player Jeff Andrews. The three have developed a knack for reading one another’s cues for a performance that includes improv and robust character.
This weekend, they will be in Steamboat for the first time in eight years. Their show will start at 10 p.m. Saturday at Schmiggity’s, 821 Lincoln Ave. The cover charge is $5.
No schooling has been involved in Michael Hornbuckle’s career, however, the music and songwriting always has come natural to him.
“I’ve really refined my skills over the years,” he said on the phone while in downtown Denver on Wednesday afternoon. “What sets us apart is our originality because we don’t do very many covers. The songs are distinctive and so is the playing.”
In Denver, the group has the ability to be interchangeable with its players. Hornbuckle said about 20 guys in the area know the material, each bringing something different to the table.
“We have a different approach to the blues,” Andrews said. “We all have that ability to mix things up, to play traditional blues but can also have an edgier take on it, as well.”
Developing a loyal fan base in Denver, the Michael Hornbuckle Band recently released a self-produced album titled, “Virtue & Vice.” In the spring, the band hopes to release a few EPs, Hornbuckle said.
At its show in Steamboat this weekend, the group looks forward to being back in town at a venue it has never been to. The group members plans are to perform songs from the album but also a few newer ballads Hornbuckle has been working on and waiting to share with new audiences.
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