The Tighten Ups

Laura Jane Wilcock: Vocals | Meri Claire: Trombone | Joey Harris: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals

Genre: Covers | Standards

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Inception: San Diego, 2007

Influences: Etta James, James Brown, the Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Elvis, Jr Walker & the All-Stars, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Tower of Power, Sam & Dave, the Heavy, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, King Khan & the Shrines.


The Tighten Ups are a 7-piece soul, funk, blues, rock band fronted by singer Laura Jane Wilcock. In 2009, they Twere nominated for a San Diego Music Award as Best Cover/Tribute Band.

The group recruited a new guitarist in early 2012, Joey Harris (who still fronts the Mentals), who began co-writing songs with Laura Jane Wilcock for the seven-piece rock and soul band. In addition, “The band are learning some of my tunes,” says Harris. “My song ‘Ridin’ was made for a horn section.”

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