The Tighten Ups

Joey Harris: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals | Laura Jane Wilcox: Vocals | Marie Claire: Trombone | Gerry Wasson: Bass guitar | Brad Smith: Drums | Bob Conrad: Trumpet | Topher Williams: Saxophone

Genre: Covers | Standards

RIYL: Alicia Champion, Etta James, Candye Kane, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Sister Speak

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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 Wilcox. In 2009, they were nominated for a San Diego Music Award as Best Cover/Tribute Band.

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

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