Ken Leighton 3 p.m., July 26
Genre: Blues & Soul
RIYL: The Mississippi Mudsharks, Walter Trout, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Black Market III, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Johnny Lang
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- "Like Youth, Like Blues" · June 23, 2012
Influences: Lightnin' Hopkins, Albert King, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Freddie King, Social Distortion, Scottie Blinn, the Mississippi Mudsharks, Black Market III, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, Jimmie Vaughan, The Ghastly Ones, The Black Keys
“Back in the day, the blues was the real deal, and it had soul, and there were the greats playing it,” says blues guitarist Wyatt Lowe, who was still in middle school when he began playing in local venues.
Lowe is both comfortable and credible in his role as a frontman, and he knows his way around blues chords and blues scales and appears to be able to solo endlessly in long streams and phrases that contain well-oiled quotes to many of the greats.
“We had a barbecue and blues restaurant in Temecula [Chappy’s Road House] when Wyatt was born,” says Lowe’s mom Cheryl. “Wyatt grew up listening to Billy Watson and Robin Henkel. He was three years old and he’d stand by the side of the stage and watch, mesmerized. We wondered if something was wrong with him. But no. He was just soaking it in.”
His backup band the Youngbloods has included drummer Jaxon Blinn (son of Scottie Blinn, formerly of the Mississippi Mudsharks, and now fronting Black Market III) and bassist Connor Patlan.
Lowe is something of a product of the Blues Lovers United of San Diego (BLUSD) Summer Blues Camp, where he brushed up against blues stalwarts such as Anson Funderburgh and Kim Wilson. “We worked for two months, on the fundamentals,” Lowe says, “of what a blues player should know.”
But young guys playing the blues? Why not indie, or punk? “I don’t think we picked blues out,” says drummer Jaxon Blinn. “It started out that way. I’m really into electronica, but I’m the only one in the band who is.”
“The music we do?” says bassist Patlan. “It’s someone else’s, but we put out own vibe on it.”
Wyatt Lowe’s parents eventually left Temecula for Encinitas. They now run Chappy’s Roadshow BBQ and Catering, which is how they met Scottie Blinn, who became the Youngbloods’ coach. “We catered one of his events at the Summer Blues Camp,” says Patrick Lowe.
Both Lowe and Patlan attended San Marcos high school, while Blinn attended High Tech High School, in Point Loma. In July 2013, the Lowe family, longtime Temecula residents, announced they would be relocating to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.