The Tighten Ups

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

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 Willcock. 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.”

In 2015, Willcock debuted a new side band called ThunderLux.

A new Tighten Ups CD debuted in March 2018, Tighten It Up, featuring a live performance recorded and engineered by Thomas Yearsley at his Thunderbird Analog Recording Studio, and mixed by Yearsley and Willcock.


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