How did the band come into being?
It was really a matter of circumstances being right and all things falling into place. Steve (Browning) and Bernie approached Steve Roux just as all other band projects were coming to an end. Meanwhile, Steve R and Ray had been toying with the idea of playing together for some time so Ray was approached and they all got together to see how it worked both musically and personally. From the first meeting it was apparent there was a special chemistry between the four of them and the result is Teed Up, a band with no restrictions or boundaries, playing the blues as they like to play it whether it comes from the Louisiana swamps or streets of Chicago.
What do the band say…?
It’s all Steve B’s fault having retired and bought some golf clubs the plan to conquer Europe idea was floated and I was fooled by bisto’s disarming smile and boyish enthusiasm….
After talking with Bern and Steve my first thought was to take the opportunity of finally contacting Ray after years of flirting and to my amazement and his he heard himself say a tentative ok?
From the first rehearsal, the smiles said it all. And we’ve gone from there. The rehearsals and the gigs we’ve done are fun and rewarding. The musical empathy between the four of us makes everything seem easy. The feel, light and shade and dynamics just comes naturally as if playing as one. I feel from this compact unit we can explore all areas of the music we love. The difficulty will be trying to fit it all into 2 hours or less. The plan to play clubs and festivals and looking to explore Europe I now look forward to as these guys have reinvigorated my love of playing. Mutual respect and great friends supporting each other on and off stage.
The band has arisen from a number of circumstances happening at the right time. I had seen Steve Roux play some 15 years earlier and vowed to find myself in a band with him at some point in the future. During the intervening period I had joined forces with Bernie and forged a very successful rhythm section in a different band.
Jump forward a few years and I found myself helping out a band in which both Bernie and Steve were playing. As that band came to its end, I was playing in Europe and was introduced to some contacts on the European festival circuit.
Having already established a good rapport with my erstwhile bandmates, the search was on for a like-minded keyboard player to join the embryonic outfit and see what could be achieved together building on what was already there.
Steve had no hesitation in volunteering Ray Drury as the prime candidate – he and Ray had long been a mutual appreciation society – and an initial get together was arranged.
From the very first notes, it was apparent that there was a special chemistry between all of us. The Blues, as an idiom, can (in the hands of some) be a restrictive form. There are no such restrictions with the line up and we are equally at home in the funk of the swamps of Louisiana as we are on the streets of Chicago.
With a growing mutual respect we aim to take our blend of these styles to our favourite venues in the UK and some new ones in Europe.
For me, this is a band that was 15 years in the making and the wait has been worth it – from the very first notes we played together. I couldn’t imagine playing the Blues with any other people around me.
Steve Roux and I had been threatening to join forces for a gig/project for some time before Teed Up formed. Some months later, I was invited by Steve to get together with him, Bern and Steve B to see how it would work and pretty much from the first number we played I knew I was going to enjoy playing with these guys.
Listening back to the recording of our very first gig together just reinforces my initial thoughts about how good we all sound together. There seems to be a natural flow between us all which will undoubtedly better the band as time goes on.
Great material, fantastic musicianship, nice guys and a mutual love of curry …nuff said.
Bernie has been the powerhouse drummer on live tours and as a recording session player behind such luminaries as: Taj Mahal, Sherman Robertson, Eric Bibb, Savoy Brown and Jimmy Witherspoon. Bernie played the drums on Steve’s album for Pointblank. Bernie’s tight and dynamic drumming, always played with finesse, is a sight and sound to behold.