Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

CNHI/SE Iowa

July 30, 2013

Digging into the Blues

OSKALOOSA — Blues is more than music to the members of the Steve E. George Band.

The Des Moines-based group, which includes Oskaloosa native Jared Boisen on guitar, headlined the Blues for Backpacks concert at George Daily Community Auditorium on Sunday afternoon. Bone Band and the acoustic duo Larry and Jared opened the show, which invited attendees to donate school supplies for Operation Backpack, sponsored by Mahaska County United Way and other area businesses. More than 100 school supply items were donated at Sunday's concert.

The current lineup of the Steve E. George Band came together approximately three years ago, according to George. As they sat backstage preparing to perform, members of the Steve E. George Band discussed their influences, the most important part of performing and the meaning of the Blues.

Although he serves as the confident frontman of the group these days, George admits that he was shy as a child. Much like many R&B and Blues singers, George did his first singing in church. In his case, George's church experience was that of a predominantly African-American congregation where a good deal of audience participation could be expected.

Tim Hammett, drummer for the Steve E. George Band, noted that as a musician from the south, the influence of African-American Gospel music on his playing is great.

Over the past several decades, George has had the opportunity to play with a number of musicians in venues all over the United States. He noted that the venue Center Street in Des Moines played a significant role in his life.

However, the location where he and the band play is not the most important factor to consider.

“It really doesn't matter where it is,” explained George, noting that having people that enjoy the music at a given venue is the most important thing. “It's all about feeling.”

Hammett too noted the importance of the feeling one gets from music.

“You talk about R&B, Soul and Blues — the primary thing is about the feeling of it,” said Hammett. “I cannot explain it, but you know when it's there.”

Fred Koogler plays bass in the Steve E. George Band. Koogler explained that he's been playing music since he was a teen and that he's played big band and Rock 'n Roll in the past. However, the Blues holds a special place for Koogler.

“But, for me, I always come back to this music because this is the music that's real,” said Koogler.

Hammett stressed that R&B, Blues and Soul music have served as a means for social integration in the U.S.

“It has, I believe, been an instrumental, vital part in social change,” said Hammett. “I truly believe that. And people should never minimize that fact.”

Hammett also noted that Blues music has influenced numerous forms of music, saying that they are tapped into the “taproot of Blues.”

Before his group hit the stage Sunday afternoon, George said he hoped that any of the young people who were in attendance would “broaden their horizons” and listen to R&B and Blues music in the future.

1
Text Only
CNHI/SE Iowa
  • Smartphone kill switches are coming

    Smartphones need kill switches. It's a relatively easy solution to the pricey (and irritating) problem of smartphone theft. But who would have thought that the big carriers would team up with Apple, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, Samsung and lots of other manufacturers to voluntarily begin adding the technology by July 2015? The cooperative spirit! It makes so much sense!

    April 18, 2014

  • Why do wolves howl?

    Of all the myths that dog the wolf, none is more widely accepted than the idea that wolves howl at the moon. Images of wolves with their heads upturned, singing at the night sky, are as unquestioned as a goldfish's three-second memory or a dog's color-blindness (both also myths).

    April 18, 2014

  • Biggest student loan profits come from grad students

    This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would earn roughly $127 billion from student lending during the next 10 years.

    April 18, 2014

  • quake.jpg Pennsylvania won’t take action following Ohio ruling on quakes, fracking

    Pennsylvania officials plan no action despite new Ohio rules on drilling that affect a seismically active area near the state line.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • DOT photo Public learns latest about Northwest Bypass at DOT meeting

    OSKALOOSA -- Many area residents learned the latest about the U.S. 63 Northwest Bypass of Oskaloosa at a public information meeting held Wednesday evening at Oskaloosa Middle School. The two-hour meeting featured tables with maps of the three propose

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • VIDEO: Boston bomb scare defendant appears in court

    The man accused of carrying a backpack containing a rice cooker near the Boston Marathon finish line on the anniversary of the bombings was arraigned Wednesday. He's being held on $100,000 bail.

    April 17, 2014

  • Consumer spending on health care jumps as Affordable Care Act takes hold

    Nancy Beigel has known since September that she would need hernia surgery. She couldn't afford it on her $11,000 yearly income until she became eligible for Medicaid in January through President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

    April 17, 2014

  • The case for separate beds

    The other night I slept on a twin bed in the guest room of the house I share with my husband and our two kids.
    It was the best night's sleep I've had in years.

    April 17, 2014

  • Raw oysters spike U.S. rise in bacterial infections, CDC reports

    Raw oysters, so good with hot sauce, increasingly can carry something even more unsettling to the stomach: A bacteria linked to vomiting, diarrhea and pain.

    April 17, 2014

  • To sleep well, you may need to adjust what you eat and when

    Sleep.  Oh, to sleep.  A good night's sleep is often a struggle for more than half of American adults.  And for occasional insomnia, there are good reasons to avoid using medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription.

    April 16, 2014

Features
AP Video
Ocean Drones Making Waves in Research World Breakfast Foods Are Getting Pricier Raw: Crowds Rally at '420' Celebration in Denver Marathoners Celebrate Easter With Tradition Raw: Obamas Attend Easter Service Raw: Easter Morning Delivery for Space Station Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Horseless Carriage Introduced at NY Auto Show
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Which service of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce do you believe is most beneficial for its membership?

Events
Legislative lobbying
Promotional material publication
Educational programs for the community
Other
     View Results