Feb 23, 2013 – Well I was in the King Avenue Five in Grandview Heights on a Saturday night at the local Pet Promise fundraiser show. There we five bands performing that night and I decided to review the one smack dab in the middle. They had the best spot of the evening with the crowd plump and fueled by the fresh intake of alcohol and festivities, which any bar rat worth his salt knows only takes a few hours to dwindle and become a sloppier merriment due to the same intake of alcohol.

The Jeffrey Truck Band at King Avenue Five

The Jeffrey Truck Band at King Avenue Five

After the initial set up of the band and a much needed bathroom break for myself. “Why in Gods name are the bathrooms located upstairs all alone in this bar?” My aging bladder kept asking. Oh well, I needed the workout, I suppose. The six-piece band known simply as The Jeffrey Truck Band took the stage. Nothing against the two acts before them, one being a South American blend of salsa and jazzy rock, the other being a somewhat silly two piece throwing out INXS and Kiesha acoustic covers, but the Jeffrey Truck Band kicked their asses and initially blew my mind, with their amazing Satana like style and awesome guitar licks.

The Jeffrey Truck Band at King Avenue Five

The Jeffrey Truck Band at King Avenue Five

I really wish I could tell you their names along with their instrumentation but their facebook page has yet to accept me as a friend as of the writing of this article, so my information on them is minimal. It doesn’t look like they play out all that often or have been together very long either, but they do have their poop together as a band. That first song of theirs titled “Sometimes I Drink,” knocked the rough and ready crowd on their asses and the piano player and lead guitarists were the main attraction for me.

The lead singer guy who had his head shaved bald wasn’t bad either, not remarkable vocals but he fit the tunes in a gravely and soulful sort of way. The people were up and dancing almost from the get go and it really didn’t stop.

The Jeffrey Truck Band at King Avenue Five

The Jeffrey Truck Band at King Avenue Five

I was definitely more of a fan of their originals, which I am very glad they had the intelligence to call out the names of before each one. Like  “Silence Grows,” and “Face the Crowd.” They executed the covers well enough but it seemed they brought the place down, a little in tempo. No biggie, just my preference was lying with the upbeat originals on this particular night. Maybe I was getting a little sloshy myself and just needed a pick me up.

Each musician played their parts well in the band and they were the highlight of the night for me. Their style didn’t stray much from the Neuvo Santana sound, but hey, why fix what isn’t broken. I do have to note that the extra acoustic guitarist that was playing off to the side didn’t seem to add much. He kind of seemed a trifle unnecessary, nothing against the guy, but maybe he could add in on a few vocals or step out of the way so they can feature the bass player a bit more, I dunno. But all in all my experience of The Jeffrey Truck Band was a plus… Now if I could just figure out which one was Jeffrey? Over and out.

The Jeffrey Truck Band can be found on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheJeffreyTruckBand

-Oddfellow