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Fun New Video by Local Firefighters — with Fire Safety Messages

A group of local Berkshire RBFRS staff and firefighters  have put their musical skills to good use by releasing a song called “You Can’t Stop the Fire” which is a clever parody of Bruce Springsteen’sDancing in the Dark”.

Staff from across the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service have made a music video…

The key aim of the song is to get fire safety advice out to people in a slightly different way.

The team — led by the inextinguishable rogue Keith Beasley [the lead singer of the Country Rock and Blues band “One For the Road” ] is brought to life with an accompanying video [watch below.]

Staff from across the organisation were involved in the project, including crews from Maidenhead, Whitley Wood and non-operational colleagues based at headquarters.

When they’re ready, here’s some ideas for their next song:

* Burning Down the House — Talking Heads

* Run the Engines Up High — Roy Orbison

* Playing With Fire — Rolling Stones

* Pound the Alarm — Nicki Minaj

* Holy Smoke — Iron Maiden

* Firestarter — The Prodigy

Please watch and share their super video below and consider making a donation to The Fire Fighters Charity —which provides life enhancing services to the fire and rescue community…





ONE FOR THE ROAD September Performance at the Staines Riverside Club

Haunted by equipment failures and the lack of monitors and cursed with an ear-splitting violin — it was not the most polished performance we have heard from “One For the Road”. We saw the band last evening in Staines at the famous Riverside Club.

The shoddy offerings did not matter. The public still had a great time. And there was no lack of enthusiasm or energy from the musicians.

Things started going wrong on their cover of Jace Everett’sBad Things” which is the theme from the HBO series True Blood. Maybe it was the curse of the vampire voodoo!

After the first equipment glitch, the well-beloved Steve Earle, Tom Petty (Tim Potty) and JJ Cale ( JJJ Cale ) songs came thick and fast. With some accomplished vocals and reasonably polished guitar work.

One for the Road - Animated and emotional...
One for the Road – Animated and emotional…

Gavin Jones is an is an exceptionally skillful violin player.

But his sounds completely overshadowed the rest of the band.

We have to admit that his blues-violin does add spice and garnish to the overall sound of the band — but the violin should be a condiment served selectively and considerately… not the main course!

The rhythm and blues standard “Route 66” got folks up-and-dancing and the second half of the show seemed more promising  — with less equipment problems.

Our favourite songs included the Old Crow Medicine Show’s & Bob Dylan’s classic “Wagon Wheel.”  This is where the violin became attractive and lyrical. The main vocal was certainly evocative of the smoke and grit of Dylan. But full marks must also go to other members of the band for providing excellent support vox.

We also enjoyed the cover of Steve Earle’sCopperhead Road” which was animated and emotional.

There were less Beasley compositions in this Staines show than usual (which is a shame.)  No “I Wanna Be An Outlaw” for example. But we liked the new song (from a forthcoming album that the lads are working on.)

Refined country rock and Americana by one of the most popular bands in the area.

The show was not poop or wrinkle free.

But that’s how it goes when you make music live!

That’s what makes it so exciting…

Words: @neilmach 2015 ©

The Money Tree Song by KEITH BEASLEY is 10 Years Old — Here is the Anniversary Video

Money Tree” is a song written, performed and recorded by Keith Beasley (with the help of some good ol’ friends) back in 2005.

Keith has released a special video for the number, shot in Camden Town this summer —  to mark the 10th anniversary of the song

The song features on his album “Highways Hobos & Heroes” which we reviewed here:       https://staines.me/highways_hobos_Heroes/

Highways Hobos & Heroes - Keith Beasley
Highways Hobos & Heroes – Keith Beasley

We had a re-listen and watched the video::

With some hearty slugs of very fuzzy guitar — this wearily rambles off — like a limping bum — who has just been shaken back-to-life after a particularly uncomfortable night beneath the sidewalk.

Keith’s vocal is suitably dry and dusty.

A wee drop of Glen Dew wouldn’t go amiss, and might help lubricate those tonsils…

A bar-room piano chortles on the saloon boards. Then we get to a yearning chorus. It’s sing-along sentimental.  But it all makes sense.

Here is cut-price Traveling Wilburys… With the inflection (but not the poetry) of Dylan.

Pleasant country rock from one of our (Staines)  favourite performers.

But why it is shot in Camden? Maybe only the bum knows.

Words:  @neilmach 2015 ©

Keith Beasley Heat Of The Night

We have been watching Keith Beasley’s  new video for his (old) song “Heat Of The Night”.

It appears on Keith’s album – “Highways Hobos & Heroes” [Available for download on many sites including iTunes and Amazon].

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A sloppy-joe sandwich of sad-eloquent harmonica & bluesy keys creates an echoing portico of rhythms …

It was written by Keith and recorded in 2005  – with a whole bunch of fine musicians – all of whom are credited at the end of the short film.

A sloppy-joe sandwich of sad-eloquent
harmonica (Kenny Mann) and bluesy keys (Lyndsey Lee) creates an echoing portico of rhythms through which Keith (with his guitar) delivers his guttural pouches of voice. And takes his hat off… a lot.

Gravel throated, gritty and dusty road – this is, of course, a fantasy Dylanesque number …

Full of mystery – like a folk ritual-

Perhaps it alludes to the courtship rituals of an exotic princess –
before her final death-kiss arrives.

@neilmach 2015 ©

Check One For the Road on Lemonrock for future gigs: http://www.lemonrock.com/onefortheroad
Next playing at at Riverside Club, Staines on 19TH MARCH

Stirring Stories of Highway’s Hobos and Heroes Win Tribal Chieftain’s Praise

Keith Beasley – Highways Hobos and Heroes

The 14 songs on this country-blues album have been written, recorded and compiled by Keith Beasley over a period of 15 years (1995 – 2010) and have been chosen by him from an extensive song-book … as the songs that mean the most personally. He admits to being heavily influenced by the nostalgia of a highly stylized American culture. Keith is an accomplished blues, folk and rock ‘n’ roll musician.  He has played many gigs in and around Staines with his ONE FOR THE ROAD band.  This is an eagerly anticipated album of his collected inspirations and influences.

Songs such as ‘Wounded Knee’  have almost Dylanesque chord structures growing within them, and in this tune the chords seem to echo out across the Mesa. The words in the song tumble down gracefully – like the tears on Red Cloud morning . Harmonicas flare occasionally, as those old heart aching embers are rekindled. This gently stirring  country song ambles along in the midday sun with a suitable lope and a knowing glint in a saddened eye.

Since this album is a journey through the hobo States, it is no surprise that there are a lot of train references. ‘Mystery Train’ is one such reference- a chugging steamer of a song, pounding its way up the tracks with an agreeable thud.

‘Ghost Train’ is a bit more ashen faced. Lazy-necked and slippery bottled strings are peeled from Keith’s guitar like the skins from a tacked up side-winder. The out-and-out  blues rhythms clutter along. A harmonica frolics with whiskey soaked guitars, as manful rhythms stride purposefully down a dusty line.

‘Looking for The Country’ is a traditional rock and blues merrymaking roister-doister of a piece. You’ll need to polish the tips on your bolo-tie and watch your boot-straps don’t snag on her hems – because I guarantee that you’ll not stop dancing to this one!

‘57 Chevrolet’ has a buzzing riff and feels like a real man-sized road-song- it’s chock full of smoke and dust. ‘Heat of The Night’ opens with organ sounds, and it really feels like a night under stars south of the “Big River”. The song retains it’s big hot city swagger, amidst the grime and stench of a dirty Maquiladora. And a burst of juicy sax retells the magnificence that could even be possible here in this squalid heat.

Another train song is ‘The Southbound Train’ a hardy blues outing with those familiar globular, throaty vocals from Keith, powdered with silica-dust rhythms.

The album finishes with ‘The Saddest Song’  a tune that perfectly suits Keith’s guttural, gurgled voice. A lamenting story, decorated by bowls of mournful bass-notes. This is bleak and blameless yet perks up when the whines and cries of swirling guitars rise against the smoky fogs of despair. Things brighten up as the song unfolds into perfect harmony and heaven sent clemency.

This album has already been given the great seal of approval from Radio Kili, (the Lakota Sioux Radio Station in South Dakota, out on the Pine Ridge Reservation.) Keith has received messages of support and “Woplia” (Great Thanks) from Morris Bull Bear who is the living descendant of Chief Bull Bear – killed by Red Cloud in a tribal dispute. Apparently Morris Bull Bear’s family love the ‘Wounded Knee’ song.

© Neil_Mach May 2012
Grab The Album Here on Amazon

See Keith LIVE at:
The Red Lion, 92-94 Linkfield Road, Isleworth, next Saturday – 2nd June

‘One for The Road’ live at The Staines Riverside Club – JAN19 2012

Five piece ‘Southern Fried Country Rock Band’ ONE FOR THE ROAD played a jam-packed jambalaya of a gig at the fine RIVERSIDE CLUB venue in Laleham Road Staines on Thursday January 19 2012.

This popular venue has attracted some amazing musical talent on their regular Thursday music nights, and this bluesey rocky band were no exception. Full of gusto, energy and promise from the outset, the band stormed through a lively first set with sparkling examples of some classic hits from the likes of Tom Petty, Primal Scream, The Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival and a dash of Johnny Cash. Also scattered in there were some more unlikely namechecks like, for example, Kentucky Headhunters.

Our guide for this journey around Americana and all things Southern, from Navajo Territory to swamp country, was the amiable gravel-throated ‘Kid Rock’  lookalike Keith Beasley (lead vocals and guitar) wearing his ‘Baptized in Muddy Waters’ T shirt and sporting a tortoise-brown rather dapper hat. But the band also boasted the rawest, smokiest blues-harp player this side of the cotton belt, and one mean rattlesnake on drums, plus a fierce lead guitar player and a bruising, bouncing bass. This is a quality act.

The second set brought the delighted Staines crowd some solid golden nuggets of sound, covering numbers by the likes of The Traveling Wilburys, Kid Rock and even finishing with some antic-filled punk – The Undertones “Teenage Kicks”.

And all the way through the show, you could almost smell the shrimp on the barbecue and taste the smoky bourbon on the air.  At one point both Adrian and Kenny played joyful King Biscuit blues harmonica together- this was a terrific moment-  ( “Stone Fox Chase”). A rootin’ tootin’  howlin’ success.

My personal favourite was the band’s self penned ‘You Can Steal’ song which had a gruff attitude (comparisons with Dylan were formed) and rusty, dusty percussion. Tobacco stained, rubenesque (fat and delicious) guitars meander and burst out of their corsets. Huge surly riffs mingle and mix, with a great chorus which has raise-your-knees-and-jig danceability written all over it. A true Southern delight.

If you get a chance to see this act live, grab it. Don’t forget your ‘gator skin shoes and your flask of moonshine though…. ‘cos you’ll make a night of it!

© Neil_Mach January 2012