Added Dec 2003
With his roots in the seminal Birmingham blues band 32/20, Rod Brattel's searing vocals, soaring slide playing, fiery harmonica style and original writing have many parallels with the Chicago bluesmen of the 40s & 50s.
Add to that the obvious influences of Robert Cray and Albert King on Rod's Telecaster work, coupled with a fluent and melodic acoustic guitar style, and you have the essence of The Buzz.
Ian Tait on drums/percussion has been the powerhouse of many bands
in his native North East, including folk/rock group Prelude (hits 'After the Goldrush' and 'Platinum Blonde'), 12-piece soul & blues band The Fabulous Wildon Brothers, and Ray Stubbs R&B All Stars.
He has lived in Lincs for 12 years now and has played with several local bands including Sacred Heart, the Big Easy, the Witham Deltas and in the jazz field, Patsy Mayes and Danny Morgan.
With the rock-solid foundation of Andy Dance on 4/5-string and acoustic basses, the tight trio that is The Buzz are capable of delivering everything from a down-home acoustic version of 'CC Rider' to an electrifying 'Little Red Rooster', closely resembling the Willie Dixon original.
As well as local gigs that cover the counties of Lincs, Northants, Cambs and Norfolk, The Buzz play regularly at Blues & Jazz festivals, venues as far apart as London and Newcastle and supported Geno Washington on his 2000 UK tour.
During 2003, the band took a break from gigs to write some new material for their forthcoming CD to be recorded in the Spring, but itchy feet has got the better of them and they're back on the road for 2004, kicking off with a 're-launch' gig at Brennan's Bar in Spalding on Friday 9 Jan.
Other venues in the pipeline include: the Bell at Weston Hills ( ), Turpins in Long Sutton ( ), the New Inn at Sutton Bridge ( ), the Whistle Stop at Tallington ( ), the Red Lion at Revesby and the Carpenters Arms, Boston
(see Fizgig for details - http://fly.to/fizgig ). For more information, contact Ian Tait on 01406-373700