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The Ivey-West Band by Linda Mitchell

Courtesy of Ivey-West Band
Courtesy of Ivey-West Band


As purveyors of musical enlightenment,

we musicians must stick together

By Linda Mitchell

I had the pleasure of chatting with West Brook of the Ivey-West Band recently,  and the philosophy of the above quote was a constant thread woven throughout our conversation.

You get the sense that music isn’t what they do, it’s who they are. The Ivey-West Band came about approximately a year ago with the partnering of Paul Ivey and West Brook. The band members are all career musicians from varying genre backgrounds. Melding styles spanning from Blues to Funk to Southern Swamp Rock, this unique, southern roots band – with an urge to jam – is guaranteed to please!

Photo of West Brook courtesy of Linda Mitchell
Photo of West Brook courtesy of Linda Mitchell

Veteran guitarist and vocalist Paul Ivey is from Jacksonville, Florida with over 20 years experience playing guitar in various styles. Coming from a musical family, he has been singing since childhood and began playing the guitar at age 14. With influences from the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynrd, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, his style can be described as classical Southern Rock. He has toured with the Yankee Slickers and opened for numerous national acts.

Guitarist and vocalist West Brook hails from the Tampa Bay area of Florida. Starting at age 13, West has mastered numerous instruments including the electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin, lap steel, bass guitar, piano, harmonica and others.  Having played in bands covering genres from Blues to Country, his influences are  artists such as Albert Collin, Johnny Winter, Bob Dylan and The Band. These influences are the basis for West’s playing what he calls “Rockin’ Roots Music”.  West has also performed on stage with national recording artists and played lead guitar for New Orleans recording artist C.P. Love’s, The White Rice Band.

Photo of Paul Ivey courtesy of Linda Mitchell
Photo of Paul Ivey courtesy of Linda Mitchell

On drums you will find “The Pocket Master”, “B. B. Queen” or “Shark Foot”,  – Jacksonville’s  Bea Gayle. Having played for the past 20 years, “Music is my life” says Bea, “it is the ONLY thing that has ever gotten me through all of my hardships”. Influences from country, bluegrass and b-bop produced what she refers to as her “organic, solid, yet versatile style”. With influences spanning Louie Armstrong, Waylon Jennings, and James Brown to Radio Head, Cold Play, and Fleetwood Mac, we can understand how her versatility makes her a very adaptable, in-demand, all  purpose drummer.

Photo of Bea Gayle  courtesy of Linda Mitchell
Photo of Bea Gayle courtesy of Linda Mitchell

In addition to performing as a three-piece band, Paul and West perform as the Ivey-West Acoustic Duo also, again demonstrating their versatility as artists.

With this amount of talent and experience, combined with their dedication to their music, we can see that the Ivey-West Band has just scratched the surface of its potential. Coming from musical families, they are focused on building a legacy for their own families. Admirably, with high values and work ethics, they are focused on their own careers, yet they are supportive and encouraging to their fellow musicians.

Photo courtesy of Linda Mitchell
Photo courtesy of Linda Mitchell

The latest Ivey-West Band news is the release of their first CD titled: “LIVE FROM THE SWAMP”.  You’ll quickly find yourself attached to Ivey’s funky, blues, groove oriented sounds and West Brook’s earthy, Joe Cocker style voice. This is truly a collection of fun, sensitive and addictive songs.

Their CD is available at all their shows in the NE Florida and S Georgia area. A list of their current gigs from now through May 2014 is posted on their website: http://www.iveywestband.com.

Become friends on the Ivey-West Band Facebook page. You can also contact them by email at: iveywestband@gmail.com.

Enlighten yourself – Check out the Ivey-West Band!




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Photos courtesy of Linda Mitchell
Photos courtesy of Linda Mitchell


‘Rocktoberfest’: Smile Empty Soul, Acidic, Stayne Thee Angel and a Host of Others Bring Jacksonville, Florida to Their Knees By Johnny Falcon

This past weekend was Rocktoberfest in Jacksonville, Florida. This show was held at Brewster’s Megaplex and just so happened to be the epicenter of the carnage that Smile Empty Soul, Acidic, Stayne Thee Angel (STA), Rock N Roll Chrome, and All In inflicted on concert goers.  This night was very special for many reasons but the main one was to celebrate with STA as they released their new CD Change. This remarkable six-song CD will leave you stunned. Case in point, I recently took a road trip up to North Carolina to cover a few bands with the North Carolina SRO crew (Nikki, Lisa, and Stanley) and I did what I normally do, I brought ALL my music; you never know what you are going to  be in the mood to hear. In any event, I started the six-hour haul up Interstate 95 and slipped in the new CD from STA and after I gave it the ‘smell’ test (I sample each song for 30 seconds to see if it is worth my time) I was floored by what I heard. I immediately rushed through the intro of each song as I skipped to the next and was astonished at the talent of this Jacksonville band. Needless to say I did not change the CD for both the trip up and the return trip back to Florida. Once you give them a listen, you will know precisely what I mean.  You need to jet over and snag a copy of this debut cd CHANGE here.

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Straight Line Stitch Rocks Jacksonville, FL

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Straight Line Stitch sewed up the show on Friday August 16th at Brewster’s MegaPlex in Jacksonville, Florida. This was a powerhouse show featuring local acts, Rock and Roll Chrome and Agree to Hate, they were two awesome warm up acts that brought everything with them to the stage and left nothing behind.

I briefly spoke with Alexis Brown, the singer for Straight Line Stitch, before the show and she informed me that they have been out on tour for quite some time and were close to finishing up and heading home. They were ready for some well- deserved rest and relaxation.

Alexis has to be one of the nicest people in the industry I’ve ever met. It must be that southern hospitality thing. She spoke so softly and quietly when telling me they hail from Knoxville, Tennessee. When she took the stage later that night though, this huge, angry, loud voice came out of this small in stature young lady. My jaw hung open as the horns were raised in salute. They sounded incredible. I was not familiar with their music except for a song here and there, but I never expected what I saw or heard.

The show was amazing. Nothing but energy abounded. The only way I knew they were ready for a break from touring was because it was told to me before the show. Absolutely no signs of fatigue were shown on stage as the energy level from everyone was pushed to the max.

Darren McClelland, STS’ bass guitar player is an f’n beast on stage. He held the low end down while giving one of the better performances of any bass player I’ve borne witness to. He was up in your face, dreadlocks slinging around, and bouncing to the machine gun like rhythms that were coming from the p.a. It was a small show considering the amount of people who were there, but that in no means deterred the band. Everyone there had an amazing time. Darren told me that KORN was a huge influence on him. Growing up, he didn’t have many friends, and he would listen to KORN. It was his happy place, so to speak. Twelve years later here he is, performing in an amazing band, very humble, and very glad to share the stage with these outstanding musicians. He doesn’t use a pick, so he is a big fan of Flea from the Chili Peppers and it really shows in his style. The slapping and popping styles really added some depth to their material. He is self-taught and as Alexis put it, already has his foot way past the door and is coming through.

Alexis was very adamant about her on stage persona. As a singer I guess you could say that you have to have a certain degree of acting skills to perform. She leaves that 10 foot tall and bulletproof persona on the stage. It is definitely an outlet for her. She let me know that Orlando was the next stop on the list, and then the last date is St. Petersburg, Florida. She will be homeward bound back to Tennessee after that for some much deserved down time. This has to be one of the hardest working bands I have ever met. Jason White, the guitarist, told me they are taking two months off just to catch up with family and friends and do some possible writing, and Alexis said that she is going to sleep.

A former drummer, the original drummer for SLS, Patrick Haynes was filling in for current member, Joey Nichols. They had to cancel their last time through here a few months ago due to unforeseen transportation issues, they didn’t want to cancel this one. Patrick left the band due to the loss of some family, but had told them he would help out if they ever needed anything, so here he is.

I loved these guys. I thought they were spectacular on stage and very real, down to earth off stage. If you get a chance to go see Straight Line Stitch, please do. Tell them Standing Room Only Magazine sent you. I’m looking forward to hearing new music and seeing these guys and girls each time they come through the area. Until next time peeps, keep those….


Alexis Brown – Vocals
Darren McClelland – Bass
Joey Nichols – Drums
Jason White – Guitar
Jackie Bergjans – Guitar

Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/straightlinestitch

Photo courtesy of Pinterest
Photo courtesy of Pinterest

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A Course of Action

Courtesy of Facebook/A Course of Action
Courtesy of Facebook/A Course of Action

A Course of Action

At Standing Room Only it is our wish to put the spotlight on bands on the cusp of the national scene. I cannot believe that I am reviewing this CD and we have beat the rush. Amazing! As a North Carolina native I am so excited to present a review for you of the full length stellar album of this Western North Carolina based rock foursome, A Course of Action. Let me start off with the introductions:

Jonathan Byrd – Lead guitar and founding member
John Culberson – Vocals
JT Silvestri – Drums
Wes Johnson – Bass guitar

The history of this band begins with its inception under the name Hybrid, by Jonathan Byrd and his former Copperhead band mate, Tony Hawkins. They enjoyed regional success from 2003 to 2008, when they changed names to A Course of Action. Hawkins recently left the group, making way for Wes Johnson to come on board.

Their CD entitled Dark Before the Dawn was completely written, engineered and produced by A Course of Action, and when I listened to it for the first time I really found all of that so hard to believe. This first effort by these guys sounds so polished and professional it floors me to think they did it all themselves. When I looked over the press kit, I saw reference to influences of Alter Bridge, Breaking Benjamin and the like. But I have to tell you that what I loved most about A Course of Action was that vibe combined with the sound of Southern rock and roll. It comes as no surprise seeing that these guys hail from North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Stands to reason their sound would find a special place in my heart.

As I kicked back to enjoy the CD it was soon apparent that I would not be sitting still for the ride. I was immediately swept up into the driving beat of the opening track, Tell Me Why. The tune Never There was loaded with a heady mix of drums and hypnotic guitar that really made me wonder why I hadn’t heard of these guys before. On and on through the album, as soon as I thought I’d found my favorite, the next song would bump it for first place. Shadow is in my opinion musically perfect. It sucks you in like no other, and is so skillful you will be amazed. John Culberson has a voice that is commercially appealing to most everyone, and is seductive and soulful. At this moment I’m saying that Slow Burn Out is my absolute favorite on the album. This could totally change depending on the time of day. I will tell you for a fact they will all be on my MP3 and be awesome workout tunes.

Reading other reviews of A Course of Action, it is said that they are a supreme, spot on live act. I promise you this much, this North Carolina girl plans to find out for herself in the very, very near future. Joey Ze, load the wagon my friend, we are heading towards the mountains. Be sure and check out A Course of Action on Facebook, ReverbNation and YouTube. I want to thank our friend in music and all things ROCK, Sunny Daniels-Hall for sending us this connection. Catch them while you can folks, they are so headed for the national stage.

Please check out the link below to see a video of A Course of Action…opening for Saliva.

Hugs N Love <3,

Nikki Savannah

Photo Courtesy of Facebook/A Course of Action

Support Your Local Bands

Photo of Wally Wood of Allele courtesy of Johnny Falcon
Photo of Wally Wood of Allele courtesy of Johnny Falcon

The primary goal the founder of http://www.SroMag.com had when creating this online magazine was to showcase and support the small, local musicians that are on the cusp of hitting the National scene. Major artists are not lacking publicity by any stretch of the imagination, so while we may report on those big names from time to time, that is not our focus here at SRO, Standing Room Only. The local clubs and venues that showcase the talents of musicians of all genre’s need our support. The garage bands dream is to play the local clubs and music festivals. We take for granted that the music scene is available all over, but that just is not the case. As Johnny Falcon and Sid Starling can attest, not all communities embrace music with the enthusiasm of Florida, Jacksonville in particular, but the entire state. So while I am directing this article at Florida, it is our goal to grow and spread throughout the Southeast and bring you news of the talents from all around.

We have writers in North Carolina, Texas and Ohio, along with our core in Florida. If you know a band that is deserving of the spotlight, please let us know. Obviously we cannot be everywhere just yet, we are still starting out. But if we can get to your local club and check out the band, we will. The music is the bond we all share, the love of that creative expression. Through the support of people attending shows at small bars, local festivals, and other venues the bands that work so hard to create can share their music and open each of us up to a new experience.

Photo of Flake from (N)ception courtesy of Johnny Falcon
Photo of Flake from (N)ception courtesy of Johnny Falcon

At SRO you will find information on bands such as Stayne Thee Angel, (N)ception, Prideless to name a few, that have performed recently in the Jacksonville/Middleburg area. It is our hope that we can shed light on these local musicians and bring their names to you before they hit the National music scene. The hours of hard work and dedication put in by these artists is nothing short of amazing. When you get to meet them face to face and spend some time talking, you understand just how much your support means to them. The music is the vehicle, the fans are the gasoline.

When you get a chance to see a live band, take it. Imagine one day seeing them on TV, and realizing you shook hands or got an autograph from them “before” they hit it big. While researching this article I decided it was key to share with you all some of the local bands that made it big, from Florida. This list is impressive and I don’t share them all of course, just some I thought would make an impact as a “once local band”. I hope some of you will remember seeing these names BEFORE the World knew them…

Lynyrd Skynyrd photo courtesy of wvafm.ua.edu
Lynyrd Skynyrd photo courtesy of wvafm.ua.edu

• Lynyrd Skynyrd (MUST TOP THE LIST), formed in 1964 in Jacksonville
• Limp Bizkit , 1994 Jacksonville
• Molly Hatchet, 1975 Jacksonville
• Shinedown, 2001 Jacksonville
• Creed, 1995 Tallahassee
• Blackfoot, 1970’s Jacksonville
• Anberlin, 2002 Winter Haven
• Streetkind, 2004 Miami Beach
• Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, 2003 Middleburg
• Later Days, 2001 Naples
• Sawyer Brown, 1981 Apopka
• Alter Bridge, 2004 Orlando
• The Mavericks, 1989 Miami
• KC and the Sunshine Band, 1973 Miami
• Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 1976 Gainesville
• Cold, 1996 Jacksonville
• Marilyn Manson, 1989 Fort Lauderdale
• The Outlaws, 1967 Tampa
• The Allman Brothers Band, 1969 Jacksonville
• Rapper Mase, 1993 Jacksonville

Shinedown photo courtesy of last.fm
Shinedown photo courtesy of last.fm

Just think, once upon a time these icons were playing the local pubs and bars, getting paid in beer and just praying for their big break. Get out there and support your local musicians! You never know, one day they may be headlining a world tour.

Love and Hugs ❤

Nikki Savannah