THE 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!
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enlighten yourself – Check out the Ivey-West Band!