Originally Published: April 28, 2016 6:16 p.m.
Rock out and jam to some danceable blues this weekend at the Whiskey Off-Road. Multiple bands are performing, one of which is Road One South at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the Holiday Courtyard Stage.
Made up of Dwight D’Evelyn on drums, John Wurtz on guitar, Ron Green on bass, Jay Schermer on harmonica and Chris Russo on guitar, the band has been performing locally for about 10 years and Schermer just joined the band about two months ago.
Performing at a venue such as the Whiskey Off-Road is quite different than playing in a bar scene, Green said, with Russo adding that it offers the chance to play for a more diverse audience.
“We do pretty high-energy shows,” Russo said, mentioning that they provide the intensity to get the audience excited. “We have fun. I think that crosses the boundary of the stage and engages the audience.”
Even though people have come and gone in the band, it’s a connection of people tied together through more than just music, Russo said. Everyone in the band enjoys playing the material, but the band has become like a family, he said.
Echoing Russo, Ron noted he joined the band about eight years ago after answering an ad in Craigslist. The band is together so much, it’s pretty much like a big family, he said.
Schermer is the newest member of the Road One South family and has been with the group for a couple months, having just moved to Prescott from Los Angeles.
“I’m semi-retired and I’ve been playing blues rock harmonica since the 1970s in LA. I moved here hoping to find a good band to hook up with and I went to a local blues jam,” he said. “I was playing and Chris was up there playing … Chris talked to me and said ‘we may be looking for a new harmonica player’ and the rest is history.”
Road One South never plays the same song the same way twice because of the crowd and the way the band interacts with the audience, Russo said. The reason for that is because when playing, the inspiration may hit and the song will start to go in a different direction. At the same time, everyone in the band has the chops to fall on top of it and go in that direction, he said.
Though Road One South does perform a lot of covers, they have been working on originals, Green said.
“The band has been together long enough that we’ve worked up a lot of originals,” Green said, mentioning that they’re going to do a second album before long. “That’s exciting for us to be doing that rather than just doing standard blues covers.”