The Guitar & Whisky Club at The GWC Clubhouse Show
The Guitar & Whisky Club, The GWC Clubhouse Show, Episode 9, June 28, 2020
In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, live shows have all but vanished in the Southern California area and beyond. This however has not stopped our local bands from finding creative ways to stay in touch with their fans through the magic of the worldwide web. One of the most rocking shows from an up and coming band is The GWC Clubhouse Show, presented by LA’s own The Guitar And Whiskey Club.
Highwire Daze caught up with GWC Clubhouse Show Episode 9 just right before the deadline. Taking place every two weeks on Facebook and YouTube and hosted by The Guitar And Whisky Club guitarist and founder Jeff Donovan and vocalist Jennifer Wylde, the webcast also features appearances by the other band members as well as special guest interviews.
Opening the show with an acoustic rendition of the Bon Jovi classic Wanted Dead Or Alive, Jeff Donovan unveiled some exquisite and haunting guitar work while Jennifer Wylde performed with passion and conviction – both talented musicians taking an already familiar song and rendering it all their very own.
After the first selection, Jeff presented his three very distinct and awesome guitars – a 1991 Gibson Explorer, a Jackson Randy Rhodes model, and a Wylde Audio – and let the viewing audience decide which one he would use for the final song. And the votes starting arriving as the show continued.
Up next was a very special video from one of their previous performances at the world famous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip, where the band rocked the iconic venue with a raging cover of the Lita Ford classic Gotta Let Go. Ah, the memories of experiencing live shows at the Whisky – and what a treat it was to see the full band in action.
At this point, bassist Gail Sutton and guitarist Seen Robinson joined in on the broadcast while drummer Bob Sickels remained MIA due to technical difficulties. In the lively chat, the various members let the fans know what they were up to. And this would include news of their very first band rehearsal in over three months that recently took place!
As a special bonus, a video from the band rehearsal was presented as The Guitar & Whiskey Club performed their dynamic original song We Don’t Care. Taking place at GailForce Studios owned by Gail Sutton, you could see the passion and enthusiasm of a band very excited to finally practice their art together again. Gail and the band made sure all the safety precautions of the day were taking place, including members of the band wearing some pretty nifty Guitar & Whiskey Club masks.
At this point of the video, Wendy Terrell from Bandhoppers was supposed to be interviewed, but due to a technical issue, the interview needed to be rescheduled. Bandhoppers is a terrific supporter of the California music scene featuring interviews and live shows, and their website may be found here: https://bandhoppersnation.com/.
The winning guitar was announced – the Jackson Randy Rhodes model – and with the axe in tow, Jeff and Jennifer launched into a wickedly rocking original ditty entitled Widow Jane. What a sizzling selection this outstanding tune was, surely burning up the computer waves all across the world.
For the concluding toast, all members of the band was brought back via the WWW, including an appearance by drummer Bob Sickels at last. Wishing everyone a fun and safe 4th of July, it was a warm and glorious send off. There is so much heart and imagination placed within The GWC Clubhouse Show. With so many jamming originals and vibrant cover songs as well as input from the band and their audience, the good times found at The GWC Clubhouse Show are guaranteed to keep you rocking through these turbulent times! Thanks to The Guitar & Whiskey Club for such the glorious music and inspiring company!
Check out all of their amazing GWC Clubhouse Show performances at:
https://guitarandwhiskeyclub.com/calendar.html under the “Past Shows” section.
(Review by Ken Morton)
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