Seville Street Blues
By Ashley Bennett
David Vermillion (lead guitar, vocals, song writer); George Manning (bass); Laura Parmenter (vocals, song writer, lyricist); Rick Johnson (percussion).
CITIES OF ORIGIN:
San Bernardino, Los Angeles, La Habra and Ponca, Okla.
Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters and “all the blues’ old men,” says David Vermillion. Followed by Laura Parmenter who pulls inspiration from John Mayer, Jonny Lang, Bonnie Raitt, Etta James and Susan Tedechi.
The Seville Street Blues wants to keep the blues alive as it dwindles among the growing population of Bieber-philes. No matter how much pop grows out of control, sooner or later they’ll realize that just like my young-hearted obsession with The Backstreet Boys, music like the blues will always survive past this week’s popular song on the radio.
The Seville Street Blues will find a special place in your music loving heart but that’s only if it can find enough blues-supporting venues to perform at. Ray’s Downtown Deli was a spot that Seville Street Blues’ members originally met and began playing but that dang recession reared its ugly head, leaving the venue closed indefinitely. When it comes to those blues stops that still exist, Laura Parmenter admits they are “few and literally far between. There are ‘just blues’ venues in the IE area. There are some blues jams but they mostly fall out after a while, nothing really permanent. We are never really surprised when they stop doing them,” explains the band’s vocalist and songwriter.
With only a small handful of venues out there giving bands like The Seville Street Blues a home, it doesn’t stop the band from keeping an optimistic view about loving what it does. “We are all pretty laid back and just sincerely love to play, to invent and create. Nobody’s ideas are poo-pooed. We listened and then almost always come to an agreement. We are that much in tune with each other,” shares Parmenter.
There’s a lot of hope in being a blues artist, not just to bring back the retro inspirations of a once great music age but to re-inspire those of who have lost interest in modern music. Lead guitarist and vocalist David Vermillion sees the potential of the music scene in the Inland Empire. “We are a proud band for how far we have come in such a short amount of time, less than one year. We have met amazing players, singers, songwriters; sometimes you just can’t believe that they haven’t been discovered. This area is really full of enormously talented musicians.” I agree, and I just interviewed a few.
Seville Street Blues with The Jay Blue Band and Voodoo Fox at the Mission Tobacco Lounge, 3630 University Ave., Riverside, (951) 682-4427; www.missiontobaccolounge.com. Sun, July 29. 7pm-11pm. $5. 21+.