Their weekly practice sessions inevitably turn into potlucks.
That’s because they’re not just bandmates; they’re also good friends.
That rapport — that chemistry —translates onto the stage. And it’s helped propel Bent on Blues to a statewide blues competition this weekend in Snohomish.
“(The band) is no-drama. We have a great time. That’s helped us stay together all these years, said Matt Funk, the bass player.
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Bent on Blues also includes lead/slide guitarist Dale Long, Geoff Tyree on rhythm and lead guitar and singer Trish Thompson.
It’s had a rotating set of drummers. Original drummer Bill Fletcher will be joining the group at the Snohomish competition.
It’s planned Aug. 16 during the Snohomish Taste of Music festival.
The winners will represent Washington at the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn.
Bent on Blues won a spot in the Snohomish competition by sweeping the semi-final contest in Yakima earlier this summer.
“We were absolutely thrilled. We can’t wait to go to Snohomish and represent southeastern Washington,” Funk said.
The blues/rock band plays a mix of original songs and covers — and it brings plenty of energy to its sets.
“We’re not tears-in-your-beer all the time. We’re a dance band. We get a lot of people dancing and having a lot of fun,” Funk said. “It’s a common misperception that if you go see a blues band, you’re going to leave feeling sad. For us, it’s quite the opposite — people leave feeling energized.”