Veteran blues singer and guitarist returns to the WitZend backed by ‘the band of a lifetime’
After touring the world and headlining this year’s Untapped Blues & Brews Festival in Washington State, Peach and the Electric Blues Band are back home. On Saturday at the WitZend in Venice, they play their first local gig in a year — this time with plenty of new material on hand.
Peach, who moved to Venice from Santa Monica three years ago, has recorded with Taj Mahal, Keb’ Mo’, Garth Hudson from The Band and Paul Berrere of Little Feat.
Her Electric Blues band also carries impressive creds: keyboardist Ken Strange has worked with Joe Cocker, bassist Del Atkins with James Ingram as well as the Pointer Sisters, and drummer James Gadsen with Paul McCartney, B.B. King, Smokey Robinson, Ray Charles and Bill Withers.
Guitarist Jamie James, who founded rockabilly revivalist band Jamie James & the Kingbees and played live with Steppenwolf, is the newest member of the band.
“I like having a guitar slinger on my side. Jamie’s not only that, but he sings his butt off. For the first time in my life I’ll have someone else singing harmony with me,” Peach said.
The band’s music is “blues, but also blues-related — even though it’s new, it’s old,” she said. “We’re going to go in there and shake it up. We’re going to play hard, and it’s going to be pretty spectacular. I don’t say that easily, but this is the band of a lifetime.”
Peach and the Electric Blues Band play at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at WitZend, 1717 Lincoln Blvd., Venice. $10; all ages. Call (310) 305-4792 or visit witzendlive.com.
— Joe Piasecki