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Pilot Bay Blues.

by B-Side Band.

New Zealand 3 piece rockabilly rhythm and blues with harmonica, acoustic guitar & rockabilly drum kit.
Genre: Blues: Harmonica Blues
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1. Sittin' in the Rain
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2. Wrack and Ruin
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3. Cul de Sac
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4. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
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5. Pilot Bay Blues
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6. Blind Owl Blues
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7. Carter's Flat
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8. Matapihi Bound
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9. Too Much Fun
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10. Lost and Found
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11. Ain't No Sunshine
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12. My Story of the Blues
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13. Twilight Flyover
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14. Wicked Son
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15. Lonely Blues
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16. 32nd Street
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Album Notes
B-SIDE BAND. Tauranga. New Zealand. June 2009.

B-SIDE BAND play their brand of roots music: rockabilly plus rhythm & blues with a dash of country and jazz swing. Their repertoire comes from the 20th century through to the present. They play originals too. They are:
Paul Parkhouse: vocals/harmonicas/saxophone.
Simon Elton: vocals/acoustic & electric guitars.
Carl Winter: rockabilly drum kit & percussion.

In 2007 they played the Rotorua Summer Wine & Food Festival, Tauranga Easter Jazz Festival, and the Rotorua Winter Blues Festival. In 2008 they played the Mount Maunganui Summer Blues, Brews & BBQs Festival. The audience was over 10,000 revelers. They also played, for the second year in a row, the Tauranga Easter Jazz Festival. In 2009 they, again, played the Rotorua Summer BluesFeast Festival and the Tauranga Easter Jazz Festival, plus the Maketu Kaimoana Festival (March) & Rotorua Blues Week (June). 2010 saw them in Rotorua for the BluesFeast and a busy Easter weekend for the Tauranga Jazz Festival with performances on board the Jazz Ferry and the Jazz Steamtrain. Big response from the audience. June was the Winter Blues Festival, where they played their show to a full house at the Ambrosia Restaurant in downtown Rotorua.
Their new CD "Down Under & Blues" is expected to be released in August.

Performance Comments.

'Bay of Plenty Weekend Sun' review of the band said:
'They specialize in songs you'd forgotten you remember... a mix of originals and re-interpreted covers... big sound... uptempo rockabilly and muscular blues, plus accomplished originals.' (3/9/07)

'Bay of Plenty Blues Bulletin' 2007 Tauranga Easter Jazz Festival review said:
'B-Side Band played out on the street and attracted a large crowd... they sold out all their CDs.' (April/May'07)

A Canadian tourist at the 2008 Tauranga Easter Jazz Festival said:
'I've been to many Jazz & Blues Festivals on the North American West Coast. These guys would fit in perfectly. Have bought a CD already.' (3/22/08)

An Australian tourist visiting Mount Maunganui, during Queen's Birthday Weekend, said:
'They sound like an alternative radio station. These guys would go great in Australia. Wild!!' (6/1/08)

'Bay of Plenty Blues Bulletin' 2009 Rotorua Summer BluesFeast Festival review said:
'B-Side Band presented their rockabilly style set, covering a range of classic blues and other material.' (February/March'09)

A German tourist at the 2009 Tauranga Easter Jazz Festival "New Orleans Village" site said:
'This band was so different to the young jazz students playing fusion and the old guard playing dixieland. Very refreshing! I'm taking a CD back home with me' (4/12/09)

CD Reviews.

'Bay of Plenty Blues Club Bulletin' review said:
"... cocktail of one part blues to two parts rockabilly...
stylistic mix... originals and kiwi music... well produced album."
(CD Reviews. June/July 2008)

'Bay of Plenty Weekend Sun' newspaper review said:
"... blues/rockabilly... kiwi music... 16 tracks... great guitar... evil sounding harmonica."
(CD Reviews. 5/16/2008)

'NZ Musician' magazine review said:
"... sunny blues vibe... driving rockabilly drumkit... moaning harmonica... some great originals hold their own next to recognisable favourites... witty lyrics... this is a great disc of good-time rockabilly blues."
(Fresh Cut. August/September 2008)

'Bay of Plenty Weekend Sun' end of year review said:
"... also with a garage feel is the rockabilly/blues of the B-Side Band - tough semi-acoustic lo-fi songs with local themes dominating their CD, PILOT BAY BLUES."
(Winston Watusi-'Best Local Music for 2008' 12/19/2008)



to write a review

Mick Raye Lount

The Not So Royal Variety Show
A collection of 16 perky toe-tapping toons in the rockabilly/R&B style. Perfect for parties, BBQs or just to get your \'groove on\'. Exquisite production, uplifting vocals & the perfect stompin\' rhythym section. For a 3 piece, these guys mix it up with the best of them.


great music
Great blues sound from this band. Not heard them untill this Album, enjoyed the whole Album.

John Kempt

Johnny Kempt
It’s great.

I must admit I have always been a fan of Simon Elton, Dave McLean and Robin Galley since “The Furys”. Getting to know those guys over the years ,and being lucky enough to play with them, has been a life highlight.

Without sounding too much a wanker, I hope, this is coming from someone who is at the border of Hollywood jaded.

This is Simon Elton’s other project “B Side Band”

First off. Good name.

You can hear the roots of American music on this cd, but it sounds like a bunch of Kiwis, which is a nice fresh blues sound to me.

There are a couple of covers on here, but most of the writing is Parkhouse/Elton. The album opens with John Mayall’s “Sittin in the Rain. Simon Elton doing a nice job of singing. He sounds like Elvis Ellerslie.

I say that with love.

The writing is classic on a lot of different levels. There is a thread running through it but it’s eclectic. I like that allot. “Cul de sac” reminds me of Auckland’s ska band “The Instigators”. The title track “Pilot Bay Blues” is an early album highlight. Don’t want to say it haunting, because everybody says stuff like that with half a brain engaged. It sounds haunted. Yeah. It’s a really good song.

The production is good, but still raw. A good contrast of slick and lo fi. In the Pro Tools age that is a big plus. There are some real nice nasty guitar tones on this record. “Matapihi Bound and “To Much Fun” being a couple of examples.

The harp playing is choice, with again a classic tone”

Simon Elton was in Los Angles this year and he stayed with me. We had a great time. He gave me the album to listen to and only recently have I had a good chance to listen closely. And this is an album that deserves that.

All I can think of right now is the fun that could be had dancing in front of this band with a beer. I’m thinking a rocking Thursday- Friday at Mainstreet

Why did they ever close that place.

Real nice album.

Jim Wilson

Blow It
This cd proves to me that NZ can produce devastating bar bands (still). Paul Parkhouse is without a doubt the best harp player we have. And I been around.


Blues Seeker
Great to hear this music coming from downunder. Whole CD is a must listen if you like the blues with harp and the rockabilly feel. Soul felt lyrics on original tracks with a touch of humour. Love it so should you!!