Driving Wheel

Driving Wheel

The members of Driving Wheel might not be on a mission from God. But that doesn’t keep them from existing as blues brothers, driven by a family vibe and a passion to perform for any crowd that will have them.

And many have delighted to do so — the band has played at Roots N Blues N BBQ festival, shared a recent bill with Tab Benoit and held hands with fellow local standouts such as The Mojo Roots. The duo that makes up Driving Wheel’s core — guitarist Ryan Tomlinson and bassist Jeremy Hunsaker — has fine-tuned a sound that’s indebted to torchbearers in the blues, Southern rock and alternative camps. Yet, to hear Hunsaker tell it, the pair’s biggest musical influences are one another.

Five years in, Driving Wheel has achieved a blistering sound built around tough, melodic guitar licks, grinding grooves and vocals that come from somewhere deep in the gut. Its music contains echoes of long-gone blues masters while finding room for a more modern musical language. Songs can go from a whimper to a roar in a heartbeat, such positive volatility springing from the respect band members share.

“I feel lucky that I get to play in a band with one of my absolute favorite guitar players,” Hunsaker said of Tomlinson. “His phrasing, his tone … because I know him, I feel like those are extensions of his personality. Listening to him talk is like listening to him play guitar, to me.”

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Driving Wheel

Wednesday, September 25 · 10:30 PM at The Blue Note (MO)

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