June 29th – The Coolers – Blues / R&B
The Coolers were conceived by Rex Caughron and Gary Love who began assembling the members at the end of 2006. The original nine-member line-up was firmed up in spring of 2009 and the band debuted in late April of that year. Driven by a five-piece horn section, the band’s sound moves seamlessly from old school blues & swing ala T-Bone Walker, to the Texas blues/R&B of Delbert McClinton, to thumping soul (Etta James, Aretha), and finally to the early funk of James Brown and Sly Stone. Add to that a touch of soul-jazz and interestingly re-worked arrangements and you begin to get a feel for what the band is all about.