Turnbuckle Blues Review

  • Genre
  • Blues
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2020 Nominee★ Blues ★
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Blues ★
  • Musicians
    • Carie Massoni — bass
    • Eric Weber — guitar, vocals
    • Jesse Sherwood — drums
    • Max Chaparro — guitar, vocals
    • Todd Weber — guitar
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Q & A

All-time favorite song?


“Red House,” “Ballad of Curtis Loew,” “Little Wing."

How do you describe your music to people?


Blues-based jam-band rock 'n' roll.

Tell us about how the band formed.


Turnbuckle Blues Review was born from the ashes of a late 1990s band, Morrison Creek. TBR started with founding members Eric Weber and Max Chaparro (both former Mo Creek members) as an acoustic group. Bass player Carie Massoni joined, and the trio wrote and gigged for two decades. Drummer Jesse Sherwood and guitarist Todd Weber rounded out the lineup.

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.


All of them. Sacramento has been very good to us, especially Luna’s Cafe, Fox & Goose and Old Ironsides.

Tell us about your worst gig.


Cliché response, but we say with humility that we haven’t had a bad gig yet.

What artist or band are you a little embarrassed to love, and why?


Hanson and Marty Robbins.

What was the first song you learned to play?


“Midnight Special,” “Love Song,” “Accompany Me,” “Bad Moon Rising.”

What's next for the band?


Finishing our current recording project at Pus Cavern and playing as much as possible.

What's the story behind the band name?


Turnbuckle Blues Review is a reference to the band’s blues influence and some members’ (Eric and Todd) affection for professional wrestling.

What's your favorite local artist/group?


Sweet Vine, PAO, Sea Legs, The Stummies, Petty Party, and any band that involves Bobby Jordan.

Who are your biggest influences?


Allman Brothers, John Mayall, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Sweet Vine, Ronnie Van Zant, Black Crowes, Paul Simon’s Graceland, Rusted Root, Dance Hall Crashers, Pele Juju, Joan Jett and Tesla.

Who first inspired you to play music?


Jimmy Page, all the late 1980s metal bands on MTV, Ronnie Van Zant and Eric Clapton.

Words to live by?


“Never Take a Hot Dog to a Knife Fight”—the late, great Kris Hedglin.

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