Los Pistoleros at The Pineapple
What a chance night..."it's my birthday, pop along
to The Pineapple for a drink and I've got a band"
was the message at lunchtime.
Well, The Pineapple, a nice little pub south of the
M4 between Slough and Maidenhead, is hardly known as
a live music venue. Crammed into the corner was a drum
kit, four back-line amps, three microphone stands and
two PA speakers. Out front, by 6 inches or so, was a
24 channel mixing desk. So who was the band and where
At around 9pm they emerged from the crowd and walked
on stage. They were Los Pistoleros. Combining the talents
of five of the UK’s finest working musicians, the band
comprises Bobby Valentino (vocals, fiddle & rhythm
guitar); B J Cole (pedal steel); Martin Belmont (lead
guitar, 6 string bass & vocals); Kevin Foster (bass
& vocals) and Bobby Irwin (drums & vocals).
Individually the five have impressive CVs, working with
some of the top names in the music industry. Collectively
they have worked together on many occasions over the
Bobby Valentino is the front man with an uncanny resemblance
to Clark Gable and a sweet voice around an octave and
half below most male vocalists. Working with Mark Knoffler,
appearing on Later with Jules - this man is good.
And off they went with two great sets of American/Country/TexMex
music. The occasional change of pace but mostly upbeat
to the extent that it was hard work not getting bowled
over by people dancing. ’Swinging With The Chickens’
was my favourite but the standard was so high that it
was really quite hard to choose.
A great night. Do take the opportunity to see this
band. Even if country is not your thing, this band are
excellent musician's and fine entertainment.
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