Banish the post-holiday blahs with some blues

Black Mountain News

Vocalist, guitarist and harmonica player extraordinaire Bill Mattocks traded the Pacific Northwest for Asheville in 2013, and he brought the blues along with him. The Bill Mattocks Band’s tightly  rehearsed, high-energy shows were a mainstay of the Seattle area’s blues rock scene, and he’s brought that same hard-working ethic to venues throughout the South. The group’s bluesy sounds will fill the White Horse Black Mountain on Thursday, Jan. 5.

Bill Mattocks is known for his blue harmonica playing.

Although the lineup of his bands has changed over time and geography, the constants have been Mattocks’ powerful, gritty vocals and a unique personal harmonica style deeply rooted in the blues. He also surrounds himself with excellent players who crank out a big sound, including Tim McCall on bass, Bob Bencze on vocals and keys, Brian Gant on drums and Alec Fehl on guitar. To mark the first Bill Mattocks Band gig of 2017, they’ll be joined at the White Horse by special guest vocalist Jacqui Fehl.

Blues by way of

Who: Bill Mattacks Band

When: 7:30 p/,/ Jan. 5

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

Cost: $8 advance, $10 door