'Behind the Wall' rocks Jakes with blusey songs

Published on Thursday, 11 July 2013 22:34 - Written by Jimmy Arber Guest Columnist

Behind the Wall” rocked the joint on Jake’s Tyler rooftop chaveta last Friday night!

The place was packed and our table of eight immediately took delighted notice once the band opened up with a harmonica-blowing rendition of Muddy Waters’ “Got My Mojo Workin.” You knew it was going to be a fun night. The band continued rockin’ hard, bluesy flavored renditions of everyone’s favorite cover songs.

“Behind the Wall” started in 2009 as “Blind Dog.” Ryan McKinney and his band were looking for a singer when Chris Wallace auditioned and they jammed a few rock covers. It wasn’t until McKinney struck the first notes of Jimi Hendrix’s “Red House” that Wallace poured out his soul, the story goes. Right then, Ryan knew they had something special in the works. The band later derived its new name from friends who had seen them play behind Chris Wallace, hence “Behind the Wall.” In their search to find the perfect rhythm, they were blessed to find Garland Moore & Billy Rasnake. “Behind the Wall” is entertaining venues now all over East Texas.

Here’s a look at the band’s current lineup.

Ryan McKinney: From Tyler. Nicknamed “Mac Daddy,” he plays every note on lead guitar with passion. Being one of the best blues guitarists in East Texas, the blues is in every string bend.

Chris Wallace, from Tyler: Nicknamed “Mojo Man,” he plays guitar, harmonica and sings powerful lead vocals with a low down dirty voice. He is a down-to-earth comic.

Garland Moore, from Winnsboro: Nicknamed “Geemo,” he’s been a musician for more than 40 years. He can pluck a bass with low, funky growls that make your body move. He is also involved with the October Poetry Music Festival in Poetry near Terrell. This will be the band’s fourth year playing that festival and many others in East Texas.

Bill Rasnake, from Whitehouse: Nicknamed “The Kid,” Rasnake lays down the funk with every drum beat. Rasnake is an all-around musician who teaches drums, guitar and bass in his studio.

It’s clear this band loves what they do. They play great music and strive to entertain an audience. I will guarantee, you and your friends will be dancing to “Behind the Wall” and requesting more.

You can contact them by calling their manager, Sarah Wallace at 903-253-2542, via email, Freestyle.cwall@gmail.com or check them out on Facebook.

Support local music by checking out “Behind the Wall” and let them know “The Godfather sent ya.”

Jimmy “The Godfather of Downtown Tyler” Arber is the owner and operator of Salon Verve in Tyler.