It will be a full weekend ahead for Collette and the Mudcats. They not only play at the Linda at the Blues Band Showdown Saturday night, but also at the Troy Pig Out on Sunday.
The band, though not together long, has played venues such as the The Flaming Leaves Festival in Lake Placid and particularly enjoy going to nearby Vermont. Often, they have repeat listeners.
“It is a fun crowd there, said Collette. “They are gracious to us in Essex Junction and one couple always comes back.”
Guitarist Steve Pastore joins longtime band mate Joe McDowell (bass and harmonica), drummer Colin Kelly, and Jim Robinson on keyboards to round out the Mudcats.
Lead vocalist Collette Drennan has been singing and performing since she was little, and at one point in her career sang commercial jingles.
“I sang in the LA area, and when in school sang in everything I could, in plays and such,” added Collette. “I started singing rock, but you mature over time and look at music in a different kind of way. Now I sing a more swampy, bluesy southern rock sound with this band, and we add in Steve’s swing jazz influence.”
Pastore believes the group has established a good balance in their performing.
“We all have input,” he said. Everyone gets involved when it comes to suggestions for the play list, and we all have an opinion. We are playing many of our originals, and with other pieces we start it off as our own thing, not note for note.”
A CD is soon to be out. The title track, “Carolina Town,” a song about South Carolina and trips taken to Myrtle Beach is already posted on the Mudcats’ website.
The group feels that it would be exciting to win the competition on Saturday, but winning is not what it’s all about.
“We have had a chance to meet up with and will be playing with some other great musicians, Drennan added. “In general it is a real neat opportunity. We are all fortunate to have supportive spouses and co-workers and that helps it to all come together. We all have been playing awhile together now and can relax and have fun. It will be great to hear the other bands, hear their interpretations. We are always looking and taking in new stuff.”