Heavy Horses made one of their rotation stops at JJ’s Sports Bar & Grill in Northboro, Massachusetts last night. Their searing performances kept their audience cheering and dancing for three hours. Heavy Horses is an all star band made up of singers and musicians from the Worcester areas’ best. Vocalists Craig Rawding from Delta Generators, Dawn Sweet from Pet Rock, and Tom Hurley from Drunken Uncles and Joe Rockhead took turns singing lead and backing vocals. Guitarists Roger Lavallee(Curtain Society) and John Donovan(The Bees Knees), bassist Ron Mominee(Curtain Society), and drummer Ed Barnett(Genesis Club) played precise, emotive music underneath the vocal performances. Keyboardist Mike Warren was absent.
The chick singer the audience couldn’t get enough of was soon back on stage singing Heart’s “Barracuda.” Sweet’s edgy side came across well in this aggressive rocker, taking no prisoners as she sang girlish and tough at the same time. The guitars too made this come alive, a rip-roaring, three-dimensional rock number.
The rhythm section showed what they were made of during The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” Fluid, bombastic, and precise, they set the launching pad for Hurley’s muscular vocal assertions. His belt was charged and crackling with power and authority. The guitars cried out with that anthem zeal that expressed an entire generation’s need for freedom and truth.
Z. Z. Top’s “Tush” let Donovan shine in his searing guitar phrase, and a dual guitar rhythm gave Ted Nugent’s “Cat Scratch Fever” a huge, in your face delivery. While they were on heavier songs, Heavy Horses jumped into Heart’s “Crazy On You,” with Sweet handling the huge, rangy, aggressive vocalizations.