INLYN GRUVE BAND

Review By Neal Furr of Beach Music 45 www.beachmusic45.com under Beach Buzz

There is an outstanding group that has been operating somewhat under the radar with regard to the Beach music genre for several years. They do, however, have quite a local following and are known for their outstanding performances and original tunes. Formed in 2004, Inlyn Gruve features a blended variety of Beach, Boogie, Blues, Rock, Funk, Soul etc. in their live shows at various venues up and down the East Coast. Based in Murrells Inlet, SC, they have released three albums to date. 2007's Hold On Baby, featured several strong grooves, including the title track, the award winning Black Cat Bone and one I really like, You're All I Need. The band followed the initial release up with their sophomore effort, Six On The Beach, a half dozen dillies plus a heck of an extra joint, the rollicking Boogie Row Jam Session. Fessa John Hook has Shak'in'The Blues, which was originally from this album, on his current Roadhouse Blues & Boogie Top 40. The band's latest, Now & Then, released in 2016, is a combination of a few of their older tunes brought forward with several new original tracks. That Old Beach Town and Carolina Style both received early airplay - the jumping Debby Lee is the current hot ticket on the charts. Looking ahead to a potential new album in 2018, the recently released singles Listen To The Horns Blow and Midnight At The Ocean are both high quality cuts worthy of play in regular rotation.

Pennsylvania native and band lead singer Joe Graziani is a name that is known in Beach music, from his work as the lead vocalist in The Sugarbees and his own band, The Delta Riders, as the recipient of multiple CBMA awards and as a Grammy nominee. His distinctive vocals is a definite plus for the band's overall output. Originally from Florida, Phil Salone is the band's owner and drummer, who writes and/or co-writes many of their tunes. Also participating in the composition of their songs is Phil's wife, Diane. Having lived previously in Hawaii and Singapore, guitarist Russell Drake moved to the Myrtle Beach area in 1989, playing in local bands before joining Gruve in 2016. Bassist Billy Ray Engle, who is originally from Tecumseh, Michigan, started his own band at age 15 and has been with several groups since that time. The only native of the Grand Strand area, keyboardist Ron Craine, is a veteran of groups such as the Whiz Kids, Sneak Preview and the Playboys. All of the band members participate as vocalists on occasion.

Inlyn Gruve just recently performed for great crowds at both MOTOs and Ducks in North Myrtle Beach. Upcoming events in the area include dates at Wild Wings Cafe on August 12th and 13th and at Deckerz on August 26th. You can also check the band out on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/inlyn.gruve or on the Net at www.inlyngruve.com.

Review by Mike Little  Beach Music 45  under Have you heard