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The DeSotos (Auckland) Acoustic Tour

Thursday, 21 September 2017 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Capital Blues welcomes you to a night of Americana / Country Blues with The Desotos at the Hotel Bristol Wellington, Thursday 21 September. Show starts 8.30 pm.

The DeSotos are touring with an acoustic show featuring Paul Gurney, Stuart McIntyre and touring drummer Vic Singe. The format worked exceptionally well at the Kelburn Village Pub which became the catalyst for this tour which incorporates two lower North Island shows and three upper South Island shows.

Paul, Stuart & Vic will play songs from the bands albums, plus some personal favourites in a stripped back format with acoustic guitar, bass, drums/percussion and voices. Paul will also introduce a couple of songs from his solo album, ‘Shadow of Love’ which will be a treat to those who have not seen the band recently.

Band lineup:

Paul Gurney – guitar, vocals
Stuart McIntyre – bass, vocals
Vic Singe – drums

The DeSotos have cemented their place as New Zealand’s leading exponents of the Americana / country blues genres following the release of two albums that have been universally embraced by the critics. 2008’s “Cross Your Heart” was voted Manu Taylor’s no 1 New Zealand album of the year, and the 2011 release “Your Highway For Tonight” has received glowing reviews nationally and in the US. Both albums have supplied the theme and continuity music to the TVNZ South and North series presented by Marcus Lush.
And their live show steps it up a notch further – 4 part harmonies, rootsy Gretsch guitar, and a rock solid rhythm section make for a tight and dynamic live sound that is as exciting as it is unique.

The DeSotos are:

Paul Gurney – lead vocals, guitars, blues harp. “The voice is just genius….seriously the best vocalist I’ve heard in a long time” -Manu Taylor, National Radio Paul combines his singing skills with insightful lead guitar and songwriting duties. He has had many influences over his playing and listening life, but some near the top include Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers fame), Buddy Miller and Jimmy Page, and of course Neil Young. He uses a mix of Gretsch and Fender guitars to deliver his distinctively warm, rootsy sound. Paul is also a member of Auckland’s Jubilation A Cappella Gospel Choir.

Stuart McIntyre – bass, vocals. Stuart has always been interested with bass guitar and started playing at the age of 15.  Influences include Ron Blair from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney & John Paul Jones.  Stuart mainly plays h‘serious’bass, a black 1970’s Fender Precision.  Despite owning several other basses, he always comes back to this bass for recording. He also writes songs for the band, and provides backing vocals to The DeSotos sound.

Vic Singe is joining the band onstage as touring drummer.

This outfit peels off a ‘substantial slice of professionally delivered, wide-screen country-rock which owes much to the Petty/Springsteen/Neil Young and Travelling Wilburys axis…they offer songs which are classy and fully formed’. Graham Reid (NZ Herald Time Out)

Band websitewww.thedesotos.com


Thursday, 21 September 2017
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm


Hotel Bristol
131-133 Cuba St, Te Aro
Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
04-385 1147