Controlled Burn band Santa Fe performed a scorching evening of outstanding rock and blues cover music, lighting-up the dance floor for a full-house at El Farol Restaurant and Cantina in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Saturday night.
Led by the multi-talented Pete White (vocals, guitar), Controlled Burn band Santa Fe consists of members Ben Baur (drums), Mark Komer (bass), and guest axes ace Paul E. (guitar and vocals), filling in for regular Brian Fitzgerald (keyboard) who is currently away on vacation. Controlled Burn band Santa Fe started things off with the mellow Sonny Boy Williamson tune “Got to Move“. They then began to warm things up with the upbeat Jimmy Reed song “Big Boss Man“. Continuing on, the group then rattled off a series of hip-shaking numbers including the grooving Rolling Stones ditty “I’m Free“, Freddy King’s jamming tune “Tore Down“, Eric Clapton’s classic melody “Lay Down Sally“, Tracy Chapman’s prominent song “Give Me One Reason“, the chart-topping Rolling Stones anthem “Honky Tonk Women“, and the frisky Jr. Walker and the All Stars’ piece “Shotgun“.
Proceeding on, Controlled Burn band Santa Fe sang the vintage Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Born on the Bayou“. The quartet then closed out a stellar first set with another run of great songs including the nifty Stevie Ray Vaughan ditty “Mary Had A Little Lamb“, Ray Charles swinging tune, and what may been one of the best songs of the night, “What’d I Say“, Bill Withers’ jiving oldie “Use Me“, and the lively J.J. Cale song “Call Me The Breeze“. Opening up set two with the twisting Slim Harpo tune “Shake Your Hips“, Controlled Burn band Santa Fe cranked on with the vintage Rolling Stones number “Brown Sugar“, the popular song “Pride and Joy” by Stevie Ray Vaughan, the rocking Muddy Waters ditty “Got My Mojo Workin’” with guest drummer Kevin Pledger, and the crowd-favorite Buddy Holly tune “Not Fade Away“.
Not to be outdone, Controlled Burn band Santa Fe played the well-known Georgia Satellites song “Keep Your Hands To Yourself“, as well as the rhythmically pleasing numbers “Baby, I Love You” by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and Phil Spector along with “Love Me Like A Man” by Chris Smither, both performed by guest singer Sarah Diaz. Rounding out an awesome second set and overall evening of music, Controlled Burn band Santa Fe exhibited the hit Van Morrison song “Brown-Eyed Girl“, a solid rendition of the late Prince number “Purple Rain“, and finished up with the scintillating Muddy Waters ditty “I Just Want To Make Love To You“.
You can learn more about Controlled Burn band Santa Fe on Facebook. Moreover, be sure to check-out all the musicians around town performing with other talent, including Pete White and Ben Baur with JJ and the Hooligans, Paul E. with the House Band for the El Farol Tuesday Night Canyon Road Blues Jam, Surf by Southwest, and The Major Dudes, and Mark Komer freelancing on-demand. Santa Fe Music Reviews thanks Pete White for the hospitality, generosity, and down-to-earth demeanor, Controlled Burn band Santa Fe for the outstanding music, as well as El Farol Restaurant and Cantina for the nice venue, drink, and service.
MUST HEAR VIDEOS
“Purple Rain” and “What’d I Say“
“Pride and Joy” and “Got My Mojo Workin’“
“Not Fade Away” and “Keep Your Hands To Yourself“
“Got to Move” and “Big Boss Man“
“I’m Free” and “Tore Down“
“Lay Down Sally” and “Gimme One Reason“
“Honky Tonk Women” and “Shotgun“
“Born on the Bayou” and “Mary Had A Little Lamb“
“What’d I Say” and “Use Me“
“Call Me The Breeze“
“Shake Your Hips” and “Brown Sugar“
“Pride and Joy” and “Got My Mojo Workin'”
“Not Fade Away” and “Keep Your Hands To Yourself”
“Baby, I Love You” and “Love Me Like A Man“
“Brown-Eyed Girl” ” and “Purple Rain“
“I Just Want To Make Love To You“