"Queen B and The Well Strung Band" Warms Up A Chilly Night At Sugar’s Ribs

Saturday, December 21, 2013 - by Mark Herndon

It was a chilly December night in Chattanooga but the local music scene was live and loud with talented musicians and the best funky bluesy vocals anywhere…. I heard that one of these talented ladies with a quick sultry, bluesy with a touch of jazz singing style was back in town from visiting her family in Tulsa. It was Queen B (Christi Roberts) just returning from Tulsa to rejoin The Well Strung Band at downtown Sugar’s Ribs.  

The night air was bone chilling but when I walked into the house of Sugar’s Ribs  … you could tell there were more than Ribs burning in the place….. the band already into its second set of funky blues and rock songs. The place was packed with people - some for the dining experience and to be treated with one of the best local band on stage.  I should add this was also one of the many local bands that rocked Riverbend this summer. 

After taking a few photo shots, it became more difficult to position my camera as the dance floor was packed most of the night. I spoke to sound/light tech “the Man” Dennis Phillips who has traveled with many top bands during the 80’s & 90’s.  He has a more local connection to the Fort Payne boys “ALABAMA”.  Dennis always has the stage set perfect (lights and sound) every time I have been In to shoot. 

My experience was the musical tastes and backgrounds ranging from Country, to Rock, to Blues , to R&B a little bit of Pop, "Queen B and The Well Strung Band" shows no limitations on their musical style. Formed in 2011 and with a solid 40+ years of professional musical experience and between the four-piece lineup, "Queen B & The Well Strung Band" is doing their best to break the mold of most of today's boring repetitive "party" bands. 

With music influenced by such greats as Mother's Finest Funk Band, Bon Jovi, Susan Tedeshi, Adele, Bonnie Raitt, Fleetwood Mac and Aretha Franklin (to name a few), "Queen B and The Well Strung Band" touches on a little bit of every kind of music genre quite seamlessly and are "predicted to become one of Chattanooga's most requested bands" by quickly creating a style that is truly all their own. 

Queen “B” & The Well Strung Band, a group of talented friends who are highly recognized in the Chattanooga artists circle, no question is the best at what they do.  Christi Robert (Queen B), lead vocals, the leader of the band Josh Lewis, guitar/vocals, Preston Parris, rhythm guitar & vocals, Ran Adams, vocal & bass guitar and Johnny E Smith, drums. 

The music was live, loud and the dance floor full of people enjoying everything about Sugar’s.  Check out Sugar’s Ribs Facebook page or go towww.sugarsribs.com for more information.  Also find Queen “B” and The Well Stung Band on Facebook too.


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