Terraplane Station Takes the Blues Around Phoenix
Terraplane Station has been around only a couple of years, but they're already making the rounds on the Valley's blues scene.
Courtesy Larry Polk Terraplane Station
Terraplane Station has periodic performances at the El Dorado Bar and Grill in Scottsdale, Pappy's Sports Bar in Sunnyslope, and the American Legion Post on north Cave Creek Road, which is where blues lovers will be able to find them on New Year's Eve.
Terraplane Station also has had two recent high-profile performances. One was at the 12 Hour blues benefit at the El Dorado, where promoter Buzz Fowler and the Phoenix Blues Society had 10 of the area's top blues bands performing.
Larry Polk, harmonica performer and vocalist for Terraplane Station, said the band loved the benefit. "It was a great time and we love raising food donations for the needy," he said. "We're more than willing to play benefits. We play more for the love of the blues rather than the money."
The other high-profile performance was in the Arizona Blues Challenge at the Rhythm Room, where Terraplane Station made it to the final round but didn't end up placing.
Polk said the band blew their final set at the Arizona Blues Challenge.
"We should have played the same set as the opening round, just like many of the bands," he said. "I was surprised that we made the finals, but once we got there we were excited. The competition was good and we had a great time."
While Polk said that Terraplane Station finished where it deserved this year, he expects more of the band next year.
Polk said there are a lot of good blues performers in the Phoenix area.
"On any given night, any one of these bands can sound better than the others," he said.