I’ll let you in on another secret: Alex Maryol’s parents own and operate my favorite restaurant, Tia Sophia's. Many a Saturday morning I have sat eating my red chile enchiladas and hoped for a glimpse of the Santa Fe celebrity. I manage to keep calm when he inevitably walks in, but my sister (also a guitar player in the Santa Fe scene) has a hard time not hyperventilating. Yeah, ladies, he is quite attractive and is most drool-worthy. And he puts on a killer performance.
The Alex Maryol Band has generally been regarded as a blues band, which is true, to some degree. They do play blues, but that’s not all they are limited to. I gave Alex a call to talk about his upcoming gig. He said his band is not, in fact, a blues band. They are pure rock and roll.
“What is blues, really?” he said. “It’s human emotions and feelings; it’s what all good music is.”
Maryol said the opportunity to open for The Eric McFadden Trio in Albuquerque is awesome. “I get to play at a place I want to play, with a band I like,” he said. He also said it'll be a whole lot different than playing the bar scene in Santa Fe. “This show is more about the music. This is more like a showcase. We can really put together a good set and rock out.” And rock out they will.
The Eric McFadden Trio, with a mixture of dark songs, raspy vocals and flamenco-rock guitar, are in the same boat: They're influenced by the blues, but are far from limited by one genre.
This is going to be the start of a beautiful relationship. Albuquerque, I formally introduce you to Alex Maryol. Don’t say I never did nothin' for ya.
The Alex Maryol Band and The Eric McFadden Trio will play at the Launchpad on Friday, Dec. 16. Cost is $10.