The Twisters: Swingin' powerhouse blues

The Twisters keep audiences on the dance floor, says David Hoerl, harmonica player and founder of the Vancouver, B.C., band.

"We play original jump blues, but we mix all sorts of genres with it," Hoerl says. "We're a very swingy type of band, so dancers love us. We also do some gospel, old-school soul and a couple of covers now and then."

The Twisters will perform at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at Alex's, 35 N. Main St., Ashland.

Along with Hoerl, the band features guitar player Brandon Isaak of White Horse, Yukon Territories, drummer Chip Hart and standup bass player Keith Picot.

"I've got a band that I'm proud of," Hoerl says. "Brandon is a great blues guitarist and singer, and Keith is outstanding as a bass player. He's our rockabilly guy because he slaps and dresses in a suit. He's as much fun to watch as he is to listen to."

Hoerl was born and raised in San Francisco. He and drummer Hart (who spent time in Nashville) founded The Twisters in 1995. Its first album was "Fulla Hot Air." "Basically referring to me. I'm a harmonica player," Hoerl jokes.

Now with five albums and shows at Portland's Waterfront Blues Festival and Seattle's Highway 99 Blues Club to its credit, Hoerl wants the band to venture into new markets. After its show at Alex's, The Twisters will head to San Francisco to play the Union Room at Biscuits & Blues.

It's newest album, "Come Out Swingin'," was released in 2009 and nominated for five of Canada's Maple Blues Awards. It's 2002 album, "Long Hard Road," was nominated for a Juno Award.

The cover for the show at Alex's is $5. Call 541-482-8818.

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