SMOOTH SOUNDS: Los Cobras’ Jay Boving will perform at the Agnes Water Blues, Roots and Rock Festival at the SES Grounds.
SMOOTH SOUNDS: Los Cobras’ Jay Boving will perform at the Agnes Water Blues, Roots and Rock Festival at the SES Grounds. Contributed

Los Cobras ready to sing the blues at Agnes

LOS Cobras definitely aren't lost when it comes to performing at the annual Agnes Water Blues, Roots and Rock Festival.

Pulse caught up with harmonica and guitar player Billy J Cox before the big weekend to see how preparation was going.

Cox said his band loved spreading their blues tunes to Agnes Water whenever they could.

"We have been four or five times to Blues and Roots and it's wonderful. It's beautifully run and well participated," he said.

There are four members in Los Cobras, a Texas blues group that formed almost 10 years ago.

Cox, Alex Johnson, Gerard Devine and Jay Boving make up the band which frequents pubs and festivals around the central Queensland region.

"Three of us were in a band called Black Dog then a drummer came along and we formed something different," Cox said.

"Los Cobras means The Cobras which was the first name of the first band Stevie Ray Vaughn was in."

The guys play drums, bass guitar, lead guitar and harmonica. They have a lot of fun on stage.

"We do a lot of good rocking blues, up-tempo music that you can dance to.

"We don't rehearse anymore, we just play at festivals," Cox said.

Cox said he had been using his trusty harmonica for 40 years.

"It's a natural gift, I think. Guitar you can teach easily, but harmonica is an extension of your voice," he said.

"I have been doing music my whole life. I was introduced to it in the '70s and '80s. It was a great time for music."

Cox likes the fact blues can be loved by all ages.

"We love the fact we can bridge the gap between young and old. It's not going to die if young people listen to it.

"Blues is ageless."

The Los Cobras will join 8 Ball Aitken, Mason Rack Band, Soul Men, Zephyr Project, Juzzie Smith, The Twine, Dean and the Blues Review plus many more in the line up.

AGNES WATER BLUES, ROOTS AND ROCK FESTIVAL

  • Friday-Sunday, February 20-22
  • Agnes Water SES Grounds
  • $130.00 for a three day pass, $80 per day
  • Buy tickets at the GECC website