Last weekend we had the opportunity to see our good friends Amy and Karen Jones playing with their amazing band, The Beautiful Distortion on our home turf, as it were. The band hails from Bethlehem PA but on this occasion, they were playing at a two-day festival at the Red Mill in Clinton NJ, which is right next door to High Bridge.

Sadly, Amy fell ill, literally as the band was about to go on and had to sit the gig out with Jersey girl and I but the rest of the guys closed ranks and braved the ninety-degree heat to give a fantastic performance (despite being one vocalist down).

TBD have a great sound which centers on the three lead vocalists. Both Amy and Karen have tremendous voices which (as is often the case with siblings) harmonise beautifully. The other fronter, Dave Doll, has a very different but totally complimentary vocal style and the three voices together are really something to hear. Dave can also shred the frets like the pro he is.

The rest of the lineup is equally impressive with Chris Reagle on lead guitar, Jeremy Aguiar on bass, and Tim Harrell on drums. All are terrific, rock-solid musicians who have been playing around the Lehigh Valley area for years.

Sonically, they’re like a cross between Fleetwood Mac (they do a fantastic cover of the chain if you yell loud and long enough) and Dream Theater, if you can imagine such a beast. That really shouldn’t work but it just does.

The exciting thing for me was that, at this particular show, I was able to bring my camera along and get some shots of the guys in action (sadly sans Amy). The setting was a cool natural amphitheatre behind the famed Red Mill and I had a great time capturing their performance.





Karen has such an amazing voice, brilliantly supported by the rhythm section of Jeremy and Tim.




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Jeremy and Karen doing the distortion walk.


Avengers movie freeze-frame moment.



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It was hellishly hot but Dave still rocked ‘the suit’.



Chris takes the lead.




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Dave rippin’ it up.








Words and images are my own.






11 thoughts on “Gasoline

    1. They’ve got some really cool stuff and they pull it off spectacularly live.
      Amy and Karen have just been accepted into a program to bring live music to places like Grand Central and other NYC stations. The full band is also doing a daytime gig in a park in upper Manhattan soon. I’m hoping to get along and document some of that.

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    1. Southside was amazing. Great crowd, great atmosphere all round. They really know how to put on a show. We were also blessed with perfect weather (They were playing the Pony’s summer stage which is outside). Great night.

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      1. Man that sounds vert cool! Great venue to watch Johnny and the boys. He’s been doing great shows for a long time. I’m still inching towards a Southside take. Does he still do good raps between songs?


      2. Cut from the same cloth. Johnny always had more of an edge. Maybe mellowed with age. I think I told you I seen him years ago on the ‘Reach Up and Touch the Sky’ tour. That’s what I called it anyway.


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