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‘Youngster’ joins two veteran musicians to form the ‘Tom Euler Trio’

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‘Tom Euler Trio’ band members, from left, Mead Usry, Tom Euler and Wes Mallory will be performing at Something Different restaurant during the Urbanna Oyster Festival. On Friday, November 7, the band will take the stage from 1:30-4 p.m. and from 7:30-10 p.m. On Saturday, the band will perform from 1-4 p.m.

Earlier this year two veteran local musicians, Mead Usry and Wes Mallory, and 19-year-old college student Tom Euler of Hartfield formed the “Tom Euler Trio,” a high-energy blues band that is fast establishing a following in Middlesex County and the surrounding area.

Euler, of Hartfield, first began performing solo as a guitarist/singer in Middlesex at open mic jams in Urbanna in 2012. At one session he met Saluda native Peyton Mason and the two musicians soon formed “Positive Mental Attitude.” They performed at local venues including Christchurch School, Rosegill Plantation, Deltaville Heritage Day and at the Deltaville Maritime Museum.

Usry first played drums in Middlesex for a dance at Fishing Bay Yacht Club in Deltaville in 1959 with “The Tremolos.” The group played later that night for a private party at The Old Red Barn on Stingray Point.

Mallory first played bass in Middlesex at the age of 16 at Grey’s Point Campground beach parties with the teen band “4th Time Around.” He performed with bands at numerous teen dances held at the Deltaville Community Association (DCA) building.

Mallory had known Usry for several years and, in 2008, the two began playing together at weekly jams in Hartfield. They formed “The Sturgeon Creek Blues Band with guitarist Max Parker.”

In 2013, Euler joined Mallory and Usry for their sessions and performances, which led to the formation of the “Tom Euler Trio” in May of this year.

The Tom Euler Trio will perform at the Urbanna Oyster Festival on Friday and Saturday, November 7-8, at Something Different restaurant.

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posted 10.29.2014

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