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  • lower case blues serving original treats at Abbott's Grill

  • The soundtrack for Abbott's Grill on Saturday night will be a bluesy one, courtesy of the Rehoboth Beach trio lower case blues.
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  • The soundtrack for Abbott's Grill on Saturday night will be a bluesy one, courtesy of the Rehoboth Beach trio lower case blues.
    Usually performing at Abbott's once a month, with their last appearance in late March, lower case blues knows how to get the place jumping as it'll serve patrons a heaping helping of bluesy treats, spanning covers from legends like B.B. King, Bo Diddley, The Allman Brothers, Albert Collins, Robben Ford and many others. lcb, a full-time band that gigs mostly in Sussex County, also shines the spotlight on its originals. A portion of those tunes on Saturday night will come from the band's latest album, "Downhome Girl," released in 2011.
    A few patrons at Abbott's won't have trouble relating to lcb's laidback "Late Mornin Blues," a tale inspired by the band's habit of having too good of a time after shows.
    "It's basically about waking up at whatever hour and not totally remembering what's happened last night," said lead guitarist Jake Banaszak, 29. "I think we've all been there before."
    Then there's the vibrant title track, "Downhome Girl," which pays tribute to a special girl and it features the "Bo Diddley beat," Diddley's trademark syncopated rhythm.
    The song was born about two-and-half years ago from a Bo Diddley tribute lcb played in Baltimore, Md. Since lcb was hired as the event's backing band, the three amigos had to learn oodles of Diddley songs. After the show, during the drive back to Delaware, frontman B.J. Muntz started forming the lyrics. Though the song came out nicely, Banaszak is still clueless as to who the "Downhome Girl" actually is.
    "I don't know where [Muntz] came up with that," said a baffled Banaszak. "Maybe it had to do with a girl he was seeing."
    One thing he is certain of is that Abbott's shows lower case blues a lot of love whenever it's in town.
    Page 2 of 2 - "Everyone that works there is really cool and the food is amazing," he said. "I tell everyone if you want to come early and get some dinner, this is a great place to do it."
    The slender guitarist practices what he preaches.
    "I usually get there early and get the dinner," he added. "My favorite thing is their pot roast."
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT lower case blues in concert
    WHEN 9:30 p.m., Saturday
    WHERE Abbott's Grill, 249 N.E. Front St., Milford
    COST Free
    INFO Visit abbottsgrillde.com or call (302) 491-6736

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