Meet the Band: Sam Getz (vocals, guitars), Jimmy Weaver (bass), Mikey Gould (drums), Brett Lindemann (keyboards)
The Road Warrior: Sam Getz was a session guy before joining singer-songwriter Kate Voegele for her 2006 tour. He spent four years on the road with her and then hooked up with indie rockers Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers and toured with them for three years. That band took a hiatus in the fall and Getz put together Welshly Arms. "I just wanted to be back in Cleveland and be back home," he says.
The Name Game: The band's name comes from a Saturday Night Love skit. "It was a joke and it was a nice name," says Getz. "It does make it sound like we play something ethnic but we don't. We do all have a trace of Welsh blood. That's just a coincidence. I remember my mom telling me that someone in my bloodline was the Prime Minister of Wales."
An Auspicious Debut: In March, the band played its first show at the Beachland Tavern and managed to sell the place out. "We had put out a music video in January and we were building an online following," says Getz. "We picked the tavern because I like doing shows there. I like that room. I thought there was a possibility we could sell it out and it worked last minute. It was exciting. I don't know that I've ever played to that many people in that room. It was an amazing energy."
Doing It Themselves: The band recorded its EP at Getz's house and mixed it at Weaver's home studio.
Blues Explosion: Getz grew up listening to British Invasion rock and that turned him onto the blues. "I dug deeper into the blues and there's something I always go back to," says Getz who put together the Sam Getz Band when he was only 14 and opened for acts such as Mick Taylor and Peter Greene.
Why You Should Hear Them: Released earlier this year, their debut EP, Welcome, is informed equally by blues and classic rock. Album opener "Two Seconds Too Late" is every bit as raw and rocking as anything by the Black Keys.
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Where You Can See Them: Welshly Arms performs with Thaddeus Anna Greene and the Commonwealth at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14 at the Beachland Ballroom.