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Anderson three-piece mines ZZ Top-meets-SRV sound 20 Point Turn plays Gumby's Nov. 6 By Matt Wake Anderson three-piece mines ZZ Top-meets-SRV sound

Singer/bassist Tom Smith, whose bluesy trio, 20 Point Turn, is recording their Nov. 6 set at Gumby’s, believes there are four live albums every classic-rock fan should own: Humble Pie’s “Rockin’ the Fillmore,” Kiss’ “Alive,” Peter Frampton’s “Frampton Comes Alive” and The Outlaws’ “Bring It Back Alive.”

“In the case of Frampton and Kiss, they’re the albums that really launched the bands,” Smith says.

Earlier this year, 20 Point Turn, which includes guitarist Adam Devol and drummer Brian Mickle, released a three-song EP. Tracks such as “High Heels” and “Moving to Carolina” find the Anderson group mining three-piece sounds recalling ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughan. However, Smith says Mountain is rock’s most underrated power trio.

“A lot of people don’t remember (Mountain bassist) Felix Pappalardi produced a lot of Cream’s stuff and that’s him playing piano on ‘Badge.’ ”

In the early ’90s, Smith jammed with guitarist George McCorkel, first meeting the Marshall Tucker Band founding member, who died in 2007, at a now-closed Woodruff club called W.C.’s.

“(McCorkel) asked me, ‘What guitar you playing tonight?’ I pulled out the one I had, and he said, ‘No, you’re not,’ and he pulled out the Telecaster he used on ‘Fire on the Mountain’ and said, ‘You’re playing this with me tonight.’ ”

20 Point Turn plays a free show at Gumby's Food & Spirits at 9:30 p.m. Nov. 6. For more information, call 864-242-5922 or visit www.reverbnation.com/20pointturn. ©2010 Metromix.com

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