There was something compelling about the grins I saw on display at Books-A-Million this weekend. As I drew closer to the new releases, a kaleidoscope of boyish faces came into focus on the front cover of Sting’s new book/memoir “Broken Music.”

Like any new book, I couldn’t wait to turn the pages and I suppose that it was reading about Sting’s early years, prior to his success with The Police, that I reflected on my own musician friends here in the Tri-Cities.

Before I go any further, my apologies to Blind Sight. I had hoped to catch their act at Rafters on Halloween, but used the warm weather as an excuse to lay low and visit with family and friends, not to mention a little shopping. I’ll catch up with them later.

Nevertheless, writing a column about the music scene for my hometown newspaper is great fun. Not only do I get a chance to see a lot of friends doing what they love most, but I also get to hear great players and witness their special chemistry as they create art together.

This weekend, instead of writing a review from the audience, I thought I would share a different facet to the scene as The Organics rehearse in an old dairy barn in Boones Creek.

It’s the kind of place you might find a group of musical gypsies — a broken-down couch, a misplaced antique chair and a few posters on the wall. Other than a few furnishings, the room is filled with speakers, drums, cables, power cords and a few lamps casting an orange-colored light, just enough to see each other and turn the knobs.

The Organics are a three-piece band that features Joe Hoskins, Bo Bradley and Chris Combs. They will be performing Friday night at Café One 11 in Johnson City and appear on many stages in the Tri-Cities.

I played music with Joe and Bo in a band called Ahab and The Wailers, back in the early ’90s. Their chemistry that was apparent then continues to grow into a rich union of natural talent and passion. These guys have dedicated the past 15 years to playing music together, and you can hear it.

Joe Hoskins plays the blues with such virility, that I still watch amazed as he turns the knob up to 10, throws his head back in a trance and consumes the attention in the room with his full throttle approach to playing. His ability and feel allows him to play razor sharp rock leads followed by delicate melodies, and you may hear a lightning fast country hoedown from his Fender guitar, too.

Joe has a high blues tenor voice and when he sings with Bo, I can’t help but imagine great duos like Lennon and McCartney, Simon and Garfunkel and Hall and Oates. These guys are kindred spirits and they deserve the name “Organics.” Their pitch and contrast in style complement each other like twin sons of different mothers.

Bo plays bass too and moved to the area from South Florida. His stories include hanging out with legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius and a tour with The Smithereens that brought him to Johnson City.

Sting made a reference to playing bass in his new book. He describes the instrument as “the root of all harmony.” The bass has a quieter heroic than guitar, but when you hear Bo play, you can’t ignore the artistry. He’s a big fan of Victor Wooten, who plays with Bela Fleck and The Fleck tones, and Bo’s style is not only danceable, but is an intelligent foundation of the band’s vibe and ability to energize a room.

Bo and Joe are held together by Chris Combs. He’s the quiet glue between the two talents and his lanky, straight forward rhythm is the perfect compliment to the abilities of the other players.

You never know what to expect with The Organics. Their shared musical biology is so versatile that you might walk into a room and hear a psychedelic funk groove, a blistering blues jam or a ’70s TV theme song. Their music is energetic and laced with a full time passion that guarantees an entertaining experience wherever they appear.

Café One 11 is a great room to see a band, too. The Organics will be playing there Friday night and if you would like to see this unique chemistry on stage, call some friends, grab some dinner and enjoy The Organics live and support local music.

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David Cate is new media director for the GoTriCities Network. E-mail him at dcate@gotricitiesnet.