Meet "Do the Jingle" Finalist 70 West

Throughout the years, competitors in SafeAuto’s “Do the Jingle” Contest have taken wildly different approaches with their entries. Some have opted for a campy, lighthearted rendition. Others have brought more of a smooth and soulful bend to the jingle. A few have even submitted an eclectic mix of several musical genres in their contributions.

Well, with 70 West tossing its hat into the ring this year, you can bet that this group’s video will bring a colossal dose of speaker-blowing, knee-quaking rock and roll!

Listen to 70 West’s SafeAuto Jingle!

70 West is a band based in Columbus, Ohio, that has been performing together since 2005. Originally conceived as a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band, 70 West now plays a wide variety of America’s favorite classic rock songs at its shows throughout the region. In addition, the band focuses on tasty guitar licks and a powerful stage presence that gets audience members dancing and singing along.

70 West was co-founded by Jeff Rutter and Theo Smith. Rutter is the man who sits near the back of the stage and punishes his drum kit. His heavy pounding beats provide the power that helps 70 West bring the house down. Smith is the bass guitarist who injects the cool groove that was found in so many of the rock songs in the 70s. His previous experience with other bands helps him supply the high energy that is one of the band’s trademarks.

The newest member of 70 West is lead guitarist Craig Kinmon. But he really isn’t a newbie; he rejoined the band in September of 2011 and has been rockin’ and rollin’ with the guys ever since. And the band’s musical voice comes from vocalist Scott Green, who holds court onstage at all of 70 West’s concerts. Green’s powerful voice evokes comparisons to bands such as The Who, James Brown, and (of course) Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Some of 70 West’s standby songs that you can hear at their shows include George Thorogood’s “I Drink Alone,” ZZ Top’s “La Grange,” Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild,” Joe Cocker’s “The Letter,” Neil Young’s “Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World,” and the Georgia Satellites’ “Keep Your Hands to Yourself.” The band even has a mantra: “Give us your your whiskey swillin’ hillbillies, your tank top trailer parks, and your free lovin’ hippies…and we will ROCK them!”

They will most certainly rock SafeAuto’s “Do the Jingle” Contest. And we wish them the best of luck in the competition. [Click here to vote for them.]


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