Brett On Bands

Articles and interviews with musicians, artists, and provocateurs.
Crate Dig of the DayDr. John Plays Mac Rebennack (1982)Found: FYE, $2.50
Is there a more enigmatic musician than Dr. John? He’s the type of personality that announces itself to the room without saying a word, but his unique presence often overshadows the most important thing about Mac Rebennack - he can play the hell out of a piano. For the first time on record, the persona is pushed aside. It’s nothing but Mac, his piano, and a set of mostly instrumental funk, blues, jazz, and gospel tunes that instantly transport you to the muggy and mysterious city we all love, New Orleans.
 

Crate Dig of the Day
Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack (1982)
Found: FYE, $2.50

Is there a more enigmatic musician than Dr. John? He’s the type of personality that announces itself to the room without saying a word, but his unique presence often overshadows the most important thing about Mac Rebennack - he can play the hell out of a piano. For the first time on record, the persona is pushed aside. It’s nothing but Mac, his piano, and a set of mostly instrumental funk, blues, jazz, and gospel tunes that instantly transport you to the muggy and mysterious city we all love, New Orleans.

 

Pickin’ On Perceptions
"For those who still hear the banjo lick from “Deliverance” every time the word bluegrass is uttered, fear not. Greensky Bluegrass is re-defining the genre for the next generation. Combining acoustic instruments with the unpredictable attitude of improvisational rock and roll, the five-piece returns to Pensacola for what should be a barn-burner of a weekend show. Mandolin player and vocalist Paul Hoffman spoke with O&A about playing with his idols, the unique spirit of acoustic music, and how he stays sane on the road."
 

Pickin’ On Perceptions

"For those who still hear the banjo lick from “Deliverance” every time the word bluegrass is uttered, fear not. Greensky Bluegrass is re-defining the genre for the next generation. Combining acoustic instruments with the unpredictable attitude of improvisational rock and roll, the five-piece returns to Pensacola for what should be a barn-burner of a weekend show. Mandolin player and vocalist Paul Hoffman spoke with O&A about playing with his idols, the unique spirit of acoustic music, and how he stays sane on the road."

 

Jam Is Not a Dirty Word

"The Heavy Pets know what you’re thinking when you hear the word jam-band. Chances are, your notion of what this type of band can do is about to be shattered. You know the negative stereotypes – soullessly meandering guitar solos, cringe-worthy vocals, and lyrics that sound like something your artsy nephew wrote for his seventh-grade poetry class. All that stuff truly does permeate the jam scene, but as guitarist and vocalist Jeff Lloyd put in the interview that follows, there are only two types of music – good and bad. This is a very good jam-band, one that recognizes the transcendent power of a band willing to take risks on stage while making every note and lyric count."

Jam Is Not a Dirty Word

"The Heavy Pets know what you’re thinking when you hear the word jam-band. Chances are, your notion of what this type of band can do is about to be shattered. You know the negative stereotypes – soullessly meandering guitar solos, cringe-worthy vocals, and lyrics that sound like something your artsy nephew wrote for his seventh-grade poetry class. All that stuff truly does permeate the jam scene, but as guitarist and vocalist Jeff Lloyd put in the interview that follows, there are only two types of music – good and bad. This is a very good jam-band, one that recognizes the transcendent power of a band willing to take risks on stage while making every note and lyric count."

Cutting Through the Austin Noise with Bright Light Social Hour

"In the last decade, Austin, Texas has built a reputation as the hub for the South’s eccentrics, artists, and musicians. The city has a distinctly independent flavor that, by now, reaches across the entire country. So how does a band break through all the noise? Bright Light Social Hour has done exactly that with a finely honed blend of art-rock flair and good old-fashioned rock and roll, funk and soul. O&A spoke to bassist Jack O’Brien about life on the road and how they stand out in a sea of people doing things differently."

Cutting Through the Austin Noise with Bright Light Social Hour

"In the last decade, Austin, Texas has built a reputation as the hub for the South’s eccentrics, artists, and musicians. The city has a distinctly independent flavor that, by now, reaches across the entire country. So how does a band break through all the noise? Bright Light Social Hour has done exactly that with a finely honed blend of art-rock flair and good old-fashioned rock and roll, funk and soul. O&A spoke to bassist Jack O’Brien about life on the road and how they stand out in a sea of people doing things differently."

To Infinity and Beyond with The Nadis Warriors
“Can live music be spiritually invigorating? It may sound heavy-handed, but it’s something The Nadis Warriors strive to accomplish with each show. The Austin-based psychedelic jam outfit joins forces with Jacksonville natives and Pensacola favorite S.P.O.R.E. to present a fresh, palette-cleansing take on electronic music on the sands of Pensacola Beach. Here, guitarist Jared Ingebretson talks about his initial attraction to the electronic world and the unique worldview his band promotes.”

To Infinity and Beyond with The Nadis Warriors

Can live music be spiritually invigorating? It may sound heavy-handed, but it’s something The Nadis Warriors strive to accomplish with each show. The Austin-based psychedelic jam outfit joins forces with Jacksonville natives and Pensacola favorite S.P.O.R.E. to present a fresh, palette-cleansing take on electronic music on the sands of Pensacola Beach. Here, guitarist Jared Ingebretson talks about his initial attraction to the electronic world and the unique worldview his band promotes.”

Fatty Waters to Represent Pensacola in International Blues Challenge

"Live. Local. Original. That’s the gospel of Pensacola blues band Fatty Waters. After winning the Northwest Florida Region of the IBC, they will travel to Memphis to compete with over 300 bands from across the globe. As with anything in this life, the week-long trip will cost a good chunk of change. The band hopes to raise the money with a barn-burner of a show tonight at Vinyl Music Hall."

“Four nights in downtown Memphis, a rental car, and gas gets expensive. We’d also like to eat while we’re there,” drummer Justin Headley told the IN after a Monday night gig at Paradise Bar and Grill on Pensacola Beach. It’s a harsh reality for a band that can spend up to 150 days a year on the road.”


When Buzz Rings True
"It takes most bands years to gain traction with the public. This is not the case for Fitz & the Tantrums. Within a week of meeting, they were playing their first gig. By their 10th show, they were in front of 8,000 people at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater. Keyboard player Jeremy Ruzumna tells the story of the band’s fortuitous meeting, its rocket ride to relative stardom, and having the gall to sonically branch off from a debut album that was so successful."

When Buzz Rings True

"It takes most bands years to gain traction with the public. This is not the case for Fitz & the Tantrums. Within a week of meeting, they were playing their first gig. By their 10th show, they were in front of 8,000 people at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater. Keyboard player Jeremy Ruzumna tells the story of the band’s fortuitous meeting, its rocket ride to relative stardom, and having the gall to sonically branch off from a debut album that was so successful."

Jazz’s Funky New Blood
“Never turn down a free CD. Sure, most of the time, the music will be cringe-worthy, but every now and then, you find a diamond in the rough like Captain Green. Before their two shows in Pensacola, keyboardist Ross Hoppe spoke to the IN about the seven-piece band’s unique brand of psychedelic funk and jazz, their musical heroes, and how the band approaches their live show.”

Jazz’s Funky New Blood

Never turn down a free CD. Sure, most of the time, the music will be cringe-worthy, but every now and then, you find a diamond in the rough like Captain Green. Before their two shows in Pensacola, keyboardist Ross Hoppe spoke to the IN about the seven-piece band’s unique brand of psychedelic funk and jazz, their musical heroes, and how the band approaches their live show.”

From Choir Girl to Rock and Roller
Armed with a voice that snakes through the foggy bayous of rural Louisiana and explodes with feeling in the streets of New Orleans, Maggie Koerner is here to pull at your heartstrings. Maybe pull is too light of a word. She yanks them full force. With her self-written, self-produced second record, “Neutral Ground,” in the bag, Koerner candidly spoke with the IN about this whirlwind of a year that’s been her first in the Big Easy.

From Choir Girl to Rock and Roller

Armed with a voice that snakes through the foggy bayous of rural Louisiana and explodes with feeling in the streets of New Orleans, Maggie Koerner is here to pull at your heartstrings. Maybe pull is too light of a word. She yanks them full force. With her self-written, self-produced second record, “Neutral Ground,” in the bag, Koerner candidly spoke with the IN about this whirlwind of a year that’s been her first in the Big Easy.

Hangout '13: The Jams are Here to Stay

"The 2013 edition of Hangout is not as stacked with improvisational talent as years past, but thankfully, noodle dancing never dies. Here are some highlights from this year’s lineup."