Eccentric Soul Revue, part 1

25 01 2010

In November 2008, we got a call from Rob Sevier over at the Numero Group, asking if we’d be interested in serving as the house band for an Eccentric Soul Revue show they were staging at the Park West, featuring the stars of the Twinight label (as featured on their Lunar Rotation comp).  We had no idea what we were getting in to, but playing Park West with Syl Johnson seemed like it would be good for a laugh.  After the first of the year, we started working out the tunes, and then started bringing over the artists to see what they had to offer.

JC Brooks, the first night the Numero Group came over to our rehearsal space:

Syl Johnson “Different Strokes”, with the Kaldirons’ Bruce Rogers on guitar

The Kaldirons, “To Love Somebody That Don’t Love You”

In the middle of all this madness, we debuted two of the Twinight songs at Metro:

More work with Syl on “Concrete Reservation”, a song he hadn’t sung since he recorded it in 1968:

And then we started expanding the band, including Dan Bitney from Tortoise rocking the congas on “Brotherman”

Renaldo Domino, getting back in the game after 38 years away

By the end of March, we were rehearsing 5 nights a week.  Spirits were high as April 4th approached…




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