Indie Exposeť - Barnstorm
So the first indie exposeť, naturally, is not actually going to be an indie exposeť- it will be a cover band one. I had come up with this idea for DJ blogs (we were promised a $5 gift certificate to Purity ice cream for
creating one, which I swear isn't the only reason I'm doing this...*guilty look on face*) and then realized, silly me, who can you not do anything without giving props to first?...your mom (that is, at least until ''God'' decides to form a rock band...)
Interestingly enough, my mother is the lead vocalist of a country-rock cover band. Though I normally cringe at the mere mention of the word "country," and salute those of you who just did, I like to focus on the rock part, which is actually quite good. Yes, Hank Williams material has been known to cause a mysterious but sudden need for a water/bathroom/whatever excuse I can muster break in me, but as soon as "One Way Out" comes out, you can bet I'm rocking my ass off with total strangers and 50-year-old real estate agents from my mom's office (you'd be surprised how hard they can party...).
The neatest thing about Barnstorm is how much each person in it loves what they do. It is less than a part time job for all of them, in fact, it's even better described as a hobby. During the weekdays, these people are architects, real estate agents, moms and dads, but on a Saturday night, they're rock stars. Growing up listening to them has always made me hope that I can retain that youthfulness and persistence in pursuing what makes me happy as I grow old, too. And I would be lying if I said that they weren't the reason that I'm interested in music in the first place. Singing with them,watching them, playing their cd's for all of my friends- all of these things helped develop my passion for rock and for real musical talent.
Barnstorm plays mostly Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers, and these are the two bands that I think they cover best. They also play some Bonnie Raitt and (as previously noted) Hank Williams. Additionally, they're constantly adding songs to their set lists from artists that you wouldn't expect to hear- they do a couple of songs by Bob Marley and the Beatles, for example.
I have to say, there are also a couple titles that a non-country enthusiast would have a field day with, like "Pig in a Pen," "Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother," "I'm an Old Cowhand" and "The Hobo Song"
...and I just saw "Grandma Got Run Over
By a Reindeer" on one of the set lists...that's embarrassing.
Nonetheless, my personal favorites of theirs are:
"Back on the Chain Gang" (The Pretenders)
"Ramblin Man" (The Allman Brothers Band)
"One Way Out" (The Allman Brothers Band)
"Me and Bobby McGee" (Janis Joplin)
"Casey Jones," "Friend of the Devil," "Uncle John's Band" and "Ripple" (The Grateful Dead)
...and they've even added things like "You Shook Me All Night Long" at my request. If you're as intrigued as I am by a band that plays Patsy Cline just before AC/DC, you'd do best to check them out.
(Here you can find songs, pictures, gig dates, some band history, etc.)
Anne-Marie Nordgren, Vocals
Birks Erskine, Lead Guitar & Vocals
Mickey Mallardi, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar & Vocals
Paul Seymour, Bass
John Stuart, Latin Percussion,
'''Location:''' Westchester County, NY/Fairfield County, CT
'''Genre:''' Eclectic, but mainly Country Rock
'''Fun Fact:''' One of their former band members (Vince Castelucci) used to tour with the Allman Brothers!
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(December 5, 2008)