Unlike any band you’ve ever heard – or seen! First, the bands ability to take a song from any genre and make it truly their own, and seamlessly go between genres is rare indeed! An all-out up tempo funky number can be followed up by a traditional jazz band tune, which then could be followed by a Stevie Wonder tune. Add in their groove heavy and very catchy originals; both instrumental and vocal, and you’ve got a mix that is not so easy to categorize.
The second thing you realize is you see 5 people, but you’re hearing 6….6? Pre-recorded? Samples? Someone hiding out of sight? No, it is the 8-string guitar of Todd Clancy…..”the what?” you may ask? Yes, 8-string guitar, an instrument invented and popularized; so-to speak, by the great Charlie Hunter, that is both bass and guitar at the same time (Todd wants a raise, guys…) When asked – slack jawed by me, how in the hell do you do that!?! He humbly answers “I try not to think about it…” and prefers to point out how lucky he is to be playing with such “high caliber players, that are also great people.” Indeed!
Todd’s rhythm section battering mate is PJ Holaday, and if one were to listen with their eyes closed, one would swear it was someone in their 40’s and very well seasoned, only to open your eyes and see a guy who has yet to hit the quarter century mark! And, he is just as much fun to watch, for anything within arms reach; walls, beer bottles, becomes part of his arsenal!
Derek Smith – Vocals and Rhythm Guitar
Jonathan Chesbro – Lead Guitar
Steve Constantino – Bass
Kevin Stanley – Drums