Reshaping the band

I’ve been away from the blog, but not away.  The band has undergone some major changes.  Our lead electric guitarist, Jim, left the band about a year ago.  We played as a trio for about 6-9 months.  It sounded okay, but it was missing something without both lead guitar and backup vocals.  I neglected to mention thats Maya, our backup vocalist, just had her second child and was out of commission for the foreseeable future.  Playing as a trio was a good experiment, though, because it proved to me that I could do it and it was still passable.  You’re definitely more nimble as a smaller number.

As luck would have it, a fine guitarist we’d seen playing with another band a year back, became available after his own band evaporated.  Chito Salazar plays a different style from Jim and, unlike Jim, enjoys the front of the stage.  A married couple, Monique & Claude Hache, answered an ad for backup vocals and turned out to be professional singers in their own right with a lot of broadway-type show experience.  The band has a different feel and energy.


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