An old school supergroup

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Friends on a message board recently posted some tour dates for Glen Phillips (former Toad the Wet Sprocket member).  Saw him as SXSW in 2001 and he put on a fun show.  Throughout his acoustic set he had a louder audience with people coming and going out to 6th Street just a few feet from the stage.  I always feel for artists when they have to deal with extra logistics issues like that.

Of course he’s not playing close to K.C., but Billboard is reporting a side-project that caught my eye.  Tentatively called “Scrolls,” Phillips has joined together with seven other like-minded folks for some musical merriment.  They’ve recorded a large set of songs live in studio.  There are four singers.  Now that’s what I call mixing it up.

Two names particularly struck me:  Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and Luke Bula (Blue Merle).  A friend recently introduced me to Blue Merle.  And I grew up listening to the Heartbreakers.  Since I play piano/keys, I’ve been an admirer of Tench.

When Billboard quoted Glen as describing their sound as “classic American music” in combo with Tench and Phillips…well, I’m hooked.  Should be a good combo.  I don’t think you can get much more American than Tom Petty, can you?

Rounding out the octet:  “drummer Pete Thomas and bassist Davey Faragher from Elvis Costello’s Imposters, Nickel Creek’s Sara and Sean Watkins and multi-instrumentalist Greg Leisz. ”  Now it will be a matter of getting the project distributed.  Hopefully the Billboard article and some good blogger buzz will put this on the fast track.

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