Laura Lieff
Special to the Daily

Todd Park Mohr flies solo on Saturday

AVON — Although Todd Park Mohr’s band is on tour —nationally-known rock act Big Head Todd and the Monsters — Mohr will be on his own for a handful of the dates. When asked why he’s taking some venues on by himself, the lead singer/guitarist/songwriter explained that the schedule simply allowed him to do so.

“It just kind of worked out where there are breaks in Big Head Todd’s schedule so I have chances to perform solo,” he said. “I love performing solo and have worked really hard at it over the last several years.”

Mohr also credited 2011’s “100 Years of Robert Johnson” release as training for singing on his own.

“Working on the Robert Johnson project really thrust me into learning about what is possible working in that format,” Mohr said. “I call it ‘man against the world’ style.”

Designed to pay tribute to the blues legend both in the studio and on the road, the album allowed the band to team up with special guests including B.B. King, Charlie Musselwhite and Hubert Sumlin, among others.

Local history

Founded in Colorado in 1986, Big Head Todd has performed in venues of all sizes across the state. The band has also sold over three million albums and has sold out Red Rocks Amphitheatre seven times. In addition to historic Red Rocks, Mohr said that performing at places like Agave feels very much like playing for the “home crowd” because “the mountains have been such a large part of (his) life.”

Last month the band released a new album called “Black Beehive” and according to Mohr, “it seems that people are really loving it.”

“I think it is the best album the band has ever made but of course I say that about every album,” Mohr said. “This one is special though because Steve Jordan produced it and played on many tracks. He is currently Eric Clapton’s drummer and Keith Richards’ and John Mayor’s producer and for good reason. He really understands blues but is also extremely smart about pop, rock and contemporary music. We had so much common ground that we were able to make exactly what we set out to create — a blues album with contemporary themes and some pop aspects mixed in.”


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