Girls with high boots
If his lyrics on Crash Test Dummies’ latest album is any inclination, Brad Roberts feels a bit lascivious.”I’m naturally a horn dog,” Roberts said, whose deep baritone voice has become the trademark for the strumming pop-rock band. On “Puss ‘N’ Boots,” released October 2003, Roberts explores wantonness longing, ex-girlfriends and late-night debauchery. A former prize-winning scholar who studied English, Roberts’ lyrics are bizarre, yet highly relatable.”Puss ‘N’ Boots” was recorded in Soho, where the streets crawl with beautiful people. It excreted the sexual nature in Roberts – hence the play-on-words title. “We would become sexually frustrated looking at all these babes and then go upstairs and take it out on the song,” Roberts said.Roberts writes about everyday life. For the last song on the album, “It’ll Never Leave You Alone,” he was so hung over he didn’t think he could write anything at all. So he composed a song about beating up your body and acting like an idiot. A songwriter’s repertoire wouldn’t be complete without a song about an ex-girlfriend. “Bye Bye Baby Goodbye” is Roberts’ tribute.On “Puss ‘N’ Boots,” Roberts voice breaks away from the rumbling bass and reaches new range.”My range has expanded over the years as I’ve learned to sing better. It wasn’t so much intentional as it was an option that became available to me that I then explored,” Roberts said.The all-acoustic concert Monday benefits the Vilar Center for the Arts’ STARS program. STARS is a program offered to Eagle County students to promote artistic, educational and cultural enrichment with in-school workshops and daytime shows at the theater. Each year, the STARS program provides free transportation and tickets to 3,000-5,000 Eagle County students. And the benefit makes your $20 ticket tax deductible.Roberts appreciates an acoustic show because his group has to really work to make it dynamic and interesting. But at the same time, the simplicity of it is appealing.”We re-work the tunes to make them sound good on an acoustic guitar, and if the song doesn’t work with the acoustic guitar then we just try another one,” Roberts said.The audience can expect to hear some old material, like 1993’s worldwide top ten hit, “MMM MMM MMM MMM,” selections off “Puss ‘N’ Boots,” and some eclectic covers by Lionel Richie and Alice Cooper. To purchase tickets, contact 845-TIXS.