Guests of the gurus of groove
For many bands, eight years together means the end of record contracts, diminishing inspiration, perhaps a search for separate careers and maybe an appearance on VH1’s “Where Are They Now.”For San Francisco’s Vinyl, eight years means vast experience, impeccable instrument knowledge, a place among jamband.com’s top 25 bands in the country and a chemistry that could only emanate from nearly a decade of harmonizing.”We’ve been playing together for so long at this point that, as musicians, we’re better players, and we trust one another as far as chances,” said Vinyl bassist Geoff Vaughan. “As far as playing tight as a unit, which is really what all bands aspire to do, we’ve really developed, having played together for so long.”Vinyl has developed the ability to create a musical environment that inspires a dance-highlighted harmony among lovers of many different genres of music.The band mixes funk, reggae, R&B, hip-hop and Latin percussion, among many other tendencies into its well-traveled sound.”It’s like the band has been playing its best music these days, and it’s never been as much fun,” said Vaughan.The players include Johnathan Korty on a Hammond organ, keyboards and harp, Doug Thomas on saxophone and flute, Alexis Razon on drums, Vaughan on bass, Billy Frates on guitar and Danny Cao on trumpet.The band’s most recent addition is former Deep Banana Blackout member Johnny Durkin, who pounds percussion on congas and timbales.”He’s not only a great player, but he brings a tangible energy to the stage, which is inspiring and very jolting,” said Vaughan. “It’s been a true energy burst for us, getting him involved.”Vinyl had three albums out until, literally, a couple of days ago.”The trucks came (Wednesday), so we threw the boxes on the bus, and Colorado will have first dibs,” said Vaughan. “Our fourth album is by far, in my opinion, our best. I think people will really enjoy it.”The double CD was recorded at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, and features a lengthy list of guest appearances.”It’s chalk full of guests, and there’s even some singing, which people don’t normally hear on our albums,” said Vaughan. “We keep our familiar style, changing for a blues tune with Huey Lewis playing the harmonica.”Aside from Lewis, the album’s guests include Bernie Worrell (one of the founders of the P-Funk All-Stars), Rob Wasserman (of Rat Dog), Sugar Pie DeSanto and Terry Haggerty among others.”As an artist, it’s hard enough to hear your records over and over again. But, in this case, I’m still not sick of it, and I think it’s a great album,” said Vaughan.Vinyl is no stranger to the Colo.-touring scene, or to 8150, for that matter.”Colorado is the best place to tour, and I don’t know many bands that would disagree with me,” said Vaughan. “There’s a combination of music-loving people who’ve got great attitudes about life in general – playing to people that fired up makes it a lot of fun. Not to mention, Colorado’s beautiful. We’ve been touring out there for five or six years, and we can’t come out there enough. And, 8150 in particular, we’ve never not had a great time there.”Vinyl breaks it down at 8150 at 10 p.m. There is no opening act.Andrew Harley can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext.610, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.