Word of Barbara Cue is getting Widespread
This year is the year for the band Barbara Cue, according to its drummer, Todd Nance (well-known for his other gig as a member of Widespread Panic). Each of the Athens, Ga.-based quintet members has a little more time to devote this year to Barbara Cue. They’ve pushed their other projects and commitments to the peripheral and have focused on what began as a side project.Originally William Tonks (guitar, dobro, vocals) and Nance got together to play some New Rhythm and Blues Quartet (NRBQ) songs. The group now boasts a talented roster of members that have played with such groups as 6 String Drag, Widespread Panic, Star Room Boys, and Drive-By Truckers.It’s been seven years since that fateful decision to play a “few” covers and Barbara Cue is just about to release their third album, “Rhythm Oil.” They also just finished playing Bonnaroo in Tennessee in June.More recently the band has been busy touring around Colorado, bringing their distinct blend of honky-tonk, country and rock (referred to as Americana by some) to venues in Denver, Fort Collins, Telluride and more. The cohesion of the sound is rock-solid, so to speak.”Colorado is great, it’s one of the first states where people were really aware of Widespread and I’m finding the same things with Barbara Cue,” Nance says. “People here seem to have their ears a little more open than in some other places.”Nance recommends that people bring their dancing shoes to their show at Statebridge Lodge on Saturday, July 24.”We’ve been concentrating on the rockin’ aspect of the music.”The show kicks off a 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call 970-653-4444 for more information or check out http://www.statebridge.com.If you’re not ready to call it good after seeing Barbara Cue Saturday night, then grab a yurt, spend the night and catch the second annual Burningman Party on Sunday, July 25.Tickets are $10 and the party will feature Hamsa Lila and the Jah Family Band. Music, art, and food will be readily available to give attendees a feeling of what Burningman is all about. According to statebridge.com, costumes are welcome.For more information see statebridge.com VT
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