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LOST WEEKEND Western Swing Band / Press

“My first tirades and comments! Recently I heard three Bay Area Bands at the new and super modern Freight and Salvage here in Berkeley: First was the Western styled swing band, LOST WEEKEND - with 3 horns, lead guitar, steel guitar, 2 fiddles, singer and rhythm guitarist Don Burnham, piano, bass and drums! They were very tight and played good dance music; at times as many as a dozen couples were having fun on the dance floor, which is a real asset for the new Freight! It was a fine program and the music was very good - my only complaint is that, due to the size of the band, very few of the excellent musicians really get a chance to solo at length and really get hot - especially I would have loved to hear much more from the 2 fiddlers! ...”

“Lost Weekend represents the latest in a long line of great western swing bands from California (think Tex Williams, Spade Cooley, Bob and Billy Jack Wills, Asleep at the Wheel, Merle Haggard). Fronted by bandleader Don Burnham, this 13-piece band seamlessly blends elements of swing, jazz, country, Dixieland and Blues. Each player is an exceptional musician on their respective instruments, though special mention should be given to Bobby Black (steel), Paul Anastasio (fiddle), and Jim Rothermel (clarinet and sax). Vocal chores are shared between Burnham, Tony Marcus and the marvelous Melissa Collard. The repertoire is a mix of lively interpretations of mostly jazz and western swing standards. Burnham and company have captured the soul and spirit of the great old-time western swing bands, and at the same time bring a freshness to the material that will win fans well into the new century. Up in country music heaven Bob Wills looks down on Lost Weekend and smiles. Highly recommended. ”