We had a great time playing at der Rabe last Tuesday. It was a little touchy when we first arrived because their PA did not work. Fortunately I had thought at the last second to bring my power mixer. So we hooked that up and got some sound… out of one speaker! They had a bad speaker cable and as soon as it was fixed, we were ready to go.
Most people were pretty amazed when we told them (after the show) that we had ONE rehearsal with all 4 of us. This is how it goes when you work with professionals like Mano, Hubert, and Solly. You prepare the best you can ahead of time, and then the rehearsal is to iron out the last wrinkles. It also made the music very fresh for all of us, because we had to LISTEN and LOOK while the others were playing and singing!
We got excellent feedback from the audience, the guy who does the booking asked us to come back, and we got a very nice review in the Augsburger Allgemeine newspaper. Here is a link to the German version: http://www.augsburger-allgemeine.de/augsburg/Zeitlos-schoen-id28081822.html
And I used the Google translation engine to help make a translation into English. If you know German you will see that it is not a word for word translation, this is just not possible. But I am pretty sure I got the main points right!..
Timeless beauty Pat Gifford & Friends pay tribute to the blues with three guitars at Abraxas By Eric Zwang-eriksson Der Rabe was full for the concert of the acoustic quartet, which with three western guitars and a Blues Harp created purebred acoustic blues at its finest. It could have sounded exactly the same, thirty or more years ago, this timeless beautiful music in a timeless, beautiful acoustic interpretation. Muddy Waters' "I'm Ready" opened the two-hour concert and showed at once where it was headed – to the middle of the multifaceted world of the blues. Multifaceted, because various manifestations of the blues got together here. The sound palette reached from "Roadhouse Blues" by The Doors, on classics like "Bright Lights, Big City" and "Sweet Home Chicago" to "Lay Down Sally" and "After Midnight" by Eric Clapton, then spiced with original songs of the band members - and a little bit of Country. Multifaceted also, because four instrumental individualists had gathered together here, who, together with their different voices, interpreted the blues. Along with New York City-born Pat Gifford, blues veteran Mano Maniak and Solly Aschkar (equipped with a fantastic, earthy voice) played guitar with power. Mano and Solly also played the demanding slide guitar. Meanwhile, Hubert Hofherr unleashed his high-speed virtuoso blues harp solos. It is the feeling, the expression of emotions, that the blues, if it is authentic, engraves; the restrained energy that breaks loose during the solos. Pat Gifford and his friends knew how to use this energy. As homogeneous as this quartet was, nonetheless each individual member could express his specific musical color. That was what made the evening so exciting: the diversity, as expressed in the repertoire as well as in the formation. ---------------------------- I am not sure we could have had a better review with TWO rehearsals :-)
PS Be sure to check out The Red Sleeves too!
I decided to try ReverbNation after I found out about from The Red Sleeves, the rock band who "adopted" me! There are a lot of tools here for promoting the music and getting gigs, so it seemed worth a try. If you listen to the music here and you like it, please let me know!