Date and Time
Friday, October 11th, 2013 at 7:00pm
The Applebutter Express were just six months in as a full band when they played the biggest U.S. music festival east of the Mississippi River. So where could two voices and 12 strings possibly go from there? Anywhere and everywhere from the looks of it, we’d say. Hard to categorize, but super-easy to indulge in, this bluegrass-jam-ukulele-soul-funk-Americana act out of Seminole Heights has had a whirlwind year since playing the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival last June.
You see, before the four Applebutter bandmates became performers at big-time festivals like Bonnaroo and Wanee, they were routinely on the other side of the railing as observers and after-hours tinkerers. Now one of the most in-demand bands in Tampa Bay, the Applebutter Express are contemplating their fine timing and the rising state of harmonic string music.
For some time, string bands just haven’t been very popular, that is, until now. With acts like Mumford and Sons, Avett Brothers and the Civil Wars cracking new levels of commercial success, the quartet is getting particularly perky about the future.
Another one of those Bonnaroo-door openers came in the form of a first-rate Nashville recording experience. The band recorded its forthcoming album with esteemed mix man Matt Andrews at Sound Emporium, a place where Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Willie Nelson and even Taylor Swift once sat doing the same.
And the tunes, the band plays an eclectic mix traditional-sounding bluegrass songs, mixed with a bit of funk songs and then a whole lot of stuff that at one point was Southern rock but now is some kind of weird mix — let’s call it highbrow neoclassical.
Come Back Alice is an aggressive eclectic jamrock band that infuses funk styling with rock flavor. "It's jamrock for the soul" with an intriguing blend of melodic and technical bass, funky drums, hard hitting guitar and smoking fiddle, topped of with Tony's soul inspiring vocals. Tony Tyler, a native of Dublin, GA, began making music at the tender age of 3. With a father in the music business, it was simply in his genes, inspiring him to sing and play drums like his dad. By age 12, he was given his first guitar, and after hearing Duane Allman play slide, his focus soon shifted to fronting and leading his own band. Tony is an accomplished drummer, guitarist, and harmonica player with a vocal range and style that tops off his many exceptional talents. As front man for Come Back Alice, Tony brings this talent to the stage for all to enjoy. Dani Jaye began her life on horseback. Her enormous passion for animals and competitive riding kept her busy through high school, but it was music that brought her true happiness and a strong sense of destiny. The gift of a violin from her aunt at age 13 planted the seed for her enveloping love of music, making her into the music power house she is today. Dani's sweet yet devilish stage presence matched by her intense fiddle styling, captivates all who witness her performance.