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Love Canon & Big Daddy Love 7pm doors LOVE CANON(intentionally spelled with one N)Think Rocky IV, Kenny Loggins, Cyndi Lauper, Toto, ZZ Top, Aha and Dire Straits played with banjo, bass, mandolin, dobro, fiddle and high lonesome vocals. Itll make you laugh, itll make you dance, itll blind you with science!Love Canon doesnt cover the music of the 80s as much as kidnap it and take it on a bluegrass-tinged joyride. Its a general rule of American culture that it takes 20-40 years for a decade to shed its stale stench and get its groove back. Theres no shortage of clever musical re-enactors giving the first generation of MTV an ironic makeover: a fools errand, given that the music already was soaked in postmodern irony. By contrast, Love Canon refreshes and extends the originals with affectionate humor and effortless virtuosity. The players including Old School Freight Trains Jesse Harper and Darrell Muller, Virginia Commonwealth University guitar and banjo master Adam Larrabee, and Mandolin Virtuoso Andy Thacker add layers of depth to the still-appealing pop hooks. They romp on throwaway classics such as ZZ Tops Legs and She Blinded Me With Science. On their excellent version of The Boys of Summer, the folk instrumentation adds a traditional context to the time-capsule lyrics. After blazing through other up-tempo material, they shift to a slow burn on the closing Girls Just Want to Have Fun. Its an unlikely choice for an all-male band, but they strip the song down to its bittersweet, feminist heart. Peter McElhinney Style WeeklyBig Daddy LoveHaving only been together since the Summer of 2009, Big Daddy Love founded by high school friends from the rural mountains of Sparta, NC was just playing a handful of North Carolina markets when they made their first trip to Floyd in 2010, where they won the prestigious Under The Radar contest for the best new artist at the large, Virginia festival. The fresh, vital sound and energized performance of this new band simply blew people away, and with the fan-voted award under their belts, Big Daddy Love returned home and began to build their grass roots following in earnest.Big Daddy Love is a five-piece band with a unique and natural blend of rock, roots and grass that they call Appalachian Rock. Above the mix, the lead vocals and acoustic guitar accompaniment of their principal songwriter, Scott Moss, command the listeners attention and call for the harmonies that arise in response. Twin leads of Stratocaster riffs and soaring Allman-esque slide guitar on the one hand, and 5-string Scruggs / Fleck style banjo on the other like a typical Southern rock line-up, just replacing the second guitar with the banjo punctuate and emphasize what Moss delivers. These contrasting voices are anchored by a rhythm section that is equally at home in a groove or driving the bus with country, swing, funk or straight ahead rock. Big Daddy Loves high-energy performances, fueled by this combination of fiery vocals, striking instrumental dynamics that range from bombastic assaults to soothing grooves, have garnered them a strong, passionate following throughout their home region.Save
Label: Little King Records
Manager: Tom Baggott
Bio: Big Daddy Love's multiple performances at 2011's Floyd Festival made it clear that this is likely the most important new band to watch in the East Coast roots rock and Americana community. Having only been together since the Summer of 2009, Big Daddy Love-- founded by high school friends from the...See Full Bio