Hi – This is Bill, writing for Karen today…I was in Hamilton, Montana, over the last couple of days, and stopped to have dinner at the Bitter Root Brewery (fish and chips to die for, and the beer was, as always, killer!). I got the opportunity to check out the Tanner Cundy Band. Very glad I made that stop!
How can I describe them… Kinda Dave Matthews meets Crowded House. Tanner Cundy is a Cornish-born, left-handed, upside-down guitarist and singer will make you forget all about Marshall Stacks and Fuzz boxes! Tonight, Tanner was playing with a very accomplished sax player by the name of Noah (The pride of Billings) Peterson. They do a lot of very good original material, and when they do a cover, they really make it their own, which is a nice touch. They did a very good cover of ‘Message in a Bottle’, slowed way down to the point that the song takes on a real haunting quality. Haven’t heard a version of Message done that well since I heard Sting do it for “The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball” back in the early MTV days. They also did very cool Tracy Chapman and Bruce Hornsby and the Range’ covers’.
They just released a 5-song CD called ‘King and Queen’. In fact, I’m listening to it right now. Definitely worth the couple of bucks to pick it up when you see the band (It’s also available for digital download at Tanner’s MySpace page, http://www.myspace.com/tannercundy, and at tannercundy.com.
They’re playing at Bert & Ernie’s in Great Falls Friday night, and then it’s on to Billings for 2 nights, playing at The Railyard Ale House Saturday night, and then at Walker’s American Grill (It’s a Special Guest Appearance) before moving on to Idaho, and then home to Portland, Oregon.
I’m still groovin to the CD… See you there at Bert & Ernie’s