Besides Bruce Marshall (Toy Caldwell/Marshall Tucker Band), who smoked on electric, acoustic, and resolectric guitar, the band - his regular ensemble - consisted of John Donahoe on electric fiddle, sax and mandolin (yes, he played all three, a lot, all night. And the fiddle is a beautiful shade of electric blue;) Dave Cournoyer on guitar, Jeff Majeau on bass, and Steve Wolpe on drums. Although Marshall does the bulk of the singing, Cournoyer can hold his own, at times stealing the thunder, and Donahoe is truly great on backup vocals.
October 28th was music legend, GE Smith's night - it was great to have him back at the INN. You might not recognize the name, but the strawberry blond ponytail is the style still worn by the former front-man for the Saturday Night Live Band (1975-85), and he's still got the music in him. Opening for GE were crowd-favorites, Bruce Marshall and John Donahoe - his man of a 1000 instruments - performing some of their most notable tunes. While Bruce switched guitars during their set, John moved easily from sax, to fiddle, to mandolin!!! Bruce and John joined GE and his 'pick-up' band on their 2nd set.
Can I Change My Mind is a cover of the R & B song that was a hit for Tyrone Davis. This rendition oozes with coolness and soul. Again, the guitar work is outstanding. And you gotta love John Donahoe's sax! Cold April Rain brilliantly captures the mood of a cold, rainy day. It smolders with subtle intensity, again with Donahoe on mandolin. I would love to hear this song performed live - it's the kind of song that's just begging for extended treatment. And again ... Donahoe provides some very fine sax work at the fade.