When you need a few good laughs, you head straight to a comedy club and when you're in the mood for live music, you go to a concert. The question is, what do you do when you need a fix of both comedy and music? The answer is simple: catch a Big Daddy show!
I've been a fan ever since I first heard "Money For Nothing", their brilliant Dire-Straits-meets-Tennessee-Ernie-Ford gem, sometime in the early 1990s. A couple of years later - in my head at least - they became huge, with the release of their highly listenable "Sgt. Pepper's" album. Then they disappeared. Fast forward to the latter part of 2016, when seemingly out of the blue, I once again started noticing their name in local concert listings and Friday night, there I was at McCabe's to see them for the first time in live action.
Bob Wayne (vocals, theremin, percussion, car horns, wrench, rotary dial phone)
Tom "Bubba" Lee (vocals, guitar, fiddle)
Don Raymond (vocals, guitar)
Steve Nieves (vocals, sax, flute, congas)
Michael Chanslor (keyboards)
Todd Tatum (drums)
Denny Croy (bass)
|Tom Lee (left) & Bob Wayne at McCabe's|
|Steve Nieves (left) and Tom Lee at McCabe's|
And speaking of mash-ups: who would have thought that the music of Talking Heads and Harry Belafonte would ever be fused together into one single song? Well, Big Daddy did just that, by humorously merging "Once In A Lifetime" with "Day-O", Harry Belafonte's mega hit from over six decades ago.
Taking over the lead vocal duties and sounding not unlike Johnny Cash, Don Raymond blended "Light My Fire" with "Ring Of Fire" in what turned out to be yet another concert highlight.
McCabe's is not a bad place for celebrity spotting, so guess who was in the audience Friday night to see Big Daddy: Jackson Browne, that's who!
Once again, I had a fabulous time watching these musicians, who I hope are not done touring and recording.
|Bob Wayne and Don Raymond at McCabe's|
|Big Daddy performing "Money For Nothing" at McCabe's|
|Tom Lee (left) & Bob Wayne playing "Little Red Corvette"|
|Another set list|