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Demo CD: Midnight Mover

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I had the pleasure of talking on the phone and exchanging e-mail with the leader of Midnight Mover, Pete Tryborn. Our conversations confirmed my gut feeling that this band deserves some serious respect. Nearly every member of this band has been playing since the '60s or '70s, and their demo CD clearly indicates that one of their objectives is to remain true to the feel of classic R&B and Motown music.

The Midnight Mover Band's CD includes well-known and popular tunes such as "I Feel Good" by James Brown, "My Girl" by the Temptations, and "Going Outta My Head" by the Lettermen. These tracks include instrumentation that strikes me as being executed with taste and restraint, and standing out in relief is the smooth and controlled vibrato of lead vocalist Norris Wheeler.

In particular, the band's reproduction of "Unchained Melody" by the Righteous Brothers demonstrates their ability to pay authentic tribute to a classic tune, yet do so in a way that reflects their own unique signature. In any case, I'm willing to bet that their live version of the song compels many to cling together on the dance floor, and for some, the song may revive imagery of Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze at the pottery wheel.

Pete states that he "has high hopes for this new group and has hand picked all the members of the band." I believe this will become immediately apparent when you see them live. They play frequently around town, so watch the Music Guide for show listings.