PHOENIXVILLE - Billed as a "one-time-only" event, local singer/songwriter Paul Michael has gathered three musician friends, The Ct. Recruits, to perform at the Steel City Coffee House this Friday evening, June 4, 2004 at 8:30 p.m.
The Ct. (Connecticut) Recruits, who are guitarist Bob "Tele-Bob" Feather, drummer Gus Briere, and bassist Brendan Wolfe, will be making their area debut with Paul Michael, who's been traveling 500 miles round trip to Connecticut to rehearse with the trio for the past six months.
"I met Bob and Gus at a jam session in Connecticut several years ago, and when the opportunity arises, the three of us get together and jam. We simply do so, and they'll come down when I'm close to Philly, and vice versa. Now, with the addition of Brendan, we've turned those jam sessions into the makings of a viable band," said Paul Michael. "That's why they are called The Ct. Recruits. We've been rehearsing for a couple of months now, which has been six rehearsals, five hours a piece. I was concerned at first about the distance and the stamina, not their playing. However, by the third rehearsal, we've had several songs down pat. This takes a lot of time and sincere effort.
"One of my goals is to play with as many artists as possible, without getting involved in band politics. Being in a band for a long period of time can be agonizing. I prefer to jam with various artists."
Paul Michael said the group will be playing a nice combination of funk and Chicago-style blues. Several songs that will be featured during the 25 song set include, "Can't Say No," "Slow Down," "Help The Poor," "Kansas City," "Stormy Weather," and "Key To The Highway."
"We'll be playing a lot of rocking blues as well, a lot different than our opening act," said Paul Michael. "We'll have a full set of 25 songs, beginning with some instrumentals. We intend to keep people hopping throughout the evening. This stuff will keep the folks awake."
Paul Michael described in his own words each of The Ct. Recruits.
"Bob Feather is known to many as 'Tele-Bob', and he's played in several bands," said Paul Michael. "He's an exceptional guitarist who's multi-faceted in music."
"Our drummer, Gus Briere, has been playing drums since he was a kid. He actually began in marching band and has stuck with them since.
"We refer to Brendan Wolfe as 'Lonesome Kid Wolf,' because he'll help draw the ladies into the show. He's a wonderful 18-year-old kid playing with guys his father's age. If he sticks with it, he'll be huge someday because he has the mentality to stand there emotionless and let his fingers do the talking."
Armed with his trusty polka dot Buddy Guy signature model Fender for Friday night, Paul Michael said he's looking forward to a good turnout.
"All three of them are coming down to do this for the love of music, and this one-time thing will be a phenomenal artist event in my mind," said Paul Michael. "This won't be recorded or videotaped - a one-time deal. Maybe it'll happen again sometime down the road, but I'm not pushing for it. We're totally psyched about this - putting this together and looking forward to play for everyone."
Opening for Paul Michael and The Ct. Recruits will be father and son blues duo, Beaucoup Blues, who've performed at the coffee house in the past.
Tickets for the Paul Michael & The Ct. Recruits/Beaucoup Blues performance at the Steel City Coffee House, 203 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, are available for $8 each in advance, $10 at the door. For more information, contact Steel City Coffee House at 610-933-4043.