The goat plays host to live recording party
KEYSTONE – Here’s your chance to record your voice – or at least your hollers – on Two Times Wise’s live CD.
Two Times Wise has joined with Digs Rex to record the band’s first live CD at the Goat, a stopping place for many well-known bands.
“We want to catch the energy and the comfort level of the Goat,” said lead guitarist Kirk Martenson. “It’s a homey feeling.”
The acoustic rock and newgrass band began in Boulder in 2001, combining the talents of Martenson, guitarist Steve Suh, keyboardist Dan Karpel and bassist Jim Adelman.
“We’re like Crosby, Stills and Nash, but in a modern version,” Martenson said. “Harmonies are our key. We have two- and three-part harmonies in most of our songs. Our lyrics are very catchy, but they don’t force-feed an idea.”
Despite the fact Two Times Wise doesn’t have a drummer, the band’s unique mix of musicians blend bluegrass, jazz and rock with acoustic funk to create danceable rhythms with echoes of the Grateful Dead’s sounds.
A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Martenson is a seasoned songwriter and guitarist who has shared the stage with such acts as Home Grown Jones, Tab Benoit, Acoustic Junction and Grammy winner Tony Lane. He claims to have smashed only one guitar on stage, which he called a mistake.
Suh originally began as a piano enthusiast in his hometown of Rockford, Ill. As a teen-ager, he played drums. Then in 1991, he picked up an acoustic guitar, developing an eclectic sound, which complements his energetic baritone vocals.
Of Cuban-American descent, Karpel was raised in a home filled with Latin music and Afro-Cuban rhythms. He developed a passion for piano early on and eventually became a big fan of blues, early funk, jazz and Latin jazz. After playing with a variety of bands, he settled on the unique and free-form style of bluegrass fused with jazz and funk that Two Times Wise calls its own.
Adelman played guitar for six years before adding the upright bass to his repertoire in 1993. Originally from St. Louis, he spent four years in North Carolina, where he opened for such bands as The Recipe, Day by the River and Jiggle the Handle. His masterful picking provides the final piece to the Two Times Wise puzzle.
Part of completing the puzzle involved a name change. Originally, the musicians called themselves the Home Cookin’ Band, but after learning 15 other bands in the country used the same name, they decided sharing a name wasn’t the smartest career move. Hoping to be more careful the second time around, the band members agreed they are now Two Times Wise.
Add to the energy of Two Times Wise’s live CD, scheduled to be released in December or January, at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Goat.
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