Michelle Haddix with Audio Diner
104.5 JACK-FM Free Stage
Indiana State Fair
Thursday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m.
She wasn’t even born when her favorite music blanketed the radio airwaves, but 17-year-old Michelle Haddix can deliver her versions of numerous classics with the power and emotion of someone years older.
“I grew up listening to it [old R&B music],” Haddix said. “I still listen to the new stuff, but I prefer the old stuff. I really like the bluesy feel of the old stuff.”
So when it came to naming the first CD that she and local band Audio Diner recorded together, the answer was an appropriate one: Young Heart, Old Soul.
Audio Diner was founded by longtime friends Dave Newman and Kevin Friedly. Ever since their years at Howe High School (Newman graduated in 1976, Friedly a year later), the duo has been in numerous bands together: Foundations, Opera, Synthesis, Hambones ’N’ Gravy and Guise with Ties.
Both Friedly and Newman are enthusiastic about Miss Haddix’s vocal talents.
“Michelle can do all the styles, which is great,” Friedly said. “Her voice continues to mature and her scope of musical interests continues to widen.
“She is going to have to find her own unique style, and go with it.”
Haddix shares the group’s vocal duties with Friedly, Newman and Jill Phillips. Her younger brother David is the band’s drummer. The current Audio Diner lineup also features bassist Joe Cunningham and Tom Berry on electric guitar.
The band’s schedule has been a busy one: the Carmel Summer Family Concert Series, the Sheridan block party and the Artsgarden lunchtime concert series. Friedly, Newman and Haddix recently performed at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss. Upcoming shows include this year’s “Emily’s Walk” fund-raiser on Oct. 15 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
When it comes to songs that feature Haddix as lead vocalist, it’s the Tech High School junior who usually suggests them.
“We’re playing stuff now that years ago we probably wouldn’t have considered playing,” Friedly admitted.