Indy show cancelled
When it came to recording their second album as a duo, Tommy Shaw and Jack Blades decided to pay homage to the music that had an impact on their lives.
“There are so many songs that influenced us — songs that affected us in some way,” Blades says. “You can always tell a brilliant song, whether it was written 30 years ago or yesterday.”
The sophomore effort of the duo, “Influence,” is a collection of well-crafted covers that includes the Zombies’ “Time of the Season” and Seals and Crofts’ “Summer Breeze.”
While it didn’t take long to record the album, it was a project that Shaw and Blades had been talking about for a few years.
“In 2004 I did a solo album, and Tommy came up to record the song ‘Nature’s Way’ with me,” Blades recalls. “We did the song, and said, ‘Hey, wouldn’t it be great to do a whole record of songs like ‘Nature’s Way’? We sat down with guitars, Googled the lyrics and went from there.”
Of all the artists that have inspired the duo, the songs of the bands whose harmonies have stood the test of time make up the majority of material on “Influence.”
“People always attribute the harmonies in rock to the Beatles and the Beach Boys,” Blades says, “while Simon and Garfunkel were doing these amazing harmonies in 1964-’65. Then there were the progressive rock bands of the 1970s, like Emerson Lake & Palmer and Yes. I can remember listening to these bands and being blown away by their music.”
Editor’s note: The Shaw Blades show at the Music Mill on Wednesday, April 4, has been cancelled due to illness. The show may or may not be rescheduled at a later date.