label and many who visit the Tender Stone Website have been on us for
a little more information about the band. We have avoided it to this point
because it is actually difficult to summarize or capture the band short
of hearing us or seeing us play. So, we start with the beginning and end
at the end.
The band debuted November 9, 1989, the same day the Berlin Wall fell.
Its unclear what the connection is, but we're sure there is one. It all
started as an outlet for a bunch of lawyers working at large New York
law firms. However, playing in front of large, appreciative crowds deceived
us into thinking that we were actually decent. [Ed. Lifetime Television
and a bunch of radio stations think so.] So, we somewhat foolishly kept
These days, we've cut down on the number of lawyers in the band-now 4-and
the music has improved; go figure. We're still known around the clubs
as "the lawyer band" and get the usual comments of "you
don't look or sound like lawyers." The reason for that is the band
is made up of some exceptional players with extensive touring, studio
and writing credits.
The members of the band are Matthew King, Alan Sanders, Scott Warren,
Craig Wehringer, Charles Sanders and Maria Tessinari. For live performances
and future recording efforts, we have been joined by David Gelman.
If you look at the CD's [Ed. The Work Release Program] you don't have
it, please buy it] credits, you'll see that over the years, there have
been a number of personnel changes in and out of the band. Their differing
respective styles from rock and R&B to jazz have left a marked imprint
on the music. Now the music, which started out as basic, simple four-chord
rock, evolved to what it is today. What's that? Now we get to the "it
sounds like...." stuff.
So far, the music has been compared to: Uncle Tupelo and its alumni bands-Wilco
and Sun Volt; a mix between that, Springsteen and Natalie Merchant and/or
Dire Straits etc., and the comparisons go on. Surprisingly, we take little
issue with these comparisons because we like all of those artists and
are flattered by any comparison to them. However, we also feel that, while
the music is evocative of these artists, the music goes a little further
down the same music and story road. We don't know if this helps anywhere
as much as listening to the first few cuts, but at least it will get the
label to move on to other things, whatever they may be, to nag us about.