Music vet and New Times scribe Lee Zimmerman offers his insights, opinions, and observations about the local scene. This week: The Chris Alvy Band covers the competition.
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As of now, our plan is to cover and promote a local artist every month. We just did Kim Drake's "Modest Man," which is her first single off her new record.
Todd Taulbee, my drummer, and I love her sound (bassist Darrell Killingsworth completes the trio), and we thought we should do her first. So she's our first victim. She loved the way we covered it, and it's a great way for her to share the songs with her friends and for us to promote her music through our fans and followers. Basically, it's just another way for us to all help each other out and introduce our band and our music to the other's fans. And of course, it also allows us to pay tribute to songs that we as a band truly love and admire.
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Ideally, we'd like to get some of the more notable bands in this area to unite and help each other out and do it for the overall goal of furthering South Florida's music scene. This is our small way of trying to narrow that gap. My main objective is to show that we as a band also enjoy and want to support the local scene. I've noticed through the years that it always seems there's a competition between the various bands. They don't like to promote or support their competition. So we're taking the opposite angle. We say we want to support bands and artists that we like, and we want to expose them to our own fans also. There's no ego crap here -- there's no room for that. If I like something, I will tell everyone about it, and if I have the ability, I will cover their songs as a way of expressing our love for what they do. It's as simple as that; this is our way of hopefully covering some of our favorite music in a cool way where even the original artist can enjoy it. Ultimately, it's simply a tribute to our favorite bands in our hood.