The Long Road — a folk, rock, blues, and bluegrass collective made up of local veterans — first played together three years ago. The six members juggle 18 instruments among them.
"It's mostly three people [onstage], so there's lots of harmonies," says singer and guitarist David Budin. "We're always trading off on lead vocals. We started out [doing] '60s singer-songwriter songs, but we've branched out a lot. We now do songs from all eras, but they still go through our filter and come out sounding like '60s songs."
The Long Road recently added Owl City's 2009 pop hit "Fireflies" to its repertoire. The band's penchant for covering songs from so many different periods has expanded its fan base. "It's kind of surprising," says Budin. "There's not much of a middle ground, but we have college-aged fans and old people." The group has also written a number of original songs that will appear on an album sometime soon.
The project is keeping Budin — who's also penning two books about the history of folk rock — busy these days. "I was a full-time musician for many, many years and quit and vowed never to perform again," he says. "I call myself a recovering musician, and I've fallen off the wagon. Now I just want to play all the time."
The Long Road perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Beachland Ballroom. Tickets are $12, $10 advance. Hear the band's music at longroadmusic.net.
Kent-based singer-songwriter Jessica Lea Mayfield releases her Nonesuch debut, Tell Me, this week. The album was produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. Mayfield is on tour, but returns to the area for dates at the Beachland on April 6 and the University of Akron-Wayne College in Orrville on April 15. Read a review of Mayfield's album on page 64 and find more info at jessicaleamayfield.com.
Former League of Proper Musicians bassist Chris Hatton just released a new EP with his "heavy rock" band the Tremendous. You can hear Is Huge at thetremendous.com.
Reggae band Jah Messengers play a special Valentine's Day show at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Purple Shamrock in Willowick. Admission is free. Go to myspace.com/jahmessengers for more details.
Barbara Rosene, a Cleveland native who sang jazz and big-band songs with the Harry James Orchestra, plays Nighttown at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $20.
Indie rockers Rainy Day Saints, Prisoners, and Filmstrip play the Waterloo Alley Cat Project concert at 9 p.m. Friday at the Beachland Tavern. Proceeds from the fund-raiser go toward taking care of the feral felines that live on the streets near the Beachland in Collinwood. Tickets are $3 with a can of cat food or $5 without. Go to beachlandballroom.com for more info.
Area singer-songwriters Annie Dinerman and Gretchen Witt are planning a house-concert tour this summer and looking for locals to host some living-room shows. If you're interested, let them know at anniedinerman.com.