Well, you could spin the radio dial back and forth, from oldies to classic rock to r stations. But a better option would be going to Interlochens Corson Auditorium this Friday, Jan. 14, where the Nylons will be wrapping the above and more in their inimitable four-part harmonies. Claude Morrison, the lone remaining original member, says the group is sounding better than ever.
There was a period in the early 90s where one member had died (the angelic-voiced Marc Connors, who passed away from AIDS-related cancer) and one left (Paul Cooper). It wasnt the apex.
But at a crucial point Garth (current member Garth Mosbaugh) and Gavin Hope joined. After three or four years Gavin went off to do major musicals, then we got Mark Cassius, whod just finished major musicals. He was feeling a need for change.
That was seven-plus years ago. But according to Morrison, We still refer to him (Cassius) as the New Guy.
Keeping pace with the times, the group has added songs by Daryl Hall & John Oates, George Michael, and Stevie Wonder to its repertoire, along with favorites like The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Chain Gang, Dream, Town Without Pity and others.
We keep the chestnuts like Drift Away, Up On The Roof, Happy Together, Morrison said. Its a good mix with the new stuff from the past couple albums. It harkens back to day one.
It was with Connors, Cooper, and longtime bass Arnold Robinson, who joined the group in 1981, two years after its inception, that the quartet hit its stride in the late 80s. Albums like Seamless, One Size Fits All, Happy Together and Rockapella showcased their delicious harmonies on familiar favorites and zesty originals.
Morrison says even longtime fans who were enamored with the hit-making quartet in its heyday see the current group as every bit the equal of days gone by. People who saw us back when Marc and Paul were with us say the stage show and musicality is still every bit as good.
As you take it around to different audiences you keep it fresh. We dont want to get to the point where we phone it in. The music keeps you alive, Morrison added.
Opening for The Nylons will be Christine Evans, a 14-year-old freshman at Interlochen Arts Academy, and an up and coming star in her homeland, Canada. The first single off her debut album, Take Me Home, won Song of the Year at Vancouvers Third Annual Island Music Awards and has been included on the Women & Songs CD, alongside performances by Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Sarah McLachlan and
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $8, $18, and $24 Call the Interlochen box office at 276-6230 or go online to interlochen.com.