Scott and Dave Bachelor of Petoskey have instead used the thumping sounds of rock rhythms to forge a stronger father-son relationship. Scott plays drums and Dave sings lead vocals for the Petoskey-area band Nancys Fury, more popularly known as Footloose.
Appearing regularly at Petoskeys Papa Lous, Northern Lights Recreation Center, and the Stampede in Gaylord, Nancys Fury has won a regular following, thanks in part to Scotts cohesive drumming and Daves rangy singing.
The two are joined on stage by lead guitarist Dave Misale, guitarist Eric Wilson, and bassist Ken Reedy.
Footloose formed in the mid-90s, playing largely country-flavored sets. Scott eventually sat in as a back-up drummer, and ultimately took over the job full time. With a few other personnel changes, his son Dave also came to be a regular member of the band.
It definitely wasnt planned, Scott says. He asked if he could come up and sing a song sometime, Scott, 43, says of his now 18-year-old son. Crowds responded appreciatively. So, we started making his guest appearances a regular thing, Daves proud dad continues.
Dave, who says he wants to eventually become a rock and roll superstar, recalls his early days vividly. When I started I was 15, Dave says. His appearances had to come early in the bands sets, because I couldnt stay in bars that late back then.
Before performing with Footloose he sang with some bands made up of other Petoskey High School students, from where he recently graduated, but only because he fibbed to some friends in ninth grade and told them he could sing when they needed a front man. I didnt know how to sing at all, he admits with a laugh.
Dave says he and his father, who has been involved in rock and roll since he was a teen himself, have a friendship as well as a father-son relationship. He does admit as well however, that any son knows that when you work with your dad, this Id do it this way response sometimes comes out.
Scott says that the two sometimes disagree because Dave expects things to happen faster than we realistically know they will. Hes kind of like a wild horse; you have to tame him sometimes.
Lead guitarist Misale, who joined the band almost a year ago, after answering an ad in the newspaper, says the band has found a comfortable groove. Were all equals here.
The band, which is slowly changing its name to Nancys Fury in order to distance itself from the country roots of Footloose, enjoys an eclectic audience at its regular venues. On a recent night at Papa Lous, the crowd included both the Harley set as well as local real estate professionals. Their combination of classic and contemporary rock weaves itself well into the memories of all stripes of music fans. Their newest CD, simply titled Nancys Fury, features covers of No Sugar Tonight by the Guess Who, as well as Basket Case by Green Day.
Johnnie Walker, bartender and booking agent at Papa Lous, says the band has a good energy to them and they have a good clean sound. He says that crowds react enthusiastically and that at times we cant get people off the dance floor. He also likes working with the band, which he books about once a month, because theyre all really professional.
Scott says Nancys Fury is hoping to record a CD of original material sometime before next ski season. When they are onstage, up to four nights a week, adding Boyne Mountains Snowflake Lounge to their regular venues. He says they have more than a half dozen tracks to date, and need maybe that many more to fill out the disc. All five members collaborate on songwriting.
For more information about Nancys Fury visit their website at www.freewebs.com/footlooseband