(October 8, 2013)
SONG IN SAN RAFAEL
October 19, Swinging Doors will return to Studio 55 in San Rafael
to play two sets. Showtime is 8:00 pm. This room is a fine place to watch and
listen to music, and there's space for dancing, too.
The club's website has posted two live videos from our previous gig there, and
details about the location are available. It's on East Francisco Blvd. near central
Sadly, after this date, Swinging Doors has decided to disband for the foreseeable
future. Proud as we are of the group, we have not been able to secure an economic
niche in the San Francisco Bay Area. So we urge our friends and fans to join
us at Studio 55 and help us go out in a blaze of glory. We expect this gig to
demonstrate how much we've accomplished together in our three years of rehearsing
and performing as a band.
traits especially set Swinging Doors apart from other hard-country
• Vocal versatility — we have four singers, and we often use three-part
• Classic instrumentation — we play at moderate volume levels, and
we keep an acoustic guitar prominent in the rhythm, harking back to the Hank
Baker plays electric lead guitar and sings the barroom classics
he learned as a sideman and leader in the 1980s and 1990s, working
with the likes of Rhythm on the Range and the Home Grown Band.
Bierl is our chief lead singer, playing an acoustic
rhythm guitar, but uses the fiddle a lot, too. With his name
on the front of two CDs and a long track record with
Hillbillies from Mars, Ray is known for making each song a memorable story as
well as a powerful musical experience.
Lloyd Ferris uses powerful jazz chops he learned from Jack Taylor
to lay down catchy country drum grooves. In the 1980s he played with Steve Baker
in Rhythm on the Range, and at the turn of the century he participated in a revival
of Country Weather.
Sanders plays electric bass in irresistible sync
with Lloyd's drums, and she is a fine singer, too. Having
recorded and performed with too many bands to name, she
fourteen years in Nashville with appearances on TV and the Grand Ole Opry.
Mayne Smith concentrates on the pedal steel guitar in Swinging
Doors and also sings some of his own compositions and a few other favorites.
Breaking into electric country rock with The Frontier in 1970, he went on to
perform with many bar bands and experimental groups. His name is on the front
of three CDs.