Recorded at The Jive Hive in Nashville, TN and produced by Eight O'Five Jive, "Swing Set" features 10 band original songs plus a creative re-imagining of Rudy Green's "My Mumblin' Baby." The band - a tight, inventive ensemble - includes Lee Shropshire (vocals), Andy Scheinman (guitar), Bill Bois (bass), Duane Spencer (drums), and Patrick Mosser (sax).
The music, birthed in bars during an era where a favored theme is drinking, is timeless and universal. There may be no better time to draw the past into the present than now.
photo credit - Bill Steber
The groovin’ rhythm and witty, tongue-in-cheek lyrics of swing tunes and jump blues on "Swing Set" can be counted on to infect some controversy, humor and joy. Since 2013, Eight O’Five Jive has been delivering this feeling in spades, with tunes that not only launch audiences onto the dance floor, but also tickle the funny bone of those who stop and catch the words.
Live or in the studio, when Scheinman and Mosser step out front, their solos combine classy lines with electrifying raw tone and energy - and fun! This is a band that local Nashville and regional audiences, festival and event organizers, and dance organizations, have been raving about.
“The late 1940s to the late 1950s were hip,” Lee said, “blending the sounds of artists such as Louis Jordan, Ruth Brown, Nat King Cole, Big Jay McNeely, Esther Phillips, Rudy Green…. There was also bebop and scatting, and beat poetry, all before we got Buddy Holly.
“There were all these hot session players burning up the speakeasies with strong and dynamic vocalists. It didn’t take much convincing… I elbowed Andy to 'jump' on the guitar stylings of jump blues, he dug it, and we put a band together.”
In drummer Duane Spencer, bassist Bill Bois, and tenor saxophonist Patrick Mosser, the couple found their musical soulmates who complement, and exuberantly expand this unique style of music.
The band’s ability to deliver the goods has garnered them the Nashville Industry Music Award (NIMA) for "Best Live Blues Performers" two years in a row (2014, 2015), “Best Blues Band” (2016), a Blues Blast Magazine Award nomination, as well as the Nashville Blues Challenge top prize for both 2016 and 2017's International Blues Challenge.
Their debut album, "Too Many Men," showcased the band’s first take on some lively jump blues by legends including Little Esther Phillips, Big Jay McNeely, Memphis Minnie, Jimmy Liggins, Big Maybelle and more, as well as two hot originals, "Young Enough To Be My Son" and "Misery Loves Company."
“Our material covers a time in American history when blues, jazz, doo-wop, swing, big band and various other styles got mixed up into one big pot before it became rock ‘n’ roll,” said Scheinman.
Jump forward and you’ll see a resurgence of raucous swing, jump, blues, and jazz fusion in dance clubs, blues & whiskey bars, and massive flash-mobs on the city streets by talented national dance troupes.
Eight O’Five Jive’s gourmet combination of these classic ingredients proves their mix of sophistication and irreverent fun to be a tasty, irresistible recipe.
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