Ann Arbor Weather:
Friday October 20, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Brandon Wiard

 

continued

As the Beatles figured out after making Sgt. Pepper, there is sometimes a battle between being great in the studio and reproducing a record note-for-note on stage. Wiard is smart enough not to make that attempt when playing a gig; he focuses on the cool underlying songs instead. When I caught the band last spring at Crazy Wisdom, where he was experimenting with bringing his five-piece band into an acoustic setting, the gamble paid off wonderfully. With the amps turned down low, so the double latte sippers wouldn't be too blown away by the volume, Wiard presented stripped-down versions of his tunes in a more laid-back fashion.

When you take away the tape loops, the overdubs, the wall-of-sound magic Wiard pulls off in the record-making setting, you can hear what a truly amazing songwriter he is. Tunes like the guitar rocker "Since You've Gone Away" and the beautifully sweet Paul McCartney-like ballad "Caroline" are indications of Wiard's immense potential.

Brandon Wiard opens for Katherine Schell at the Michigan Theater on Sunday, December 11.

[Review published December 2005]    (end of article)

 

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Ugly Dog Heads Downtown
Distillery will move to Chelsea in 2018.
Shelley Daily
Photo: Sunlit Eve (view of Main St.)
Feeding the Vegan Horde
The Lunch Room spins off a Filling Station.
Sabine Bickford
The Price of Security
Stopping truck-born terrorists raises event costs.
James Leonard
Stop Sign at Oakbrook
Question Corner: August 2017
Tim Athan
Community Services in Saline
Ollie Food + Spirits
Ypsi innovators
Lee Lawrence
Family Crises
County Millage
Gearing up for a big "ask."
James Leonard
John Shultz photography and Portrait Studio in Ann Arbor since 1982