Saturday, December 21, 2013

It's too late to stop now!

Alright, kids, school is in: touring on the back of 1973's underappreciated gem "Hard Nose the Highway", Van put together the Caledonia Soul Orchestra. They are simply one of the most nimble and overlooked live ensembles in rock and soul: Jef Labes on keys, Dahaud Shaar on drums, "Brother" Jack Schroer on sax, David Hayes on bass and the blindingly-talented John Platania on guitar formed the backbone of the band. Six months later they would be torn apart and Van (as he is and was wont to do) had moved on to the heavily Irish-influenced folk-soul of "Veedon Fleece" before disappearing from the public eye for several years. For the briefest of moments, though, they burned brighter than anything else out there. Grab a loved one, play it loud, and enjoy...

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