Familiar faces form a new trio in Nevada City
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WHO: Paul Emery’s Nevada City LIVE! presents
WHAT: Webster, Walton, Edwards — CD Release
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Nevada Theatre
401 Broad Street, Nevada City.
TICKETS: $20 general admission, $30 reserved seating
BriarPatch Co-op Community Market — 530-272-5333
Tickets online at www.paulemerymusic.com
Webster, Walton and Edwards celebrate the release of their debut trio CD, “The Trees,” as part of Paul Emery’s Nevada City LIVE! concert series at the historic Nevada Theatre in Nevada City on Friday.
Chris Webster and Tracy Walton — front women for local favorites Mumbo Gumbo — teamed up with multi-instrumentalist Bill Edwards to form Webster, Walton, Edwards, and the trio recently released an album entitled “The Trees.”
Walton and Edwards were in the band Way Out West in the 1980s and ’90s, and Webster and Walton have been singing together for years. All three musicians have a long history.
“Bill used to substitute for Mumbo Gumbo’s guitar player,” Chris Webster told the Enterprise. “Bill also produced Mumbo Gumbo’s first album in 1992. Bill has been playing music with me for over 20 years, and I’ve been singing songs he wrote for even longer. This recording is the first one that the three of us have done together.”
Edwards said, “The trio came about a few years ago when a couple, who were friends and fans of Mumbo Gumbo, asked Chris and Tracy to do an acoustic set at a house concert. Chris and Tracy asked if I would join them and away we went! Who knows if this trio would have happened without these kind folks dreaming up the concept.”
“The Trees” is a spare, intimate acoustic album, featuring original songs, some covers and re-imaginings of Mumbo Gumbo songs. The album has a live sound, which makes sense considering they recorded everything at once, with no overdubs and very little editing.
“We chose a handful of songs, practiced them some, then went in and played them live in the studio,” Edwards said. “We really wanted to capture the motion and the moment. A few months later we chose another handful and went back in. The whole thing was recorded in a few days spread over almost a year.”
“Tracy and I had been doing these songs in Mumbo Gumbo for years,” Webster said. “But because they were ballads, they didn’t get a lot of play in a band known for getting people up and dancing. We missed doing them and the trio is a great format.”
Audiences can expect soulful ballads, but also hip-shaking grooves.
“We’ve been known for getting the toes tapping,” Webster said.
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