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Interview:
Down The Line Likes Its Sound "Pliable"
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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The Chicago acoustic troupe Down The Line likes to revel in its versatility.

“It’s a pretty pliable sound,” says percussionist and singer Derek Fawcett, a West Bloomfield native and Andover High School graduate who met the other members of DTL while studying jazz at Western Michigan University. “We’re probably one of the few bands that can play the Blind Pig and the Ark and have it make sense.”

And that’s not mentioning gigs opening for classic rocker Peter Frampton or on the bill of this year’s Ann Arbor Folk Festival — which Fawcett, 31, says was a somewhat surprising and intimidating booking.

“I don’t think that we and a lot of our fans immediately would say, ‘Oh yes, these guys are folk musicians,” he notes with a laugh. “But the music seems to be comfortable in a lot of different places. As a band we try our best to branch out and be as open-minded as, ‘Hey, would these people like our music? Yeah, quite possibly.’

“So we figure, yeah, let’s try to play in front of these audiences — any audience we can get in front of, really. You may fall on your face, but there’s always a chance they’ll like you, too.”



Down The Line and Enter The Haggis perform Saturday (May 17) at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. Call (248) 544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.

Web Site: www.themagicbag.com

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