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Guster welcomes new member to the band

of the Oakland Press

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There’s a new face, as well as a new album, for Guster these days.

As the group released its sixth album, “Easy Wonderful,” it changed members for just the fourth time in its 19-year career. Joe Pisapia, whose Nashville studio was one of the places “Easy Wonderful” recorded, left the band after seven years, replaced by Luke Reynolds, a Grammy Award-nominated multi-instrumentalist who also played in Pictures and Sound and Blue Merle. But percussionist Brian Rosenworcel says neither he nor Guster’s other co-founders, Adam Gardner and Ryan Miller fault Pisapia for his move.

“Joe has been working on the k.d. lang album,” Rosenworcel, 37, explains, “and not just working on it. He was writing the songs with her, singing with her, producing the album, mixing it with her in his house. She’s one of his musical heroes.

“And we know Joe’s always wanted to be on stage singing his own music. With Guster he contributed to the writing, but they weren’t his songs. We fully understood he wanted to do this so, if you love someone, set them free, right?”

And, Rosenworcel adds, Reynolds has quickly fit into the Guster camp.

“We’ve chosen well,” he says. “Both times that we added a fourth Guster it’s been someone who has just uniquely been able to fit in like glue to our thing that we have as far as both their personality and their musical skill.

“We need people who are going to just kind of fit in and balance this out. Luke’s got an amazing attitude. Joe was an amazing personality for seven years to have on the road and on the bus, and I think Luke will be the same way.”

Guster, Eli “Paperboy” Reed and the True Loves perform Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $28 day of show. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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