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Interview:
Oklahoma rockers Taddy Porter encouraged by "steady progress"
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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Oklahoma rockers Taddy Porter consider Detroit something of “a second home” thanks to radio support and their Bloomfield Hills-based manager, Rick Smith.

So the quartet is happy to be in town for a week to play a couple of concerts and also take part in charity shows, according to guitarist Joe Selby.

“We’ve been a touring band pretty strongly for two years now,” Selby, 26, notes, “so when we can do anything other than that and get a break in our daily routine, it’s a good thing. And it’s always good to give back. We welcome those opportunities.”

Meanwhile, the group — which formed during 2007 in Stillwater — is also enjoying its gradual welcome into the rock mainstream.

Taddy Porter’s self-titled debut album has yielded a pair of modest radio hits in “Shake Me” and “Big Enough,” both of which reached the Top 40 of Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The group, which took its name from a custom beer brand at Dirty’s Tavern in Stillwater, has kept busy on the road as well, opening for Slash, Finger Eleven, Evans Blue and, starting next week, Alter Bridge.

“We’ve been making steady progress, and you can’t ask for anything other than that,” Selby says. “Our band has come up in this period in the music industry where everything is falling to pieces and just keeps going in a downward spiral, and then at the same time there are more bands out than ever.

“So even though we have all these things going against us, we feel like we keep gaining momentum, so that keeps us optimistic.”

Some of that boost is coming from TV shows such as “Cougar Town,” “Chase” and “Entourage,” as well as ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” And New York Mets pitcher Mike Pelfrey used “Shake Me” as his warm-up music this season. But Selby says Taddy Porter primarily builds its audience from playing live, which means the group’s van will stay on the road for the foreseeable future.

“What we’re finding is that every show has a hard-core group of fans,” he explains, “and then there’s at least a handful of people that we’ve never met but they’ve found our music somehow, via the Internet or a friend. And they are very, very into the music.

“So you definitely see the momentum coming from that side. I guess we just keep playing and doing what we’re doing and hope it takes. That seems to be what works best right now.”



Taddy Porter performs with Evans Blue and Rains on Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Eagle Theater, 15 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14 in advance, $16 day of show. Call 248-858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com. Taddy Porter will also perform at the Oakland County Sportsmen’s Club’s 11th Annual Toys For Tots Rock ‘n’ Roll Toy Drive from 1-9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at 4770 Waterford Road, Clarkston. Admission is $10 or new, unwrapped toys of the value. Call 248-623-0444 or visit www.ocsc-mi.org. Taddy Porter performs again with Alter Bridge and Like a Storm on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Call 248-333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.



Web Site: www.taddyporter.com

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