After a triumphantly nostalgic reunion show last year, SRC got bigger (literally) and better (subjectively) for this weekend's return.
This year's version of the Michigan rock group, which was active from 1966-72 and had a hit cover of Skip James' "I'm So Glad," features four founding members -- singer Scott Richardson, guitarists Gary Quackenbush and Steve Lyman and keyboardist Glenn Quackenbush -- but incorporates the rhythm section from Gary Quackenbush's own band as well as two female singers to bolster Richardson.
"(Richardson) was committed to doing it almost since last year," Gary Quackenbush says, "but I asked him if he'd be willing to get some help with the singing. We're older now and everything. Last year we had to play the songs in all the wrong keys, which made it harder.
"I didn't think he'd go for it, but he thought about it. So this year, with the girls (Meridith [cq] Lorde and Tosha Owens), the songs are in the original keys and sound like they're supposed to. It adds up to a big difference."
Quackenbush, 64, says the changes have let the group play more accurate versions of favorites such as "In the Hall of the Mountain King" and bring back challenging material like "The Angel Song." If all goes well they could also result in more SRC performances moving forward, though the guitarist isn't putting that in stone yet.
"It's pretty much down to Glenn and Scott and I agreeing on anything," Quackenbush explains. "At the first rehearsals everybody's jaws were dropping. It sounded great. So this could be just what the doctor ordered and...we'll see where it takes us from here."
SRC and Katie Grace perform Friday, June 29, at the Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Door open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 248-544-3030 or visit www.themagicbag.com.
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