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Interview:
Twenty-five years has bone quickly for Big Head Todd
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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The adage that times flies when you're having fan definitely applies to Todd Park Mohr and his band, Big Head Todd & the Monsters.

In fact, that's exactly what he says when asked about this year being the 25th anniversary of the Colorado group's first album.

"Yeah, that's how I'd put it 'cause it has been fun," says Mohr, 48. who formed the group during 1986 with classmates from Columbine High School and scored big with the single "Bittersweet" from 1993's "Sister Sweetly" album. "I would have never imagined in a million years I'd still be in a band 25 years later. I never envisioned it was going to be a long-term project for me.

"We've had a great, very fortunate career. I'm thrilled to still be making records, and it feels like people like this one, which is great."

"This one" is "Black Beehive," the Monsters' 14th album, which came out at the beginning of February. Mohr and company held on to the explorations of 2011's roots-mining "100 Years of Robert Johnson" but reincorporated the more contemporary rock and blues sensibility that's marked most of their albums.

"They're kind of like pop songs but really like roots/folks songs is how I think about them," Mohr explains. "That comes naturally because I come from a more contemporary point of view, and then Steve Jordan is such a current musician but has such a range and totally understood where I was coming from.

"Neither of us were really interested in making a straight blues record at all. We felt that the more different things we could weave into it, the more interesting the album would be, so that's how we approached it, and I feel like we got what we wanted."

Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Ronnie Baker Brooks perform Saturday, March 1, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $24 in advance, $30 day of show and $45 mezzanine. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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