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Getting into a jam is a good thing for String Cheese Incident
Twenty-plus years since forming in Boulder, Colo. the String Cheese Incident has become about creating a sense of occasion and event rather than being a typical touring band.
Whether it's festival "residencies" such as Michigan's Electric Forest and Hulaween in Florida or increasingly rare indoor shows, the sextet focuses on not only playing well but also making sure the performances stand out as more than just another strop on an itinerary.
"We used to bust our asses on the road all the time," singer-guitarist Bill Nershi says by phone from his home in Denver. "Now we have families and we've figured out how to have different styles of touring that allows us to have balance in our lives so we don't have to all be musicians that lose touch with their families because they're on the road all the time.
"I don't want to be that kind of musicians. I want to have balance between my music and my family, and I think we're in a good spot right now. We might have gone a little farther to the other extreme now, where we really narrowed down the amount of gigs that we play, so it might go back more to the center. It's hard to say."
Rest assured Nershi, 54, and his mates are still working hard, however. In fact, SCI recently established its own studio space where it's been working on new material with former Talking Heads keyboardist Jerry Harrison -- who helped with 2014's "A Song In My Head" -- producing. Nershi reports that "there's an infinite amount of songs that are around" and that the group recently recorded eight of them. But while having its own studio may lead to more recordings, Nershi doesn't think it will result in more albums.
"We're talking now about exploring singles releases and coming out with songs one at a time and having a fresh one come out every month or so, or as often as we can get 'em out," he says. "We've been one of the dwindling group of bands that are still putting out albums. We want to just experiment a little bit with singles so each song can have its own identity and doesn't have to live with the other 10 songs on the album.
"We like to keep it fresh and try new things, and the way the (music) business is going, this seems like it might be the best thing to do right now."
String Cheese Incident
Saturday, Oct. 17. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit.
Tickets are $49.50-$75.
Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.thefillmoredetroit.com.
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