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Dallas Hard Rockers Feel The Buzz

Of the Oakland Press

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There’s a buzz building around Dallas heavy rockers Fair to Midland, but frontman Darroh Sudderth prefers to ignore it.

“I kind of stay out of touch as far as the Internet and what’s going on,” says the 26-year-old singer, who began playing with guitarist Cliff Campbell and bassist Jon Dicken when the three were in high school. “I just hope for the best — expect the worst and hope for the best.

“And so far it’s been going well, so I can’t complain. Let’s hope it continues.”

Fair to Midland’s big break came in April 2006 when, after two independent releases, System of a Down’s Serj Tankian saw the band and signed them to his Serjical Strike label. Tankian released an EP by the band, “Drawn and Quartered,” and earlier this month put out its full-length “Fables From a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times is True.”

Sudderth says he was initially leery about the more famous rocker’s profile eclipsing his band but has been happy with how Tankian, who executive produced “Fables From a Mayfly,” has handled things.

“He let us know from the get-go that he signed us for what we already do and had faith in what we were already doing,” Sudderth notes. “Him being an artist, he understood we had a better grasp on where we wanted to go creatively more than anyone else did.

“So he never made anything more than suggestions and ideas for us but always let us have the final decision. He really does have our best interests at heart.”

Fair to Midland performs with 69 Eyes, Wednesday 13 and Night Kills the Day Saturday (June 23rd) at Harpo’s, 14238 Harper, Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (313) 824-1700 or visit www.harposconcert theatre.com.

Web Site: www.harposconcerttheatre.com

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