I SAWBaron Greenback perform for the first time at Taylors Beach Bar and Caféin early March. I held high expectations for the band given the calibre ofmusicians involved. March can be a little hit and miss in regard to the weatherthough this balmy Esperance evening turned on the goods with a temperaturethat in itself would inspire you to dance. As I get older I find the urge to pull onthe shuffling shoes elusive at best. Usually I prefer to kick back and appreciatethe music, though listening to the Baron I found myself contemplating the idea ofdancing and then reconsidering some wild moves I thought I’d placed on theshelf. Needless to say by the second set I found myself amongthe groovers.
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Greenback are a fantastically tight unit, playing a brilliant mix of old andcontemporary songs. All of the musicians involved are at the height of theirindividual talent, which culminates in an exceptionally high-energy performance.Songs that really shone for me were Valerie by Amy Winehouse, Kat Greyshowing fantastic range on the vocals, followed closely by Paint It Black by TheRolling Stones. Paint It Black came late in the night and was a surprise as BaronGreenback shifted momentarily from their funk/jazz inspired covers. Even withthe variation the crowd continued to dance.

Baron Greenback is a seven-piece band made up of the remnants of local actSould Out. The name change came about a year ago and they have been jammingregularly since. Each individual brings a unique talent to the group they are, KatGrey (vocals), Digby Ho Leong (vocals), Damien Gale (bass), Geoff Collins(trumpet), Tony Connor (keyboard), Brendan Franzone (guitar) and behind thedrum kit Joe Franzone. They played their first gig in 2015 at the Yellow Dot Balland remained fairlyquiet until their March show at the Tearooms. Icaught up with Joe Franzone who described the band’s major influences as TheBlues Brothers, Amy Winehouse, and a clear and undeniable passion for funk, soul and jazz.

Baron Greenback are gearing up for their second outing this yearonMay28,kicking off at 7pm. For venuedetails check the Esperance Music Facebook page. If you’re interested in BaronGreenback playing at your function you can contact Joe Franzone, Tony Connoror Damien Gale via Facebook.

Seven-piece band: Baron Greenback grew out of the remnants of local act Sould Out and have been jamming regularly for about a year.

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