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Premier Beatles cover band Fab to present solo Beatles hits at 3rd & Lindsley

November 3, 2011

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Dave Carew

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Premier Beatles cover band Fab to present solo Beatles hits at 3rd & Lindsley

By Dave Carew

This Saturday, Fab—easily one of the best Beatles cover bands in the world—will be presenting SOLO Beatles hits at 3rd & Lindsley…that is, hits John, Paul, George, and Ringo racked up on their own, after the greatest pop/rock band of all-time broke up. The fun starts this Saturday night, November 5, at 7 p.m.

Asked by Underground Nashville who came up with the idea for this new kind of Fab show, the band’s singer/keyboardist Bill Roberts said, “I think it came from a fan, who told it to our bass player, Alison. We’re always looking for new approaches to keep our shows fresh and entertaining.”

So learning a bunch of solo Beatles songs—was it hard?

“Learning new songs is like starting over—they don’t come easy,” Bill replied. “But what is life without variety?”

Hmmmm . . . we wonder if, when Bill said “they don’t come easy” and “what is life,” was he thinking about specific Beatles solo hits?

David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and advertising/marketing/public relations writer.

Interview with Bill Roberts of “Fab” (Beatles tribute band) – – Part II

March 17, 2011

Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective. As I told ‘The Tennessean’ in 2008, “since moving to Nashville twenty-five years ago, I have met people whose lives do not remotely reflect the caricature of what many outside our city presume to be a ‘Nashvillian’ or the Nashville experience.” “Underground Nashville” thus explores the soul of the city, not its surface—offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

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Interview with Bill Roberts of “Fab” (Beatles tribute band) – – Part II

By Dave Carew

Fab—one of the world’s finest Beatles tribute bands—performs at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville this Saturday night at 7 p.m.  Before the gig, Fab keyboardist Bill Roberts graciously granted a two-part interview to Underground Nashville.  Here’s how Part II went (please see below for Part I):

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE:  Having played so many more-or-less monthly gigs over the years, how do you keep your shows fresh for the band members and your audience?

BILL ROBERTS:  Firstly, all the members of the band are friends as well as Beatle fans. We have fun at rehearsals—also, it’s interesting for us to break down and analyze the songs in order to learn them. Even though we’ve all heard the songs hundreds of times, we always discover new chord voicings or instrumentation or mistakes they left in—there’s a lot more going on in these songs than meets the ear. The Beatles recorded 214 songs—we’ve learned about 118 at last count, so we’ll keep trying to learn new songs that we can hopefully play well. On stage, we just try to have fun. When everybody in the band is cooking and all the ingredients are synching up and the crowd is reacting—hey—it doesn’t get much better in this terrestrial dimension, in the words of Charlie Sheen. We’re honored that so many people leave their warm house, get in their car, drive to the club, and pay money to see us perform. So we try to give them a faithful reproduction of the songs in the playful spirit of the Beatles—hopefully a show that spans their musical and emotional range. We always vary the set list from show to show. We’ve used different approaches—an all-request night, a chronological night, celebrating different holidays, acoustics sets, and so on. I hope we never get complacent or take the audience for granted.

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE:  One final question. I can’t resist asking this. How the heck did you EVER learn to play the solo in “In My Life” so beautifully?  Even George Martin couldn’t do that in “real time.”

BILL ROBERTS:  My piano instructors were all Bach freaks! The solo is essentially a Bach two-part Invention. I still have nightmares—I mean dreams—of them pounding Bach into me. I guess I should thank them.

Don’t miss Fab at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville this Saturday. Show time: 7 p.m.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and copywriter.

Interview with Bill Roberts of “Fab” (Beatles tribute band) – – Part I

March 14, 2011

By Dave Carew

Fab is—hands down—one of the finest Beatles tribute bands in the world. Comprised of premier, Nashville-based musicians and singers, this collection of serious-minded-yet-fun-hearted guys presents a more-or-less-monthly performance of great Beatles tunes at 3rd & Lindsley that no Beatles fan—make that no music fan—should miss. As the non-Liverpool Lads prepare for their show this Saturday night (March 19) at 3rd & Lindsley, Fab keyboardist Bill Roberts granted Underground Nashville the following exclusive, two-part interview. (Part II will be presented later this week.)

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLEYou guys have played at clubs like the old Boardwalk Cafe and 3rd & Lindsley for more than a decade. When did you originally form Fab and what was the original idea behind it?

BILL ROBERTS: I was at a Christmas party in December of 1998 when Woody Bomar approached me and said, “Hey! Let’s form a band to play the Beatles!” That was it! Woody is currently president of Green Hills Music after being VP & General Manager at SONY/ATV Publishing for years. The entire idea was to take a break from the music business and have fun. We had zero expectations—just wanted to play the songs faithfully and in the spirit of the Beatles.

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE:  I recently read that The Beatles are among the Top 5 favorite bands of EVERY demographic, from 20-somethings to 60-somethings.  As a musician, what do you think accounts for this unprecedented popularity, even among people who have no memory of The Beatles as a band?

BILL ROBERTS:  Every music producer in the world would like the recipe, wouldn’t they? It seems that strong or beautiful or unusual melodies, and interesting harmonies and lyrics, resonate with the human species somehow—The Beatles just did it better. Their melodies and harmonies grab the ear, yet are original and unique—very creative. Their song structures are varied, yet they all work. Their musical and lyrical range was incredible—from gentle songs like “I Will” and “Julia” to the raucous “Helter Skelter” and everything in between. There’s something for everyone. Most of the lyrics are timeless and range from adolescent innocence in “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to fairly sophisticated social commentary like “She’s Leaving Home” or “Revolution.” Perhaps, as Paul said, it’s because most of their songs were about “love, peace, and understanding”—their optimism is appealing. Stylistically, they successfully grew and changed with nearly every album release. They weren’t afraid to be corny or sentimental—right alongside with their edgier stuff. Again, [they offer] something for everyone. Certainly the individual Beatles were/are charismatic in their own way. Many of their chord progressions move in unexpected directions—even “wrong” if you will—yet again, they work perfectly. I’m still blown away by the intro to “If I Fell.” In short—I don’t really know why!

Don’t miss Fab at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville this Saturday. Show time: 7 p.m.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance book editor, publicist, and copywriter.

Mindy Smith, Mary Gauthier, and others to perform at flood-relief benefit at 3rd & Lindsley

May 24, 2010

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Middle Tennessee has been devastated by flooding from which it will take months—in some cases years—to recover. Please join the recovery effort by contacting Hands on Nashville at Hon.org or by calling (in Nashville) 211. Otherwise, please call 800-318-9355. You can also support The Salvation Army’s relief efforts by going to Salarmy-Nashville.com of calling 800-725-2769.  Thank you.

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Mindy Smith, Mary Gauthier, and others to perform at flood-relief benefit at 3rd & Lindsley

Now you can help Nashville flood victims while you listen to excellent singer/songwriter music.  Mindy Smith, Mary Gauthier, and other “Girls with Guitars” will be playing a benefit at 3rd &  Lindsley Tuesday evening, May 25, at 6 p.m. to help victims of the recent devastating flooding in the Nashville area.

Other “Girls with Guitars” playing the show will be Kimberley Dahme (of the band Boston), Lisa Carver, Cheley Tackett, Annie Mosher, Tammy Fowler, Christian/Durand, Lani Nash, and Robin Ruddy.

A $10 suggested donation is welcome at the door, with 100% of the proceeds to benefit MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief.

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to help your neighbor, while you enjoy music from some of the world’s finest singer/songwriters.

David M. (Dave) Carew is editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter.” He also is a freelance publicist and copywriter.


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