Mustang Sally to play locally
The Field of Dreams Drive-In on North SR 53 is to be open 6 p.m.-1 a.m. today, but not for movies. The theater is hosting a summer concert with live music.
Eric Sowers, a country singer from Sycamore, is to open for special guests RattleCan and Mustang Sally.
Mustang Sally is a group of six woman and one man whose originals are country tunes. They also do many covers and they have been known to take requests.
Three of the women studied at Berklee School of Music in Boston: Renee Izzi on violin; Ellen Angelico on guitar, mandolin and banjo; and Jess Gentry on keyboards and vocals. Lisa Romero contributes drums and vocals; Mandy Holbert adds bass; and Tobi Lee provides lead vocals and fills in on multiple instruments. The male, Taylor, takes care of electric and acoustic guitar, dobro and bass.
The band has been “testing” a new single, “Jiggle It a Little,” on the European market, where it climbed to No. 15 on the charts. The Tiffin audience is likely to hear it at Field of Dreams.
Lee, who grew up in North Vernon, Ind., said she was vocalizing from the age of 3. At age 5, she was singing in church, nursing homes and anywhere else she was allowed to do so. At 8, she was singing for a band, with sights set on becoming a professional performer.
The core members of Mustang Sally have been together for six years. When the band needed another violin player, Angelico suggested Izzi, who had played with her at Berklee.
The band is working on a CD and has been performing several original compositions to get input from listeners.
“We’re putting out a few different songs and people are giving us feedback, so we know exactly what to put out as our first single,” Lee said. “I think the first single … is going to tell everyone what kind of group we are. We want to make sure we’ve got the right first choice.”
Lee, Romero and song writer Sandy Ramos, who has written top hits for other artists, collaborated to write “Jiggle It a Little.” It is one of about 17 original songs the band intermingles with a variety of covers ranging from Patsy Cline to Eminem.
The fans’ reactions drive the band’s performances and recording choices, and Lee said she appreciates their responses.
“We’ll do anything that makes the crowd happy. We’ll do anything to make people out there have a good time. … We let our fans dictate what we cut. They’re the ones supporting us,” she said.
After Mustang Sally’s first summer of about 20 shows at Put-In-Bay, the public wanted them back. Each successive year, Mustang Sally has been booked for more shows at the lake. For 2013, their remaining dates are July 15-18, July 21-24, July 29-Aug. 21, Sept. 5-7 and Sept. 20-21.
Tickets are $15 pre-sale and $20 the day of the show. A VIP pass is $30.