R&B's MODERN SHOW BAND
Boston’s R&B ensemble Miss Fairchild is joyfully committed to the show; spectacle, musicianship, awe and entertainment. Performing in the grand tradition of the Motown/Stax innovators of the 60’s, and the glittery Pop-Funk icons of each succeeding decade, MF exists amongst a new tier of R&B showmanship. Channeling both the urban ferocity of The Dap Kings as well as the slick live acts of Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars, they tilt their fedoras to the past, while dancing in tandem with the contemporary.
At the heart of any great show band is a charismatic frontman. Travis Richard (or "Daddy Wrall") leads Miss Fairchild with soulful voice and energetic step; a tribute to his tireless heroes, Prince and Michael Jackson. Growing up as the preacher's son in a small town, Richard discovered a yearning to command the stage. Now playing sold-out shows backed by an incredible rhythm section, smooth funk sax and the chemistry of a newly added hype-girl, Richard and his band embody a fully-realized childhood dream, howling and wailing their songs in a voice that's familiar, yet entirely their own.
The Miss Fairchild SHOW BAND is:
Travis Richard aka "Daddy Wrall" (song and dance) | Schuyler Dunlap (arrangement) | Sammy Bananas (production)
With: Mick Demopoulus (bass) | Ben Dicke (drums, vocals) | Mike Moore (guitar, vocals) | Antonia Navarro (vocals) | Luke Gosselin (saxophones, flute) | Michael Lee (keyboards, trombone)
SHOW BAND: THE LP
Originally the brainchild of producer Sammy Bananas, arranger Schuyler Dunlap, and Richard himself, in the role of "song and dance man", it's Miss Fairchild - the band - that has taken on a role greater than the sum of it’s parts for MF's new LP release, Show Band. Touring you through bubbly sweet Blue Eyed Soul, early 80's inspired dance anthems, and stadium-sized funk interludes, the new record succeeds as a perfect bottling of their effervescent live show.
[Miss Fairchild has partnered with Nantucket Island's Cisco Brewers / Triple Eight Distillery to release the new full-length LP, SHOW BAND, as a limited-run compact disc. Get your copy of SHOW BAND in person at an MF show near you, or at Cisco / 888's island location at 5 Bartlett Farm Rd, Nantucket, MA 02554.]
daddy wrall (vocals) | schuyler dunlap (guitar, keys, flute) | sammy bananas (alto sax, programming) | trick johnson (bass) | ben dicke (drums) | "letter" j pacor (drums) | todd "the rocket" (percussion) | matthew "hutch" hutchinson (keys) | mat willmott "the section" (bari sax) | tom "duck" hunt (trumpet) | mcmillan ilderton gaither (trombone)
produced by sammy bananas. all songs written & composed by sam posner, travis m. richard & schuyler dunlap whelden. published by small stone houses (ascap), tra-verse a-far (ascap) & yet another birthplace (ascap). recorded & engineered by sam posner at amyl acetate in brooklyn, ny, except 5, 7 & 10 recorded live & engineered by ken heitmueller at southpaw in brooklyn, ny. mixed & mastered by jamie howarth at plangent processes, nantucket, ma. additional mixing and production by miss fairchild.
front cover art by mike davis, burlesqueofnorthamerica.com. back cover art by joe posner, joeposner.net. package design by tommy diehl. © 2012, except 1, 3, 6, 9 & 11 © 2011, miss fairchild. all rights reserved.