Last week, I had a roaring good time seeing pal Dennis DelGaudio and his new trio Shotgun Wedding at New York's Upper West Side club Triad. The group, which comprises Hilary Gardner on vocals, Wade Preston on keyboards/vocals and Big D on guitars/vocals, brings down-home country to the big city with a playlist of classic bluegrass and old-school country that includes Merle Haggard, k.d. lang, Earl Scruggs, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Ernest Tubb, Tanya Tucker and Hank Williams.
During Shotgun's 90-minute set last week, the packed audience sat with a perpetual grin: As good a time as the trio has onstage, there's no way not to soak in the pistol-packing musicianship, crisp harmonies shared by the group and indelible selection of songs.
Alaska native Gardner was a featured performer on Moby's 2009 release Wait For Me and made her Broadway debut in 2010 as vocalist in Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra-inspired musical Come Fly Away. Both Preston and DelGaudio were instrumentalists/cast members in the Broadway production of Movin’ Out, based on the music of Billy Joel. In addition, Dennis played with Joel at his historic Last Play at Shea concerts, and became a touring member of his band. Stay tuned for upcoming gigs! Gangs all here: Dennis' lady Ashley, his mama, aunt and meese.