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Frogwings
by Mark Ballard
Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA
Feb 13th, 1999



While a lot of people may wonder who the Frogwings are, they put on an absolute display of down-home chicken shack grooves this past Saturday at the TLA in Philadelphia. It was a performance that will not soon be forgetten.

Concert-goers were greeted with an unbelievable suprise as they walked in Saturday evening. The Derek Trucks Band opened the show and although I missed some of the set, what I saw blew me away. Johnny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepard eat your heart out because this kid can play. Of course, Lang and Shepard are both amazing guitarists and they get plenty of attention.

Lang, for instance, is headlining an upcoming show at the Electric Factory while Shepard is doing commercials for the Gap. Trucks, on the other hand, was playing a small venue with some of the more accomplished musicians in the business, and yet did not seem to care about fame or fortune. Trust me though, Trucks will have his day in the sun - this kid rips.

After the Derek Trucks Band finished their set, the stage was set up with a few more microphone stands and instruments. After a short break, Derek Trucks came back out onstage.

This time he was finally joined by Frogwings, an all-star band composed of scorching guitarist Jimmy Herring of the Aquarium Rescue Unit, harp wizard John Popper of Blues Traveler, bassist Oteil Burbridge of the Allman Brothers Band and his brother Kofi Burbridge who played flute and keyboards.

Completing the band were Butch Trucks (Derek's father) on drums and Marc Quiñones on percussion (both veterans of the Allman Brothers Band). The audience was in music heaven.

Although I was not really sure what to expect, what followed was about two hours of pure ear candy. I thought they would play mostly covers, but to my surprise Frogwings came out and played two sets of original material.

The vibe was terrific the whole night. Onstage, there was the father and son tandem of Derek and Butch Trucks along with the Burbridge brothers, Otiel and Kofi. This seemed to create a genuine family-type atmosphere onstage. It was very obvious that they were having a blast, each musician in awe of the others.

At around 1:45 a.m., Frogwings finished their encore, a great rendition of an Allman Brothers instrumental. After three and a half hours of this musical hurricane, concert goers legs were limp and their bodies were sore, but there was a huge smile on every face.