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11-13-2000New covers rear their heads; Ben Wilson to reunite with former band leader for two December gigs

As soon as drummer Brendan Hill posted a suggestion in his Road Diary area on the new bluestraveler.com, the responses came pouring in. Hill had solicited ideas for old songs and cover tunes for the band to work on, and between messages to the bulletin board and emails to the band, the requests ranged from recent pop to classic rock. At their Saturday show in Clifton Park, the band broke into a work-in-progress cover of the Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"; Sunday's show reportedly repeated the tune along with the Kingsmen's "Louie, Louie", which the band had not played since a May 1990 Spinning Traveler show. Bassist Tad Kinchla mentioned in a post-show conversation that another cover tune in the running was the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil".

In a separate story, Dave Morris, the former bandleader of Ben Wilson's previous band, Big Dave and the Ultrasonics, announced to black-cat list member Dave Herrald that the two would be reuniting to support a local roots rock trio. Following is an excerpt from Morris' email to Herrald:

Since the breakup of our band, Big Dave and the Ultrasonics, a year ago, I've hardly played at all. [...] I loved playing with Ben, though, so he and I will be doing these two gigs just for fun. We'll be sitting in with a roots rock trio called George Bedard and the Kingpins. Bedard is a great swing, blues and rockabilly guitarist. Ben and I will just be along for the ride, and we'll be playing mostly roots music, some covers, and whatever George wants to throw at us. Should be a blast. Here's the gig info:

Friday, 12/15      Erie, PA        The Docksider           (814) 454-9700
Saturday, 12/16    Pittsburgh, PA  Moondog's               (412) 828-2040

[...] Anyone can email me if they'd like more info. By the way, Ben and I recorded three discs with Big Dave and the Ultrasonics. The first two can be tough to find (though people can buy [them] directly from me ;), but the last one (self-titled) is still in print, and it has some of Ben's best playing on it. You can find out more about it by checking out our label's website [at] www.burnsiderecords.com. Thanks for the email, and we'll hope to see you next month.

Dave Morris