Musicians Play True To Their Roots

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The eight members of Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns will pool their creative talents this Saturday to present what they describe as a "gimmick-free, professional performance with ‘old school' authenticity."

"We're centered around that good ol' classic rhythm and blues, with a rock edge to it," said guitar player and band manager, Rich Brydle. "We cover jazz, soul, blues and funk."

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Jazz and funk group, Cold Shott and the Hurricane Horns, play at 7 p.m. Saturday at Green Valley Park.

The band also includes Tim Finn on guitar and vocals, Scott Engel on keyboards and vocals, Tony Flores on bass and vocals and James "Slim" Scroggins on drums.

Saxophone player Keith Kuchzinski is the newest addition to the band's three-piece horn set. He joins trumpet and flugelhorn player, Dave Axton, and saxophonist and flutist, Tim Matteson.

"Our entire horn section consists of guys who are middle or high school band instructors," Brydle said. "They are musical professionals in a second type of way."

The late Ted Kowal founded the group in 1990 in Mesa.

"We have stayed true to the original vision of our founder and the style of music," Brydle said.

Cold Shott's set list ranges from ZZ Top's "Cheap Sunglasses" to Otis Redding's "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay."

"Probably the two bands of which we most remind ourselves would be B.B. King's and Delbert McClinton's," Brydle said. "We also are very fond of James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone and Tower of Power."

A gentleman who worked with Tower of Power for 15 years helped Cold Shott record their latest disc, "If You Got The Blues..." in 2003, Brydle said.

"It really captures the band at its live best," said Brydle. "The song, ‘Headin' Down the Beeline' is a homegrown story that folks in Payson know about."

As for improvisation, "There are always moments we experiment a little bit and have some fun," Brydle said. "Our band consists of two lead vocalists, so we have quite a few tunes where there are vocals and backing harmony."

Members of this large group manage to coordinate shows between day jobs and family time.

Brydle said he attributes the band staying together for more than 17 years to the fact that the members treat each other like family.

"It comes through in our appearance, attitudes and music," Brydle said.

"The only way you can present a lot of the music we do is if you have a band like ours. It's the type of music that appeals to all ages."

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