Thursday, October 27, 2011
Multi-platinum artist Will Turpin will headline the annual Halloween Rock Review at the French Market, 3840 Highway 42, Locust Grove. The show starts 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Turpin will appear with his three-piece group Will and The Way, which includes Jason Fowler (guitar and vocals) and Scott Davidson (drums). The trio fuses pop and classic rock to create a dynamic sound Turpin describes as “mega sweet rock ‘n’ roll candy.”
He recently gave me an interview regarding the "spooktacular" extravaganza.
Q:You're getting ready to headline the Halloween Rock Review on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the French Market in Locust Grove. It's a place you're quite familiar with having played there a few times before. What do you like about the venue?
WT: It's close to where I live, and my buddy Rick Weaver owns the place. We often get together and dream up events and the Halloween Rock Review is just one of those grand ideas that came to fruition. Rick usually hosts solo artists on weekends, but they're usually smaller setups. But the event we're setting up is a big rock show and it'll be cool. It's a very intimate venue but we're going to pack the place and kill it with some great sounding rock 'n' roll.
Q: I hear you've got some clever things going on for this gig...can you give us a taste of what's to come?
WT: We're fusing Halloween and rock 'n' roll. So we'll open with "Helter Skelter" by the Beatles, perhaps play Ozzy Osborne's "Crazy Train" and I think we're picking up "Ghostbusters" by Ray Parker, Jr. A couple of musician buddies in costume will join us on stage - Elvis is dropping by for a couple of tunes; Willie Nelson will play a little harmonica and sing "You Were Always On My Mind,"; Angus Young of AC/DC might also stop by to jam on "Highway to Hell." And of course, I'll be doing a few songs from my new EP, The Lighthouse. It's going to be a fun evening.
Q: This is a Will and the Way billed show, which includes Jason Fowler on guitar and vocals and Scott Davidson on drums. You've already played a few shows together. Are you pleased with how the group is coming along?
WT: Real pleased. Jason and Scott are accomplished musicians and guys I've known for a long time. We've actually played and jammed with each other and it's been great fun. The Way has been an evolving thing and we hope to do some more shows and start headlining a few bills. I think we're going to have to add one more member of the group because I just can't play piano and bass. However, the three-piece is a nice solid core and we can easily add another member and fill out the sound as we progress.
Q: You just did a large show in Detroit with Collective Soul. The French Market show is going to be a much more intimate affair. Which do you prefer?
WT: It depends on the evening, but I like having both options available to me. The Detroit show was great and it was a venue I've never playhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifed before, so I liked that a lot and would go back there and play anytime. The French Market gig is going to be more of a big party and I'll be surrounded by a lot of friends. I can promise it will be a great evening.
The Lighthouse is available on iTunes and in physical form through CDBaby.com. For more information visit wwhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifw.willturpin.com.
For more information about the Halloween Rock Review, call the French Market at 770-914-9312 or visit http://www.frenchmarkettavern.com/
What: Halloween Rock Review featuring Will Turpin
Where: The French Market, 3840 Highway 42, Locust Grove
When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 9 p.m. to midnight
Information: 770-914-9312 or http://www.frenchmarkettavern.com/