Thu. Feb 9th, 2023

You already know you’ve hit the mark as a songwriter when Elvis Costello’s drummer desires to play on one of your tunes. Native rock ‘n soul vocalist extraordinaire Andrea Gillis acquired that honor simply final month.

“It’s all been a blur and I nonetheless can’t imagine it,” Gillis mentioned. The hookup occurred when her producer and bassist Ed Valauskas was making the musical rounds in Los Angeles and met up with drummer Pete Thomas, whose affiliation with Costello goes again to 1978. He performed Thomas a number of tracks he’d been engaged on, and one which caught his ear was Gillis’ “Final Shot,” which she wrote with guitarist Eric Salt and describes as a “swampy rocker.”

Will probably be her subsequent single on the native Purple on Purple label, however she performed it stay when Gillis introduced her band (which additionally consists of drummer Eric Anderson and guitarists Melissa Gibbs and Mike Oram) to Atwoods Saturday.

That’s not been Gillis’ solely current brush with stardom. Final 12 months she fell in love with “I Don’t Want You No Extra”– a deep reduce from the second J. Geils Band album — and he or she and Valauskas contacted the writers, Geils Band members Peter Wolf and Seth Justman for permission to document it. Not solely did they approve however Wolf praised it to the hilt, evaluating her to the late Etta James and saying she’d kicked it excessive and rocked the home.

“I misplaced my thoughts after I learn that,” she says. “It occurred that I heard the track on the radio, most likely Little Steven’s Underground channel, and instructed Ed that the track was unimaginable and we needed to do it. You possibly can’t get far more uncooked than the J. Geils model, however I needed to possibly make it even rawer, extra like (seminal garage-rock band) the Sonics — extra garagey and fewer blues-driven. On the finish of the day we needed to make the track extra our personal, whereas holding it actual like they did. And I believe we did a fairly good job being a little bit little bit of each.”

Gillis has been an area mover and shaker for a few a long time now, since she booked Somerville’s now-legendary Abbey Lounge within the early 2000’s. However she doesn’t get too nostalgic about these days. “One distinction is that there are extra venues now the place you may play two units of music — Not lots of venues have been doing that earlier than. And plainly there are various extra feminine fronted bands, which I prefer to assume the Abbey had a hand in. So issues are completely different now, however I’d say they’re about pretty much as good.”

If uncooked rock and soul aren’t your factor, chances are you’ll desire a gig that Gillis is doing this month. For a 12 months throughout shutdown, she and husband Marc Pinansky did weekly streamed exhibits as Devotion, enjoying cowl tunes that ranged from romantic to ridiculous (or each). They timed the run to start and finish on their marriage ceremony anniversary however they’ll be reviving it stay on the Lizard Lounge on Jan. 27. Anticipate to listen to duets on songs you by no means thought you’d hear once more.

“I can promise a double shot of Christopher Cross, and one by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis” she mentioned. “I believe we managed to cheer lots of people up with these on-line exhibits. One couple even mailed us in a Cheers backdrop, as a result of we used to at all times do the Cheers theme.”

However is it straightforward to do these songs with a straight face?

“I giggle throughout them. Unsure about Marc, as a result of I’m unsure how critically he takes it. I really like a few of it too, although — I imply, can I relate to ‘Journey Just like the Wind?’ Completely not. However do I really like the Michael McDonald half? Positive, and we’ve had loads of arguments over which of us will get to sing it.”

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