Tootie & the Jones
Tickets are $10 online or at the door (Doors 9PM, Show at 10ish)
Ages 21 Up or with Parent
What happened was that old creative process, in this case the transformation of several riffs and song ideas into the debut album by Baroody’s new band, The Distributors. The self-titled, eight-track disc gets unveiled Saturday night during a release party at Columbia’s largest rock club, the 1,200-capacity Music Farm.
For Baroody, who’s 51, a father of four and a founding member of the longtime Columbia party-rock cover band Tootie and the Jones, the new album fulfills a goal he’s worked toward for years.
“I always had the notion that before I turned 50, I wanted to write and record some original songs,” he explains. “It was just a matter of coming up on that date in my life.”
With his benchmark upon him, the time was right: Tootie was playing fewer and fewer gigs; Baroody’s kids were getting older; and his wife encouraged him to give it a shot. So, 18 months ago, he contacted Jay Matheson at Rosewood’s longstanding Jam Room recording studio and loosely outlined his plan. Matheson, says Baroody, “facilitated the whole process.”
“I told him to start gathering his song ideas,” Matheson recalls. “Once he did that, we got back together and started talking about them one by one.”
Matheson agreed to play bass, and he recruited Columbia’s hardest-working drummer, Steve Sancho — he currently plays with The Restoration, Say Brother and Dave Britt, among others, while maintaining his role as house drummer for the Jam Room. With Baroody on guitar, they banged away in the studio, gradually piling up a set of blues-based songs that the frontman describes as “meat-and-potatoes” rock ’n’ roll.
“It’s not that complicated,” Baroody says. “It’s the music I’ve always listened to.”