Derek Davis and The Tasty Groove will give area music fans a taste of what's to come Saturday night in Sherman. The band will play a four-hour set of originals and covers during a CD release party at Murdock's from 9-1.
According to Davis, the sampler CD features songs that will be released later this year on the band's first full-length disc. He said the single "Freedom and Compromise" has sold well on iTunes to this point.
"That was kind of our most popular song that I wrote by myself," he said. "It's kind of a relationship song. Most of my songs are like that just because it's something everyone can relate to. At some of our shows, we have a lot of people who know all of the words and sing along."
Derek Davis and The Tasty Groove will release a CD sampler at Murdock’s on Saturday night. Davis and his band have several shows booked throughout March.
Murdock's is sponsoring the sampler release, and copies will be available at the show.
Davis, the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, plays alongside drummer Ben Juul, who also sings; bassist Aaron Darr and lead guitarist Jamie Trusler. The band plays everything from country to acoustic rock, covering a wide range of songs, including some by Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Blake Shelton, Hank Williams Jr. and Billy Joel.
"I just enjoy playing," Davis said. "I enjoy making people happy and having a good time. Most of our music is upbeat. It keeps people dancing."
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The band members have full-time jobs and play with other artists outside of Derek Davis and The Tasty Groove. Trusler also plays in The Bogarts and Juul plays with Sean Patrick McGraw on occasion. Davis has a solo show at the Bellini Lounge at Chautauqua Suites every Friday from 4-7.
The band's other upcoming shows include a benefit for breast cancer awareness at Shawbucks on March 11, a March 24 show at the VFW in Mayville that will benefit Hospice and a March 30 show from 8-midnight at the Bellini Lounge.
According to Davis, recording a CD has been an interesting process.
"This is the first CD that is written by me," said Davis, who was born in Jamestown, grew up in Bradford, Pa., and later moved to New York City and Los Angeles. "I've been in other bands before that I've just written the vocals for. I've traveled all over the country trying to find serious musicians - to find band members who are serious about it and enjoy doing it."
Following the release of the sampler this weekend and the full-length CD this summer, Derek Davis and The Tasty Groove will look to focus on making more original music and building a fanbase.
"Our goal is just to keep building the radius," Davis said. "I feel it's important to have a strong, hometown fanbase and have a strong local radius before continuing to expand. I personally would like to tour the country and get to that level, but the short-term goal is just to keep building the radius and the fanbase. It's very important to us to make that original music successful and eventually be able to play a majority of originals because people are familiar with them."