The Hooters are one of the bands that have been playing their music since the 1980s and who are still very active and successful with their music. And the Hooters are one of the bands who make use of the mandolin in their songs. Eric Bazilian plays the mandolin or mandola, John Lilly plays mandolin too in some songs. The Hooters do also use the recorder, the accorion or the melodica in their songs.
Some of the songs by the Hooters are well known and very popular, like Johnny B., All you Zombies or Satellite.
There are some live videos from the 1980, but I haven’t discovered a video with the mandolin from that time. But in the videos from recent years I have found many examples of songs with one or two mandolins. In some videos Eric Bazilian plays a doubleneck instrument with electric mandolin and guitar.
Let’s start with the song Karla with a K which has a long introduction with mandolin and accordion:
The Hooters – “karla with a k”
Another famous song is Johnny B. which starts with a recorder melody:
The Hooters – Johnny B (live in Hamburg Fabrik am 09.06.09)
Concert in Arena of Pop – Mannheim 2009 – with mandola and mandolin
Videos with guitar and some other versions of the mandolin song. In the first video Reignwolf plays a solo with guitar or mandolin and plays the bass drum with his feet. In the third piece (Chain) you can see his mandolin technique very well – mostly he plays with the thumb and middle- or ringfinger, and holds the pick with the index finger to be able to play with the pick as well.
I am just listening to the latest Canada Live podcast featuring Land of Talk – a Canadian indie rock band:
Indie-rock band Land of Talk is joined by special guests from The Besnard Lakes for this hot concert recorded at the Segal Centre in Montreal.
From Wikipedia: Land of Talk is a Canadian indie rock band formed in 2006 from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The band consists of singer and guitarist Elizabeth Powell, bassist Joseph Yarmush and drummer Andrew Barr.
For this weekend I would like to recommend another Canada Live podcast. The podcast of January 15th is dedicated to Colin James, it was recorded in Vancouver, where the winter olympics were opened today.
I liked this concert very much, I am just listening to it for the second time. Colin plays fantastic on his guitars and is a great blues and rock singer, and his band too makes a big sound.
(podcast no more available)
On the concert on demand page I have found the following introduction for Colin James:
Born and bred in Saskatchewan, Colin James has long called Vancouver home. Colin was still in his teens when he was discovered by blues guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan.
As a singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Colin James has had a varied musical career, from blues to rock, pop and swing, following his muse without regard to fads or trends. A dozen albums later, Colin’s an established rock and blues institution who’s never gone away and just keeps on getting better.
Colin James – vocals & guitar
Craig Northey – guitar & vocals
Pat Steward – drums
Eric Webster – keyboard
Steve Hilliam – saxophone
Terry Townson – trumpet
Doug Elliott – bass
Here is a video with the second to last song of the concert, Into the mystic, a Van Morrison cover: