The other night Brian and I were looking at some records from the 50's and noticing how the marketing has changed. What we found most interesting was how they'd have these several paragraph long blurbs on the back covers. We read some to each other and really enjoyed the writing style we found. Often, the bands were described in revolutionary, yet tender terms. So we started playing a little improvised madlibs with them, inserting Brian's band into these old record blurbs. After an evening of looking for the best, this is what we created. First our apologies go out to The Fleetwoods, we love you, we named fish after you, but your Mr. Blue blurb was the truly cat's pajamas. Read the blurb after the break.
No other folk rock sextet in recent musical memory has achieved such perfect blending of young, soft voices as have Brian Just, Josie Schmitt, Andrew Bartelson, Jenny Hanson, Andre Leroux, and Rick Widen, who are the Brian Just Band.
Like their namesake in one of the country's most talented lyricists. The Brian Just Band purr softly, gently and smoothly with the restrained ability to give out with a burst of power when a powerful performance is required.
Prior to recording this album, the Brian Just Band rose from the obscurity of being only six Minneapolis, Minn., college mates to the position of America's favorite young folk rock sixsome in just the time it took the nation's record buyers to snap up their first two records in copious quantities.
In recording this album, the Brian Just Band achieved a series of "firsts" that are noteworthy in several respects: It is their FIRST album; it is the FIRST time they have been able to show they can do justice to classic instruments such as the flute and banjo as well as to brand new ones like the keyboard; and it is the FIRST time they have been permitted to display their ability to project rollicking songs as well as to croon blues and ballads.
Their singing career started by accident- Brian and Josie intended to whip up a couples-duet act to perform at local watering holes. They invited Rick to play trumpet for them, but he sang the trumpet part instead!
It proved to be one of the happiest accidents that ever happened for the benefit of harmony lovers.
Your obt svt,
Joel (the roommate)