Since 1996, Tequila Mockingbird's infectious repertoire of original, catchy tunes steeped in American roots music has been delighting audiences across the Rocky Mountain Region, proving they've got the drive, endurance, talent and stamina worthy of acclaim.
The band successfully released their third and highly anticipated album, Luck and Trouble, at the Toad Tavern on Friday, February 12, 2010. Produced by Bill Thomas and mastered by multi-GRAMMY-winning David Glasser of Airshow Mastering in Boulder, Colo., Luck and Trouble sums up "how lucky we are to get in trouble together," says songwriter/guitarist Daniel Paschke. Written by singer/songwriter and lead woman Wendy Clark and guitarist Mark Mauldin, the title track is an homage to Clark's beloved departed canine companion, Rusty, as well as a song that encompasses recurring themes for the band: love, hope, regret and the fact that theres no luck without some trouble.
Luck and Trouble is a crowning achievement in Tequila Mockingbird's decade-spanning career, setting up the seasoned professionals for their next big leap into defining who they are, where they've been and where they're going. On the threshold of this new album is a stronger,fiercer and yet even more sensitive Tequila Mockingbird. Clark's vocals are teeming with strength and conviction and the instrumental work is some of their finest to date. All nine tracks are new, original songs that demonstrate their maturity in song crafting as well as their playful attitude. One song, Actual Size, was written by singer-songwriter and filmmaker Eric Shiveley.
Brice Hancock, owner of The Toad Tavern and the DenverMusicBoard.com, says, "Tequila Mockingbird has become one of my favorite local bands and with this new album, I think they're ready to pop!" Luck and Trouble has been receiving regular spins on Colorado radio stations statewide, from KQMT The Mountain in Denver to KRFC in Ft. Collins, from KDNK in Carbondale to KOTO in Telluride.
Tequila Mockingbird is singer/songwriter Wendy Clark, Dan Paschke and Scotty McWalter on guitar and vocals, Dean Lancaster bass and vocals, and the backbone beats of drummer Rob Cameron. Together, they've been a mainstay of the greater Denver music scene, acting as support for national acts like Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers (at the Bluebird Theater) and playing shows at respected venues such as the Soiled Dove, the Gothic Theatre and the Ogden Theatre, as well as one of their favorite frequented venues, the Toad Tavern.
The band strives to make every moment as memorable as possible. For the members of Tequila Mockingbird, writing, recording and performing music is as essential to their existence as water is to a fish. "This lineup has invigorating chemistry, energy and power," says Clark. "The point of our band is to give people a refreshing dose of sing-along hooks and an intelligent variety of lyrics to consume and apply to their lives. I write to tell stories and to ask questions, hoping that our audience will find themselves in a bit of what I say and relate it to the human condition."
No doubt the song-stories on Luck and Trouble will touch listeners with their meaning as well as get them on their feet, hairbrush-as-microphone in hand, to rejoice in all the fun and good feelings of Tequila Mockingbird.