CAPTURING THE SOUND OF COLUMBUS
During the past decade, Trace Marie and blue level have established themselves as one of central Ohio's premier indie-pop bands. Now they are eager to share their unique interpretation of the 'Columbus Sound' with the June 2014 release entitled, Raleigh Scattering,recorded at their own Arch City Recording Studio.
Presenting stylish originals as well as fresh interpretations of the classics, the live music of blue level is as versatile as the audiences they captivate. Performing as a duo/trio, the band builds an intimacy with the audience in smaller settings. They are equally at ease performing as a seven-piece band. That flexibility and wide appeal is the result of years spent sharpening their craft at festivals, clubs, restaurants, and private events.
The CD's new material finds Trace Marie and blue level stretching out, morphing their vision with a broad range of local styles to claim new territory. "When we began this project last autumn, we wanted to capture the legacy of music in our city," says Trace Marie. "Our solution – our evolution – has been to blend that legacy with our own funky groove. Textured and soulful, this music is what Columbus brings out in us."
The band features seasoned local musicians including vocalist Trace Marie, saxophonist Craig Fernandez, keyboardists John Popovich and Andrew Wade, bassist Adam Koltnow, percussionist Russ Frost, drummer Chad Kethcart and guitarist/composer Bradley Scott. Collectively, they bring an emotive energy and passion to the music that engages sophisticated music fans as well as casual listeners. A celebration of the CD's release was hosted by Natalies Pizza and Live Music (5601 North High Street) to a sold out crowd on June 8, 2014. You can hear the new music by requesting it on WCBE 90.5 in central Ohio.