In 1983 Neal Grandstaff (a.k.a. Jonny Dark) and Dan Stueber played their first gig together and found a real musical connection, in Portland, Oregon. Since then they've had a joyful musical journey together, playing countless gigs and musical projects, including Jonny Dark & The Wondertones.
Over the years there have been many incarnations of Jonny Dark & The Wondertones, but, this newest version, was “one to record”.
Like Neal and Dan's experience together, this CD is a musical journey.
From the opening cut, John Carpenter's Escape from New York, down Route 66 from Chicago to LA, it’s love found, love lost and found again. The really fresh horn and string arrangements were penned by long time partner and keyboardist Joe Millward and the other members agree this is what sets The Wondertones apart and takes it all to another level.
With an organic feel, the CD is also a tribute to some of the greatest musical inspirations of all time. From John Carpenter to Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis to Van Morrison, Mose Allison to BB King, Nancy Wilson to Ella Fitzgerald, Buddy Guy to Asleep At The Wheel..... it’s a wonderful ride.
A group of 7 horns, 3 guitars, 2 keyboards, bass, drums, 2 backup/feature singers and a 5 member String section. The band is funky, bluesy, and jazzy, with great vocalists and solo instrumentalists, we call it......“Progressive R&B”!
We call The Wondertones' style Progressive R&B because, it is truly a blend of Blues, Jazz, Funk, and Rock from the 40’s through the 80’s, so...... “Progressive R&B”.
The Wondertones are always right at home entertaining and performing at special events, festivals, private or corporate parties and gatherings, casinos and concert style theater venues. They’re a joy to hear, fun to watch and don’t forget... the dancing... And, the love. It’s all about the love.
As usual our “Groove Police” have decided to bust Dan Stueber for being “too hip for the room”!
But, cool jazz fans, not to worry. Dan has assured his fellow Wondertones members Joe, Ray, and Neal that he will keep the groove cool and accessible for all the cool cats and chicks out there in Hipsville.
The Wondertones core group is comprised of a four piece rhythm section and a single solo guitar, rather than the usual sax, trumpet or vocalist. This is the “Old School”, “Cool Jazz” side of the group. Tantalizing your 50s and 60s beat generation cravings for a bygone instrumental jazz era.
Accessible jazz with be-bop and pop underpinnings of the time. The radio stations that played this style were on every hipsters dial back in the day.
So put us on and take a cool trip to the “Cool Jazz” era with “47 Minutes”. “It’s the coolest, Daddy-oh”. “Dig it!”