Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tishamingo Members Have Fun after Self-Imposed Band Camp

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tishamingo Members Have Fun after Self-Imposed Band Camp

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Byline: Mark Faulkner, Shorelines correspondent

Tishamingo's back-story sounds just like something a reality television producer would dream up.

Take four seasoned musicians and lock them in a house for five weeks. Each week, the band learns one classic rock album top to bottom. At the end, if they survive, the band heads out on the college and festival music circuits.

That's just what Tishamingo did two years ago.

Tishamingo's chosen recordings all were good starting points, including Led Zeppelin's and the Allman Brothers' first albums, Jimi Hendrix's Axis Bold as Love, and Derek and the Dominos' Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs.

"We called that band camp," Tishamingo singer and guitarist Cameron Williams said of the band's genesis. "We thought it would be something different and we didn't have much of an original repertoire when we started. And that was a good way for us to learn about each other musically."

Tishamingo performs Saturday at the Freebird Cafe. The band's roots trace back to Tallahassee's music scene. Williams, drummer Richard Proctor, singer and guitarist Jess Franklin and bassist Stephen Spivey knew one another from their years playing in groups such as the Black Creek Band, Uptown Rudy and Jess Franklin and the Best Little Blues Band.

For the past two years, Tishamingo has made the rounds on the festival and college circuits, playing on increasingly larger stages. The band performed here as part of the George's Music Grassroots Music Festival and Art Fair in September. Williams said he and the rest of the band are enjoying the "grunt work" -- hour-long sets opening for bigger name acts at the festivals. At club performances such as Saturday's show, they can explore their music even more.

"We'll probably play completely different songs than we played last time in Jacksonville," Williams said. "There might be a couple of repeats, but we try to switch it up. We definitely have a good variety of stuff, so the people who saw us last time in Jacksonville will see something new when [we] come back."

On festival stages, the band focuses on songs from its debut self-titled recording. …

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