Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nadine's Reunion Will Be an Emotional Twangfest Highlight

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nadine's Reunion Will Be an Emotional Twangfest Highlight

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The reunion of Nadine a St. Louis band that seemed on the verge of making it to the next level in the music business when it broke up more than a decade ago already promised to be one of the emotional highlights of this year's Twangfest.

But the tragic death in April of bassist-vocalist Anne Tkach, who was still a fixture on the St. Louis scene as a member of bands including Rough Shop, Ransom Note and Magic City, cast a shadow over the long-anticipated get-together.

"There was just the sheer shock of it," says Adam Reichmann, Nadine's guitarist and vocalist. "Those of us who recorded with her and have been on the road with her we're feeling it. We were so looking forward to reconnecting with her."

Nadine which, besides Reichmann, includes multi-instrumentalist Steve Rauner, guitarist Jimmy Griffin and drummer Merv Schrock decided to go ahead with the Twangfest date after being assured by people close to Tkach that she would have wanted that. Todd Schnitzer, who played in an earlier edition of Nadine, will fill in on bass.

Talk of a reunion first surfaced when Reichmann spoke to Twangfest organizers some months back. "We talked about doing it in another context, but it seemed like too big a rock to lift at the time," Reichmann says. "But when the idea of doing it at Twangfest came up, the logistics fell into place."

Beginning in the late '90s, Nadine produced four albums, starting with "Back to My Senses," which was released on the European Glitterhouse label. The band joined with others to form the Undertow collective in St. Louis, working out of a "post-apocalyptic, Mad Max- style" warehouse downtown. On the Undertow label, Nadine released "Downtown, Saturday" and "Lit Up from the Inside." The group signed with then-up-and-coming label Trampoline for "Strange Seasons," which was supposed to raise its profile considerably. But the effort fell short.

"I've answered the question of what went wrong a million different ways," Reichmann says. …

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