2017
The Long Distance Relationship w/ Carpal Tullar
September
21
Thursday
Doors 7:30, Show 8:30 - $5
The Long Distance Relationship
The long Distance Relationship was born as a concept right after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Designed as a musical collective to record the songs of New Orleanian Dave Baker, the group pulls from former bandmates and many other talented musicians from far and wide. Dave culled together a lifetime’s worth of songs to become the self-titled, ten song debut album that was released the summer of 2016. Loss, death, optimism, infidelity, love, inevitability, emotional numbness: These are all themes that surface on this collection of songs. The Long Distance Relationship is currently working on another album at this time.

A multi-instrumentalist, Dave plays bass, keys, accordion, and guitar, but fronts his band live playing bass. A musical jack-of-all-trades and a master of none, these performances by him and others serve the song to their psychedelic-tinged, drone-ish, harmony-laden, hooked end. When fellow musicians are discussing the songs, performers such as Beck, Beach Boys, Elliott Smith, XTC, Kinks, Hollies, early Pink Floyd/Syd Barrett, Yardbirds, Jefferson Airplane, Fairport Convention and others get thrown around in casual conversation. Dave played with multiple bands since landing in Asheville, NC. Most notably, The Steves and Pick Your Switch. He currently plays bass and sings in The Lefties and recently started playing electric guitar, keys, and vocals in Carpal Tullar.

Dave’s Asheville version of the band includes musicians Chris Tullar on drums and vocals (Carpal Tullar), Dorsey Parker on lead guitar (Dorsey’s Big Benefit Band, Velvet Truckstop, Artimus Pyle Band), Ken Jones on rhythm guitar and vocals (Fifty Year Flood, Mountain Song Guitars) and also frequently features Louly Peacock (formerly of Rad Lou) and other guest vocalists and players.
Carpal Tullar
Carpal Tullar describes both the recording project operated exclusively by Chris Tullar of Asheville, NC, and the Asheville-based band that plays Carpal Tullar songs live. Chris has been recording music in his home studio for many years. Some of the songs are brand new and others are old enough to vote, so there is a wide variety in the band repertoire. The music is infectious and upbeat rock, lyrically witty, and spattered with influences from the greats of the 1960s and 70s.

Chris is joined on bass by Rob Heyer, who has played in many Asheville-based bands over the past twenty years and most recently Noonday Sun, John McKinney on drums, who is also a long-running Asheville musician, a multi-instrumentalist, but mostly plays keyboards for local bands and various projects in the area, most recently Station Underground and The Astral Plainsmen, and most recently Dave Baker of The Long Distance Relationship on guitar, keyboard and vocals.

Carpal Tullar has been played on WNCW, Asheville FM, appeared on NPR's All Songs Considered podcast, and even made a musical appearance on Car Talk.
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