Lenora Downs - What Say You?
Nowadays, people talk about their personal journey in life... the roads
they have chosen to walk down. Some have taken risks, while others
are content to sit back day after day feet up in their favorite
recliner. What drives one and not the other?
It all comes down to passion... those with passion forge ahead
regardless of what life throws at them or in their path. Their passion
keeps their souls true.
John Fenner and his band, Strange Friends have taken many twists and
turns on their road to creating music. Staying true to the heart of
their songs and delivering a good show.
Whether he performed with Peg Danaher... as she belted out her songs
clad in a suede fringed jacket, dancing and spinning around, arms
outstretched... the audience could feel it. You'd swear the ghost of
Janis Joplin was in the house those nights raising a toast to Peg
and Strange Friends and cheering them on.
Then came the turn in the road for Strange Friends, with the sultry
deep voice of Katy Thomasberg; matched with the talents of Bill
Bailey and Itchy Whilfarht (aka Mark Shroeder)... again headed by
their leader, John Fenner. The rocking blues swirled in with a funky
sound, bringing the group to another level of musical intoxication.
And so on this journey of Strange Friends... on the road of both the
personal and professional tragedies seen by John Fenner and his band
mates they continue on with the same passion, risks, and soulful
sound as their first gig... perhaps, though a bit tighter and with more
Now a 4 piece solid group that includes Pat Mavity on fiddle, Eric
Hohn on electric bass, and sharing the bill on drums with Tyler
Erickson, Fenner's own son, John the Younger.
All bringing vocals together at times with John Fenner, the front
man... the performer.
John Fenner, who stayed true to the spirit of Strange Friends and
the journey to give the audience one damn good show!
-- Lenora Drowns ~ Artist/Writer