This story was originally posted on the Orange County Register Web site on Monday, Aug. 10, 2009.
Southern California-based Great White will celebrate the release of the band's latest album, "Rising," with a headlining show Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano.
The hard-edged blues rockers' 2009 commercial release is a follow-up to 2006's "Back to the Rhythm." Across the group's new 11-song album, singer Jack Russell, guitarist Mark Kendall, drummer Audie Desbrow, guitarist-keyboardist Michael Lardie and bassist Scott Snyder show that Great White is one of the most overlooked rockers to emerge in the 1980s.
Sadly, a fire that killed 100 people in a Rhode Island nightclub in 2003 during one of Great White's concerts thrust the band into the spotlight more than its music this decade. But the group's subsequent albums have built an increasingly strong case that what ultimately defines the band is rock 'n' roll played with an edge.
From the funk-tinged "I Don't Mind" and hard-rocking "Situation" to the confessional blues of "All Or Nothing" (in which Russell sings "I'm dyin' to live, yeah, livin' to die/Honey, listen to me sing the blues/No, no you can't judge me until you've lived my life/Till you're walkin' in my shoes"), the band continues to mine a wealth of classic rock and blues influences.
At the upcoming Coach House show, Great White will likely feature new material off "Rising," as well as favorites such as "Face the Day," "Save Your Love," "Rock Me" and the Grammy-nominated remake of Ian Hunter's "Once Bitten, Twice Shy."
For more information, call the Coach House at 949-496-8930.