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Getting to know "On the One."

July 29, 2009

It seems each genre of music has its own language. In bluegrass, when you “take a break” it means it’s time to take a solo on your instrument. In jazz, well, it means you go outside and physically take a break from the music.

And that brings us to “On the One.” I had a hunch of what this band name/musical term was about, but just to make sure, I emailed the band to find out. As always, finding out a little more about these guys makes it all that more fun. Especially when you find out that the band is listening to some of the same artists that are in my CD collection. I mean, Maceo Parker?! If you haven’t checked out “Life on Planet Groove,” I’d recommend downloading that one right away.

It should get you in the mood for the One, the Two, and all of the other notes in the measure.

“On the One” will be at River City Saloon on Friday, July 31.

Read Jim’s interview with “On the One” here.

An interview with On the One:

Here you go, thanks for everything, I have added (the band’s) response to the original email for you. Thank you again – Martina Rocks, band manager.

1. Hi guys! Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourselves. I'm guessing that the band name "On the One" stems from a jazz/musical term - maybe "on the first beat," or something like that. Am I in the right ballpark here?

Yes “On the One” stems from the first beat of the measure…(it comes from) bands like James Brown and Prince – where a band that is “On the One” is funky!

2. You've been in Hood River before - how has the crowd been in past shows and why should folks come see your band?

People should come see us if they are looking for a funky dance party! Yes we have been there in the past and people where commenting, wishing that more people knew about the show, because everyone would love “On the One.”

3. Who's in your top five for musical influences?

James Brown, Soulive, Prince, KDTU, Maceo Parker.

4. Let's talk about "Throwdown,." your new live CD. It's funny, in some of my music circles, we've actually used that term to describe some of our gigs. It's kind of like a complete party atmosphere for us. What does it mean for you guys?

The same really, as far as an atmosphere, because our show is a dance party. But musically to “throwdown” means to play as hard as you can, giving the music your ALL!

5. How does the band get from point A to point B? Bus? Limo? Van? Separate cars? Bikes? Describe a typical band road trip.

If I could have the whole band ride beach cruisers, we might be able to save money on gas -- but it would take us a week to get to Oregon!…Ha Ha!….We rock a Sprinter van, even though I’m in love with Prevost tour buses. Again, we try to save on fuel economy!

6. Where can fans get your new CD and check out your stuff?

Our website www.ontheonemusic.com on CDbaby or itunes! www.myspace.com/ontheone

hey thanks you guys and have a good show!

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