Foghat’s Latest Live Recording Is Enjoyable Despite One Imperfection

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Veteran rock band Foghat is an interesting band.  The band is celebrating half a century of making music this year.  In the course of that expansive run, the band has released approximately 17 albums, no less than 10 compilation records (counting 2018’s, Slow Ride), but only four (yes four) live recordings.  Those recordings come in the form of Foghat Live (1977), Road Cases (1998), Foghat Live II (2007), and Live at the Belly Up (2017).  One would have thought that over the course of 50 years, the band would have released far more live material, but clearly it hasn’t.  Looking at how much time passed between the band’s existing live recordings, audiences had to wait a long time for those recordings – 21 years between Foghat Live and Road Cases; Nine years between Road Cases and Foghat Live II, and another decade between Foghat Live II and Live at the Belly Up.  Now Friday, after only four years (the shortest wait between live recordings), the band will release what is only its fifth live recording in the form of 8 Days on the Road.  The 14-song concert was recorded pre-pandemic on Nov. 17, 2019 at Daryl’s House Club in Pawling, NY.  It was intended as a celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary.  However, the concert’s set list seems to hint otherwise.  This will be discussed a little later.  To its positive, the recording’s production largely proves positive.  It will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of the noted set list rounds out the recording’s most important elements.  It will also be discussed later.  Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the recording.  All things considered, the recording proves to be a presentation that most Foghat fans will enjoy.

Foghat’s forthcoming live recording, 8 Days on the Road is an interesting new offering from the veteran rock band.  Being only the band’s fifth live recording in its 50 year life, the recording offers a certain amount of appeal beginning with its production.  For the case of this review, the audio production will receive the most attention since only an audio link was provided.  The concert will release on CD/DVD combo pack and vinyl pressings.  The audio production presented in 8 Days on the Road is its own positive.  Daryl’s House Club is not a large venue.  That means that plenty of attention had to be paid to the concert’s audio.  That is because of how easy it would have been for the audio to become muddied.  Thankfully, that did not happen, thanks again to the painstaking efforts to balance all of the audio.  Each performer’s part was expertly balanced with those of his band mates.  The result of the attention to detail is that the concert’s audio deserves its own share of applause.  While the audio production featured in Foghat’s new live recording is deserving of applause, the concert’s set list is slightly questionable.

The set list featured in 8 Days on the Road is questionable in large part because this recording is being marketed widely as a celebration of the band’s 50th anniversary.  As already noted, Foghat has released 17 albums over the course of its half century in existence.  By comparison, this 83-minute concert’s set list pulls from a very limited portion of that expansive catalog.  To be precise, it pulls from seven of the band’s albums.  Now on the surface that might sound like a lot, considering it is almost half of the band’s catalog.  The reality is that those seven albums run from its 1972 self-titled debut album to its 1978 album, Stone Blue.  That is a small percentage of the band’s catalog, considering that another 10 albums followed in the years to come, including its most recent album, 2016’s Under The Influence.  In short, what the band offers audiences in this latest live recording is a span of only six years of the band’s life rather than a career-spanning set list that could have otherwise featured at least one song each from most of its albums.  To that end, the set list is entertaining.  That is not to be mistaken.  Regardless, the limitation of the set list’s content still detracts from the concert’s presentation.  Luckily it is not enough to doom the recording.  The band’s performance of the set list does its share to keep audiences engaged and entertained.

Foghat’s performance of its set list is important to note because of how much enjoyment it brings to the recording even despite the set list’s limitations.  Front man Charlie Huhn presents a certain swagger throughout his performance for instance.  This can be inferred even in the recording’s audio-only presentation through the relaxed nature in the way he sings each song.  He and fellow guitarist Bryan Bassett pair with bassist Rodney O’Quinn to add to the relaxed sense in the performance in each song.  Drummer Roger Earl (the only original member in the band’s current lineup) is equally relaxed in his performance.  At the same time, he misses not even a single beat throughout the course of the concert, as he keeps the band moving in each song.  The band spends little time between songs bantering with the audience.  Rather, it lets its performance of each song do the talking.  The collective keeps the energy flowing throughout the concert, keeping the energy high from start to finish.  The result of all of this is that audiences at home will remain just as engaged and entertained as those who were in attendance at the concert.  When this aspect and the recording’s production quality are considered together, the pairing makes for reason enough for audiences to take in this concert, even despite the shortcoming that is the show’s set list.  All things considered, the recording still proves itself a presentation that any Foghat fan will welcome into his or her music library.

Foghat’s forthcoming fifth live recording, 8 Days on the Road is an intriguing new presentation from the veteran rock band.  Its interest stems in part from its production values.  The concert’s audio production specifically deserves applause.  That is because of how well it balances everything, considering the intimacy of the venue in which the concert was held.  The show’s set list is somewhat problematic, considering that this concert recording is being marketed as part of a celebration of the band reaching the half-century mark in its life.  Even being so problematic, it is not enough to make the recording a failure, but at the same time still cannot be ignored.  The band’s performance of the concert’s set list is another positive, and makes up for the concerns raised by that element.  That is because collectively, the band puts its best foot forward throughout the concert.  The band lets its performance do the talking instead of wasting time between songs, filling space with banter.  The band’s performance ensures audiences at home will remain just as engaged and entertained as those who attended the 2019 concert.  When this aspect is considered with the positive presented through the recording’s production, those two elements make for reason enough for audiences to take in the concert.  They work with the set list to make the recording overall, a presentation that while maybe imperfect, will still find itself welcome in most Foghat fans’ libraries.  8 Days on the Road is scheduled for release Friday through its own label, Foghat Records, and Select-O-Hits.

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Foghat Celebrating Half-Century Mark With New Live Recording

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Foghat will release a new live recording next month.

The band is scheduled to release its new live recording, 8 Days on the Road, July 16 through its own label, Foghat Records and Select-O-Hits. The concert featured in the recording was originally captured Nov. 27, 2019 at Daryl’s House Club in Pawling, NY and features a 14-song set.

Guitarist Bryan Bassett said the band’s performance was an enjoyable experience.

“To play in a small intimate venue like Daryl’s club was really fun and something we don’t do often,” said Bassett. “Combine that with the fact that this venue has been fine-tuned for acoustics by the on-site recording professionals and this became a great place for us to play and record.”

Front man Charlie Huhn expanded on Bassett’s comments.

“Playing in an intimate club is so much more energetic and exciting, because as a performer, when you are close to the audience it’s as though you are really in there with them and they are onstage with you,” he said. “This closeness feeds on you to bring out the best which is a very cool feeling. After playing in larger, more distant stage scenarios like fairs, festivals, casinos and theaters, it was really awesome to be right in with the audience. The close proximity lends an especially exuberant feel that is infectious, and this show was no exception.”

Drummer Roger Earl shared his band mates’ positive recollections of the concert.

“Eight days on the road is more like 80,000 days on the road for us, but that’s OK, I love my job! It was a change and a real pleasure to play this particular small room, said Earl. “I explained to a couple of folks sitting down front as we were about to take the stage that we sweat a lot, and they might want to finish eating. They just grinned and said, ‘we’re ready.’ And so were we!”

Bassist Rodney O’Quinn also recalled the performance as a positive experience.

“In 2019, we were definitely living up to the title, 8 DAYS ON THE ROAD,
he said. Having played at Daryl’s House once before, I remember that it was such a great sounding room. The energy in the room that night was electric, and the band was hitting on all cylinders.”

Pre-orders are open for 8 Days on the Road. Pre-orders include an instant grat download of the band’s performance of ‘Road Fever.’ The band’s performance of that song is streaming now through YouTube. The recording’s track listing is noted below.

1. Drivin’ Wheel

2. Road Fever

3. Stone Blue

4. Fool For The City

5. It Hurts Me Too

6. Take Me To The River

7. Home In My Hand

8. 8 Days on the Road

9. Chateau Lafitte ’59 Boogie

10. I Just Want To Make Love To You

11. Chevrolet

12. Maybellene

13. Play That Funky Music

14. Slow Ride

In other news, Foghat has announced a new tour schedule. The schedule is set to launch July 17 in St. Charles, IL and to run through Nov. 27 in Hiawasee, GA. It features performance in cities nationwide, such as Uncasville, CT; Roanoke, VA; and Danbury, WI. Additionally, the band has a performance scheduled for Feb. 26, 2022 in Biloxi, MS and from Oct. 29-Nov. 5, 2022 aboard the High Seas Rally 2022 festival on the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas.

The band’s upcoming dates are all noted below.

DATE               CITY                             VENUE

Sat 7/17            St. Charles, IL               Arcada Theatre

Fri 7/23             Walker, MN                   Moondance Jam (with Cheap Trick and Todd Rundgren)

Fri 7/30             The Woodlands, TX       Dosey Doe

Sat 8/7              Danbury, WI                  St. Croix Casino Danbury

Fri 8/13             Eldon, MO                    Shawnee Bluff Vineyard

Sat 8/14            Granite City, IL              Nick’s Bar & Grill (outside)

Sat 8/21            Canyonville, OR            Seven Feathers Casino Resort

Fri 8/27             Kennewick, WA             Benton Franklin Fair 2020

Sat 9/4              Mulvane, KS                 Kansas Star Casino (w/ Atlanta Rhythm Section, Firefall and Pat Travers)

Sat 9/11            Huntington, NY              The Paramount

Thu 9/16           Ocean City, MD             OC Bikefest (with George Thorogood & the Destroyers)

Sat 9/18            Uncasville, CT               Mohegan Sun

Sun 9/19           West Springfield, MA     The Big E

Thu 9/23           Ashland, KY                  Paramount Arts Center

Sun 9/26           Roanoke, VA                Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

Sat 10/2            Ojai, CA                        Ojai Nest Fest

Sat 10/9            Port St. Lucie, FL          Mid Florida Credit Union Event Center

Sat 10/16          Santa Fe, NM                Buffalo Thunder Resort

Sat 11/20          Miami, FL                      Magic City Casino

Sat 11/27          Hiawassee, GA             Anderson Music Hall (with Night Ranger)

Sat 2/26/22       Biloxi, MS                     IP Casino Resort & Spa

10/29-11/5/22    Port Canaveral, FL        High Seas Rally 2022-Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas

Foghat’s most recent recording was its 2017 live recording, Live at the Belly Up. It was preceded by the band’s 2016 album, Under The Influence. The band re-issued the album only months after its original release .

More information on Foghat’s new live recording and live dates is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

Websitehttps://www.foghat.com

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