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May 1, 2013
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Truckee band plays hometown show

Forget the Roses is back in action, playing a Saturday show at Moody’s Bistro in Truckee, the group’s hometown.

The Americana and folk band went on hiatus last year after guitarist Morgan Hargrave had his second child, guitarist and singer Todd Wees said.

“Now we’re back into booking stuff and getting busy again,” Wees said. “It’s been good, we’ve been rehearsing a lot, because we try to mix it up and have 50 percent covers and 50 percent originals, if we can.”

Forget the Roses is Wees, Hargrave, fiddler Gia White, bassist Cody Brouwers and drummer Gabe Carlson. Carlson and Brouwers will be absent at Moody’s, with Wees, Hargrave and White playing as a trio.

The band first started while Wees was playing and teaching guitar for children and families a few years ago, he said. He and Hargrave met through the project. Wees and White had also been playing music together occasionally at the time. The three got together, added Brouwers and Carlson, and Forget the Roses was born.

“We kind of came together with a singer-songwriter influence in the band like Wilco or Ryan Adams,” Wees said. “So our sound has kind of an Americana, folksy-type background, but then kind of that indie rock tinge. We kind of almost have that new era Johnny Cash sound. We like to keep it up-tempo, like to keep it basic and simple and we kind of have a fun sound that way.”

“The group will be testing out some new material at Moody’s,” Wees said.

“As a band, original material is important,” he said. “It’s nice to have a really great response to your own tunes.”

Forget the Roses also mixes a wide range of cover tunes into sets.

“The covers that we play, we’ll throw in anything from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to the Black Keys to Alabama Shakes,” Wees said. “We try to play a lot of groovy-based indie kind of sound.”

Onstage, the main goal is to keep it fun, Wees said.

“We make it fun,” he said. “Gia and I talk back and forth and kind of interact with the crowd and the guys. I think people notice that we’re looking around and having fun and laughing. We get out there onstage and try to make everybody feel like they’re part of the show, part of the performance.”

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