A MIGHTY FINE
By ALAN K. STOUT firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, December 03, 2004 Page: 24
WHO: Mighty Fine Wine, with Okay Paddy
WHERE: Moonshine Theater, 335 Adams Ave., Scranton
WHEN: Doors at 8:30 p.m., music at 9 p.m.
TICKETS: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
ON THE RADIO: Mighty Fine Wine will appear Sunday on `The Mountaingrown
Hour: Music On The Menu Live.' Showtime is 9 p.m. on WDMT-FM, 102.3 - The
SCRANTON - Mighty Fine Wine has found its groove. Three years after the
release of its first CD, the hard-playing, hard-drinking rock 'n' roll blues
band seems to be hitting on all cylinders. The live shows cook. The songs
jell. The vibe is evident.
``Everybody has their own individual job, and everybody does their part in
making one great sound,'' bassist and vocalist Timmy Hopkins says. ``That's
what we do. We try to find ways to make it all blend together by understanding
who's in the limelight at one particular time.
``There's no egotistical behavior. There's no `It's about me.' It's about
us, and it's about the song, and you put the song first.''
The band's fourth CD, ``Vino Vidi Vici,'' is its best work to date. It will
be released Saturday at a special CD-release party in Scranton. It also will
be available at Gallery of Sound stores Tuesday. The 13-song collection was
recorded at Sound Investment studios in Scranton, with additional mixing and
mastering in New York City and Florida. Tracks include ``Junk,'' ``I Am
Somebody,'' ``Dedicated,'' ``Two of a Kind'' and ``Skult.''
Hopkins says the band, which also includes John ``Fud'' Zavacki, Jay Noble,
Bill Orner and Bob Schappert, has been blessed with the support it's received
from the local music community. He adds that people might connect with the
band simply because they see the connection between its members.
``When we're on stage, there's definitely a chemistry between us,'' he
says. ``That's why we play music together. And obviously that chemistry that
we have transcends.''
Hopkins says he has no problem with the band's hard-living reputation. If
anything, he embraces it.
``I have four brothers that I'm stuck with, and we have fun together on
stage and off stage,'' he says. ``That's who we are. We work hard, and we
(expletive) play hard. When we play music, we play as hard as we possibly can,
and when we let loose, we let loose.''
Hopkins gives props to bands such as Breaking Benjamin and The Badlees, who
have taken their careers and their music to ``another level.'' He hopes Mighty
Fine Wine will do the same.
``It took us a while to get that groove and that sound that we wanted,'' he
says. ``But now that we've got it, we're trying to build on it even more.''