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Our latest CD, "The Light Fantastic" is out! This is our 13th CD! You can collect 'em all, starting with our 1979 debut, recorded live at Toad's Place in New Haven. All CDs are available on Amazon, I-Tunes, Spotify, or Apple Music. You can also buy our latest CD direct from us by clicking on the "Store" link of this website or click on the icons below to buy it from Amazon or Itunes.
“Review of our performance at Daryl's (as in Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates) House, November, 2017 by Wayne J. Keeley & Stephanie C. Lyons-Keely of Pillow Talk blog. "a six-person group of consummate musicians and vocalists who can play everything including jazz, swing, the blues, and even country and pop. The band has been around since 1975 and is still going strong. That is worth repeating even though you are not supposed to appear redundant in a review: the band has been around since 1975 and is still going strong. The band's founder, principal songwriter and arranger, vocalist, and keyboardist Cynthia Lyon, has more energy than that drum-playing rabbit you see on television all the time. The rest of the band members also possess some nice pedigrees. On tenor and also tax and flute is Collin Tilton who played on Van Morrison's iconic Moondance album. Just hearing Collin play his flute solo from Moondance was worth the price of admission."” - Wayne J. Keeley & Stephanie C. Lyons-Keeley
“ Eight to the Bar really brings it in [their]12th album…worth owning for the first three tracks alone.. the high-energy group is known for its swing, boogie-woogie.. but there’s even country themes in the new CD’s “Rock Me” (written by lead singer Brinna Jones), “Schoolhouse Rock”-echoes in “The Law of Attraction” (written by [Mike] Corsini) and a fun doo-wop number in “Never Let You Go”. The first three songs are ETTB at its swingin’ best: “That’s Neat, That’s Nice” (written by Terry Adams of NRBQ), “That Man” (a splendid David Schreurs tune recorded previously by European singer Caro Emerald) and “Baby, Why Can’t You Come on Home?” (written by Tilton and Lyon). The title cut is the last on the album, a 1 minute, 31 second ditty referencing the group’s amazing longevity (“bringin’ our swing to your green”).” - Joe Amarante
— New Haven Register
“HEARING AID Eight to the Bar “Bring It & Swing It!” Jitter Bop! Records I started going to see Eight to the Bar in the 1980s and I’ve consistently been blown away by their vocal harmonies, nonstop energy, and super slick arrangements of swing, jazz, blues, doo wop, and Motown tunes. The band formed in 1975 and 40 years later is still “bringing” it. The band will be partying all year in celebration of their 40th anniversary and as luck would have it, they have released a new CD as well. “Bring It & Swing It!” is their 12th album. The album packaging, or “liner notes” as we used to call them, is a spectacular display of the band in vintage costumes and settings including a 1950s kitchen, hanging around a fantastic 1966 Chevy pickup, and in a one-room schoolhouse. Fans are invited to take a close look at the photos for hidden bits and pieces of nostalgia connected with the band in celebration of their 40 years. The CD’s 11 tracks include new original songs, two live performance recordings and two covers. Principal writer and founder Cynthia Lyon throws down vocals, piano, organ, and clavinet. Tenor saxophonist Collin Tilton also produced and recorded the album at his Bar None Studio. Rounding out the sextet is Michael Corsini on bass and vocals, Tom Whalen on guitar and vocals, Shawn Meehan on drums, and the newest member, Brinna Jones on vocals. Long-time fans of Eight to the Bar (ETTB) will not be disappointed. I like how they smooth their way into the CD with a cover of none other than NRBQ! Everybody loves NRBQ- I’m pretty sure. You’ll be swinging right outa the gate with this 1988 Terry Adams tune “That’s Neat, That’s Nice”. Brilliant! The only other cover song, “That Man”, is a 2010 obscure tune from Dutch jazz singer Caro Emerald, which happens to fit in just perfectly with their repertoire and is pulled off true to form. “Baby, Why Can’t You Come on Home?” features Cynthia’s sizzling vocals and Collin’s equally sultry sax. (They wrote this one together.) The surprising throwback old-school country swing tune “Rock Me” features original ETTB co-founder John “Bubbs” Brown on pedal steel. It’s down-home and sweet! But don’t worry, “Never Let You Go” swoops you right back to 50s doo-wop in an all-new original. It amazes me how this band can keep writing songs from a bygone era- and they work! “Play It On Your Saxophone” (Live at Infinity Hall) is this band in their element and the proof is in the recording. There’s no need to wonder “if the band will be good live” when listening to what was captured that night onstage, which is what happens every night onstage. This modern-day classic and fan favorite has been preserved perfectly here. The saxophone and the band are so tight and so good it kind of makes you want to scream (and thousands of people do.) The second live recording, also from Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Connecticut (recorded just a few months ago at a 40th Anniversary Blowout Concert), features killer guitar and organ, a drum solo, a bass solo, and just a whole lotta fun in between, culminating in a choreographed frenzy of musical delight. Finally the title track, “Bring It & Swing It!” is a comical hats-off salute to their 40 years in the biz and the lyrics pretty much say it all: “If you swing it we will bring it…Well I started this band as a swing band, in 1975. And the way that some of us partied, we’re lucky to be alive”. According to the band’s web site, http://www.eighttothebar.com, two 40th Anniversary shows coming up are: “Sun Aug 30, the current lineup will be joined by the original lineup of 1975 at the Farm Fest, Rosedale Farm, 25 E. Weatogue Ave., Roxbury, CT from approximately 4-7pm. Wed, November 25 (the night before Thanksgiving) we’re going to have the biggest reunion show of the year at INFINITY HALL IN HARTFORD! We’ll have the original 1975 lineup, some star members of the ’85 lineup and of course, the current lineup. There will also be plenty of room to dance as well as concert seating”! -Sue Menhart Sound Waves Magazine August 2015 ” - Sue Menhart
— Sound Waves Magazine