The special captures the spirit and swagger of the era perfectly, as Tim and his big band run through a collection of beloved favorites like “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head,” “Beyond The Sea,” “Lady Is A Tramp” and “Mack The Knife,” effortlessly in a set list meticulously hand-picked by Rushlow himself.
A dedicated fan of Bobby Darin’s, Tim found himself extremely humbled by the kind words of Mr. Darin’s son Dodd. Darin commented about the new project, “Tim Rushlow is a genuine and rare talent who is able to authentically cross over musical genres. My father, the late Bobby Darin, was able to do that as well and so it’s fantastic to see Tim interpret some of my father’s songs. It will be exciting to see where his talents lead him and I’ll be watching, as I know it’s going to be great. I wish him all the best!
Rushlow pays homage to the greats during the program but also gives a nod to his country heritage and roots as well with a rendition of one of Little Texas’ biggest hits, “What Might Have Been,” reworked especially for this presentation. “For a while I really didn’t think I was going do anything from my past on this project, but my keyboard player took it upon himself to rewrite “What Might Have Been” as a soloist song with a string section. When he played it for me it just really knocked me out. The production is really intimate and powerful. I think it’s cool because that’s the moment in the show where you really see people connect the dots and go, “oh, that’s that guy!’ So it’s a great thing,” says Rushlow.
The 90-minute special will serve as a pledge drive program for public TV stations and will air in markets around the country in conjunction with live concerts in those markets. Rushlow will host the very first of these in his hometown of Franklin, TN on December 2nd and 3rd, as he presents a big band classic Christmas along with some of his favorite big band hits. He hopes reinterpreting these standards will appeal to a whole new group of fans and is eager to take them out to crowds at intimate venues around the country.
“Romance has really never gone away,” explains Rushlow about the material’s evergreen appeal. “People love it, and sometimes I think we’ve lost our way in our culture with that, and this music brings it all back to that. There is a culture of songwriters and craftsman in that era who wrote songs that stand the test of time like no other. That body of work from that time period is one of the most coveted things we have in this country and it is quintessential America. And that is the fun part for me, to blow the dust off of some of these songs and bring some life to them. I’m not trying to fill the shoes of any of these greats, but really pay tribute to them with this in a way by doing my interpretation of them. I want people to come see this and be transported back in time to the era of the supper club in 1965. I really hope people come out and see the show and have some fun and get their retro on!”
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