E-I-E-I-O gears up for Oct. 10 show at Mary’s Place

Band with Rockford ties (drummer Scott Gorsuch) offers ‘locomotive rock and twang’

By Jim Hagerty

Staff Writer

Mary’s Place, the oldest bar in Rockford, continues its tradition of bringing popular bands to Rockford. Frontier Records act E-I-E-I-O will make a stop in the Forest City, Saturday, Oct. 10.

The band’s sound, what Rolling Stone calls “locomotive rock and twang,” to many, helped define the sounds artists like Lyle Lovett and BoDeans were making in the late 1980s and early ’90s, legitimizing what is known as alt-country.

With members hailing from Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and Rockford (drummer Scott Gorsuch), E-I-E-I-O became a large concert draw after the release of 1986’s Land of Opportunity. By 1987, the band released That Love Thang and was sharing stages regularly with bands like The Clash, Bangles, Los Lobos, Violent Femmes, Hoodoo Gurus and Stray Cats. Tunes from both records got considerable airplay and cracked several college radio charts in the1980s and 1990s.

After a decade away from the studio, E-I-E-I-O released a self-titled album in 2007. The band’s music can be previewed at www.myspace.com/eieioforever. The new record can be purchased at www.cdbaby.com.

Mary’s Place is at 602 N. Madison St., downtown Rockford. A complete music schedule can be found at www.marysplacebar.com. More information about the E-I-E-I-O show can be found by calling the club at (815) 962-7944.

From the September 30 – October 6, 2009 issue.

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