2Ton Bridge is Alexander Wright, a hands-on troubadour with a voice of reason, digging deep into rich musical soil. We reviewed the new music and said it has the ability to “take you out of your current surroundings.” Wright sings, and plays acoustic guitar & banjo, and he’s backed by a crack band of seasoned veterans. Wright recently released a Digital 45 of two songs – “Pennies on the Shore” and “I’m a Hoot Owl” – a pair of samples of full length album promised in early 2016. Both songs were produced by roots master and former member of Lone Justice Marvin Etzioni.
Lone Justice were mid-Eighties pioneers. Blending elements of country, punk & rock, the band, led by fiery vocalist Maria McKee, gained a reputation for their incendiary live shows. Although praised by critics, the band never received commercial success, and broke up in 1989. Yet, over the following years, the group has been cited as a major influence by many bands. Now comes This is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983, a collection of 12 early recordings the band made before signing with a major label. Icon Fetch talks with original Lone Justice bassist Marvin Etzioni, who has kept these tapes in his garage for years. He tells us the story of how he joined the band and the circumstances that led to these fantastic recordings, made available for the first time.
Steve Barton helped lead the San Francisco band Translator to such underground hits as “Everywhere That I’m Not,” and “Come With Me,” before calling it quits near the end of the Eighties. He’s since gone on to release several solo albums. His latest, Projector, is his most personal – Barton sings and plays all the instruments on the record, which deals in large part with the recent passing of his father. Barton talks with Icon Fetch about recording the album on 2-inch tape with the help of friend (and former member of Lone Justice) Marvin Etzioni, and the recent reformation of his old band Translator.