Fools Banquet 2007
Fools Banquet 2007 was both a wonderful and terrible year for Hanson fans, in that 16 songs were leaked to the internet at large. This was wonderful for those who wanted to hear the songs, and not so good that they were leaked. The songs gave a lot of pleasure to the listeners and ammunition to the anti-leakers. The fan community was up in arms about it, surprise surprise. Hanson fans love having something to make a big deal of.
NYMag posted an article about Tinted Windows' inception: At the 2007 Fools Banquet, the annual songwritersí retreat hosted by the Hansons in their hometown, Tulsa, Schlesinger and Hanson write what will become Tinted Windowsí first song, 'Take Me Back'." Pretty awesome.
Also notable and semi-related was the fact that Hanson performed an acoustic show under the alias 'Sacred Fools' in August of 2007. I wonder what significance the alias has, and if it ties in to Fools Banquet? Hmmm...
Who Showed Up
Eric Arndt is an independent Tulsa musician (guitarist, bassist, vocalist) who has been active in a number of bands. He played at SXSW (the music festival Hanson was 'discovered' at and still often attends) in 2008 with his band Refund Division. He's another good example of a Tulsa-area musician Hanson has connected with.
Because he plays in quite a few bands, you should check out his MySpace profile to read up/check out his twitter feed
Graham is an American singer-songwriter from Oklahoma City. He and his band signed with Universal in 2004, and seems to have a lot of big-name music pals, like ex-girlfriend Kelly Clarkson, and a fall tour opening for Counting Crows. His music is generally slower, yet still standard pop-rock catchy. See if you can find the 'Tulsa' road sign in his "Pacific Coast Eyes" video!
Check out his website: grahamcolton.com
Dan is frontman to the band Jars of Clay, which Hanson mentioned they liked way back in the day.. around 1998 or so. Dan wrote a bit about the Fools Banquet songs "Silent Ride" and "Either Side" in the Jars of Clay Forums: he states that the songs are "simple demos without much thought on esthetic or production value. They were done so that we could have a demonstration of what the song should basically sound like", and mentions that "Either Side" was the best song of the three he collaborated on.
Check out Dan's site: danhaseltine.com
2007 was the year of local yokels! Welcome Ben Kilgore, Tulsan, to the stage. He fronted Tulsa band "The Hero Factor" for 6 years before heading off to do some side projects. His myspace has a demo called "Taylor's Package". It's live and rather hard to distinguish words.. but I'm sure wondering what it's about!
Check out his myspace: myspace.com/benkilgoremusic/
Everybody Else (the band Carrick fronts) first opened for Hanson in 2007, and they've opened for Hanson on a few tours now. Carrick also attended Fools Banquet 2009. He went to art school before starting his band, and you can check out his art on his myspace account. He did the cover art for Everybody Else's debut album, and I think it's pretty great.
Check out the band: everybody-else.com
Adam is the bassist for Fountains of Wayne, Ivy, and Tinted Windows. He is an owner of a recording studio in NYC, and won a Grammy award. He also wrote "That Thing You Do" for the movie (same title), which is pretty fabulous. I love that show. And song. I couldn't track down a website or twitter account for him. So. There you go.
Stephen played in a band called Cheater in the 1990s, but is better known for his movie score writing cred. He's composed the score for Vampire's Assistant, Meet the Fockers, and for an off-Broadway musical called "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" about a transsexual rock star. Crazy stuff.
Check out his website: stephentrask.com
Andrew WK is all about partying and his bloody nose. He hails from NYC, and his first official solo record was released on independent label Hanson Records. Funny coincidence! Andrew WK was kind enough to post the track "We're all Women (and Men)" in his B-Sides collection for download, so make sure you check it out!
Check out his website: andrewwk.com
Pedro does backup vocals and bass for Morningwood, a New York band on Capitol Records. Before that he was drummer for the Wallflowers, a band whose albums I still dust off every once in awhile. He came to Fools Banquet in 2007, and must have liked it enough for a repeat. Vote for Pedro!
Check his band out at morningwoodrocks.com