A STAGE PRESENCE
SONGWRITER, BAND READY FOR TIME IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Tuesday night inside Robert Kerrigan's RAK Studios in Port Huron,
the Brian Linne Band was preparing for its big debut April 26 at
Military Street Music Cafe.
is three-part harmony here, too," Linne told the band.
that, Linne, Kerrigan and David "Kooj" Kujat started belting
out an acappella version of the serenity prayer - the one that starts,
"God please grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot
certainly has been granted a dose of courage to change the things
he can. An amateur guitarist and songwriter for 20 years, Linne
decided he was going to do and spend whatever was necessary to get
his songs out of the living room where people could hear them.
has a lot of drive and determination," said Kujat the saxophonist.
"He's really going at it full force. I give him a lot of credit,
and I believe he's got good material."
started almost five years ago by hiring Kerrigan to help him make
a CD. Kerrigan brought in Dave Taylor of Not Guilty to record the
drums. Linne pays them all to record his songs - a second CD is
nearing completion - and rehearse twice a month.
can't get the buddy down the street to play with me," said
Linne, a pharmacist by day. "I need high-quality players, and
that's what these guys are. They feed off each other and take it
to another level."
Linne's 12-string guitar and Kujat's sax solos, the music has a
soft, jazz-rock fusion vibe, recalling such '70s singer-songwriters
as Van Morrison. (Among the few cover songs the band does are Brown
Eyed Girl and Moondance.)
all his confidence in his songwriting, Linne has little faith in
his performance abilities, especially compared to his band.
the weak link to the whole thing," he said. His gig last year
at the Roche Bar in Port Huron "was the first time I played
out of high school."
now does solo sets on Saturdays at Bean & Brew Co. in Port Huron.
Performances with the full band are rare, however, which is why
he is excited about the upcoming show.
getting better all the time," he said. "I'm the type of
personality that doesn't quit. I just got to keep working at it."