Doctor Lo Faber is back and NJWEEDMAN’S JOINT has him. The singer, songwriter, bandleader and producer founded legendary jam band God Street Wine and went on to produce two ambitious rock operas before detouring into a Ph. D. and seven years as a college professor. Now the Princeton, NJ, native returns to a full time music career with his first solo record in 15 years, Bottomland, and brings his fall tour with bassist Tom Pirozzi of Ominous Seapods back to his home turf when the DR. LO & OL’ TP DUO comes home Friday, Dec. 13 in a Special Event at NJWeedman’s Joint, 322 E. State St., Trenton, NJ. Show time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance; $20 at the door. Advance tickets available through Eventbrite at this link. More info at www.njweedmansjoint.com.
Bottomland, Doctor Lo's first solo album since 2003, is not only a return to full time music making for the former college professor, it also marks a return to Faber's musical origins: bluegrass, folk, country, and everything in between. While God Street Wine was known for funky, Steely Dan-derived jam pop, and Faber's rock operas added Zappa-influence prog rock to the blend, Bottomland is front porch acoustic roots music steeped in influences from George Jones to Emmylou Harris to the Jayhawks and Jason Isbell, punctuated by Faber's plaintive lap steel and frailing banjo in addition to his more familiar guitars and keyboards.
The "Doctor Lo & Ol’ TP" duo brings together Lo Faber on guitar and vocals with Tom Pirozzi (of Ominous Seapods) on bass. These two old friends have played together in many contexts over the years, but 2019 marks the first time they have toured as a twosome. The duo commands an extensive repertoire of originals from both members' legacy bands, Faber's more recent material, and a wide array of covers ranging from Dylan and the Dead to R&B, bluegrass, and gospel classics.
The Duo's first tour dates in August 2019, between God Street Wine dates, were such a great time that the pair now plan to continue touring together. The two accomplished players have a listening connection that makes each song an intimate improvisational excursion. Faber's acoustic and electric guitars provide a wide array of textures from gentle strumming to blistering leads, while Pirozzi's funky electric bass and loop pedal creates an entire rhythm section unto himself. The duo's goal, playing house parties, coffeehouses, and opening slots, is to "explore the inner layers of the songs, keep it spontaneous, surprise each other, and surprise our listeners."
Growing up in Princeton, Faber played Bluegrass music as a kid, learning banjo, guitar, mandolin and piano before the age of 11. He briefly attended college in New York, studying at both NYU and Manhattan School of Music before dropping out to hit the road with God Street Wine. GSW built a massive following as a touring band in the early 90s that eventually led to a record deal with Geffen in 1994 and tours with such artists as the Allman Brothers, Black Crowes, Bruce Hornsby, and Bob Dylan. Before breaking up in 1999 the band had built a massive following through constant touring and released five albums that cemented their reputation as one of the first generation jambands. Faber went on to form the Lo Faber Band and compose and record the double-CD concept rock operas "Henry's House" and "Friday Night Freakshow" in 2001 and 2003 respectively. Meanwhile, the age of social media led to GSW fans congregating in a Facebook group that successfully brought the band back for a series of annual reunion shows beginning in 2010.