The Kortchmar McDonald Band & The Shinolas

Saturday August 30, 2014 @ 8:00 PM

Sometimes credited as Danny Kootch or Dan Kootch or Dan Kortchmar or Kootch (following his teenage nickname), in the early sixties he met James Taylor on Martha’s Vineyard and they began to play folk gigs locally…. But there's more but the most recent news is that Danny will be touring with his old and dear friends James Taylor and Carole King starting in spring 2010, with the original band-Danny, Russ Kunkel and Lee Sklar. He is recording his version of many of his songs recorded by JT, Don Henley, Fabulous Thunderbirds and Jackson Browne as well as newer originals.

Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Tim McDonald started gigging professionally at 13 years old, and played extensively throughout New England as a teenager. After high school, Tim moved to San Francisco where he was the singer/lead guitarist for the Charles Biscuit Band, one of San Francisco's biggest bands of the seventies. Then, it was on to LA, where he became a studio player/singer for live performance, TV and film. He now lives in CT, where he is part of the Kortchmar-McDonald band, as well as a busy local musician playing solo, band, and studio dates in the community.


Formed in 2009, Hartford area musical luminaries Jim Chapdelaine (gtrs), Lorne Entress (drums), Paul Kochanski (bass), and Ed Iarusso (pedal steel), bring a wealth of experience and know-how to their Roots/Americana band The Shinolas. Members have recorded or performed with none other than Les Paul, Phoebe Snow, Lori McKenna, Big Al Anderson, Charlie Musselwhite, Mike Love, Susan Tedeschi, Jon Pousette Dart, Mighty Sam McClain, Catie Curtis, Mark Erelli, Bruce Katz, Vance Gilbert, Ellis Paul, Ronnie Earl, Feathermerchants, Junior Wells, Kim Wilson, Fancy Trash, The Nields, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer, Henry Butler, Duke Levine, Kris Delmhorst, Erin McKeown, The Story, Swinging Steaks, Ollabelle, and numerous others. And if that weren’t enough, Jim has won twelve (and counting) Emmys composing soundtracks for CPTV.

Over a get-to-know-each-other cup of coffee in 2008, Jim and Lorne came up with the idea of a local off-night residency in the Hartford area--a musical project close to home that would provide a chance to tap into their mutual love for American roots music. The Shinolas “draw their material from the Great American Songbook, an eclectic canon of rock and roll, blues, folk and vintage country music that spans decades. It's not uncommon to hear the band jamming to songs by Merle Haggard, Ryan Adams, Johnny Cash and Neil young.” (Hartford Courant) With Ed and Paul on board the band gelled quickly, winning the Best Country Band of 2009 in the Hartford Advocate. (although pure Country is just a slice of what they do.)

With their impressive individual resumes, The Shinolas are a band with a bonus--you never know who’ll join them on stage for a tune or two, or even a whole show. Guests have included, NRBQ’s Big Al Anderson, Fountains of Wayne’s singer Chris Collingwood, Freedy Johnston, Pat Dinizio of The Smithereens, country star Gary Burr, Jon Pousette Dart, Mark Erelli, Rani Arbo, Roy Sludge with Duke Levine, and a host of others.


$20, $30