Colby Dobbs Band
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When an established rock act performs in concert you’ve got the benefit of knowing their music beforehand as you’ve bought the records or CDs or, these days you’ve downloaded their music. You’ve experienced it before and that adjusts your perspective on it as it is familiar to you. If you’re not a collector of music, you’ve heard their work on the radio. For a local band it’s tough as they don’t have that luxury of having the promotion engine behind them getting their music on the radio and in stores. I am lucky in the case of the Colby Dobbs Band. I have heard recordings of their music. I’ve sat down and spoken with them in a conversational type interview for my Internet radio show as well as it being incorporated on Live Limelight. I know these guys and walked into the Visulite with an already standing appreciation of their music and where they’re coming from stylistically, as well as where their influences have pushed them. I have to say that they’re much better live than they are on their three song EP. There is an additional punch to everything when seeing them perform live. I, from the first time I’d heard their music on the EP, I knew that this band has a distinct sound and a great potential. It’s to the point now that I’m envious of my coconspirators in Live Limelight who got to experience the Colby Dobbs Band live first rather than recorded first. They’re finishing their album, a prize they won in the raffle for Plaza-Midwood Community Radio (PMCR), and I can’t wait for it to be released. The new songs are wonderful and unique. When a band has a sound that is unique you wonder if they’re going to be stuck in that particular mode their entire musical career. The Colby Dobbs Band has the versatility to approach each song differently, and though their sound is distinct enough to tell that it’s them and not confuse them with anyone else, their songs each stand on their own as individual pieces. There was a new song to me, “Cincinnati Queen” and it is a welcome addition.

As far as a performance goes, they’re really into what they’re doing. You can tell the sheer joy that they have in performing the music just by watching their faces. They’re into it and loving performing. I’ve mentioned the increased punch in their live performance over what they’d recorded and I can’t tell if the songs have evolved to include that or that it’s something they’ve done because they were performing live. Either way, it doesn’t matter as it works and works well. I’ve known many bands that have their recordings be simpler versions of their live performance, and when they play live they pull out all the stops.

Since this is essentially a checking back in on them kind of article, I’m going to stop here and say that this is one of the best local bands in Charlotte. - LiveLimelight


When an established rock act performs in concert you’ve got the benefit of knowing their music beforehand as you’ve bought the records or CDs or, these days you’ve downloaded their music. You’ve experienced it before and that adjusts your perspective on it as it is familiar to you. If you’re not a collector of music, you’ve heard their work on the radio. For a local band it’s tough as they don’t have that luxury of having the promotion engine behind them getting their music on the radio and in stores. I am lucky in the case of the Colby Dobbs Band. I have heard recordings of their music. I’ve sat down and spoken with them in a conversational type interview for my Internet radio show as well as it being incorporated on Live Limelight. I know these guys and walked into the Visulite with an already standing appreciation of their music and where they’re coming from stylistically, as well as where their influences have pushed them. I have to say that they’re much better live than they are on their three song EP. There is an additional punch to everything when seeing them perform live. I, from the first time I’d heard their music on the EP, I knew that this band has a distinct sound and a great potential. It’s to the point now that I’m envious of my coconspirators in Live Limelight who got to experience the Colby Dobbs Band live first rather than recorded first. They’re finishing their album, a prize they won in the raffle for Plaza-Midwood Community Radio (PMCR), and I can’t wait for it to be released. The new songs are wonderful and unique. When a band has a sound that is unique you wonder if they’re going to be stuck in that particular mode their entire musical career. The Colby Dobbs Band has the versatility to approach each song differently, and though their sound is distinct enough to tell that it’s them and not confuse them with anyone else, their songs each stand on their own as individual pieces. There was a new song to me, “Cincinnati Queen” and it is a welcome addition.

As far as a performance goes, they’re really into what they’re doing. You can tell the sheer joy that they have in performing the music just by watching their faces. They’re into it and loving performing. I’ve mentioned the increased punch in their live performance over what they’d recorded and I can’t tell if the songs have evolved to include that or that it’s something they’ve done because they were performing live. Either way, it doesn’t matter as it works and works well. I’ve known many bands that have their recordings be simpler versions of their live performance, and when they play live they pull out all the stops.

Since this is essentially a checking back in on them kind of article, I’m going to stop here and say that this is one of the best local bands in Charlotte. - LiveLimelight


Discography

"The Great Unknown"

1. Cincinnati Queen
2. Living Yours
3. Dangerous
4. The Great Unknown
5. Pillow Talk
6. Bourbon Street
7. Phases
8. Overload
9. The Rustiest Nail
10. Relapse

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Colby Dobbs Band (CDB) is quickly generating buzz with its original mix of piano-driven, jazz-influenced pop songs complete with punchy vocals and catchy hooks. Formed in 2010 by singer/keyboardist Colby Dobbs after an attempt to record a solo album with studio musicians, Dobbs found chemistry and musicianship in Dan Lawlor (drums), David J. Sentendrey (bass) and Matt Szytber (guitar) – with each adding their own sound to the collective. Between CDB's members, there is a wide array of musical influences, ranging from classic artists like Steely Dan and Stevie Wonder to more current pop acts like Jamiroquai and Maroon 5. CDB's central focus is and always has been good songwriting and precise musicianship, which has led to the band developing a sound that is truly unique for their time and place. “We think the songs are certainly the most important thing. I think at the end of the day, most people love good songs and truly appreciate them,” Dobbs says. Considered one of the best bands in North Carolina by the influential music reviewers Live Limelight, CDB released their full-length debut album “The Great Unknown" in June 2012, which is now available for purchase/download worldwide.