Pic by Cynthia Boucher
One look at Shari Pine, and you’d probably think, cute, eclectic, New Yorker, playing quiet Norah Jones songs behind a piano, but you’d be wrong, this woman can belt it out with the best of them. Starting out as a pop/R&B singer, she discovered a higher power and injected some gospel into her voice, and began singing the blues. So don’t be alarmed if you see a quirky looking dark haired woman, standing on the stage of famed venue, BB Kings, and belting out the hard worn blues informed by something above. Just enjoy it.
Where the band's name came from?
Gee whiz..I don't really know what 'Shari' means but 'Pine' is a type of wood. A slow burn, smells great. Good for the fireplace.
How the band began??
Well... the drummer counted off and we all came in on the one.
What's the message to transmit with your music??
The message is directly related to the bands' playing that night. If they're 'on' then the music they make has the power to move me to feel a number of things (so I guess that would count as many messages.) If the band sounds like crap, the audience will be afraid. That would be an instant message. Consequently, I would call a band meeting. That would be a very long message. To sum it up, whatever we feel at the time is the message of the moment. (Hope that didn't hurt!)
What's your method at the time of writing a song??
I usually hear melody first. But if there's construction outside, or loud tree frogs then I have that rhythm (some call it noise) in my head all night. At the end of the day, whether it's rhythm, melody or lyrics coming first, songs never wind up the way they begin. That's why there's Advil. You can start off with voice and banjo and wind up with a full blown orchestra. Well maybe not banjo.
Which is your music influences??
Well....If a child can see pictures in her mind just from listening (oy, I still get flashes) the sounds would be Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, The Allman Brothers, The Clark Sisters, Tito Puente, Neil Young, Mowtown, Aretha Franklin, Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, elevator music, and the smell of the skunk.
What plans do you have for the future??
To record a straight up, low down dirty, burning and churning blues album and give it to Derek Trucks.
Which has been the funniest prank you have been or took part while on tour or after a show??
Removing all the strings from the guitarist guitar and replacing them with fishing line. Now that was bad lol. Almost as funny as the present given to one band mate at the hotel: A blonde bombshell in a paper bag. Note: blondes seem to be able to fit into paper bags more readily than brunettes.
If you guys were stranded in the middle of nowhere after a show or while on tour. The help is 65 miles away from where you guys are, ¿Who would you guys send to look for help? And if while the rest wait, there's no food and the only way to feed yourself is by eating each other, ¿Who would you eat first?
C'mon guys, 65 miles isn't that far! It can be done in one or two days. But there would be grubs and berries anyway, right? Being vegetarians cannibalism would be out of the question so I would start walking and ....it would be the makings of a new song for sure.
Which country you guys would love to play?
The United States of America. Pero nos interesa todas partes
With which bands you guys would love to share stage??
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Allman Brothers, Black Crowes, Small Faces, Neville Brothers
Are you OK, with the direction the band is going actually?
We are but the GPS lady prefers we follow her. The nerve.
Check out more from Shari by going to: http://www.myspace.com/sharipine