Paper Sun: The Music of Traffic
Music Director, Scott Petito assembles an All-star ensemble of seasoned, award-winning musicians who have performed with The Band, James Taylor, Delbert McClinton, Little Feat, Todd Rundgren, Stevie Wonder, among many others.
Featuring: Joey Eppard (Vocals, Percussion), Andy Stack (Guitar), Bill Harris (Sax, Flute), Jeremy Baum (Organ, Piano), Scott Petito (Bass), Randy Ciarlante (Drums, Vocals)
The original Traffic had two phases. The first, a winsomely psychedelic pop band that blending blues, folk, rock, and R&B, fronted by Steve Winwood - best-known for his lead vocals with the Spencer Davis Group - and Dave Mason. After Mason, the band became Winwood's vehicle for longer, moodier excursions that leaning into to jazz and soul. Traffic was exceedingly popular in both incarnations.
With such hits as Paper Sun, Dear Mr Fantasy, Feelin' Alright, Pearly Queen among many others, they left a lasting legacy of music.
In 1970, while Winwood was recording his first solo album, "Mad Shadows", Capaldi and Wood sat in on some sessions. That LP became Traffic's fifth and most commercially successful album, "John Barleycorn Must Die", a gold album and a staple of "progressive" FM radio. This was followed by another gold album, "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys" in 1971.