NORTHUMBERLAND — For local bands Pages of Paul and the Frank Wicher Band, June 22 may be the fulfillment of a long-time dream. On that date, they will share a stage before a live audience in Nashville.
The two bands will appear at Antique Archeology, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. “For two hours, we own the stage,” said Mark Tomeo of Danville, who plays guitar and dobro with Pages of Paul.
This is a great opportunity for both bands, said Paul Curcurruto, of Winfield. He’s the Paul of Pages of Paul, the leader and songwriter of that band. “We’re going to have lots of fun,” he said, laughing at the thought.
The whole trip came about through a lot of good luck and not a little perseverance. Frank Wicher, of Northumberland, a long-time outlaw country song writer and performer, is a great fan of the TV show “American Pickers.” The venue in Nashville is one of two Antique Archeology sites run by the show’s star, Mike Wolfe.
Wicher had sent his demo CD to the venue but never got a response. He and Curcurruto commiserated, and Curcurruto sympathized.
Last fall, when Pages of Paul released its first album, “This Time,” it received a four-star review by Stacy Harris, a blogger who reports on the Nashville music scene. While in Nashville, the band hopes to meet Harris. “She’s fearless,” reported Tomeo. “She gets in hot water with the music executives there all the time for her reporting.”
About six weeks ago, Cucurruto, a manufacturer’s representative, was on his way to Nashville on business when Wicher called him and they discussed strategy. Curcurruto decided to stop by the venue while in Music City, and he managed to get the number of Doc Bennett, who books acts for Antique Archeology’s stage.