When he called Bennett, it didn’t seem promising. “I told him I had e-mailed him,” Curcurruto recalled. “He said he receives 100-200 e-mails every day.” Bennett asked where he could hear some tunes by Pages of Paul, and Curcurruto referred him to the Pages of Paul Facebook page. “He called back in five minutes and wanted to know when he could book us,” Curcurruto chortled.
Curcurruto’s band asked Wicher to join them. So Wicher, his wife Bonnie, and Chris Trassati, whose dynamic harmonica and raspy voice are a big part of the trademark honky-tonk country sound of the Frank Wicher Band, will join Curcurruto’s merry band. Since Wichers’ bass player and drummer cannot make the trip, Pages of Paul bass player Rick Buck and drummer Scott Ebright will sit in with Wicher.
Both bands focus on original music, though they can adequately cover hits by others. Wicher is noted for his spot-on renditions of Willie Nelson tunes, while Karen Nogle, Curcurruto’s lead vocalist, can nail just about any Patsy Kline song you can think of.
While this Nashville trip is going to be a good time for all concerned, both bands see it as their chance to make it. Antique Archeology isn’t the Grand Ol’ Opry. It’s a stop for most bus tours and “American Pickers” is a popular TV show, so plenty of people will hear their performances. “You just never know who might be in the audience,” Wicher notes.