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MP3 till ten tonight - Prepare to Be Boarded

Acoustic guitar based rock with a mix of pop, blues and a hint of 80''s hair rock ballads that are safe for the metal crowd.

9 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Acoustic, POP: Pop/Rock

till ten tonight

Old rockers never die; they just morph into singer/songwriters. And from start to finish, till ten tonight is all about the songs.

till ten tonight was brought to life on 6.30.05 as a result of a live acoustic show by long time band mates with a guest lead guitarist. Before forming till ten tonight, after a long hiatus from playing shows and writing and recording songs, Steve and Eric had been in several bands together (Captain Hi-Top and Joker) and Lou had toured the world as a lead guitarist and sound engineer. After years of playing around the Northern Virginia scene in rock bands such as Oven Stuffer and Captain Hi-Top -- and then taking a number of years off -- Steve and Eric decided to reunite for “one night only” to play an acoustic show at small bar for old time’s sake. It was a chance to pass the evening with great friends and some great music.

Enter the lead guitar player. Years earlier, fate one very late night led Steve to meet Lou who was listening to the Portuguese version Sting’s “Nothing Like The Sun.” This encounter led to a long discussion about music and jamming someday. Years later the stars aligned and since the afore mentioned show was the perfect opportunity to add some punch to their sound, they invited Lou to sit in on lead guitar on the Grateful Dead’s “Franklin’s Tower” and Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train.” till ten tonight was born.

The reunion show or farewell tour, depending on your point of view, went well enough to provide a spark to write and record some new music along with some older favorites that fit nicely with the lineup. A guitar trio and the greatest of friends from day one, they have expanded on their sound to include drum loops, mandolin, piano, cello, harmonica, bass, and percussion. Their sound has been dubbed “safe for the metal crowd” and they remain committed to “the power of three” in as much as they are determined to cover any and all parts between the three band members.

As pirates long past 40 they are indeed brothers of the coast. The band members live on opposite sides of the country but are able to work out schedules allowing them to record and rehearse for shows. Currently the band continues to focus on songwriting as they record their follow up to “Prepare to be Boarded.” The band expects to release its sophomore effort sometime in late 2008.

And the name of the band, as they are so often asked, comes from this passage in Treasure Island:

"On the floor close to his hand there was a little round of paper, blackened on the one side. I could not doubt that this was the black spot and taking it up, I found written on the other side, in a very good, clear hand, this short message: You have till ten tonight."

Robert Louis Stephenson – Treasure Island

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