I use the word supergroup a lot. I’m not the only one. But, one could argue that the Asylum Chorus is a super choir. Featuring eight vocalists, the group has a new EP called “Take A Piece” which features six original songs. They will be playing at the Maison tonight (11/17), performing an in-store set at the Louisiana Music Factory on Saturday (11/19), and playing at the Spotted Cat on Sunday (11/20).
“Take A Piece” features songs by five different members of the roots-soul ensemble and was recorded at Esplanade Studios. They enlisted an A-list of musicians to play the music. The backing band on the EP features Danny Abel on guitar, Joe Krown on organ, Doug Belote on drums, and Ryan Clute on bass. Band member Amy Trail handles piano and Wurlitzer duties.
The singers in the Asylum Chorus are Lucas Davenport, Mike Camarata, Melanie Gardner, Hannah Kreiger-Benson, Ashley Shabankareh, Sybil Shanell, Roan Smith, and Amy Trail. They each bring their own strengths to the project and the songs, which the group has honed on stages over the past year, veer all over the place.